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John Chapter 3 Nicodemus

Posted by adventbiblestudy on June 17, 2015


  • John 3:1-36 NLTse There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. (2) After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” (3) Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (4) “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” (5) Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. (6) Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. (7) So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (9) “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. (10) Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? (11) I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. (12) But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? (13) No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. (14) And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, (15) so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. (16) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (17) God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (18) “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. (19) And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. (20) All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. (21) But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” (22) Then Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people. (23) At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism. (24) (This was before John was thrown into prison.) (25) A debate broke out between John’s disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing. (26) So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.” (27) John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. (28) You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ (29) It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. (30) He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (31) “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. (32) He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! (33) Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. (34) For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. (35) The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. (36) And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”
    • Nicodemus

      John 3:1-21 NLTse There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. (2) After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” (3) Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (4) “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” (5) Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. (6) Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. (7) So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ (8) The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” (9) “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. (10) Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? (11) I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. (12) But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? (13) No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. (14) And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, (15) so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. (16) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (17) God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. (18) “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. (19) And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. (20) All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. (21) But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

      We can see the detail John used to record events he included in his book other writers didn’t. This shows us how John wrote about events that not only interested him, but were reserved for him to record. The previous chapter served another spiritual lesson. It proved only God could have written the Bible. Only God could have arranged a Psalm written generations before Jesus showed up at that temple gate that described Jesus’ thoughts as well as God’s desire for acceptable sacrifices. Only God could have used contrasts like the scene Jesus witnessed inside that courtyard and the words David recorded. Only God’s Spirit could have guided Jesus to the right scripture given to the right people at the right time.

      Was Nicodemus among those religious leaders when Jesus was questioned in that courtyard? Did Nicodemus look at Psalm 69 and wonder how all of that came together? There must have been a good reason for Nicodemus to seek out a private meeting with Jesus.

      Nicodemus went out to find Jesus at night under the cover of darkness. He didn’t want anyone to know about their meeting. This showed Nicodemus had some doubts. He wasn’t ready to step up or step out of his secure position in the synagogue. Something was holding him back and Jesus as usual knew what it was.

      The religious leader and elder didn’t feel right about going out to meet the new Teacher who had been gathering a larger following everyday. He watched Him from a distance and listened to a number of His speeches which awakened questions in the religious leader’s mind. Nicodemus searched scripture and found some very interesting information. He was looking for answers, but it seemed God kept filling his mind with more questions. His head felt like it was ready to explode as every waking moment was filled with a series of questions running around his mind like a shepherd herding his sheep. One thought seemed to keep popping to the forefront of his mind, “go see Jesus.”

      Nicodemus finally made plans. He exchanged his priestly dress for something more common. As night began to fall and the evening sacrifice was offered, Nicodemus slipped out the city gate and headed to where he knew Jesus was staying.

      Nicodemus stumbled through the darkness. Directions weren’t that difficult, but he never noticed how rough and uneven the road was until he tried to navigate it alone in the dark. It seemed every rock and rut positioned itself in his path. Nicodemus wondered if his feet and ankles would hold up.

      He finally saw camp fires in the distance. Nicodemus hoped this was where Jesus was spending the night. It suddenly occurred to Nicodemus other people would be with Jesus. He had no idea how many or who would be there. What if someone recognized him? He thought of turning back, but decided to look at the outskirts of the camp. Nicodemus covered his head with the hood of his cloak.

      As he approached the camp, Jesus came up behind Nicodemus. It was as if Jesus had been expecting him. This surprised Nicodemus. For a moment fear grip his body like death itself. A chill shot up his back almost freezing him in place.

      Nicodemus had no trouble recognizing Jesus in the dim light. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” Jesus stood staring at Nicodemus for a moment. Jesus knew Nicodemus’ greeting was meant to comfort himself as well as phrase his greeting to impress Jesus, or anyone, just in case his eyes deceived him in the dim light.

