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"God's revelation has nothing whatever to do with morality. Nothing.
Absolutely nothing."
- Jacques Ellul, The Subversion of Christianity,
Wm. B. Erdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, p. 69.

Jesus on What to Do
Updated: 03/28/2020

So, you have become enraptured with Jesus as the revelation of 'God, and you have your appetite whetted for the Kingship of the Heavens, and yet you are both free to live out of inspiration but still earthbound while you are on the path to understanding ALL the truth. How should you then live? What is an active, intelligent believer in Jesus supposed to do with his time, with his talents, with his focus, while he is on the pathway to learning and understanding the truth? A person has to stay healthy, stay balanced, usually has to make a living. You can only learn so fast, grow so fast.

There is no shortage of "worthy" causes that beckon the person who has a good heart, who wants to make a difference. There are quasi-crucial political causes, social causes, heart wrenching humanitarian causes for people and animals, ecological causes. Should you immerse yourself in one of these, especially if it has extra meaning for you? The thing is, inaugurating the Kingship of the Heavens will not just make A difference but will make THE difference. All other causes are just treating the various symptoms, not curing the problem. And we have the assurance that it will happen in our lifetime!

The following passages should give us a lot of guidance.

John 3:14,15  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that everyone choosing what to believe within Him may not die, and instead have everlasting life."

Commentary - Here Jesus is talking about an active choosing of what to believe about God and reality, within the context and limits of the spirit and meaning of what he said and did; instead of just hanging on to whatever vague, irrational or unreasonable beliefs we may have been given by our society or religion.

John 4:35,36  "I tell you{pl}, raise your{pl} sights, and see how the fields are already white for harvest.  And he who is reaping receives his reward, and gathers the fruit of everlasting life, so that sower may rejoice together with reaper."

Commentary - Jesus is here telling us to elevate our thinking, consider and seek something far higher, something "that no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man." He is the sower, we can be the reapers.

John 5:15 "Come and sin no more, lest a worse thing happen to you."

Commentary This simply means to change your paradigm and way of thinking, and don't go back to the old.  The "worse thing" is to just continue to age and die without any hope of healing from that general human condition.

John 5:24  "Truly, truly, I say to you{pl}, the one understanding MY message and believing the one having sent ME, has life for all ages; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from dying to living."

Commentary Another encouragement to listen to Jesus as the source for truth in contrast to listening to the false shepherds or ancient scripture, and another promise that immortality can be imminent for the believer.

John 6:20  "I AM THE ONE; do not be afraid."

Commentary A real, tangible opportunity to know the truth and to be literally, imminently safe from the common fate of human beings.

John 6:27-29  "Do not labor for perishing food, but for the food enduring to everlasting life, which the Son of man will give to you{pl}; for this one has God the Father certified."
     Then they said to him, "What may we do, to work the works of God?"  Jesus answered them, "This is God's work, that you{pl} choose what you believe within HIM whom that one sent."

Commentary Another very plain instruction to start believing differently based upon the message of Jesus.

John 6:40  "For this is the will of the one sending me, that every one understanding the Son and choosing what to believe within him should have everlasting life."

Commentary The Father and Jesus know that safety, fulfillment, empowerment, and immortality are imminently available.

John 6:58,63,64  "He who eats this bread will live within this age.....It is the meaning of the message that gives life, the flesh gains nothing; the DIRECTIONS that I have spoken to you{pl} are the real meaning and the life source.  But there are some of you{pl} that are not choosing to believe."

Commentary Another promise of literal immortality and a repeated explanation of how to achieve it.

John 7:37,38  On the last, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood up and shouted out, "If any one thirst, let him come to ME and drink.  He choosing what to believe within ME, as the scripture has said, 'Out of his inner self will flow rivers of living water.'"

Commentary - Another promise of literal immortality and a repeated explanation of how to achieve it.  The quote is either a transliteration of something in the Old Testament or is from some other ancient scripture.

John 8:31,32  Jesus then said to the Jews having chosen to believe within him, "If you{pl} stay within MY teaching, you{pl} are truly my disciples, and you{pl} will understand the truth, and the truth will set you{pl} free."

Commentary A very simple definition of a true disciple, one that understands and believes the message of Jesus instead of man's religious mythology.  Set free from death, danger and evil.

John 8:51  "Truly, truly, I say to you{pl}, if any one keeps within MY words of reason, in no way will he see death ever."

Commentary - Another promise of literal immortality and a repeated explanation of how to achieve it.

John 10:9  "I am the door; if any one enters through ME, he will be saved, and will enter in and will pass on to find pasture."

