2 Chronicles 5-6 / Ezekiel 41 / John 7
On hearing his words, some of the people said, "Surely this man is the Prophet."
Others said, "He is the Christ." Still others asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?" Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.
Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus earlier and who was one of their own number, asked, "Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?"
They replied, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee."
The general doubt and confusion about his identity comes from God keeping him hidden, on purpose, so that the humans wouldn't know who he was. Jesus often told those he had just healed to shut up about what had been done and not go and tell everyone who had healed them. Those who professed to know his real identity (because that secret had been revealed to them by the Father) he flat out commanded not to tell anyone else.
Jesus' brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
After his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
The religious principle of "more is better" concerning those who provide agreement about the made up jesus god exists because they have a chip on their shoulder. Since their gods are made up they have to participate in the human religious war game of trying to constantly prove that their gods are better than the other gods. This is a game that has gone on since the beginning of recorded time, with like minded peoples rallying around their made up gods, trying to subject other not like minded peoples to their gods by force of human strength and power, however it's done. From the sheer strength of mongrel hoards to the christian right's manipulation of the system of power toward the same end, it's the same situation—humans trying to prove that their gods are the real gods by their own human abilities i.e., it has nothing to do with any gods outside of their own selves as the little gods who loved to be worshipped (by having the egotistical component of the animal nature satisfied within them).
How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?
If the Father wanted the identity of the Son disclosed, then the circumstances of his birth would not have been hidden (Joseph being forced to go to Bethlehem because of the census at the same time Mary gave birth to Jesus there instead of in Galilee). If God wanted anyone to know, He would have had Jesus' family become established in Bethlehem instead of just go there for a short time. Instead, God made it look like Jesus came from the north and not Bethlehem at all to the humans who thought they knew something. We know that God did this quite deliberately, as is disclosed in the preserved words, to show something extraordinary about His character.
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
The living God and secret Father of Jesus and the rest of His secret sons is a lover of the ironic, and of creating an illusion around His own sons which seems like one thing when in actuality it's quite another. Especially true is this in regards to those humans who think they can hold Him in their little god box as though He were some kind of genie who acts on their behalf and lives to serve their petty little animal needs, disguised as something "from God." He loves to confound the humans who think He's so ridiculous and small as to be able to be figured out and manipulated for themselves, they who aren't willing to look at the history of man and see the same pattern in themselves as in every other group of evil humans who has tried to do the same thing by slapping another name on their made up god and calling it genuine because it's new.
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil.
The real Jesus says something very important here as he separates himself from his own flesh and blood brothers whom he labels the sons of the world (of Joseph a mere human ruled by the serpent nature), which he declares inherently evil just because it is not like God, nor him the Son of God, who is not like his flesh and blood brothers attempting to persuade him in this conversation to do what any ordinary, evil human would naturally do—show himself to the humans and prove his identity to the world of unclean evil animals who have no concern for the Father and His will, to have a family of His own sons who have chosen Him.
You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.
Not accidentally, it's pretty much what "the devil (the animal tempting him from inside his own mind)" tried to convince him to do in the temptation account. That is, just jump off the top of the temple and command the angels to catch you, then everyone will know your true identity as the Son of God. There was some doubt in his mind about whether he indeed was the Son of God, therefore he had to trust that what the Father was telling him in secret was actually true.
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written:
" 'He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
This is the true definition of faith and belief as the Son of God knew it, like Abraham before him. For Abraham, it was the child that he was in danger of loving more than the One who called him and wanted to be a Father to; for Jesus it was his position as the Son of God, the One whom all Israel had been waiting for, the Son of David, the king and shepherd of God's chosen people. Jesus had to let go of that idea of what he may have assumed in the years of his youth, which was the human cultural perception of what the Messiah would look like, be and do; and become conformed to the very different idea that God apprised him of, perhaps only just before he met up with John the baptist. The Father didn't want His only Son to be a human leader over a bunch of evil animals; He wanted the Son to be like Him, to become the leader and shepherd of the secret family of God's sons, from time past to time future, to rule them from the secret place inside of them, as He Himself had ruled the Son from the hidden place inside.
Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, because of an accident of sorts, to fulfill the word that God put into the hearts of His OT sons. Retrospectively we know that God had engineered the circumstances for His own purpose and we, who can read the text, are given the benefit of the doubt by being able to know what happened. Yet his contemporaries had no idea—they assumed that he was born in Galilee. Their ignorance was a factor in their unbelief, and that's the way God wanted it to be. He didn't want everyone to know the truth, but only the few that He had chosen for Jesus to reveal it to. The truth about God, just like God Himself, is hidden, revealed to those He has chosen to be able to hear. We know that primarily from our own experience, and it is backed up by many of the preserved words, e.g. so many of John's words.
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
The miracles he did were subtle. Only a few people at a time usually saw what happened, and even then it seemed sort of like it could have been just some coincidental fluky type of deal, instead of the finger of God making something supernatural happen in the natural world. The bigger message of the miracles that Jesus did comes from to whom those miracles were done—the sick, lame, blind, oppressed and brokenhearted. The receivers of the miracles show something about the character of God that always get overlooked by the self-possessed human animals who profess to be the shepherds of God's sheep, but are just acting on their own behalf, for themselves as the thieves who come in at night and steal the sheep for their own gain.
I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
There is another good lesson that goes hand in hand with the christian "more is better" lie, one of the main messages of the life of the Son as per its recording and preservation—something we know from experience. That is, don't assume you know something based on what you think you see or understand. Something may be happening in front of your very eyes, and you may not know the circumstances which are actually prevailing for God's purpose. This is clearly and consistently the reason why the Son himself commands that the sons not judge each other. Instead,t he should love and take care of each other because of their very great worth according to God, which they should know since He has particularly chosen them to be in His secret family.
There is a parallel hidden universe that exists, about which the scriptures enlighten. The humans can't comprehend that precisely because it's not publicly disclosed. So why are we disclosing it? We don't know, nor should we care to know exactly why, since if we did we would undoubtedly try to mix it with the evil that still lives inside us. We listen and write what we hear, what we had no clue about before just a few years ago. We make no claims to know what will happen, nor do we intend or desire to start some kind of human movement as per the words being disclosed here. As far as our place within the world of humans, our hope is to fade into a kind of obscurity our selves, as far away as possible from the concentrations where the culture of the humans is strongest—that in the hope of perhaps not being so influenced by its negative effects in us while we move along the journey to the Father and away from the serpent which rules the human animals, who rule the world of animals and every other temporary thing.
Those parallel universes existed as the Son and what he was revealing to his 12 men; versus what everyone else thought and assumed was happening because of what they perceived with their natural senses, therefore understood in their natural minds. The real life of Jesus and what he actually taught existed in this spiritual universe—because God who is the spirit lived inside him—which is a different dimension than the natural and totally separate from it. It is not available to the natural senses, which all the animals exclusively possess i.e., they're not able to figure out God or ever decide anything about Him or what He may or may not do, be or look like. That hidden spiritual dimension is the realm where the Father lives with the Son, their nature being 100% spiritual (invisible, hidden, secret and kept that way from the humans). Man's nature is earthly and can only understand what his eyes can see and his ears can hear and his mind can fathom.
To actually worship God who is the spirit one must exist as, by first being transformed into, a spirit being; since there is a wall that separates the natural from the spiritual. His existence cannot be seen, known, felt or understood in the natural, because it exists as spiritual truth which must be spiritually discerned by the one who is born of the spirit (1Cor 2:6 ff.). Because He is the spirit, only His own sons who carry His spiritual DNA, whose identities are kept hidden from the natural beings as He wants to remain hidden, are born of the spirit. All the rest who claim to be as such are false sons who think they can get something for themselves by doing or thinking natural things like adhering to the "correct" facts (determined by them to be that which is correct), or doing the correct things in their natural bodies, by which they assume they are being pleasing to God (because an "expert" told them so).