      After a long pause Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” Nicodemus still had a great amount of fear holding him in place. Jesus’ response took him by surprise. Nicodemus thought for a moment. He thought about his greeting. He could see it was a little elaborate and could be easily taken as an attempt to butter up Jesus, or soften Him up for an attack. It suddenly dawned on Nicodemus, he just greeted Jesus in the same manner other religious leaders did before they launched their traps. He also thought about the way he was dressed. It was evident, Jesus could see he was a religious leader. His greeting gave him away. Now Nicodemus felt bad. He walked all this way through the dark to talk to Jesus, now he appeared to be a religious leader in disguise trying to spy on Jesus or trap him.

      Instead of offering an explanation, Nicodemus simply replied, “What do you mean? How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus had to knock Nicodemus off his high horse, bring him down a notch, make him set aside the position he held but was holding him back.

      Jesus could tell Nicodemus was not there to threaten nor trap Him. Jesus also knew, He had one chance, just a few minutes to reach this man. Jesus knew Nicodemus would disappear into the night, walk back to Jerusalem, and join those meetings called by the religious leaders to discuss Him, His capture, and eventual execution. Jesus could feel and almost hear details of those meetings. Jesus knew the spiritual battle in front of Nicodemus. Finally Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.'”

      Jesus knew He was addressing one of the most predominate religious leaders in the temple. But Jesus addressed him like a child. Jesus repeated Himself adding two more details, you must be born of water and the Spirit. Water made Nicodemus think about John the Baptist. Jesus didn’t want Nicodemus to think about what John preached, or what he did, but simply notice how John was different. Not all the people God needed to work for Him had to be like John, follow the same patterns, or follow the same ministry. God needed people in every corner of the world to reach out to people from many forms of religion, and faith. People with thousands of different personalities, needs, habits, traditions, and trials. Jesus had to get Nicodemus to admit the established Hebrew religious order was not working.

      That’s where God’s Spirit comes in. Religion needed new leadership. Not only new people and a new way of teaching, but one leader, God. Jesus came to call people back to God like the prophets of old tried to do. Some times it worked for a while, but it seemed as if a new leader meant the return to old habits. Jesus came to teach this world how to connect with God’s Spirit. Not the way the world had been teaching for hundreds of years, but the way it has always meant to be.

      Jesus got down to basics. He wanted to show Nicodemus how little he knew about God’s Spirit while showing him how easy it is to find God’s Spirit. “The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” Jesus could not have given a better example. Wind is everywhere, just like God’s Spirit. Nicodemus suddenly remembered the beginning of Moses’ first book. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2 NLTse).

      Wind is also something people can’t explain. Jesus had to get this religious leader to understand, it was not their role to explain God. They could lead people to God, tell people what they knew about God, but they were never to lead people to believe they had all the answers, or knew everything about God. Because the most important aspect of God was the personal relationship He needs with each of us. Jesus was a symbol pointing to that relationship. A major part of that relationship is a connection with God’s Spirit.

      Jesus could tell Nicodemus’ mind was still held in this world. He couldn’t get his mind off what he’d been taught. This was part of the battle Jesus saw. “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. Jesus knew it wasn’t going to be easy to reach Nicodemus in one night. It’s never easy to reach anyone in one night. It takes time. A few words from any human lips has never been enough to change anyone. And that’s how Nicodemus viewed Jesus, as a man with an amazing view of God and His Word.

      Jesus decided to turn the tables and use a bit of the flattery Nicodemus used to begin the conversation. Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things?” The compliment as well as the question took Nicodemus by surprise. It didn’t take long for the wily religious leader to catch onto what Jesus was doing. He didn’t understand what it meant to be born again, so Jesus took a step back and took out a page from the religious leader’s book on introducing concepts and debates. Nicodemus waited for Jesus to introduce the subject matter He was trying to explain. “I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?”

      The word we took Nicodemus by surprise. Trained as a master in debates, Nicodemus knew how to listen and study each word. He thought of what Jesus meant by including the testimony of more then Himself. Who was Jesus referring to? Quickly looking back over the short conversation, Jesus could only be pointed to two people, John the Baptist or God’s Spirit. That was it, Jesus was telling him to listen to God’s Spirit to learn about Heaven.

      By the smile on Nicodemus’ face, Jesus could tell He was getting through to him. The smile told Jesus, Nicodemus was beginning to open up. So Jesus added, “No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven.” Now Nicodemus was confused again. The expression on his face changed. Out of habit, he began stroking his beard, a signal he was thinking. Jesus could tell he was confused. Jesus wondered what Nicodemus’ reaction would be to His next portion of the lesson. “And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.”

