3-6-9 A study of parallel worlds


John 3:16 is said to be the most quoted verse of scripture.

[Jhn 3:16 KJV] 16 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.

“so loved” is not a quantifier, but a qualifier. It does not indicate how MUCH God loved the world, but HOW God loved the world. It is beneficial to keep in mind, the admonition of John in one of his epistles:

[1Jo 2:15 KJV] 15 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

This is not a contradiction or misprint. The words “so loved” have one possible meaning. It translates “in this manner” loved. It can not mean anything else:

οὕτω(ς)

The KJV translates Strong’s G3779 in the following manner: so (164x), thus (17x), even so (9x), on this wise (6x), likewise (4x), after this manner (3x), miscellaneous (10x).

οὕτω hoútō, hoo’-to; adverb from G3778; in this way (referring to what precedes or follows):—after that, after (in) this manner, as, even (so), for all that, like(-wise), no more, on this fashion(-wise), so (in like manner), thus, what.

The way that God loved the world is to send and provide for you, a way to escape it. For the scriptures plainly declare that the world, the age and it’s works will be burned up. The Apostle Jude, for example, wrote that we should save some, pulling them from the fire, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Peter asked what manner of life we aught to live:

[2Pe 3:10-12 KJV] 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

God loved us by sending His Son for us, to deliver us from wrath. As it says, if we have the Son, we have the love of God. If we do not have the Son, the wrath of God abides on us.

The parallel worlds alluded to are on display in John’s gospel. Those who do not enter in to salvation and simultaneously prevent them who want to v. the One sent to give you the ability to enter, by empowering you to obtain son-ship. In John 3, an emissary is sent from the Pharisees to speak with Jesus. This man, Nicodemus, is “a ruler of the Jews”. He is no man of the common people. And he did not go to Jesus representing himself, but representing his order. He presumptuously hailed Jesus as “Rabbi”, as one teacher to another. He came by night so the average person would not see him speaking with Jesus, as a representative of religious authority, acknowledging what they knew about Jesus:

“Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him”.

Remember that…not “I” know, but “WE KNOW”.


JOHN 3

In responding, Jesus spoke of another world…a world unknown to Nicodemus. Something called “The Kingdom of God”. Jesus said to Nicodemus, except a man be born again (man/woman…makes no difference) he can not enter the kingdom of God. Therefore the means of entering, is birth, just as you and I entered this present world. You and I are here because of a conception in a womb. But we no longer live there. Jesus alluded to the fact that we begin in a womb, an amniotic sac of fluid, as a more-or-less parasitic being, completely dependent upon our mother for oxygen, food, and a safe environment in which to develop. We have a rudimentary awareness of light and dark, sound and silence, motion and stillness. But these perceptions provide only the vaguest awareness of the world outside of our known world of the womb. But when development is complete, it’s time for the exodus. The water breaks and a critical time is at hand. It is imperative that we leave the womb, cut the cord, and start breathing air. If we don’t, both mother and child perish. Jesus told Nicodemus, if we use natural examples to speak of things, and you don’t get it…how can we speak of heavenly things? This that Jesus spoke of, being born again, has nothing whatever to with natural conception and birth. No Nicodemus, I am not talking about crawling back into a womb and going through the birth process a second time. Are you a master in Israel, and don’t know what I am talking about? The wind, the pneuma, the Spirit comes and goes at will. You, Nicodemus, hear the sound of it, as a womb bound fetus vaguely hears noises it doesn’t comprehend. You don’t know where it comes from, where it goes, or what it’s purposes are. And just so, them born of the Spirit come and go according to purpose, but you have no clue of it. They walk in a world all around you, that you are blind to, oh “master” in Israel. In Nicodemus’ world, no one ever leaves the womb, and both Jerusalem beneath and her bound children choke and perish with her. Jerusalem above, the mother of us all, is intent that Christ be formed in you. That you become complete and entire, self existing and wanting nothing. That the cord at some time be cut, that you stand on your own feet, and all the desire of the Father, who said “they shall all be taught of God” become effectual in you, by the Teacher, the Spirit of Truth living and abiding with and in you, part of your being. And so, in the world you still are, but not of it. You see, hear and walk in things that were always there, but were theretofore imperceptible until this marvelous new being you became. Nicodemus, the name itself, means conquer (rule) the people. Jesus said of an authoritarian chain of command type system, “It shall not be so among you”. It is still out there, but it has nothing in you. Jerusalem above gives birth…she does not prevent it.

