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John 9

John 9

The blind are healed so that Christ might be made known by his works, and as an allegory that Jesus heals spiritual blindness.

John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

This man was born blind to show forth the glory of God through his healing.  We need to understand that not all sickness is the result of sin, but can be allowed to fulfill God’s own purposes.

9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Jesus healed and did the works of God the Father while he was with them. The teachings, commandments and deeds of Christ who lived by every Word of God, are our LIGHT of example that we should do as he did. He opened the eyes of the blind to show that he would open the eyes and understanding of the blind in spirit to all who would be called of God the Father and would respond in sincere repentance and faithful obedience.

9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Christ in this case healed by a physical action which required obedience in response. He placed the clay on the man, but the man had to respond and obey as a positive response of obedience, as was required of Naaman.

This should teach us that obedience is required for the healing of our spirit. If we do not obey God, we are NOT Christ’s disciples and cannot understand spiritual things.

1 Kings 5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

Elisha would not even see Naaman and sent him instructions by a messenger to wash seven times in Jordan. 

This was a humbling message for Naaman the great man.  This is typical of the unseen God sending a message to us, who are great in our own minds, and telling us to repent and turn to live by every Word of God.

5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

Naaman a great man had thought that the prophet would honor him by coming out to him and healing him immediately.  Therefore Naaman’s pride was injured and he was angry.  In the same way today, the pride of many leaders and brethren of the called out prevents them from humbling themselves before God at the warnings to live by every Word of God.

5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 5:12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

Then Naaman’s servants assuaged his anger and reasoned with him.

5:13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

Naaman humbled himself to obey the Word of the LORD by his prophet Elisha. 

We also must humble ourselves, and repent of our own ways of idolizing men and false traditions, to turn back and zealously live by every Word of God.

5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman was healed and he understood that there is no God but God, the Eternal God of Abraham.  Oh that we would all learn this lesson and stop our idolizing of men and false teachings, to keep the whole Word of God in deeds as well as in words.

5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

John 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. 9:8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? 9:9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

Jesus is testified of as being the Christ by this miracle in Jerusalem

9:10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? 9:11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

The man’s friends sought out Christ and brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees for a witness of Christ.

9:12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. 9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

Instead of rejoicing the Pharisees rejected Christ because he did not exalt their ungodly traditions. The same is done today as the church leaders reject the truth for their false traditions.

9:14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

Some of the Pharisees were divided between the miracles and their own traditions.

9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

They asked the formerly blind man what he thought.

9:17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

The Pharisees did not believe that the blind man had been blind from birth and was now healed.

9:18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. 9:19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? 9:20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

The parents answered wisely for fear of the Pharisees

9:21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he [Jesus] was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

9:23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

The Pharisees then told the man to praise God which was good; and then falsely accused Christ of being a sinner because he did not bow to their false traditions.  This same wickedness is common today, as people praise God with their lips while rejecting any zeal to keep the Word of God.

9:24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. 9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

The healed man also spoke wisely asking the Pharisees if they wanted to be Jesus’ disciples also; so as to make them leave him alone

9:26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

The Pharisees then claimed to be Moses disciples and to know nothing of Christ

9:28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples. 9:29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

The man again answered with godly wisdom, showing that his spiritual vision was also opened up

9:30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth9:32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. 9:33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

The Pharisees then cast him out of their presence [he may also have been cast out of the synagogue]

9:34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Jesus hearing of these things sought out the man and made him a disciple

9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 9:36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 9:37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

Jesus came into the world to heal spiritual blindness by being sacrificed for the sins of the world.

He, making the truth and the way to salvation manifest; also caused that those who would NOT believe, repent and KEEP his teachings, living by every Word of God, who think they see; should be revealed as the spiritually blind people they really are.

Jesus Christ warns such people today

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am [spiritually] rich, and increased with  [knowledge] goods, and have need of nothing [Not even God’s Word can tell them anything because they think they know it all]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked [naked of God’s righteousness]:

3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire [learn the Word of God in great tribulation], that thou mayest be [spiritually] rich; and white raiment [the righteousness of God’s Word], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [that our sins may be covered and forgiven] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve [Let God’s spirit open our eyes to spiritual things], that thou mayest see.

