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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

John 15:18-25
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 22 January 2021

·  VERSES 18-25 These are my notes from Matthew Henry's Commentary

Here Christ discourses concerning hatred, which is the character and genius of the devils kingdom, as love is of the kingdom of Christ. Observe here,

I. Who they are in whom this hatred is foundthe world, the children of this world, as distinguished from the children of God; those who are in the interests of the god of this world, whose image they bear, and whose power they are subject to; all those, whether Jews or Gentiles, who would not come into the church of Christ, which he audibly called, and visibly separates from this evil world. The calling of these the world intimates, 1. Their number; there were a world of people that opposed Christ and Christianity. Lord, how were they increased that troubled the Son of David! I fear, if we should put it to the vote between Christ and Satan, Satan would out-poll us quite. 2. Their confederacy and combination; these numerous hosts are embodied, and are as one, Ps. 83:5. Jews and Gentiles, that could agree in nothing else, agreed to persecute Christs minister. 3. Their spirit and disposition; they are men of the world (Ps. 17:13, 14), wholly devoted to this world and the things of it, and never thinking of another world. The people of God, though they are taught to hate the sins of sinners, yet not their persons, but to love and do good to all men. A malicious, spiteful, envious spirit, is not the spirit of Christ, but of the world.

II. Who are they against whom this hatred is levelled-against the disciples of Christ, against Christ himself, and against the Father.

1. The world hates the disciples of Christ: The world hateth you (John 15:19); and he speaks of it as that which they must expect and count upon, John 15:18; as 1 John 3:13.

(1.) Observe how this comes in here. [1.] Christ had expressed the great kindness he had for them as friends; but, lest they should be puffed up with this, there was given them, as there was to Paul, a thorn in the flesh, that is, as it is explained there, reproaches and persecutions for Christs sake, 2 Cor. 12:7, 10. [2.] He had appointed them their work, but tells them what hardships they should meet with in it, that it might not be a surprise to them, and that they might prepare accordingly. [3.] He had charged them to love one another, and need enough they had to love one another, for the world would hate them; to be kind to one another, for they would have a great deal of unkindness and ill-will from those that were without. Keep peace among yourselves, and this will fortify you against the worlds quarrels with you. Those that are in the midst of enemies are concerned to hold together.

(2.) Observe what is here included.

[1.] The worlds enmity against the followers of Christ: it hateth them. Note, Whom Christ blesseth the world curseth. The favourites and heirs of heaven have never been the darlings of this world, since the old enmity was put between the seed of the woman and of the serpent. Why did Cain hate Abel, but because his works were righteousEsau hated Jacob because of the blessing; Josephs brethren hated himbecause his father loved him; Saul hated David because the Lord was with himAhab hated Micaiahbecause of his prophecies; such are the causeless causes of the worlds hatred.

[2.] The fruits of that enmity, two of which we have here, John 15:20First, They will persecute you, because they hate you, for hatred is a restless passion. It is the common lot of those who will live godly in Christ Jesus to suffer persecution2 Tim. 3:12. Christ foresaw what ill usage his ambassadors would meet with in the world, and yet, for the sake of those few that by their ministry were to be called out of the world, he sent them forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Secondly, Another fruit of their enmity is implied, that they would reject their doctrine. When Christ says, If they have kept my sayings, they will keep yours, he means, They will keep yours, and regard yours, no more than they have regarded and kept mine. Note, The preachers of the gospel cannot but take the despising of their message to be the greatest injury that can be done to themselves; as it was a great affront to Jeremiah to say, Let us not give heed to any of his wordsJer. 18:18.

[3.] The causes of that enmity. The world will hate them,

First, Because they do not belong to it (John 15:19): If you were of the world, of its spirit, and in its interests, if you were carnal and worldly, the world would love you as its own; but, because you are called out of the world, it hates you, and ever will. Note, 1. We are not to wonder if those that are devoted to the world are caressed by it as its friends; most men bless the covetousPs. 10:3; 49:18. 2. Nor are we to wonder if those that are delivered from the world are maligned by it as its enemies; when Israel is rescued out of Egypt, the Egyptians will pursue them. Observe, The reason why Christs disciples are not of the world is not because they have by their own wisdom and virtue distinguished themselves from the world, but because Christ hath chosen them out of it, to set them apart for himself; and this is the reason why the world hates them; for, (1.) The glory which by virtue of this choice they are designed for sets them above the world, and so makes them the objects of its envy. The saints shall judge the world, and the upright have dominion, and therefore they are hated. (2.) The grace which by virtue of this choice they are endued with sets them against the world; they swim against the stream of the world, and are not conformed to it; they witness against it, and are not conformed to it. This would support them under all the calamities which the worlds hatred would bring upon them, that they were hated because they were the choice and the chosen ones of the Lord Jesus, and were not of the world. Now, [1.] This was no just cause for the worlds hatred of them. If we do any thing to make ourselves hateful, we have reason to lament it; but, if men hate us for that for which they should love and value us, we have reason to pity them, but no reason to perplex ourselves. Nay, [2.] This was just cause for their own joy. He that is hated because he is rich and prospers cares not who has the vexation of it, while he has the satisfaction of it.