[2Co 5:17 KJV] 17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


JOHN 6


The disciples witness the man, who if he were not of God, could do nothing. Even the Pharisees knew it, though kept it private. He fed a multitude with a handful, and collected more than the original distribution (a message in itself…the fed should become the feeders). He had power over even the wind and waves and not only saved the ship of disciples, but the destination of the ship was defined the moment He got into it…as immediately being where it was supposed to be…a ship not located by geography, but by the passenger’s list. The disciples no doubt wondered at all this, and wondered and asked what they must do to work the works of God? The answer was probably not what they expected:

Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent”.


JOHN 9


Jesus comes upon the man born blind. Understand that, in truth, this is everyone who has ever been born, save the one who Himself is the light that illuminates every man or woman that comes into the world. He is the light. And when He would eventually open the eyes of the man born blind, and the man saw Him for the first time, He did not at that moment come into the world. He was already there. The disciples asked Jesus who sinned for the man to have been born blind? the man or his parents? Jesus said the man was not born blind for anyone’s sin, but that the works of God might be manifest in him. (See chapter 6 for the short definition of the works of God). Jesus anointed the man’s eyes with clay made with His spittle ( saliva is the first thing in your digestive system…it breaks things down). Jesus made a new lump of clay. He told the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam (meaning SENT). The man did as instructed, and when he went back home, his natural eyesight was given to him. Jesus was not visibly there anymore. The man knew him only by name. It was the Sabbath day, which precipitated a storm, two fronts collided…parallel worlds. The man gave the simple truthful account of what had happened, and how. “A man called Jesus spit and made clay, put it on my eyes and told me to go wash in Siloam”. Some refused to believe that this was the same man. They called in the Pharisees to sort things out. Remember what Nicodemus had said privately to Jesus, under cover of darkness, lest any of the common people saw and heard the confession…”WE KNOW you are a teacher sent from God, and we know that no man could do the miracles you do, except God is with him”. They still knew this…remember that. And now publicly, they claimed the very opposite. Why? I will leave that to the reader to decide. But to summarize, his parents refused to get involved because the Jews (Judah, the priesthood, the Pharisees, the temple, & etc.) they had put the word out that if any confessed that this man was Christ, he/she would be thrown out of the synagogue. Why? (Hint) Moses had said when Christ should appear, you must all hear Him, or you will not be reckoned one of The People, effectively concluding the system of the priesthood. They knew He was a teacher sent by God, but refused to believe He was THE Teacher sent by God…the Christ. To do so made them no different anymore, than anyone else. “The People” is now, and has for over two thousand years, been defined as they who hear Christ. That is in part, what Jesus told Nicodemus, and that this hearing will not come to you in the old thing. You must be born into it. As you read the account, consider how the blind man went from not knowing where Jesus was, or was from, whether He was a sinner or not, etc., to boldly declaring to the Pharisees what they already knew and privately confessed to Jesus…if He were not of God He could not do what He did. Where did this formerly blind man attain this understanding? It did not come from his parents or the hypocritical religious leaders. And the entire episode served not only to open the eyes of a man born blind, but to cement the blindness of the Pharisees, who claimed to see. And yet all this miraculous eye opening and understanding in the man was not the works of God, but was meant to produce it.

After the Pharisees threw the man out of the synagogue, the man having never yet set eyes on Jesus, Jesus went to him and asked if he believed on the Son of God? The man who was seeing Jesus with natural eyes for the first time, asked , “Who is he, Lord, that I might believe?”. Jesus said,”you are looking at Him and talking to Him”.

The man said, “Lord, I believe”. And he worshiped Him.

The work of God was complete.


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