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23 August 2017

John 19 - Part IV
Blood and Water

The death of Jesus is described by gospel writers two different ways. Mark used a verb (ekpneo g1606) which expresses the physical death, meaning to breathe out, or to expire. Both Matthew and John expressed his death from the spiritual side using different verbs:
Matthew - yielded up g863 the g3588 ghost g4151, better rendered as let go the spirit.
John - gave up g3860 the g3588 ghost g4151, better rendered as surrendered the spirit.
Luke, however, includes both - I commend g3908 my g3450 spirit: g4151 and having said g2036 thus, g5023 he gave up the ghost g1606, better rendered as I commit my spirit; and having said this, he expired (breathed out the last breath).
Luke shows that the breathing out the breath and surrendering the spirit are two different things. When God breathed into Adam the breath of life he became a physically living being, or soul. However, God also gave him a mind with some knowledge, as Adam could call names of all the animals, Genesis 2:7, 20. Other studies have shown that a spirit is a mind, or that which expresses the thoughts of the mind. This is done by speaking words, which are carried by the breath g4151 of the mouth. (Cf Proverbs 1:23; Ezekiel 2:-2; John 6:63; Isaiah 11:1-5)

Read John 19:31-37:
1. Verses 32-33: not one bone broken: Exodus 12:46; Psalms 34:20 (prophecy)
What is significant about the bones not being broken? Cf opposite Numbers 24:8; Micah 3:3
{Figuratively, to break another’s bones is an idiom indicating dominion over them. The Jews had an apparent victory over flesh and bone, but in the end it is Christ who was victorious at the cross in the spiritual realm & the physical realm, Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, 1Corinthians 1:25.}


Verse 37: they shall look upon whom they pierced: Psalns 22:16; Zechariah 12:10; 13:6 (between in JPS, RV, LITV)
2. Could Jesus have also been pierced inwardly? Psalns 64:2-3
{The words of a person, figuratively can pierce the heart of another, causing sadness, hurt feelings, etc.}


Verses 34-35:
...one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water, NIV.
It is well understood that when the pericardium around the heart is pierced, likely the bottom of a major artery will also be pierced, thereby assuring death. Interestingly, many look at the water and blood as symbols of baptism and Eucharist. However, they use blood as a symbol to point to another symbol - wine as a symbol blood, probably based on Jesus’ words at his last supper with the disciples, Luke 22:20.

3. What spiritual lessons can be learned from this incident of the cross? Matthew 3:13-17 (John 4:2); Hebrews 9:11-14
{Jesus began his ministry by being baptized ended it by shedding his blood at the cross.}

Read 1John 5:1-12:
4. In verses 2 &3, to what commandments is John referring? 1John 3:23-24; Matthew 22:36-40; cf Proverbs 10:8
{A person believing that Jesus is the literal Son, is born of God, loves God & others, & overcomes the world, i.e. principles by which the world lives, by their faith (i.e. spiritual understanding) verse 4-5.}


Read verses 5-8:
Verses 5-8: KJV - 5  Who is the one overcoming the world except the one who believing that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is the One coming because of water and blood, Jesus Christ; not in the water only, but in the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the One witnessing, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that bear record [in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one; 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth,] the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. ( Literal translation; The words inside the brackets are not found in any Greek manuscript)
NIV - 7. For there are three that testify: 8  the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
5. Apparently, John is explaining what he saw at the cross. What spiritual lesson is he revealing?
{Correct rendering of verse 6: This is he that came because of (dia g1223 in the accusative) water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not in water only, but in water and blood. John is speaking metaphorically. The first part of verse 6 applies to humanity, & the last part to Christ.

Water: Deuteronomy 32:1-2 (man’s Proverbs 4:18). Words come from thoughts. Spiritual baptism is to be cleansed by the water of the words of Christ - John 15:3; 13:10; Ephesians 5:25-26
Blood: Leviticus 17:11 life (h5315 soul) is in the blood. Literally, the blood reflects everything about our condition. What we eat is carried to the whole body by the blood. Everything we see & hear is retained in the mind. So blood, the soul represents the record of who we are. Jesus poured out his soul (blood) unto death - Isaiah 53:12; Psalms 22:15
Spirit: Proverbs 1:23; Isaiah 11:1-4 + Proverbs 22:15 (Rod = correction); a spirit is a mind, or what expresses the thoughts of the mind with words - John 6:63; Ephesians 4:22-32 (take note of verse 23 and how it is used in verses that follow.)

Humanities water & blood: Revelation 17:1-5, 15; 7:17 depicts a harlot sitting on many (fountains) of waters, identified as Babylon the great. God defined Babylon (Babel in Hebrew) as confusion (Root = by mixing). The record of our souls is that we were born into confusion about God, and have been drinking from a fountain of confusion. (Cf Jeremiah 2:13, 51:13)

Christ’s water & blood: Jesus came in human water, or thought (Galatians 4:4) so he could relate to us. He also had a divine mind, which became evident by the time he was 12. The work of Jesus was to reveal the true character of God to the world, John 17:4-8.
Isaiah 53:12: ...He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He has poured out His soul to death; and He was counted among the transgressors; and He bore [lifted up h5375] the sin of many (those willing to let go of their sin), and made intercession for transgressors, MKJ.

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