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John15:9-17
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 15 January 2021

·       VERSES 9-17
Christ, who is love itself, is here discoursing concerning love, a fourfold love.
I. Concerning the Fathers love to him; and concerning this he here tells us, 1. That the Father did love him (John 15:9): As the Father hath loved me. He loved him as MediatorThis is my beloved Son. He was the Son of his love. He loved him, and gave all things into his hand; and yet so loved the world as to deliver him up for us all. When Christ was entering upon his sufferings he comforted himself with this, that his Father loved him. Those whom God loves as a Father may despise the hatred of all the world. 2. That he abode in his Fathers loveJohn 15:10. He continually loved his Father, and was beloved of him. Even when he was made sin and a curse for us, and it pleased the Lord to bruise him, yet he abode in his Fathers love. See Ps. 89:3333 Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not [a]utterly take from him,
Nor [b]allow My faithfulness to fail.
Because he continued to love his Father, he went cheerfully through his sufferings, and therefore his Father continued to love him. 3. That therefore he abode in his Fathers love because he kept his Fathers law: I have kept my Fathers commandments, as Mediator, and so abide in his love. Hereby he showed that he continued to love his Father, that he went on, and went through, with his undertaking, and therefore the Father continued to love him. His soul delighted in him, because he did not fail, nor was discouragedIsa. 42:1-4. We having broken the law of creation, and thereby thrown ourselves out of the love of God; Christ satisfied for us by obeying the law of redemption, and so he abode in his love, and restored us to it.
II. Concerning his own love to his disciples. Though he leaves them, he loves them. And observe here,
1. The pattern of this love: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. A strange expression of the condescending grace of Christ! As the Father loved him, who was most worthy, he loved them, who were most unworthy. The Father loved him as his Son, and he loves them as his children. The Father gave all things into his hand; so, with himself, he freely giveth us all things. The Father loved him as Mediator, as head of the church, and the great trustee of divine grace and favour, which he had not for himself only, but for the benefit of those for whom he was entrusted; and, says he, I have been a faithful trustee. As the Father has committed his love to me, so I transmit it to you. Therefore the Father was well pleased with him, that he might be well pleased with us in him; and loved him, that in him, as beloved, he might make us acceptedEph. 1:6to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.
 
2. The proofs and products of this love, which are four:
(1.) Christ loved his disciples, for he laid down his life for them (John 15:13): Greater proof of love hath no man to show than this, to lay down his life for his friend. And this is the love wherewith Christ hath loved us, he is our antipsychosbail for us, body for body, life for life, though he knew our insolvency, and foresaw how much the engagement would cost him. Observe here, [1.] The extent of the love of the children of men to one another. The highest proof of it is laying down ones life for a friend, to save his life, and perhaps there have been some such heroic achievements of love, more than plucking out ones own eyesGal. 4:15. If all that a man has he will give for his life, he that gives this for his friend gives all, and can give no more; this may sometimes be our duty, 1 John 3:16. Paul was ambitious of the honour (Phil. 2:17); and for a good man some will even dare to dieRom. 5:7. It is love in the highest degree, which is strong as death. [2.] The excellency of the love of Christ beyond all other love. He has not only equaled, but exceeded, the most illustrious lovers. Others have laid down their lives, content that they should be taken from them; but Christ gave up his, was not merely passive, but made it his own act and deed. The life which others have laid down has been but of equal value with the life for which it was laid down, and perhaps less valuable; but Christ is infinitely more worth than ten thousand of us. Others have thus laid down their lives for their friends, but Christ laid down his for us when we were enemiesRom. 5:8, 10But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
 Those hearts must be harder than iron or stone which are not softened by such incomparable sweetness of divine love.Calvin.
(2.) Christ loved his disciples, for he took them into a covenant of friendship with himself, John 15:14, 15If you approve yourselves by your obedience my disciples indeed, you are my friends, and shall be treated as friends. Note, The followers of Christ are the friends of Christ, and he is graciously pleased to call and account them so. Those that do the duty of his servants are admitted and advanced to the dignity of his friends. David had one servant in his court, and Solomon one in his, that was in a particular manner the kings friend (2 Sam. 15:37; 1 Kgs. 4:5); but this honour have all Christs servants. We may in some particular instance befriend a stranger; but we espouse all the interests of a friend, and concern ourselves in all his cares: thus Christ takes believers to be his friends. He visits them and converses with them as his friends, bears with them and makes the best of them, is afflicted in their afflictions, and takes pleasure in their prosperity; he pleads for them in heaven and takes care of all their interests there. Have friends but one soul? He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit1 Cor. 6:17. Though they often show themselves unfriendly, he is a friend that loves at all times. Observe how endearingly this is expressed here. [1.] He will not call them servants, though they call him Master and Lord. Those that would be like Christ in humility must not take a pride in insisting upon all occasions on their authority and superiority, but remember that their servants are their fellow-servants. But, [2.] He will call them his friends; he will not only love them, but will let them know it; for in his tongue is the law of kindness. After his resurrection he seems to speak with more affectionate tenderness of and to his disciples than before. Go to my brethrenJohn 20:17Children, have you any meatJohn 21:5. But observe, though Christ called them his friends, they called themselves his servants: Peter, a servant of Christ (1 Pet. 1:1), and so James, Jas. 1:1The more honour Christ puts upon us, the more honour we should study to do him; the higher in his eyes, the lower in our own.
(3.) Christ loved his disciples, for he was very free in communicating his mind to them (John 15:15): Henceforth you shall not be kept so much in the dark as you have been, like servants that are only told their present work; but, when the Spirit is poured out, you shall know your Masters designs as friends. All things that I have heard of my Father I have declared unto you. As to the secret will of God, there are many things which we must be content not to know; but, as to the revealed will of God, Jesus Christ has faithfully handed to us what he received of the Father, John 1:18; Matt. 11:27. The great things relating to mans redemption Christ declared to his disciples, that they might declare them to others; they were the men of his counsel, Matt. 13:11.
(4.) Christ loved his disciples, for he chose and ordained them to be the prime instruments of his glory and honour in the world (John 15:16): I have chosen you, and ordained you, His love to them appeared,
[1.] In their election, their election to their apostleship (John 6:70): I have chosen you twelve. It did not begin on their side: You have not chosen me, but I first chose you. Why were they admitted to such an intimacy with him, employed in such an embassy for him, and endued with such power from on high? It was not owing to their wisdom and goodness in choosing him for their Master, but to his favour and grace in choosing them for his disciples. It is fit that Christ should have the choosing of his own ministers; still he does it by his providence and Spirit. Though ministers make that holy calling their own choice, Christs choice is prior to theirs and directs and determines it. Of all that are chosen to grace and glory it may be said, They have not chosen Christ, but he had chosen them, Deut. 7:7, 8. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of [a]bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.


