Receiving the Truth

John 13:20. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth Me; and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent Me.

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This verse can get all tangled up in the pronouns. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that I capitalize any noun or pronoun that refers to God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. This is done in respect for Who He is; it is also done for clarification.

Jesus was reminding His disciples that His work was not yet finished. He was also telling them that He would send them to spread the gospel, and that whoever received (believed) them also received Him. When a person receives Jesus, he also receives the Father Who sent Him.

His words were for Judas, who would betray Him, as well as for the other disciples. Judas apparently did not believe that Jesus was Who He said He was, and was therefore willing to make a nice amount of money in betraying Him. Some believe that Judas’ remorse later led him to take his own life, and suppose that his remorse was proof that at the last he did believe. I don’t know, and we won’t know until we get to heaven. I try not to spend time on controversial topics that no one has been able to resolve in hundreds of years.

Our time is better spent doing what we know the Lord would have us do: Micah 6: 8. “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

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