PRAISE THE LORD!
WE, AS THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD, MUST TAKE CARE TO UNDERSTAND THE TIME WE ARE LIVING IN. OUR WORSHIP AND PRAISE MUST BE HOLY AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD. REMEMBER WHAT THE LIVING CREATURES SAID IN REVELATION 4:8 “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” JESUS IS COMING BACK.
CONTINUING WITH CHAPTER 3
22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized.
John 4:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
Acts 8:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.
Matthew 3:5-6 King James Version (KJV)
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
24 For John was not yet cast into prison.
25 Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying.
To make ceremonially clean. Read Leviticus 11-16 for more on Purification.
26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
These men came to Him in order to be heal of their plagues.
Mark 3:10-12 King James Version (KJV)
10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.
11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.
12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
1 Corinthians 3:5-7 King James Version (KJV)
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians 4:
1 Corinthians 4:6-7 King James Version (KJV)
6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
Look at Hebrews 5:
Hebrews 5:4-5 King James Version (KJV)
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
John answers for himself what Malachi said:
Malachi 3:1 King James Version (KJV)
3 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Romans 7:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Isaiah 9:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
JOHN HERE STATES WHO JESUS IS!
31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
Colossians 1:15-19 King James Version (KJV)
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
John 15:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
John 7:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
John 5:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 6:47 King James Version (KJV)
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
Romans 1:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Ephesians 5:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
PRAISE THE LORD!
NEXT, JOHN CHAPTER 4.
May God bless you indeed!
Dr William T. Bailey, Jr.