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Joseph Parker

Notes on the Scripture – John 16:7

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth;
It is expedient for you that I go away…”
John 16:7

“For example, here is a mother who is teaching her little child to walk. You know what a pleasure it is to see a little creature taking its first walk from one chair to another! I do not think I shall ever forget the first time I taught a little child to walk, and the joy I had in seeing the little toddling creature manage to go three steps without my help. There came to me a sense of triumph, a sense of something done. Well, here is a mother teaching her child to walk from one chair to another, and she begins by holding the child’s waist gently with both hands, and as the little thing steadies itself, and seems to have found its feet, she just takes away her hands little by little. Why does she take away her hands? Does she say, “I am tired; I do not like this posture of embracing thee, or of holding thee”? No, but she says in effect, “It is expedient for thee, my little child, that I take away this motherly support; thou must learn to walk by thyself;” and so the hands go away, not because the mother is weary, but because the child must be taught, sooner or later, self-reliance.”
Joseph Parker – The People’s Bible

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Quote for Today

Joseph Parker

Commenting on the Scripture: Colossians 2:1

“For I would that ye knew what great conflict
I have for you, and for them at Laodicea,
and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh”
Colossians 2:1

“Why should Paul the Apostle enter into any “conflict” about people or concerning people whom he had never seen? It is to be remembered that the Apostle Paul is writing to persons who had never seen him in the flesh, whom he had never seen, and with whom he had only opened indirect communication by a fellow-labourer. Yet he says he has a “great conflict” for the Colossians and the Laodiceans and the dwellers in Hierapolis. Why this conflict? Why not let the people alone? Why not be concerned simply for those who are round about you? What is this passion in the sanctified heart that will go out to the ends of the earth, clothed in charity, burning with Christly ardour? If there be any persons who are strangers to this passion they cannot enter into the music of the Apostle’s Epistle to the Colossians. They may call themselves practical people, they may find refuge in narrow maxims, such as, “Charity begins at home.” Christianity knows nothing about such maxims. Christianity takes in all time, all space, all human nature; Christianity is not willing to sit down to the feast so long as there is one vacant chair at the banqueting table: Christianity never ceased to say, “Yet there is room”; specially is there room for those who least think of it, or who least suspect their fitness to occupy it. There is no room for the self-contented, the pharisaical; there is always more room for the broken-hearted, the self-renouncing, the Christ-seeking soul. Paul lived in conflict: on the other hand, we are amongst those who avoid everything like controversy, friction, and sharp, mutual confrontage. We love quietness. Yet we do not know what quietness is; we think that quietness is indifference, carelessness, indisposition to concern oneself about anybody’s interests. That is not quietness, that is more nearly an approach to death: peace is not indifference, it is the last result of the operation of ten thousand conflicting forces. We are only at peace after we have been at war, and after we have accepted the music of the will of God.”
Joseph Parker

Brendan Jaster replied to this:

“The last sentence in that quote made me think, we can “accept the music of the will of God,” or we can face the music, as the saying goes. It is going to be one or the other.”

Brian Troxel

 

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“I AM the Resurrection”
John 11:25

Part One

Hidden within the Eternal Words of Jesus lie the treasures and fullness of the Godhead. As we come to know Jesus there is a quiet unfolding of Him within the depths of our own hearts. He is an eternal spring pouring forth renewing and invigorating waters of life. His ongoing-revelation is like a flower blooming and bringing forth fresh and life-changing fragrances of wonder and glory. As one man* observed hundreds of years ago, “the I AM is the eternal verb.” A verb denotes action and movement. Here it speaks of The Life which is simply the revelation of the Divine Will and Purpose at work in the human heart.

Here on earth life is much more than just breathing and existing. We are to be caught up in a Will which captures and inspires the heart to grander things. It is a Will founded and governed in something higher and deeper than our own selves; a Will which lifts us out of its menial pedantic self. It anchors the soul in the wonder and power of Love; God’s Love. Christ is the Face*, the Word and the Substance of all that God is. It is in our abiding, growing and following Him where we are raised out of the religion and base concepts of men and are brought into the very Will of a Life far beyond the statements and dogmas of religion.

Christ Himself the Living Vine

The I AM is much more than an event; He is the continuum of unfolding life and power. He is not just a resurrection, He is the ever-resurrecting ONE and it is in Him alone we live and move with the endless flow of His heart beating within. The precepts and concepts of doctrine must give way to something much more than a single “born again” experience. Birth is but the mere beginning of life; not an end in itself but the matrix of a journey of growth, learning and enlargement of the life of Christ within. The branch which is united to the vine* is ever-developing in its ability to participate IN the Will of the Vine to the bearing of fruit. It is in the bringing forth of fruit that the Father is glorified*. The Will of the vine is summed up in one great passion: to honour and glorify the Father. A branch which does not have this eternal Will as its singular purpose is not in vital union with the vine. It is the relationship of the branch to the vine through which the Eternal Will causes the branch to blossom and move into a life of bearing fruit.

Christ Himself the Tree of Life

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”
Revelation 22:2

“Life is much more than words, teachings and religious prayers;
it is the essence of God Himself.”

The I AM is the boundless cause and source of The Life. The Life cannot be had by mere intellectual learning. It must, by its very nature, be held within the wonder and power of relationship. A relationship where the inspiration of His love becomes the very bond that binds and hold us to His being. Life is much more than words, teachings and religious prayers; it is the essence of God Himself.

God in Christ has/is giving to us Eternal Life and this life is IN HIS SON. It is a commodity that cannot be known apart from Him. It must be known as it is given; eternally and continuously, the living branch abiding in, and forever sustained by, the very life of the vine.

“And this is the record,
that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is IN his Son”
1 John 5:11

The eternal record states that the Life is in His Son and we will only know its power by our continual interaction with Him.

“He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life”
1 John 5:12

The I AM beckons and calls to all who have ears to hear, eyes to see and hearts that hunger and thirst for Him. It is the true in heart who know intuitively that it is only in Him where we can “live, and move and have (true) being.” *

“O taste and see that the Lord is good…”
Psalm 34:8


* Joseph Parker – (1830 – 1902)

* 2 Corinthians 4:6
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”

* John 15:1-2
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit”

* John 15:8
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples”

* Acts 17:28
“For in him we live, and move, and have our being…”

Brian Troxel

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Quote for Today

Joseph Parker

“I am the resurrection and the life”: does the declaration end there? Does it not go on to say, “He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”? Is the old thunder “come forth” nothing now but a hollow and impotent whisper? Is not Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever? If ye then be risen with Christ, prove your resurrection by your consecration
– Joseph Parker

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