Envy John's disciples were envious at Jesus' success and tempted John to join but John resisted because he understood what was happening. A short analysis of envy: The envy John's disciple experience here is one of feeling discontent over the success, possession, or attribute of someone else. It's a strong desire to have what somebody else has. It's usually easy detected in children. Adults are better in covering up. It is always an unpleasant feeling and can do much damage if not dealt with in time. Our history is full of bad examples. But the origin lies in a once glorious angle called "Satan". He envied to be God, steered up a rebellion among the angels but obviously lost and was cast out of heaven with the rebellious angels and will one day be locked away in a place called "Lack of Fire". Envy also went in as the motive for the first murder in human history. Cain envied Abel's relationship with God. God desired likewise a relationship with Cain but Cain did not want to come on God's terms. His envy grew in his heart to hatred, rage, and eventually to the physical act of murder. Humility John's humility comes from a correct understanding of reality. It's not the false humility that pretends something weaker than it actually is. He just sticks to the facts which result in beautiful humility. He is also not puffed up to pretend to be something he is not. He enjoys to see and hear the greatness of someone else and is not too concerned about himself. People like that are very beautiful in character! Life Eternal life, a relationship with God, is available for all who humbly do what John did. Receive the testimony of Jesus Christ. People who persist in envy and reject the offer of life will eternally die.
Main point summary
John's disciples got envious when more people came to Jesus to be baptized. John humbly explains how it is good that Jesus gains more influence than himself because of who Jesus is, where He's from, who's sent Him, and for what purpose He came.
After these things
After these events
Jesus and His disciples came
Jesus and His disciples came
into the land of Judea,
into the land of Judea
and there He remained with them
and He remained there with them
and baptized .
and baptized those who were repentant, who wanted to show externally with being immersed into water to say that they needed spiritual cleansing.
Now John also was baptizing
Now John the Baptist also was baptizing
in Aenon near Salim,
in Aenon near Salim,
because there was much water there.
because there was enough water to immerse people in it
And they came and were baptized .
and as the result repentant people came and were baptized.
For John had not yet been thrown into prison.
Now John did that before he was thrown into prison by Herod.
Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification .
Since John was not the only one baptizing and many people went to Jesus, a disagreement arose between John's disciples and the Jews about spiritual cleansing.
And they came to John and said to him,
So John's disciples came and said to John:
“Rabbi, He who was with you
"Teacher, He who was with you
beyond the Jordan,
beyond the Jordan,
to whom you have testified —
to whom you have testified -
behold, He is baptizing ,
you see, He is baptizing,
and all are coming to Him!”
and as a result , all are coming to Him and less are coming to you!"
John answered and said,
John answered and said:
“A man can receive nothing
" If a person has received something,
unless it has been given to him
then, whatever it is, it was given to him. In my case, it was given to me that many people came to be baptized.
And this is given from heaven, that is from God the Father who resides in heaven.
You yourselves bear me witness , that I said,
Now let me explain and call to your remembrance that you yourselves bear me witness, that I said,
‘I am not the Christ,’
"I am not the Christ,"
but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’
but, "I have been sent before Him to prepare His coming."
He who has the bride is the bridegroom;
Just like the bride belongs to the bridegroom, in other words, the people belong to Jesus,
but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly
yet the friend of the bridegroom, me, who stands and hears Him, rejoices greatly
because of the bridegroom’s voice.
because of the bridegroom's voice. It is about the bride and the bridegroom and not the best man (friend).
Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
What we see now happening is what my ministry is all about. Now I see it fulfilled and therefore my joy is complete in Jesus.
He must increase,
Given these facts, He must increase,
but I must decrease.
but on the other hand , I, His best man, who was in the foreground for all the preparations, must now decrease.
He who comes from above is above all;
Jesus is above all things because He is sent by God the Father and therefore must further increase because all glory and popularity belong rightly to Him.
he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth.
Jesus is above me and every one of you because someone who is born and lived only on earth can talk just about the things that are known on this earth.
He who comes from heaven is above all.
I say it again, Jesus is from heaven and therefore above everything.
And what He has seen and heard,
Now it's amazing that Jesus, who is now among us, has seen and heard the glorious things in heaven
that He testifies ;
and that as a result speaks of theses things to us;
and no one receives His testimony .
surprisingly though, not many receive the things He testifies of.
He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true.
Yet, those who received Jesus' testimony certify that God is true.
For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God,
Because Jesus is sent by God and speaks the words of God. Jesus perspective is broader than that of a mere man. Jesus knows the things of this world and a world that is unknown to us because He was with God the Father before the Father sent Him to earth.
for God does not give the Spirit by measure.
and does not hold the glorious truth about God from us.
The Father loves the Son,
Furthermore , not only is Jesus sent by the Father, but the Father loves and treasures Jesus as His one and only Son,
and has given all things into His hand .
and has entrusted all things into His hand.
He who believes in the Son
Therefore if someone receives Him and His testimony
has everlasting life;
then that person has everlasting life just as Jesus has eternal life;
and he who does not believe the Son
on the other hand if someone rejects Him and His testimony,
shall not see life,
then that person will not see everlasting life, i.e. is not connected to eternal life but eternal death/separation,
but the wrath of God abides on him.”
but the right and just eternal punishment for wrongdoing, which comes in the form of God's awful wrath, keeps hovering over that person.
Who is John speaking of when he refers to 'bride'? - Would he have insight to the church?
What does that mean?