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In discipling people to Christ we must seek to offer clarity out of the confusion that this world offers. This clarity will lead some to conversion and others to be confounded and even disillusioned. Regardless of their reaction, we must never deviate from the message of Christ finished work on the cross leading to His finished work He has begun in all those who believe.

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Introduction

Discipling people to Christ is difficult. We see that Jesus even had a difficult time with mixed results. In discipling people to Christ we must seek to offer clarity out of the confusion that this world offers. This clarity will lead some to conversion and others to be confounded and even disillusioned. Regardless of their reaction, we must never deviate from the message of Christ finished work on the cross leading to His finished work He has begun in all those who believe.

Clarity in Confusion

John 7:25–26 AV 1873
25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 26 But lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
A. Is He Christ?
B. Where is He from?
John 7:25–29 AV 1873
25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 26 But lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. 28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.

What took them by surprise was the public nature of his proclamation, even in the face of such a threat.

Servant’s Songs in Isa.
Servant’s Songs in Isa.

A possible explanation suggests itself: perhaps (the Gk. interrogative participle mēpote indicates a tentative question: cf. M. 1. 192–193) the authorities themselves have weighed the evidence, perhaps even know of fresh evidence, concluding, at least in private, that Jesus really is the Christ, the Messiah (cf. notes on 1:41). In John’s Gospel, this is the first time such a possibility has been articulated in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 50:7–9 AV 1873
7 For the Lord God will help me; Therefore shall I not be confounded: Therefore have I set my face like a flint, And I know that I shall not be ashamed. 8 He is near that justifieth me; Who will contend with me? let us stand together: Who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. 9 Behold, the Lord God will help me; Who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
B. Where is He from?
John 7:27 AV 1873
27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
Irony in the book of John is amazing! Non of these people know where Christ is from, they just know that He grew up in Nazareth and His family is living in Capernaum. They are unaware of His Bethlehem birth and could really care less because they are stuck on a lie that no one should know where He is from.
C. From the confusion and convergence of differing thoughts, Jesus speaks clarity into the situation:
Jn. 7:27
—If we will listen to the Lord, we will find clarity and grounding in His gospel.
1 Corinthians 14:33 AV 1873
33 for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
John 7:28–29 AV 1873
28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
—Who and where?
—From God: unknown by the religious who are asking.
—Jesus both knows the Father and He is from the Father.
John 10:30 AV 1873
30 I and my Father are one.
John 17:11 AV 1873
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
Allow the WORD to speak clarity in all situations. So often we feel like we are the one that needs to clear up problems or our intellect should be the convincer. But the Spirit of God through the Word of God is the convincer of hearts.
Romans 10:14–17 AV 1873
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
In discipling people to Christ we must seek to offer clarity out of the confusion that this world offers. This clarity will lead some to conversion and others to be confounded and even disillusioned. Regardless of their reaction, we must never deviate from the message of Christ finished work on the cross leading to His finished work He has begun in all those who believe.

Converted and Confounded

John 7:30–32 AV 1873
30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do moe miracles than these which this man hath done? 32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.
jn:
A. Some sought to grab Him, but Christ was not ready.
B. Many were converted, seeing the miracles.
C. Officers were sent to silence and grab Him.

When the Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about Jesus, they became alarmed. They did not even want people to speak of Jesus (v. 13); yet here some were quietly suggesting that He might be the Messiah. The Pharisees were so distressed by the popularity of Jesus that they joined forces with their archrivals the Sadducees. Though the two groups historically were at opposite ends of the theological spectrum, the mutual hatred they felt for Jesus drove them together (cf. v. 45; 11:47, 57; 18:3; Matt. 21:45–46; 27:62).

Rarely is reaching people easy. Jesus reaching out was Him talking with people and proclaiming truth. There were detractors, but there were also converts.
I surrender all.
In discipling people to Christ we must seek to offer clarity out of the confusion that this world offers. This clarity will lead some to conversion and others to be confounded and even disillusioned. Regardless of their reaction, we must never deviate from the message of Christ finished work on the cross leading to His finished work He has begun in all those who believe.

Completed Work Foretold

John 7:33–36 AV 1873
33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. 35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?
John 7:33-
John 7:33–34 AV 1873
33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come.

Good writer that he is, the Evangelist, knowing how to build up suspense, refuses to tell us the outcome of the guards’ mission right away (cf. vv. 45ff.). Instead he tells us what Jesus is saying and doing at the same moment the guards are seeking an appropriate time to arrest him, a time that will cause minimum commotion in a crowded city bursting with messianic expectations. Hearing of the official warrant (the Gk. of v. 33 opens with a ‘therefore’), Jesus speaks of his imminent departure in words that are clear to any reader (especially after the entire book has been read at least once).

Jesus is not just foretelling of His death but His ultimate ascension.
In discipling people to Christ we must seek to offer clarity out of the confusion that this world offers. This clarity will lead some to conversion and others to be confounded and even disillusioned. Regardless of their reaction, we must never deviate from the message of Christ finished work on the cross leading to His finished work He has begun in all those who believe.
John 7:35–36 AV 1873
35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?
John 7:

Once again the ‘Johannine irony’ is very thickly laid on. Not only will serious readers of this Gospel remember that within six months the question of visiting proselytes will signal for Jesus the onset of the last ‘hour’ (12:20ff.), but that after the cross, resurrection and ascension the truth of the gospel Jesus proclaimed would in fact be spread in Jewish and Gentile circles throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.

Philippians 1:6 AV 1873
6 being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Without believing Christ, His good work has not been begun in you. Upon believing Him, His Spirit seals you () and Sanctifies you for the glory of the Father.
In discipling people to Christ we must seek to offer clarity out of the confusion that this world offers. This clarity will lead some to conversion and others to be confounded and even disillusioned. Regardless of their reaction, we must never deviate from the message of Christ finished work on the cross leading to His finished work He has begun in all those who believe.
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