Job 22 / Haggai 1-2 / 1 John 5
They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
John lived in a community of sons of God who were being driven by the spirit of the Father and the Son to want something more than just what the animal drove them to want. Those who were being driven by the life of the Father didn't go out from the community, because going out meant leaving the others behind to seek something for one's self. It was to say, "To hell with the others, I need to go and do this or that thing over there."
"They went out from us" was a tragedy which could only be explained in drastic yet simple terms. Going out from the community meant taking care of one's interests rather than staying for the sake of the community of the sons of God who were all being called by the Father to the same inheritance, which meant they were highly valuable to God. Jesus the Christ of God was the one who commanded the apostles, who were the next level of the foundation of the new covenant, to stay with each other and take care of each other, for the sake of the tiny little community that the Father was creating around the Son.
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
The truth that John understood was that nothing was important except that community, which was modeled after the community of Israelites, a thing they could comprehend because it had existed already and the writings of the testimony about its validity were available for them to hear, which the spirit used to teach them about an even more secret thing than that which they were living under. The phenomenon of certain individuals going out from and abandoning the community could only be explained as the beginnings of the bigger tragedy that John knew was going to happen.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
If the Christ's command, which if practiced it can be argued was intended to replace the entire Law of Moses as to being able to become right with God, was that the members of this little community he had started truly love each other; then the spirit of Antichrist was just the opposite of what the Christ commanded. To move out from the community for one's own sake was to be driven by the animal need which is always geared toward the self and its betterment, for the individual's sake; which is the curse of the humans to always be driven by that need to be self-directing, self-preserving and self-promoting.
The care and concern of the community that was being formed by God for the Son's sake was the only thing that mattered to those who were being chosen and called to participate in it. Its existence—because of this spiritual force of power that drove its members toward the community and away from the self—was a validation that he truly was the Son of God as he claimed. The same spirit was a celebration not only that he was right, but that he had been raised from the dead and was now with the Father, and the Father was truly happy and satisfied with the Son's presence. Hence the outpouring of the spirit as per Joel, as the testimony of the celebration. Some of the members going away from the community was just the beginnings of the tragedy that would soon devastate all traces of the community, and the spirit in those who were being driven to obey the new command to not be like the common animals who can only ever love themselves.
If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life.
The command of Jesus that those who truly were brothers recognize each other's positions as true sons of God and honor each other—because of the declaration of the Father that they were His true sons, therefore true brothers to each other—isn't based on arbitrary or new things never heard before. This command was the heart and spirit of the Law of Moses.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
Jesus said that every word of the Law and of every prophet of God was based on these two commands which seem simple but are actually the heart of the message of everything that God has done from the beginning, so that if one fulfilled them one could fulfill the entire Law and one could be right with God. This is based on God's secret will to have His true family of sons with Him where He is—the heart and soul of the message of the Law and also what happened in the first century.
I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
I write to you, fathers,
because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, fathers,
because you have known him who is from the beginning.
The testimony that lived in the hearts of these sons of God who were the recipients of this letter was a living thing like nothing in the world is alive, but like as God is alive. That is, in another dimension that isn't accessible to the obtuse humans who can only access the physical world of observable matter. God took what was bulky and heavy and created living things out of what in its parts is just inanimate matter, and the humans try to buy and own it for their own sake. They rape and pollute it for the sake of their own wealth because that's all that matters to them according to what drives them to get for themselves and to hell with everything else. And those who condemn the ones who are corrupt for being that way, if they had the chance, would do exactly what they are doing because there is always a justification for what the humans do in their own name, for their own sake.
The spirit of commerce and wealth is one which relies on the nature of the humans to respond to what its architects frame, because they know what the humans respond to. The innocent little idea of being able to have just a little bit more by which to insulate oneself works, whereas ideals like building an egalitarian community (communism) doesn't work. It can only ever actually exist as theory, because the humans are driven by a much more fundamental instinct to take care of and better themselves so they truly are able to respond to things like owning something or getting more money, while theories about egalitarian communities working together aren't things that most people respond to.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
The life to which they had been called was not about guessing or hoping that they were correct, which is why John doesn't have to qualify everything like we seem to be compelled to do all the time, e.g. the real Jesus, the real devil, the real spirit, the real life, etc. John interacted with the real Jesus when he existed in his human body, after he had been raised, and after he had gone to the Father. There was no issue about any other Jesus, because John recognized him, even via the new form he took as spirit. At one point he was alive, revealing the Father to him, and the next he was living in John's body. That was the promise the he made to John and the other 10 apostles, just before he was preparing to leave them in one of his bodily forms. The sons who lived in the first century didn't have to wonder about whether they possessed life—they experienced it and lived it as a genuine life that had been taken over by the life of God in them.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
When John wrote, "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God," he meant something different than it does now. When it was written there was only one Jesus, who was the only Son of God. When John wrote this, the great whore of babylon had not yet committed the abomination which gobbled up the remnant of God's people, making the earth desolate of the truth that John knew was living in him. Nor had she squirted out the hundreds of prostitute babies over the next upwards of 18 or so decades, who like their mother, all claim to be the bride of the Christ but are just prostitutes who don't even know who the good husband is. The knowledge of the Son of God's identity went away from the humans when the predictions about the whore who would make the earth desolate of that knowledge came to pass.
This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the spirit who testifies, because the spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept man's testimony, but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
So when John wrote about Jesus and the power of his blood, who became the life-giving spirit and lived in John's body, the sons who lived in the first century knew who he was talking about. It wasn't just an arbitrary thing that people decided to believe which had no root in anything they could actually comprehend as it is today. There was only one Jesus, and they knew he was real because he lived in their bodies via the newly formed way that God interacted with the humans (the spirit), as he promised them. They didn't have to guess or assume they had the real Jesus because the hundreds of false jesuses had not yet been given birth to by the humans.
