Our Lord’s final words to His disciples the night before His death.


February 5, 2020

Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday,
February 5, 2020
Our Lord’s final words to His disciples the night before His death

We have a lot of spiritual gems found in these verses that our Lord taught His disciples on their way to Jerusalem as He was getting ready to die upon the cross; JOH 13:12-18.

 

  1. He washed their feet = Rebound
    2. He “took His garments = Resurrection
    3. He reclined again = Ascension and Session.

The ascension is that doctrine of Christology pertaining to the transfer of our Lord’s true humanity from planet earth to the third heaven in a resurrection body.
The session is that doctrine of Christology pertaining to the glorification of our Lord’s humanity at the right hand of the Father.

 

The Great “I am” is our teacher and our Lord.

Theology & Etymology of Greek = the most accurate translation that comes out to us as these “Four conditional clauses” are used for an accurate translation of words like “if” or “since,” as used in the Bible

 

  1. First-class condition is translated like “If, and it’s true” or “since, and it is.

Look at Gal 5:18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.

 

This is a statement of absolute reality, or fact, and it is called a first-class conditional clause which says, “If, you are led by the Spirit, and you are.”

 

  1. The second-class condition is used to denote a statement of negation or unreality; Luk 7:39.

This is known also known as a “contrary, to the fact” condition which should be translated; “If, and it is not true says this second-class condition.

 

  1. The third-class condition is a future probable condition that always relates to the future; Heb 6:3 “And this we will do, if God permits.”
  2. The fourth-class condition presents a probable future that is known as a condition or wish or desire; 1Pe 3:14 “For even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, happy are you.”

We have four different ways that we could use a simple English word like “if,” which has been created by our Lord Jesus Christ for the purpose of accuracy and preciseness.

 

  1. First class condition = “If, and it’s true.”
    2. Second class condition = If and it’s not true;
    Luk 7:39.
  2. Third class condition = “If, maybe yes, maybe no, as it relates to the future;  Heb 6:3.
  3. Fourth class condition presents a probable future that is known as a condition or wish or desire; 1Pe 3:14, if, and I wish it were true but more than likely it is not.

The word for “crunches”  is the pres-act-part of verb trogon which means that the traitor keeps on crunching his food, to munch on food, to gnaw, or to bite and devour, both naturally and spiritually.

 

“has lifted up his heel against me” is an idiom meaning to try and over-throw or discredit one’s authority, to seek one’s destruction.

 

Judas Iscariot was known as the traitor by his last name because there are at least seven other men in the Bible who went by the first name Judas, but they were not known as the betrayer or traitor.

 

Judas Iscariot, not only betrayed our Lord but he also pretended to love the Lord but his desire for approbation and recognition, power and authority is about to be brought to the surface.
Luk 6:16 says Judas “became a traitor,” denoting a double-crosser, or betrayer.

 

As terrible as the word “traitor” is, that title pales into insignificance compared to this one to be the “son of perdition” which denotes that Judas is a man identified with eternal destruction, or whose destiny is the Lake of Fire. 

Act 1:25,  it says that Judas went “to his own place,” the thought being the place of his own choosing; to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned on our lord and His disciples.
It is not that Judas was foreordained from eternity past to go to hell, without opportunity to be saved.
He chose to reject Jesus Christ and will suffer the consequences of any person who rejects the Savior.

 

(1)  He experienced the privilege of selection into the unique circle of the “12,” becoming an apostle.
(2)  Judas also observed great crowds flocking to our Lord Jesus Christ as He was becoming more and more popular every day.
(3)  Judas saw Christ’s own family thinking Him crazy.

 

They called this same type of principle something like we would call today an intervention, that’s what our Lord’s family thought about the Lord.
(4)  He observed that Jesus had extraordinary charisma and attracted large crowds, which meant potential political power, influence, and wealth and Judas wanted in on the action.

 

Matthew would handle the money needed to sustain the Lord’s ministry because he had been a tax collector and well acquainted with money matters.
Judas was the treasurer of the Lord’s group of apostles indicating that he was no imbecile; (Joh 12:5-6; Joh 13:29.

 

Judas knew the ins-and-outs of collecting, managing, and spending money better than the others did, including Matthew, who was a Tax Collector for the Romans to the Jews before he was a follower or disciple of our Lord.

 

Mary anointed our Lord’s feet with expensive “oil of spikenard,” “wiping His feet with her hair” (JOH 12:3).

 

Character trait #1:  Judas did not care about the poor. He was a hard-hearted man, too concerned with feathering his own nest while others, less fortunate, suffered around him.

 

Character trait #2: He was a thief, pilfering funds from the Lord’s money box, which exposes that Judas was full of avarice, or greed.

 

Our Lord is telling them that there is a traitor in their midst and that he is about to betray Him.

 

First Principle: Judas was not a traitor — Judas became a traitor because the verb that is used is known as the Aorist-middle-indicative of the Greek verb ginomai which means to become something that one was not before.

 

LUK 6:16   Judas {the son} of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

 

I do not believe that the Lord chose Judas to fulfill a prophecy of damnation.

 

Hyper-Calvinism is a branch of Protestant theology that denies the universal duty of human beings to believe in Christ for the salvation of their souls.

 

Those who take these principles to the extreme teach that man is either chosen by God to go to heaven and live with Him forever or man is chosen by God to go to eternal damnation.

 

These types of believers usually function under what they call TULIP which is an acronym of five essential tenets or points concerning the Sovereignty of God and the depravity of man.
The acronym T.U.L.I.P. stands for:
(T)   Total Depravity;
(U)  Unconditional election;
(L)  Limited atonement;
(I)   Irresistible grace;
(P) Perseverance of the saints.

 

When our Lord was around adult believers, or Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes, and all of them were astonished by His knowledge and spiritual strength; Luk 2:40-52.

 

This is not to say our Lord was not strong physically, because it took a lot of human strength to endure the beatings, the punches whip, the forced crown upon His head.

 

All of these principles apply to betrayers and traitors who make a living by manipulation, lies, broken vows; broken promises; etc.
In spite of all the dishonesty that goes on and on today in  all realms of Life, it doesn’t really matter if you love our Lord, because if you love the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, there is divine blessing waiting just for you.