      This was going to take some time to sink in. Jesus knew Nicodemus was not going to understand that statement for some time. It was a seed God’s Spirit had Jesus plant. It was also a lesson showing how a seed is planted to one day sprout some time in the future when conditions were right. Jesus also knew Nicodemus would be one of the few people to search scripture for clues on what was happening and what was about to happen. Jesus gave Nicodemus an important key.

      Jesus knew Nicodemus was going over the story in his mind. So Jesus told Nicodemus the main theme of the story. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus knew it would take years before Nicodemus would be able to see the connection between that bronze snake and God’s Son. Jesus wasn’t in a hurry to explain everything. Like He told Nicodemus, He was leaving him in the capable hands of God’s Spirit.

      Jesus knew Nicodemus needed additional information. So He added, God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.Jesus gave Nicodemus the definition of that snake, what that symbol was pointing to, but Jesus knew, none of that was going to make any sense for some time. All of this was scattered seeds. Were they falling on good ground?

      Seeds need light from the sun, and spiritual seeds need spiritual light. Jesus also provided that. “And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

      Jesus did more than plant a seed. He gave Nicodemus a prophecy. One both would see the fulfillment to. Nicodemus would see people who loved darkness reject the light. Jesus was inviting Nicodemus to come into the light. Jesus wanted Nicodemus to understand what God wanted.

      When we look at this story, we can see the words born again and related words such as, birth and reproduce repeated at the beginning of the conversation. Jesus repeated those words enough to emphasize the main point, but didn’t keep repeating them until Nicodemus understood. Jesus knew it would take time. Jesus knew it would take a new belief in Nicodemus. Believe and understand are other words Jesus repeated.

      At the end of the conversation Jesus introduced a choice and new key words such as judgment, sins, and evil. Then Jesus introduced a symbol for Nicodemus to think about, light, which culminated into the ultimate choice. To either accept or reject that light. Jesus didn’t keep driving home His lesson until Nicodemus submitted. Jesus introduced the lesson God’s Spirit gave Him to teach, then left Nicodemus in the capable hands of God’s Spirit. That was part of the lesson Jesus was teaching.

      I couldn’t write about Nicodemus without pointing out how he was the one Jesus told, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV). Do we stop to think who Jesus said this to, when and why He said it? I have to consider those details. Especially when I see the main lesson in that story shows how Jesus knew whatever He told Nicodemus, it was going to take time to sink in. Jesus didn’t have a problem giving Nicodemus time to review scripture, pray, get in touch with the Spirit Jesus told him about. Why don’t we follow Jesus’ example? Would it make any sense to tell someone about God’s Spirit rather then trying to do the job yourself?

    • John Explained Jesus’ Ministry

      John 3:22-36 NLTse Then Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people. (23) At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism. (24) (This was before John was thrown into prison.) (25) A debate broke out between John’s disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing. (26) So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.” (27) John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. (28) You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ (29) It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. (30) He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (31) “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. (32) He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! (33) Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. (34) For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. (35) The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. (36) And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”

      Wouldn’t you have liked to hear that debate between John’s disciples and that Jew over ceremonial cleaning? John didn’t fill us in on any details, but we have a number of details we can look back on about the subject.

      Jesus made wine out of water in jugs made to hold water for ceremonial cleaning. Just a coincidence? Jesus talked to Nicodemus about being born of water and the Spirit. Another coincidence? Or are those all related? Since the previous study taught us the main goal is to get back with God’s Spirit and it takes time to find the right answers, this must be a test God placed exactly where He wanted it.

      Not much has been preached or written about this story. Maybe because people noticed John the Baptist was teaching the story and didn’t think it was too important. Maybe that’s why they have trouble understanding that power of Elijah they keep talking about. If your going to study that power, wouldn’t it make sense to look at every detail?

      First we have to look at the Bible to prove a link between John and Elijah. Then his disciples asked him, “Why do the teachers of religious law insist that Elijah must return before the Messiah comes?” Jesus replied, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready for the Messiah. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognized, and they chose to abuse him. And in the same way they will also make the Son of Man suffer.” Then the disciples realized he was talking about John the Baptist. (Matthew 17:10-13 NLTse).

