Part 2 in the bible study of the Gospel of John covers chapter 1 verses 29-33 where John the Baptist identifies Jesus and prophesies that Jesus will baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit. This video ends with a prayer for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit after explaining why we need it.
How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.
This is the second video in a Bible Study on God’s Word, taking a look at how much we don’t believe yet, because Satan doesn’t want us to believe it, because he’s robbing the Church of the graces that God wants to provide to this world.
As his Church we Christians are supposed to be making a difference in this world making this world a better place, bringing others to Christ. But Satan’s been lying to us, telling us to not believe everything that God says. The world needs to see God’s signs and wonders today to know that God is real to know that God is worth believing in and following. But we’re not doing enough. And why? Because we’re not believing enough. Now we’re going to take a look at the Gospel of John, starting in Chapter 1 with verse 14, “And the Word became flesh.” (The Word as we spoke of in the first video in this series being Jesus Christ, but all of God as well became flesh became one of us) “and he made his dwelling among us and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of Grace and Truth. Full of Grace and Truth.
Verse 16, “From this fullness we all have received”- full of Grace and Truth in verse 14 and now verse 16 says, “from this fullness we have all received Grace upon Grace. in other words abundant Grace no, more than that, abundantly abundant Grace extravagant Grace. God’s Grace is beyond what we can ask for or imagine. God’s Grace is beyond what we need. And he sent Jesus Christ to provide the fullness of this Grace to us. So that we get more than what we need, we get an abundance of what gives us a full life. Even the desires of our hearts if they’re holy and good, in such a way that others are converted by it. Grace isn’t just for us; it’s for the mission of filling the world with His Grace. “Grace”, (this is in verse 17 now) “Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.”
What is Grace? Grace is a free gift from God that we don’t deserve, but because He loves us so much he freely gives himself to us. Grace is not just a noun as in “What is grace?” But “grace” is a verb; it’s an action word. It is God acting in our lives. When we fully understand what the Word of God tells us, we come alive in that Grace, and His Grace is helping us to fully understand his Word and his Truth because Jesus says he came to give us Grace and Truth. Now look a little bit further in Chapter 1. John the Baptizer is speaking and preparing people’s hearts to receive Christ. Verse 29, “John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and he announced,” to anyone who is listening, anyone in earshot, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” But John testified further saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky.”
This is when John baptized Jesus. “And remain upon him. I did not know him but the One who sent me to baptize with water told me On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain he is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” “He is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” That’s the key to powerful Christian living. That’s the key to being all that God wants us to be and doing all that God wants us to do. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Right here at the beginning of the Book of John we are hearing from the Word of God that we are all meant to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. When we were baptized in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with our water baptism that was the beginning but just the beginning, because after we received Jesus, Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit.
In Baptism that Grace that we received then it’s the fullness of God, but there is more to it. Jesus knows that to live the Christian life, we need his supernatural power, his supernatural Grace, so he baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. If you’ve not yet received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as an extra Grace from Jesus, then pray this prayer with me now or if you’re ready for a renewal in it pray this prayer with me now, “Come Holy Spirit, fill me Holy Spirit, fill me to overflowing Holy Spirit. I want everything that you want to give me. Fill me with your gifts; fill me with your fruits. Help me to be all that God the Father wants me to be. Come Holy Spirit you have my permission to change me. Amen.