3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which [think they see] see might be [revealed as spiritually blind] made blind.

If we say that we are spiritually rich and see [understand] the things of the spirit, claiming to be God’s people, while compromising with Christ’s teachings; tolerating sin and not being zealous to live by every Word of God; we are just as blind as those Pharisees.

Once we accept God the Father’s call and commit ourselves to Christ and his teachings and commandments, and to live by every Word of God; there is no going back into the Egyptian slavery of willful sin receiving God’s strong correction.

Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Anyone who commits willful sin by knowingly compromising with any teaching of Christ, or any part of the Word of God, is not fit for the resurrection to spirit and will NOT be chosen as a part of the bride unless they sincerely repent.

STOP compromising with and polluting the Sabbath by buying on God’s Holy Day!

STOP idolizing men and corporations and following them, when they stray from the Word of God!

STOP rejecting the truth of God’s Word!  Stop rejecting overcoming sin and rejecting growth in spiritual UNITY with Christ!  

STOP choosing the false teachings of false traditions over the truth of God’s Word!

The Pharisees rejected the Word of God for their own false traditions and were condemned:

How many more shall be condemned for trusting in the false traditions and idols of men, instead of trusting in the Word of God?

Is there any of God’s Spirit left in our assemblies?

We are to hold fast to our baptismal commitment to sin no more, and cleave with all our minds and spirit and body, to our passionate zeal to learn and live by every Word of God!

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together [Not assembling withy just anyone but assembling with the true faithful to the whole Word of God], as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

If we lose our zeal to keep the whole Word of God and become spiritually lazy, following any man or temptation away from our Mighty Deliverer; and begin to justify our sins instead of immediately repenting from any sin we find in ourselves; we are searing our conscience, quenching God’s Holy Spirit and are in danger of the judgment of eternal death.

10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the [New] covenant [the sacrifice of Christ], wherewith he [the sinner was first forgiven and Set Apart from sin] was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Brethren, those who teach that upon baptism we enter a state of grace where we need not be zealous to keep the whole Word of God; are IGNORANT or LYING; Baptism is a commitment to “Go and sin no more”  not a licence to situation ethics and any willful sin.

10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God [because of any willful self-justified sin].

Brethren, let us remember our great joy in God’s Word when our minds were first opened to His Light!  Let us return to our first zeal to search out and accept all things of God!  Let us seek to regain our love of the Truth and our zeal to root out all error and sin! 

Dear Brethren;  Where has the love of the truth gone, that our leaders are unwilling to even look at the truth of the Biblical Calendar, or if they do look tell open lies about the subject to maintain their now obviously false traditions?  Where is our love of the truth when we reject or spin whole sections of scripture so that we can call the Sabbath holy as we pollute it by doing our own pleasures on God’s time? 

Let us return to a passionate zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God; resisting all deceptions and temptations and enduring all trials for the holiness of God the Father, ruler of the universe. 

Where are the Daniels and his three friends today; who would endure all things for the whole Word of God? 

Daniel 3:16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful [afraid] to answer thee in this matter.

3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Today we worship the golden image of a man, a human idol; and we worship idols of men, obeying their words and having no zeal or love of God to search and hold fast to the whole Word of God!  We are full of love and zeal for men and organizations of men; yet there is almost no zeal to keep the whole Word of God, above the words of men!  Truly it is written that in the last days the love of many [for the whole Word of God]  shall wax cold.  

Hebrews 10:32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were [When our minds were first opened to the Light of God’s Word] illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 10:33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.

Today just like the Mosaic Pharisees; most of the Ekklesia are willfully blind, making excuses for sins. 

Sins done in ignorance are not willful sins; but sins done willfully with knowledge that they are sins and then trying to justify those sins; are an stinking abomination that beings judgment and the condemnation of Almighty God!

John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

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