Commentary If anyone sheds his unsane/insane belief system and goes through the "door" of truth by listening to and understanding Jesus, he will then go and find what he needs.

John 10:27,28  "As I said to you, my sheep listen to MY voice, and I know them, and they follow ME;  and I give them everlasting life, and in no way will they die in this age, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand."

Commentary - Another promise of literal immortality and a repeated explanation of how to achieve it.

John 10:37,38  If I don't do the works of my Father, then do not believe me.  But if I do, even though you{pl} do not choose to believe me, believe the results so that you{pl} may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."

Commentary To truly believe, we always have to have a basis or rationale that resonates with our internal reference point.  Jesus is appealing to their primal understanding of what is good by pointing to his deeds and the tangible results.  Why would a sane person believe mythology that never takes the human race to what is truly good, and just allows the world of woe to go on and on, ad nauseam?!  "By their fruits you will know them."

John 11:25,26  Jesus said to her, "I AM the resurrection and the life source; the one choosing what he believes within ME, though he be finished dying, yet shall he live, but anyone LIVING and believing within me in no way shall die ever.  Do you believe THIS?"

Commentary The issue is not whether a person is going to be resurrected or not.  Everyone will be resurrected, some to an immediate understanding and "reward" and some to a condition of suffering intense remorse and relearning the truth of Jesus.  But everyone will eventually be living the good life because of believing in the eternal truth that Jesus brought to us.  The issue is: Can you believe that complete salvation is available now?

John 12:25,26  "He loving his psyche loses it, and he who despises his psyche in this world will keep it for everlasting life.  If any one serves mine, let him follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also.  If any one serves mine, the Father will honor him."

Commentary The Greek word "psyche" is variously translated soul or life in the more common versions of the New Testament, but these simple translations are too vague.  The word "soul" has so many unwarranted connotations (example: an incorporeal life entity) that using it is unproductive to real understanding.  The modern, common understanding of what psyche means is much closer to the truth but still wide of the mark. Many Greek words cover a wide range of meanings which must be gleaned from the context in which the word is used.  Psyche can mean anything from "self-identity" to "personality/character" to "experiential life" to "will" as the philosopher Schopenhauer used this latter word. In being consistent with the other teachings of Jesus, here it can be taken to mean any or all of the above; BUT WHAT MAKES THE MOST SENSE is that it stands for the intentional or willful pattern of a person's life or life experience. THE WILL!. Regardless, the passage still implies imminent immortality.
     "Mine" in the second sentence most succinctly refers to this purpose or intent.  Since Jesus didn't think of us as "servants" to him or the father, and since the father served him, "my servant" probably refers to the father, not the individual to which he referred to as loving his psyche.

John 12:35,36  Then Jesus said to them, "The light is with you{pl} for only a little time.  Walk while you{pl} have the light, lest the darkness overtake you{pl}; for the one walking in the darkness does not know where he is going.  While you{pl} have the light, choose what you{pl} believe in the light, that you{pl} may become sons of light."

Commentary This instruction is straightforward.  We should be getting our information and concepts about God from Jesus.

John 12:44-46  And Jesus cried out and said, "The one choosing what to believe within me, is choosing what to believe not just within me but within him who sent me.  And he coming to a knowledge of me comes to a knowledge of him who sent me. [1]  I have come as a light to the world, that whoever choosing what to believe within me may not remain in darkness."

Commentary Again, the instruction is to listen to him, NOT tradition, ancient scripture, nor the religious leaders, not the current dogma.

John 13:12-17  After he washed their feet he took his garments.  Reclining again, he said to them, "Do you{pl} understand what I have done to you{pl}?  You{pl} call me the Teacher and the Leader; and you{pl} say right, for so I am.  If I then, your Leader and Teacher, washed your feet, you{pl} also ought to wash one another's feet.  For I gave you{pl} an example, that as I did to you{pl}, you{pl} should do also.
     Truly, truly, I say to you{pl}, a servant is not greater than his master; nor a messenger greater than the one sending him.  If you{pl} understand these things, blessed are you{pl} if you{pl} do them."

Commentary Leading by example, Jesus demonstrates that he is really the servant. Serving our fellow truth-seekers is the thing to do.  See: Commentary for John 12:25,26.

John 13:34,35  "A new directive I give to you{pl}, that you{pl} love one another as I loved you{pl}, that way you{pl} also should love one another.  By this will all men know that you{pl} are my disciples, if you{pl} have love for one another."

Commentary A reminder: "one another" primarily should be taken to mean fellow truth-seekers. Loving a fellow truth-seeker is an easy thing to do!

