Sunday, January 5, 2014

John 15:7

Delivered 12/19/13 @ 12:18 p.m.

"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." - John 15:7 (KJV)

Lots of people have quoted this verse and even know it by heart, but I want to dig a little deeper and take each word apart so you can truly understand what the Lord said to His apostles and - by extension - to us.

Here it is in the original Greek:
 ἐὰν μείνητε ἐν ἐμοὶ καὶ τὰ ῥήματά μου ἐν ὑμῖν μείνῃ ὃ ἐὰν θέλητεαἰτήσεσθε καὶ γενήσεται ὑμῖν

(Now you know where the saying, "It's all Greek to me" came from.)

Here's what it is using English letters:

"Ean meno en ego kai ho rhema ego en su meno hos ean thelo aiteo kai ginomai sy"

The word "ean" comes form two words - "ei" which means this is a condition and "an" which means it's uncertain.
"Meno" means "to stay in a given place, state, relation or expectancy."
"En" means "a fixed position in place, time or state."
"Ego" means "me."
"Kai" means "and."
"Ho" means "the."
"Rhema" means "an utterance" or "a teaching."
"Su" means "you."
"Hos" means "who," "which," "what," or "that."
"Thelo" means "to determine, to choose, to prefer."
"Aiteo" means "to call."
"Ginomai" means "to cause to be." It's where we get our words "generate," "genesis," and "genetics."

So, with this information, we can see that Jesus literally said:

"If you stay fixed position Me and the teaching of Me fixed position to you stays that uncertain determination, choice, preference you call and materialized and caused to happen to you."

So let's clear it up.

"If you stay fixed in Me (don't waver, don't be misled) and My teaching is fixed in you (don't forget it, keep reading it, keep learning it), anything at all that you determine, choose and prefer - when you call for it - will materialize and/or happen."

In other words, if you remain His disciple, you can choose whatever you want to happen, and IT WILL HAPPEN!
You can choose whatever you want to exist, and IT WILL EXIST!
You can choose healing and HEALING WILL HAPPEN!
You can choose salvation for your kids and IT WILL HAPPEN!
And can choose prosperity and YOU WILL PROSPER!

Because He said ANYTHING. He even made sure to let us know that the choice you make is not limited by using "ean" before "thelo." Any color. Any size. Any shape. Any amount.


Sure, there's that condition, but as a Christian, I don't have much of a problem with that condition. I'm happy to "abide" in Him and have His words "abide" in me. The world has nothing for me, anyway. Plus, they put limits on me. God doesn't.

God says, "Don't believe Me? Try it and see."

I am and will continue to, Lord. And I invite everyone else to join me.