John Chapter 1:19-42 taught by Pastor Don Moore

John Chapter 1 verse 19 to verse 42 taught by Pastor Don Moore

Bible study notes from 11/9/12

John 1:19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

There were two classes of rulers – the Pharisees and the Scribes. They were legalists, conservative, and spiritualists, the Word of God as interpreted. The Scribes were the legal arm of the Sanhedrin. They kept records and were super legalistic. They did not believe in angels, the Holy Spirit, or mysticism; but the Pharisees did.

The Scribes were people without the Spirit.
The Pharisees had the Spirit and the Word agree.

Most Scribes were Sadducees. (In today’s terms, the Sadducees would be the Republicans, the Pharisees would be the Democrats)

The Scribes interpret the law, like the Supreme Court, but had no power to interpret the law.

Jeremiah the prophet had seven Scribes.

John the Baptist explains that he is not the Christ, Elijah, or the Prophet; He is the voice of one crying in the wilderness.

John 1:20-24 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah? He said, “I am not. “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
 “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.

John 1:25-27 And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.  It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”

John the Baptist points out that there is one coming after him (Jesus) who is preferred before John the Baptist, and John the Baptist does not even qualify to be a doulos, a slave and unlatch Jesus’ shoes. One had to be the lowest of the low servants to be assigned to unlatch sandals and wash feet.

Pastor Don told us any follower of Christ can baptize and give communion.  All of us, as followers, have some authority in spiritual things. Jesus did not baptize anyone and Paul just baptized a few.

Acts 1:5  …for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Jesus is speaking

Acts 1:6-8 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

He is showing that we have the power and authority through Christ to do some spiritual things.

John 1:28-29 These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

(Heather’s note –Bethabara means house of passage)

Behold- the Lamb of God. Sometimes you can be with people but God doesn’t open your spiritual eyes for you to know who they are. John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus, they probably played together as little boys, but it isn’t until now that He realizes who Jesus is.

John 1:26-27 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”

John spoke of this the day before it happened. His eyes were open and he knew the stakes. His discernment was shown to be accurate the next day when God gave confirmation of what John spoke.

Pastor Don said most wives do not know who their husbands really are until after their funeral, then they get a new understanding of the anointing or knowledge that flowed through them.

In the Old Testament, women of God, called their husbands master. In the Old Testament, people were honored for the office they stood in. There is a blessing that comes with that.

Jesus is in their midst, but none among the Jews knew Him. Jesus wanted to see what was preached and then go on. That’s what is required. Just to show up. Jesus knew the time of stepping into His office and anointing was coming.

When the Spirit of God chooses to ordain someone, that does not mean the person will continue to walk in what God has ordained.

If someone falls into error, the Lord can redeem him by revelation. Some people are chosen to be here after the Bride leaves (in the rapture).  Some slip into error like the Apostle Paul, but God gives them revelation and restores them.

John 1:28-29 (see above) Jesus of NAZARETH had to have this confirmation. John saw Jesus many times, and did not declare who Jesus is until at this time of baptism when he declares him to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

John is seeing Jesus in the Spirit, the Gospel – Jesus the sin bearer.

John the Baptist knows all the Old Testament Scriptures.

Leviticus 10:17  Why have you not eaten the sin offering in a holy place, since it is most holy, and God has given it to you to bear the guilt of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the Lord?

Leviticus 16:22 The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.

Numbers 18:1 Then the Lord said to Aaron: “You and your sons and your father’s house with you shall bear the iniquity related to the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear the iniquity associated with your priesthood.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death,
 and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, 
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Ezekiel 4:5 For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

Hebrews 9:28 … so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

1Peter 2:24 … who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

1 John 3:5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

Galatians 3:13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

John 1:30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’

John is very aware Christ is an eternal being connected through eternity before the throne.

John the Baptist – the Jew among Jews, is pointing to the deity of Christ.

John 1:31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

This is a trick verse. He knows Jesus of Nazareth, but did not know that Jesus was the Christos, Christ. John the Baptist’s father was struck dumb before John was born because his dad did not believe the prophecy of the angel. John knew he was ordained to be a forerunner for Jesus. The spirit in John was drawn to the Spirit in Jesus. When Mary visited Elizabeth, John the Baptist (in his mother’s womb) leapt at the presence of Jesus in Mary’s womb. There was a spiritual discernment that John the Baptist had.

God revealed Jesus to John the Baptist so John the Baptist could reveal Jesus to Israel.

John 1:32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.

John saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove. We take this literally and draw pictures of doves. But this is an analogy – LIKE a dove. What John the Baptist actually saw was the manifestation of the Holy Spirit coming slowly on Jesus.  We know this was appointed to occur because of Daniel 9 (the seventy weeks which clearly delineated the timeline of when Jesus was to appear).

John the Baptist did not have the revelation of what the indwelling of the Holy Spirit does as shown us in Ephesians, but the spirit in John identified Jesus.

If we stay prayed up in tongues we get a sense of whom God has raised up and we can discern who are born again and who are filled with the Holy Spirit. The spirit in you identifies where other people are located spiritually. We don’t want to spend evangelical efforts on people who are not interested or on people who already know God.

John 1:33-34 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Son of God.

John 1:35  Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.

John the Baptist is with two of his disciples.

John 1:36-37 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

The disciples of John the Baptist, after John pointed Jesus out to them, followed Jesus.

John 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?”

Jesus knows they’re following Him and Jesus asks what do these disciples want.

John 1:39-41 They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.  He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).

Look at this statement of faith that Andrew said to his brother Simon. Andrew hung out with John the Baptist and found John to be a true prophet. He’s seen him in casual conversation and when the Spirit gave him prophetic words.

John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

Jesus spoke to Simon and told him he would be called Cephas (a stone) – a prophetic Word from Jesus. At this point, Peter is definitely not a rock. He hasn’t yet gotten out of the boat or recognized Jesus is the Christ. And later, Peter will tell Jesus not to go to the cross (Jesus will tell him get thee behind me satan). It will take years before Peter matures enough to step into the role of Cephas (a stone).

Any prophecy concerning our will takes a while to mature. There is no instant soup in the Kingdom, no fast food drive-through window.

Bible study was over far too soon.

Have a blessed night,



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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