John 14:1  "Let not your minds be troubled; choose what to believe in God, choose what to believe also in ME."

Commentary A basic instruction not only to believe, but to believe what is correct.

John 14:12  "Truly, truly, I say to you{pl}, the one choosing what to believe within ME will also produce the results that I do; and greater than these will he produce, BECAUSE I go to the Father."

Commentary A powerful affirmation to believe the message of Jesus, and to see that it was to our advantage that he left. If he had stayed, we would tend to leave things in his hands rather than take the reins of our own destiny in our own hands.

John 14:15  "If you{pl} love me, you{pl} will keep MY directives."

Commentary Another confirmation to believe what Jesus is teaching us.  See: John  12:44-46, 14:1.

John 14:21   "He having MY directives and heeding THEM, that one is the one loving me; and he loving me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him."

Commentary More confirmation of the same instruction: believe the message of Jesus.

John 14:23  "If any man loves me, he will heed MY message, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."

Commentary Another reiteration of the "Prime Directive" to build our belief system within the deeds, teachings, and message of Jesus.  This is why he came, to give us a public, show and tell demonstration that SHOULD be clear and inspirational.

John 14:27  "Peace I leave to you{pl}; my peace I give you{pl}; not as the world gives do I give you{pl}.  Let not your mind be troubled, nor let it be afraid."

Commentary No authentic, real peace can come without believing in the imminent resolution of the human condition by following the instructions.

John 15:3,4,7  "Now you{pl} are made clean (whole or healthy) by the message which I have spoken to you{pl}.  Remain in me, and I in you{pl}.....If you{pl} remain in me, and MY INSTRUCTIONS remain in you{pl}, you{pl} will ask whatever you{pl} desire, and it shall be done for you{pl}."

Commentary Jesus is asking for his disciples to stay focused on and stay within his message and directions, and he is promising the wonderful payoff.

John 15:12-14,17  "This is MY directive, that you{pl} love one another even as I have loved you{pl}.  Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his psyche for his friends.  You{pl} are my friends if you{pl} do what I direct you{pl}.....This I direct you{pl}, that you{pl} be committed to love one another."

Commentary Jesus is not asking us to direct THE FOCUS of our love and attention toward God but toward our truth-seeking friends and brothers.

John 20:22,23  Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you{pl}.  As the Father has sent me, I also send you{pl}."  And having said this, he filled them with spirit, and said to them, "Conceive the Holy Real Meaning.  Whatever sins you{pl} yield up, they are left behind them; whatever you{pl} conquer, they are conquered."[2]

Commentary This passage makes no sense unless we realize that sin is having and retaining wrong concepts about God. At this point he had said and done all that was appropriate to inspire the disciples to reject their old religion and paradigm concepts of God. He is asking them to focus on understanding, and telling them that this is the end of the line for yielding up these wrong concepts.

John 20:29  "Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed.  Blessed are those not seeing, yet choosing to believe." [3]

Commentary An exhortation to work at believing the best about God without needing or having it to be demonstrated again.

[1].  Or, "He perceiving me perceives the one sending me."  This is the answer or solution for sin, sin being a wrong, negative perception of any aspect of God, such as his psyche, character, purpose, plan or values.

[2].  Contrary to what most "authorized" translations have him saying here, Jesus is not giving his disciples authority to seal judgment on the fate of others but on their own "sins" (fundamentally wrong concepts of God).  Having done everything that He can do, God is hereby resigning himself to whatever state of fundamental choice of belief the various disciples now have.

[3].  In contrast to most of the other twelve disciples, Thomas evidently understood the message of Jesus but was determined to not believe it unless he had the incontrovertible proof of Jesus' resurrection.  Jesus is hereby saying that blessed are those who both understand and choose to believe without material tangible proof, a reference to all those choosing to believe God because of what he says.

A synopsis of the instructions:

1. Be honest with yourself about the reality of your situation and life. 2. Wake up and realize that much of what you know and have been taught isn't right and isn't paying off in any significant way.
3. Internalize authority and take responsibility for your own belief system.
4. Take the inward journey to ascertain how immature/mature your spiritual stage really is.
5. Take the inward journey and have the courage to discover what it would take to satisfy yourself completely.
6. Choose to believe the best about God and the value of yourself instead of the worst.
7. Make seeking the truth that matters your first or highest priority.
8. Listen to the message of Jesus, not the message of religion.
9. Understand the character of God and the message of Jesus as being purely good for you.
10. Understand that the instructions are reasonable and NOT onerous.
11. Follow the instructions or directions.
12. Seek to come into unity with others, and pray for the status of having the kingship that comes through this unity.

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