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WHAT DID YOU SEE JANUARY 6, 2021?
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 08 January 2021

We all have a story to tell of what we saw January 6 when rioters swarm WDC Capital and security could not stop people from going into the halls of justice. What a wrenching sight to behold, as we saw many people so bitter about Trump being elected four yeas ago. Then seeing so many gather in support of President Trump wanting to show support for the electoral College events to be ok with every vote counted. Yet the news talking about how they were a part of the reason people where rioting. Come now let us reason together!
I saw people rioting for the simple reason they hated Trump and hated to see so many in support of Trump. It should not have been possible for the mobs to be able to rule our Country and destroy some of the Senate Chambers. But what are we seeing around America in Democratic Cities, Mob violence and no one can stop it? What a story we are seeing unfold as evil is now good and good is now evil. This is what the Bible says will happen and look at the lawlessness we saw with the mobs doing whatever they wanted to do.
I pray the Lord will allow us all to see this story of living in America become full of righteousness and peace, so we can get back to justice for all. We have seen the Mobs with their knee on the Neck of civility and killing our desire to do what is right.
Look at the changes that were bought back to the chambers when they reconvened, no one wanted to stand up for what was right, they quit any investigation for fear of more displays from the mobs, who are we kidding? Right needs to be in control, or we are going to see injustice begin to be common to where we are not going to fight for what is right, but accept wrong behavior as our attitudes are giving over to Satan and the power of lusting to do evil.
I am concerned that the Giant of evil has given us a blow that is going to be very hard to get back, in order that we can all have a story to tell of being blessed by doing what the Bible talks about. For God’s word is still the way truth and life that brings order back into our Spirit as we worshipreverence, have faith and hope in God as we pray for His will to be done. Then our souls five senses of conscienceimaginationreasonmemory and affection can control our bodies five senses of our earseyesmouthsmell andfeeling, then we can all be of goodwill and peace, like God created for all. Yet how many are controlled by Satan and lust for evil? We see it by the amount of people totally out of control, as that is Satan job on planet earth to get people to be like god.
Who are you following God, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, or are you unknowingly following Satan and all his demons bent on destroying all God created good.
What did you see, hear, desire, take and give is what Adam and Eve had to give a response to the Lord for, as He ask Adam where are you? As they were hiding with fig leaves around their private parts? Where are you, in what you see, heard, desired and now giving to others? Are you seeing the way, truth and life the Lord wants us to bless us with, or are you mad and want to be a part of lawlessness that is increasing around the world?
Are we not seeing people today not hiding from evil, but enjoying it as we saw the Mobs controlling our Capitals House, we the people built? Lord Help us to rebuild the walls of our Government, Economic and our Houses of Worship, so we can all produce goodwill and peace around the world. 
This is my story and I trust you have a better story to tell in the future to your loved ones, who deserve to live in peace and goodwill, so they can pray for those who want evil to rule and reign.
Blessing to you as you Read the Book of books and serve the Lord of lords and the King of kings; Jesus, who God gave to us the Holy Spirit, so we can be empowered to be like Him.
We used to sing a song; “To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, all I ask to be like Him, all through life journey, from earth to glory, all I ask, to be like Him.” Who do you want to be like?

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