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Giftings or Character?

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There is a fascinating prophetic moment in John’s gospel in John 11:47-52 (NKJV)  Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”  And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”  Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.


John specifically uses the terminology “he prophesied.”  This is the usual word  προφητεύω that is used in the New Testament.  Here Bauer tells us this means: “to foretell something that…

God is not the limiting factor!

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He is not the limiting factor:
In John Chapter 6 Jesus is feeding the five thousand —plus —individuals.  I am sure you know the story well.  After the miracle prayer and the distribution of the fish and bread, John tells us the following. “And they all ate as much as they wanted (John 6:11).”

When Jesus gives a meal—you have the right to eat as much as you want!
The next day we find some of the crowd chasing Jesus and they find him in Capernaum.  They are coming under false pretences but Jesus has one up on them—Jesus knows it.  John 6:26 John 6:26-27 (NLT) 26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”
The crowds missed the point!  Jesus was offering them spiritual food but all they wanted was fish and bread …