The sons' identification of the spiritual world as separated from the natural gives way to that very important lesson and spiritual command against judgment based on what one perceives by his natural senses. It is the individual heart whereby the Son teaches and the Father will deal with each of His sons, to judge him as to whether the man was worthy or not to be a son, judged against the standard that the firstborn Son established, the reason he was able to present the Father with the thing He wanted most. Only God can see the content of a man's heart and be able therefore to adequately judge him. It is the evil in us—that old animal nature—that always wants to judge based on what we think is happening. If we believed that God was able to do it then we would know that it is totally futile because we don't have the capacity to be as God is.
Forgive, and deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of men), so that they will fear you and walk in your ways all the time they live in the land you gave our fathers.
The animal nature has a stranglehold on man, and makes him believe things that aren't true. There is a purpose for this, a design from God in allowing this to happen, so that all would not come to know the truth and dilute the inheritance of the sons (why the truth is hidden). No only is it a blockade for men, but it will also be an albatross for us—the thing that we will always have to fight against if we are chosen to have the truth revealed to us. When we are born of God, of the spirit, it does not just go away. It is there, hindering us from knowing our Father, being true to its purpose—to keep the unclean animals from seeing, hearing and knowing the truth that only a true son knows (the plan and desire of God). When we are born of God, it doesn't just immediately go away, but it goes away slowly, proportionately as the life of the Father grows in us, pushing out the old life. This causes a lot of confusion at first, so it's something we should know and understand about, and expect. Our animal nature will stand in the way of knowing our Father, so we have to persevere in our search for Him and the love behind our being called into His family.
Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come."
The Jews said to one another, "Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? What did he mean when he said, 'You will look for me, but you will not find me,' and 'Where I am, you cannot come'?"
Where did Jesus go? He went to the Father. Man cannot find the Father, get to Him or know Him—the Father has to find the man whom He wants to find, and who wants to be found. Man is always so busy thinking he knows everything about God, so arrogantly assuming he is right before Him. Rarely does a man say in the truest part of his heart, "I don't know God, but I want to, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to have it." That is the kind of heart in a man whom God seeks.
Solomon the natural son of David gets the already misguided interpretation of what God told him through Nathan, about the true Son of David—not Solomon the human or any of his human descendants. This fact, that God wasn't speaking about a natural human, is seen even in Solomon's life, being one whose heart was led far away from God by his love for the animal cravings, the three "heads" of the animal: appetite, ego and wealth. The three heads are based on the temptation account, and are the foundation of the animal instincts, out of which all the details spring. They're also what I know about myself and the instincts that live in me to try to sway my heart toward myself and away from the Son and Father.
It seems pretty coarse about how presumptuous Solomon seems, assuming he is the one that so much glory is ascribed to by God when He tells Nathan about Jesus, 1000 years before he's born. I guess maybe Solomon has no other course but to believe it, since that's what David thought too, and told him as much. Pretty much from Solomon onward, the kings/shepherds of God's people are moving farther away from God than David was, not closer (except for a few temporary periods which didn't last very long).
But will God dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!
This is good, and he's right in asking that question. Will God dwell on earth with men? It paints the picture of how incredible and miraculous the new covenant was when God did dwell on earth with men, inside their bodies. It's so incredible because not only did He dwell with men, but He dwelled in men. That is the most profound thing that God would choose to dwell in the bodies of lowly humans. Jesus was the first, and that closeness of the Father actually living in the Son's body/heart was so intimate and personal that for once, God could actually get to know one of the humans. His Son was the first of the humans to have God living in his human body, and he was the firstborn among many brothers, whom after Jesus went to become one with God he became a kind of buffer between the holy and glorious God and unclean humans He intended to make into sons. They were the humans who were transformed into sons because and only because of that relationship they had with God, only because He lived inside them, the same way the Father lived in the Son when he was on the earth in his human body. This is such an incredibly fantastic and unlikely thing to have happen, that it's beyond comprehension.
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified (had not yet gone to the Father, which had to happen before he was able to come back to them).