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John 12: "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me."

19 March 2018 - 2:45am
| by Tamsin

John 12: "Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me." *

In this chapter of the New Testament The triumphal entry and Jesus predicts his death. Read John 12 online or look it up in your Bible.

Going Deeper

Before you start your daily reading, say a prayer asking God to guide your thinking as you read, and then read the Bible with the aim of learning something new.

After the reading, consider how it may affect your life and relationship with your Heavenly Father and allow your increased knowledge of the Scriptures to shape your character and strengthen your trust in God.

Discussion notes on John 12

• Why is v16 such useful information regarding the disciples’ ignorance? How does it add credibility to the Gospel account?
• Check out vv28-30. Can you imagine what it must have been like to hear the voice of God?

More on John 12

Verses 1 to 11 is a beautiful account of a woman’s devotion which had at least a twofold significance in the life of Jesus. Undoubtedly, it was associated with His coming death, as the words of Jesus show, but it also symbolised His messiahship. The word ‘messiah’ or ‘Christ’ means ‘the anointed one’. Mary perfectly typifies the true Christian disciple. Her gift, equivalent to an unskilled labourer’s wage for three hundred days, expressed a whole-hearted response to Christ’s love (which also was extravagant and, to worldly eyes, wasteful).

In the next few verses, as well as gladly accepting the praise of His followers Jesus must have experienced the keenest wrench of loneliness. He was alone in a crowd – always the most poignant form of loneliness. He had chosen a way that not even His dearest friends approved – and a way which would turn the nationalistic fervour of others to furious resentment.

The inquiry of the visiting Gentiles who wanted to see Jesus was addressed to Philip. To Christ these men were representatives of the wider world which desperately needed a Saviour and which would hear the gospel only through His Cross and Resurrection. Courageous self-giving is possible only in those persons who experience a basic security. The child who knows he is loved and accepted can be more outgoing and self-forgetful. The mystic or saint who has the keenest awareness of God’s love can be self-giving to a degree that is almost miraculous. The life of sacrifice is energised by the life of communion. We may be called upon to make that same act of faith which Jesus made when He went to the Cross.

Verse 27 shows Jesus asking ‘save Me from this hour’. On the whole this gospel is so concerned to emphasise the divinity of Christ that there are fewer examples of His very real humanity than in the synoptic gospels. To get a true picture of Jesus we need all four Gospels. However, this evangelist also affirms that the Word was truly ‘made flesh’. Some believers are blind to the true humanity of Jesus. But their misunderstanding places Christ on a plane where He can no longer help us. It was through Christ’s real humanity that God was revealed: it was in the midst of genuine conflict that victory was achieved.

The Church has never found it easy to combine the picture of Christ as Saviour with that of Christ as Judge. This gospel, as we have seen, has much to say about judgement. It affirms that judgement is a present reality, not just a future event. But it repeatedly claims that salvation, not judgement is Christ’s prime mission. In presenting Jesus as the light, the fourth gospel perfectly harmonises the themes of salvation and judgement. Christ comes only to bring illumination and healing. In His life we are assured that God is pure love. Yet just because God is love He seeks our free response and refuses to intimidate. We can turn from the light, and then that very light exposes our sin, becomes in fact the source of judgement. Christ the Saviour will not undergo some mysterious change before He becomes Christ the Judge. His compassionate heart cannot harden. He is love unchanging. It is when we reject His way and turn our backs upon the light that we pass sentence upon ourselves.

*THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.




Submitted by steve finnell on


Before discussing Saul's conversion we need to establish a point of fact. You cannot become a Christian and have unforgiven sins. If your sins have been forgiven you are a Christian. If you are a Christian then your sins have been forgiven. It is impossible to separate forgiveness, from being in Christ. How could you say I became a Christian last night but my sins were not forgiven? By the same reasoning you could not assert that I had my sins forgiven last night but I am not a Christian.

What is true for us, was true for the apostle Paul.

Acts 9:3-6 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5 And he said, "Who are You Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what to do."

Saul obviously believed in Jesus at this point, yet he was still not forgiven of his sins; therefore he was not a Christian. Paul was not saved by "FAITH ONLY."

Acts 9:9-11 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am Lord." 11 And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

Saul believed that Jesus was Lord.
Saul repented.
Saul fasted and prayed for three days.
After three days on the road to Damascus Saul was still not forgiven of his sins. Saul was not saved by faith alone, Saul was not saved by repenting alone. Saul was not saved by praying and fasting. SAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS.

Acts 22:12-16 "A certain Ananias....13 came to me....16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'

Saul's sins were forgiven after he was baptized in water, not before.

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Saul was not a Christian until he was baptized into Christ.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved......

Saul was not saved until he was immersed in water.

Acts 2:38...and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins....

Saul sins where not forgiven until he was baptized in water.

Paul was saved the way all men are saved. FAITH John 3:16---REPENTANCE Acts 3:19---CONFESSION Romans 10:9-19---WATER BAPTISM Acts 2:38




Submitted by Keke Yohanes on

Hi, I was googling for Steve Finnel because on Oct 27th, 2014, he put verses quoted from the bible on one of my blog post; with no introducing, no explanation & surely without asking if it would be okay with me.

I emailed & barked at him about how annoying his post was but he never replied.

Anyway, I happened to see your blog & he left a comment on the above post so I knew I was not the only one and obviously not the first blogger who received his visit. It is interesting that I found some other bloggers specifically wrote posts in respond to whatever this guy posted on their blogs

The guy was just looking for a way to increase the number of his blog viewer/follower.

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