That All Men Should Honour the Son
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth
them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth
no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men
should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth
not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily,
I say unto you, He that heareth
my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and
shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto
life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when
the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall
live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son
to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment
also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is
coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And
shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life;
and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
This teaching deals with the very principles of the doctrine of Christ
- Repent, Believe, Receive.
First, there must be an initial belief
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is
he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying
in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle
about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out
to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
And were baptised of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Initial recognition of sin and repugnance
John did baptise in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance
for the remission of sins.
Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible
but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they
come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little
ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke
him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven
times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I
repent; thou shalt forgive him.
Belief in Jesus:
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb
of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto
him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but
because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat
which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,
which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works
of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is
the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:
he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were
not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples
of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus
to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were
men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed,
he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light
from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him,
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he
said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am
Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against
the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt
thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise,
and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
An example of non belief in Jesus that so many religious people follow:
Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master,
we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An
evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no
sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was
three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man
be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh
shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because
they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas
is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with
this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost
parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater
than Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man,
he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he
saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he
is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he,
and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and
they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is
worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
(Matthew 12:38-45) }
Have any of you out there ever been in love?
You will know then that there are two aspects of love:
The first is physical romance; the touching, kissing part that is fulfilled
on the marriage bed and continues as a changing experience throughout married
The second is the liking and respect for one's marriage partner's inner
character and endures for much longer, becoming companionship in old age.
Despite all her faults I still love my wife and would miss her and our
companionship very much if she were to die before me. She is my best friend
on this earth and I do what I can to please her, even without her knowing
I know that she feels and does the same.
I also have another best friend, one I cannot see but know very well. One
who speaks to me in a voice, in my thoughts, by His providence and through
His written word. He also does things for me when I ask Him, and very often
without me even asking Him. I learn about His goodness, love and faithfulness
long after it has happened.
Because I love and respect Him in return, I cannot help myself, I do what
He asks and expects me to do (sometimes).
When I think of who He is and His lovingkindness to me, tears fill my eyes
and I try, really try to do what pleases Him in a Master - servant, as
well as a Father - son relationship.
It is called obedience.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism,
he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee
from the wrath to come? Bring
forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say
within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto
you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every
tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the
fire. I indeed baptise you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh
after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall
baptise you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith
unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself
unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him,
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and
we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not
keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the
Father's which sent me.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee
from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your
hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double
minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned
to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the
sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Receiving the Holy Spirit and the assurance
of God's love:
I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give
him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise
and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall
be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto
you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of
any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask
a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg,
will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give
good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly
Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray
the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide
with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him;
for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless:
I will come to you.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father,
and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and
said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren,
what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptised every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you,
and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many
as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify
and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love
unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of
you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge
of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty
power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and
set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far
above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name
that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be
the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness
of him that filleth all in all.
Receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit:
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your
Father which speaketh in you.
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even
as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking
by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can
say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities
of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations,
but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the
same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit
is given to every man to profit withal.
(1 Corinthians 12:1-7)
Receiving life eternal:
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and
all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his
glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the
goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the
left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty,
and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye
clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came
unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee
drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked,
and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came
unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto
you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto
them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave
me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and
ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and
ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when
saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or
in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least
of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting
punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have eternal life.
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will
of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet
four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift
up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:
that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou
make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered
them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works
that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe
not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear
my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal
life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them
out of my hand.
Going back to the first passage; Jesus said "all men"; that includes all
mankind, past, present and future.
Surely, this then means?
For those who will have heard the good news of Jesus - someone who has
been, is, or shall be in a "christian church", as a result of which, they
have been presented with a choice, the consequence of their decision occurs
For those from the past, in the present and will be in the future who have
not had the privilege, shall be judged in the life hereafter when the books
shall be opened; and those whose names are included in the book of life,
who of all nations have lived an honest and righteous life, shall be preached
to by the risen Christ Jesus.
What their answer will be shall determine their everlasting destination.
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise
up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will
also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation
unto the end of the earth.
Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD
of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith
the LORD. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his
sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none,
but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto
you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me. I have sent
also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending
them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend
your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell
in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have
not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me. Because the sons of Jonadab
the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which
he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me: Therefore
thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring
upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that
I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they
have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.
And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD
of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of
Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto
all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts,
the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand
before me for ever.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and
him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from
heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And
this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath
given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last
day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth
the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise
him up at the last day. The Jews then murmured at him, because he
said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not
this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is
it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered
and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and
I will raise him up at the last day.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as
it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed
from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold
the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is
manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible
things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood
by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead;
so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they
glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain
in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us
in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his
will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together
in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on
earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance,
being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things
after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his
glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after
that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased
possession, unto the praise of his glory.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that
blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour
Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all
iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,
love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering
evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing
that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he
that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from
evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do
good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are
over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but
the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is
he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and
if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid
of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your
hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man
that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
(1 Peter 3:8-15)
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face
the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were
opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were
in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and
they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell
were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever
was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that
he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened
by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited
in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is,
eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even
baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the
flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)by the resurrection
of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;
angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
(1 Peter 3:18-22)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves
likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath
ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time
in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time
past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the
Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings,
banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that
ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of
you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick
and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that
are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but
live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand:
be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have
fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude
of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man
hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
(1 Peter 4:1-10)
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be
no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations
into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth,
neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie:
but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
After dealing briefly with the principles of the doctrine of Christ at
the beginning of this discourse, as described in Hebrews chapter six, let
me ask you, dear friend, do you believe that you are born again? Have you
been Biblically baptised in obedience to your Master's wishes as described
in the first ten verses of Romans chapter six and the first six verses
of Ephesians chapter four?
Very briefly then, let us go on to perfection:
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to
you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we
are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ
Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence
in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust
in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel,
of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching
the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching
the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless,
and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge
of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found
in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that
which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God
by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If
by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but
I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended
of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the
mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore,
as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise
minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have
already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
You see, going through that very constricting gate of being born again,
we have to continue walking on the narrow road that our Master has laid
out for us to follow.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the
work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all
come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried
about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth
in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is