This present period of
the Falling Away in
Christ's kingdom and in
the history of
Christianity is like none
other.  The positive
challenge for disciples
has to be great in order
to match the present
Age, called by Jerry
McMichael in this book
"This Age of the Bible
and the Computer"--yes,
similar to the "Virgin and
the Machine".  The
challenge of Jesus
presented to 11 of the
Apostles to be called a
"friend" by Jesus Himself
is that sufficient
challenge.

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Thank You.
"No longer do I call you
servants...but I have called you
friends..."  (John 15:15)
"Friends of Jesus" --  What Jesus is doing in the world, A Must!
Friends Must Know What Jesus is Doing (Bible)

Like the 11 Apostles Jesus was talking to as recorded in John 15:
15, you must know what Jesus is trying to do on earth through
His kingdom in order to potentially met the requirements to be a
Friend of Jesus.  {See page “Friends of Jesus” on www.
biblecombibleman.com\Friends_of_Jesus_Page website.

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does  not know
what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all
things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”  
(John 15:15)

This is perhaps the hardest of all requirements in accepting the
challenge to be a “Friend of Jesus” because these 11 Apostles
had the advantage of direct day and night teaching with many
examples from Jesus Himself.  You will have to learn it from the
Bible, that is the only way that you are going to know what the
Master Jesus is doing in the world.  There are actually two
aspects of the same thing here to be called a Friend:  (1) you
have to know what Jesus is all about in a far more than
superficial manner; and (2) Jesus has to make known to you
every­thing, all truth, that He has received from God the Father
in order to give it to disciples on this earth.

Two impossibilities?  No, not really; because recall how Jesus
teaches in this same long and special teaching session of John 14-
17, that you are actually bet­ter than the first disciples who had
the personal presence of Jesus, because the Other Helper will
help you learn Bible and help you comprehend what Jesus is
trying to do on earth.  And the “all things that I heard from My
Father I have made known to you” reminds us of how Jesus now
manifests Himself to us and not to the world, recall the answer
He gave to Judas, not Iscariot.

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word:  and My Father
will love him, and We will come to him and make our home
with him.”  (John 14:23)

There it is:  God and Jesus come to make their home in you.  
You just have to make sure that you spend a lot of time in the
Bible; not necessarily reading popu­lar books about the Bible,
but on the Bible itself. As one professor of Bible said at a
Baptist College, “Read your Bibles, they will throw a lot of light
on the com­mentaries.”  Now, we are not talking about piddling
like in the little lessonettes in Sunday School once a week, but
we are talking about serious Bible study and meditation.  Yes,
you should think about it in about the same amount of times that
spend reading it. Yes, you should read the Bible through every
year; but I would suggest that before you start the process to get
some guidance on correct interpretations of the Bible.  I would
strongly recommend to you that you get if you do not already
have, a Bible like the Nelson Slim Line {yes, you can order in
on-line from SunGrist_Bible at www.biblecombibleman.com},
a Bible where all the New Testament quotes are highlighted in
some manner, like indentation in the Nelson slim line; and that
for at least a year you will center your Bible study around those
approximate 250 quotes in the New Testament from the Old Tes­
tament.  {You can get a jump start on this quotes by reading
MAGIC OUTLINE from SunGrist Bible commentaries, www.
biblecombibleman.com.}  What you will find is that your Helper
the Holy Spirit as He worked with Apostles and Proph­ets lead
them in the writing of New Testament books to the extent that
those 250 quotes in the New Testament were carefully chosen to
be the top topics and subtopics of truth, of the Bible, and exactly
the most important things that God the Father has desires for
thousands of years to communicate to His own people.  You see
while there are thousands of thousands of verses in the Old
Testament, the Holy Spirit through Apostles selected only
approximately 250-500 {depend­ing on how verses are in the
quote} deemed important enough for the New Bible for the
Gentiles and Jews, the New Testament.

Now, these approximately 250 locations in the New Testament
besides being the most important truth transferred over from the
Old Testament, has the astounding functionality of interpretation
with them.  Yes, with every quote you will find the correct
interpretation, and this is exactly what the Apostle Peter meant
when he wrote “no scripture is of any private interpretation”.  
The Apostle, or associate of an Apostle like in the case of John
Mark and Luke, give you the proper interpretation with the
quote.  It is what I like to call the ASPI interpretation, for
Authorized Semi-Public Interpretation:  (1) it is the only
interpretation authorized by God Himself, and you see how He
has done it through the Spirit of Truth, Jesus, God, and the
Apostles; (2) It is not a pri­vate interpretation like from the
Jesus Seminar or from the many popular Bible teachers today
who think they have received new and unauthorized reve­lations,
as it is almost Public; (3) the only reason it is not completely
public since it originated with the very Public God the Father
who is the God of all is because those with the Spirit {alias
Jesus and God manifest in their heart and not to the world}, they
will miss the uniqueness of the private interpretation--remember,
manifest inwardly to disciples and not to the world; (4)
Interpreta­tion, yes you can call it one interpretation for each
quote, although you on the receiver end can miss that
interpretation without the proper help.