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true--even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
They didn't understand what he meant when he told this to them because the spirit—the only means whereby they would be able to understand the real meaning of the words of Jesus—had not yet been given. It wasn't until after he had gone to the Father, after he was made One with Him and given the ability to exist as the Father exists, that he was able to live in them and explain everything to them so they understood. At the time he said it they wouldn't have had an ability to comprehend what he said.
...he lives with you
The counselor, or spirit of truth lived with them. Was Jesus talking about himself? Only indirectly, but he spoke in the third person because he understood that it was another being inhabiting him. He was talking about the Father who counseled him about what was the truth. It is the way that the Father, who at that time lived in Jesus, interacted with the humans (all the OT era sons). Jesus lived among the disciples, but not in them (yet). At that time the counselor, or spirit of truth, only lived in Jesus. The counselor, or spirit of truth was the Father, the "invisible" God, who is only actually "visible" to the beings who had the ability to see Him in His spiritual reality, because God is not natural (what the humans can see). The natural creation exists as so many copies to explain the spiritual world to the sons. The Father made it, so it's inferior to Him, and He is not confined to or found in it, although its perfection, beauty and complexity are a reflection of Him in that it is what He made.
So we can notice another way the abomination changed what was true about Jesus and the Father into the lie, when it was "declared" by the whore that the spirit was another person altogether, a god who existed apart form the Father, and so the life that lived in the whore's jesus wasn't the real Father, but another of the whore's gods, so nothing makes sense according to the whore's "truth." It's all just a bunch of nonsensical theoretical babble, far removed from anyone's actual experience, therefore ability to empathize with any of that doctrine.
...and will be in you.
Jesus is saying that the Father would live in them too, after he went to Him, the same way as He was presently living in Jesus. He also said that he would come to them and live in them too, not just the Father, but both of them. When he went to the Father, he became one with the Father, sort of like he melded into the Father, or got consumed by Him, taken into His body and united with Him—made into a new being. That's why he said we will come to the one who loves him, we will make our home with him, and not just I, nor just the Father. The Father could by Himself only live in Jesus' body, because he was kept pure, unpolluted by the animal nature, the Lamb of God. The life of Jesus was sort of a hybrid, like a bridge between the Father and all of His other sons who were tainted by the animal nature, therefore kept far away from the Father. When Jesus became part of God, his life was sort of a buffer between the pure, perfect Father and the impure sons who had the animal nature.
Everything was from the Father; nothing originated with Jesus. Another lie of the whore was to make Jesus into a pre-existing god who didn't need to be obedient to the Father, so the main component of the doctrine is a token gesture on Jesus' part, to obey Him even though if he was a god, that wouldn't have been a problem. Also, the temptation was a sham. Apart from the life of the Father (the real spirit) living in him, he would have been just another animal destined to live and die like all the other animals or anything else in the world which consists of these overlapping, terminating existences. That life which lived in Jesus was the beginning of the promised new covenant, put there by God via His body, the spirit.
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.
The Jews thought he was saying he would physically leave them and go teach Jews in foreign countries. The animals see with physical eyes and cannot see the spiritual world, so they wouldn't be able to see him because he would become pure spirit, what the Father was. When he became one with Him, he became like the Father in that way because they were the same, One body. Only those who were given "eyes to see, and ears to hear," would actually then be able to see him. Not with their natural eyes, but their new eyes, a function of their new bodies after they had become born a second time, from above (heaven, spiritually), of God instead of the serpent who rules the world.
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true.
Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!"
It's impossible to empathize with their situation, how hard it would have been for them to find out that the culmination of the 3 years they spent with him, giving up everything for his sake, would just end with his death. They had no ability to comprehend what his death even meant for them. At the time it would have meant something terrible for them, so they wanted to stop it. They even tried to tell him that he didn't know what he was talking about. Yet what he knew they didn't yet know, because the life was not in them yet, so even though it appeared (to their natural faculties) like everything they thought was going to happen would all of a sudden be lost, he knew better than they did. He trusted the Father, that He knew better, that He would save Jesus even though it looked like all was lost. According to the natural, it didn't appear likely that he would be resurrected, so he had to BELIEVE that what the Father told him was true, even though it appeared otherwise. In turn, and only by that ability, was he able to save those men, and all of the Father's other sons. His entire family was presented to Him by Jesus the obedient and faithful.
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true.
At one point it may look like all is gone, and then in the next minute all is restored as promised. That is so our faith can grow in the One who has made his home in us and we can be pleasing to the Father. It will continue to happen like that, even though each time we may think that that time will be different, like the chaotic world of the animal where everything is up to chance. He shows us his love and concern for us, that he does exist as it seems. He gives us many gifts so we can believe, but it isn't obvious like things in the natural reality are.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Our trials are chances to prove our faith to our new Father, the tangible gift we give back to Him. The two things feed on each other, because as we choose Him, giving Him the gift of faith in Him, He gives more gifts to us, and hope which produces even more faith; so it's kind of a snowball effect. When we stay in that place of continuing to believe and act like we believe (not being led by our animal nature, not satisfying our animal needs, cravings, and lusts), we are in the safe place, inside the house with our good Father who keeps us safe from the snakes and wolves that are outside, in the world ruled by the serpent.
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: `In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty. `The silver is mine and the gold is mine,' declares the LORD Almighty. `The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. `And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty.
"You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house."
Then Haggai, the LORD's messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: "I am with you," declares the LORD. So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the LORD Almighty, their God.