      Now we can look at what John taught his disciples. First we can compare it to the introduction. This chapter is divided into two main stories, Nicodemus and John explaining what he knew about Jesus to his disciples. Looking at that simple fact shows us, once Nicodemus became Christ’s disciple, he would display the same attributes as John. Looking at this situation in a literal sense, do we see Nicodemus coming to Jesus in the night to talk to Him, or learn from Him? Jesus ended the conversation by talking about judgment. John ended on the same subject. Compare the two.

      God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.

      We’re provided another clue to understand that power John was given. His lessons are parallel to Jesus’. We can see John’s disciples were complaining the man who claimed to be the Messiah was also baptizing. What made those people think only John was authorized to baptize? Not only were the priests in the courtyard questioning Jesus’ authority, John’s disciples were just as guilty. Were they jealous because more people were going to Jesus than to John? This looks like the first battle between churches long before the term Christian came into existence.

      Since this is a dispute between Christian factions, let’s see how John handled it. John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.” This is a good point not many people can argue with. John pointed his disciples to Heaven the same way Jesus pointed Nicodemus to God’s Kingdom and Spirit.

      John had an advantage few people have when answering a question. He preached the right thing. “You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.'” John told them what he told them before. He repeated himself. This showed how John’s disciples had to have time to absorb and learn what he was teaching, just like Nicodemus.

      John put his disciples in a position to make a decision. They could either stay where they were, continue listening to John repeat himself, or move on to Jesus for a higher learning experience. Jesus did the same thing with Nicodemus when He pointed him to God’s Spirit.

      John moved onto an example. “It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success.” The only scripture we have in John’s book to reference this to is Jesus at the wedding when He turned water into wine, His first miracle. But nothing, except the fact they both concern a wedding links the two stories. John is using the wedding, bridegroom, and bride as symbols. These are symbols not explained in John’s book up to this point. They are details his disciples will have to wait to understand. Jesus also gave Nicodemus symbols he had to wait over three years to understand.

      John wanted to bring out the main point of his lesson. “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else.” John emphasized the main point by repeating the word greater. His disciples had to understand Jesus was much greater than John. Otherwise they would never be able to move on. John also pointed out, he would become less and less. John would not become physically or spiritually less, but his effect on people would become less and less as they learned more and more from Jesus. That is the sign of a true leader, a true follower of Christ, a true messenger of God, and that power people refer to as Elijah.

      People fail to look at the full story of Elijah. How he failed and how God had to spend time encouraging him. How he conquered 400 priests serving a false god but ran from a woman. Elijah made mistakes. He had weaknesses. With God, Elijah overcame them. But it seems he fell again. Still, God called Elijah to Heaven. God doesn’t expect people to be perfect, but He does expect them to listen. That was the same lesson Jesus taught Nicodemus and John taught his disciples.

      John wanted his disciples to remain open minded enough to listen to Jesus. “He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”

      John did what he was taught to do since he was born, to send people to the Messiah. People say John prepared the way for Jesus’ ministry. They also say John prepared the world for Jesus’ ministry. But do they show you how? If they were like John, they would teach you how John prepared the world for Jesus and not only what John taught about Jesus, but how he learned what to teach. Jesus told Nicodemus how to learn.

      Elijah’s power isn’t restricted to John, nor is it reserved for a certain class of Christians, or a chosen few. John did what he was taught to do, told to do by God. John sent his disciples to Jesus for the next phase in their education.

      If this all seems too simple, that’s because it is. Look at the entire chapter and compare the two stories. John is the author of passion, expressing God’s love in a way no other author was able to capture in words. Part of that love is expressed in the simple lessons John recorded in the order he wrote them. One of the most important aspects of God’s love is to experience it yourself. That’s why Jesus and John sent people away from themselves onto the next phase of their educational experience. Where are you in your walk? Are you stuck on the stage of an earthly teacher? Is that teacher able to put themselves aside and show you how to move on? Where are you on your education? Are you at a level able to teach others? Are you at a point able and willing to step aside and let God’s light shine in?

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