No doubt, you noticed how there is much more in John 15:15 as
requirements for Friendship with Jesus than (1) know what Jesus
is doing and (2) the Father and the Son making Bible known to
you; for you see even in the original manifes­tation of the Father
and the Son, which must be increased and built in to go all the
way to the status of Friends, and as given in John 14:23 is (1) to
love Jesus; (2) to keep the word of Jesus; and (3) a reciprocating
love from the Father which must be an abiding relationship of
prayer, confession of sin, and cultiva­tion of respect.  You see,
we are talking about a personal relationship with God, Jesus,
and the Spirit of Truth which is cultivated, which grows, and
about which you are always aware.

Like the Apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews 4:12 the Bible is
“alive” and “powerful”, and is a “discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heat”.  You must come to the point in your Bible
reading and study--two different types of Bible with the first
more devotional to listen to the Spirit--where you sense that
alive nature of the Bible as the words jump out to you; and the
meaning is opened up like riv­ers of living water.  GOD CAN
AND WILL COMMUNICATE THROUGH THE WORDS OF
THE BIBLE NO MATTER WHAT THE LANGUAGE OR
VERSION.  It rubs us Bible conservatives to hear the
fundamentalists try to lay down “lit­eral” and other requirements
for understand the Bible as if they had the only authorized
version:  what this does is sell God short on the power to
communi­cate.  No matter what the language of the version or the
translation, God can communicate.  As I seek to summarize
Scripture and Beliefs on the sound doc­trine of the BIBLE, I
summarize those scriptures under:  (1) Divine in Origin, never
forget that God is the source, the Bible of Apostles and Prophets,
39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, originated
in the heart and mind of God; and just like in Creation and
reverse in prayer, the Father is the Originating Cause, the Son is
the Mediating Cause, and the Spirit of Truth is the effecting
cause, both in revelation and illumination {Revelation and
revelations are complete, and do not let anyone tell you different
with such trick words and phrases as “God told me” and “God
gave me a word”--if this is real it is illumina­tion, not
revelation--for in the 66 books of the Bible wrapped up in the
first two centuries revelations are complete in “this faith once
for all delivered to the saints” {hope you notice the finality of
revelations in “the once for all”}; (2) Absolute in Authority,
where the Roman Catholic church departed from the faith once
delivered, about the same time the pastor at Rome was declared
to be head-pastor, or pope, was when they sought to make the
Bible less than Absolute in authority--(1) My establishing a
Doctrinal or Papal Document with authority on the proper
interpretation of the Bible, making this document as you can see
if you read carefully some of the commentaries from Bishops
more absolute than the Bible; (2) the Pope, and Mormon leaders,
and Pentecostals, and others have made their own speaking of
revelation authority, effectively at least in their own mind and in
the minds of followers, putting teachings of men {no matter how
authoritative and how seemingly holy} above the authority of
Scripture {this is one reason I have so much respect for the
heritage of Baptist in spite of what is happening in the SBC
today as part of the Falling Away--you know the takeover by the
fundamentalists--as Baptists have historically always maintained
that the “Bible is the sole criterion for faith and practice”, and
further insisted that each individual Christian read and determine
the truth for themselves}; (3) Sufficient in Message, while it may
not tell us all we would like to know, and as often today the
Pentecostals with their new revelations and the Mormons with
their 4 new Bibles try to make up for this sufficiency which they
see as inadequate for their own purposes, it does tell us all that
God and Jesus and the Apostles and Proph­ets through the Holy
Spirit decided to let us know--and believe me, we have not
phased a drop in the book of illuminations that are currently
available in the rev­elations of the Bible; and lastly, and this
was the point I was getting to when I started this paragraph (4)
The Bible is high fidelity in communication--even the original
Greek and Hebrew, where most often it concentrates on the
word interpretation of the world at the time, is not as good as
having the alive and powerful word and word talk to you as God
communicates.  (And until this hap­pens on a regular basis in
your Bible study, you will not be ready to be a Friend of Jesus.}

The Bible best summarizes this level of Bible effort for Friends
of Jesus in the following words.

“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that
your progress may be evident to all.  Take heed to yourself and
to the doctrine.  Continue in them {very similar to Abide in
Jesus}, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those
who hear you.”  (I Timothy 4:15,16)



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