The Word

Vol. 10 No. 3

January 23, 2011


Upper Room Discourse: John 16:1-3

The Importance of Preparedness –
Religious Persecutions





John 16:1-2, “These things (previous Doctrine of Chapters 13-15), I have spoken (taught) to you all in order that you all do not fall way, (into reversionism). They will make you outcasts from the local assemblies, but an hour is coming that anyone who puts you to death will think he is offering service to God.”


Here our Lord continues to warn the disciples of specific forms of persecutions. He does this so that the disciples of Christ would not be shocked when these things would occur and thereby lose faith and hope. Thereby becoming discouraged to the point of rejecting their own faith leading to reversionism and apostasy. He does not want them to stumble due to the antagonisms of Satan and His Cosmic System.


The fact that Jesus is warning His disciples indicates to us that it is a real possibility for a disciple of Christ, (a true believer, born again Christian), to fall into reversionism. How can this be? At the same time we are told that those who are the antagonists towards true Christians believe that their persecutions are for the worship and service of God. How can this be? Interestingly enough, both questions have the same answer, which is, they have built up scare tissue on their souls causing black out of the soul which has lead them into rejection of all things that are of Christ. Of the believer it is noted in Mark 6:47-52; 8:14-18 and Eph 4:17-18. Of the unbeliever it is noted in John 12:37-43; Jude 10-13 and Rom 1:18-32.


Doctrine of Scar Tissue and Black Out of the Soul.


1. Scar tissue of the soul, also known as hardness of the heart, is the result of prolonged residence and function inside Satan’s Cosmic System. The soul has “lungs” for the breathing in and out of the Word of God, which is inhaled and exhaled Bible Doctrine. The PNEUMA, God the Holy Spirit, breathes Bible doctrine into your human spirit as you learn the Word; 2 Tim 3:16; Eph 4:23.


2 Tim 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired by God (God-breathed) and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”


Eph 4:23, “And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”


2. The soul has two “lungs”, here after; they will be called the left bank and the right bank. Each lung has five breathing apparatus that accompany the five parts of man’s soul; volition, mentality, self consciousness, conscience and emotions. The left bank is used for the inhale of Bible Doctrine. The right lobe is used for the exhale of EPIGNOSIS Doctrine. The Old Sin Nature is the distorter of the soul but is not in the soul.  With Bible Doctrine the Old Sin Nature is frustrated, without Bible Doctrine the Old Sin Nature is satisfied; Rom 6:6; 7:7-18.


3. The left bank is designed for relationship with God, inhale; 2 Tim 2:15; James 1:5. While the right bank is designed for relationship with mankind, that is the exhale; 2 Cor 5:20; James 2:8 (Ambassador = exhale towards man).


4. Scar tissue is built up on the left bank of the soul by means of neglecting Bible Doctrine showing negative volition towards God’s Word. This automatically switches on the “MATAIOTES” (emptiness or vanity) vacuum into which KOSMOS evil (Satan’s system) and arrogant words of vanity flow; Eph 4:17.


5. Scar tissue is built up on the right bank of the soul (lungs) by:

          a. Adultery; Pro 6:32, Eph 4:19.

          b. Mental Attitude Sins: bitterness, pride, jealousy, hate, vindictiveness (revenge), implacability (hostile anger), guilty, worrying, etc; 1 John 2:9, 11.

          c. Drunkenness and drugs cause scar tissue. (There is nothing wrong with alcohol but there is something wrong with being drunk); Rom 13:13, Eph 5:18.


6. Scar tissue is built up when you have emotional revolt of the soul. When your emotions revolt, any Bible doctrine stored in the heart of your soul shuts down and your emotions begin to run your soul instead of responding to the doctrine in your heart. Emotions contain no doctrine and do not have conscience. This is apostasy, if you have negative volition toward Bible Doctrine it is inevitable you will have emotional revolt of the soul and have misery. As a result you no longer inhale or exhale Bible Doctrine in either the left or right lobe.


7. Scar tissue can build up on the soul of the believer as well as the unbeliever. All that is necessary is the rejection of the Word of God either post-salvation for the believer or pre-salvation for the unbeliever towards the gospel of Jesus Christ; 2 Peter 2:22.


2 Peter 2:22, It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire”.”


Blackout of the soul and scar tissue of the soul combine to reject all forms of truth. “Vomit” here includes: socialism, communism, the welfare state, redistribution of wealth, social equality, and being saved by anything except faith in Christ


John 12:40, “He has blinded their eyes (blackout of the soul), He has hardened their heart (right lobe), [scar tissue of the soul], lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive by means of their heart (right lobe), and receive conversion, and I restore them (Israel as a client nation).”


2 Thes 2:10-12, “...and with all deception of maladjustment (rejection of Jesus Christ) for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, so as to be saved. And for this reason, God sends them a deluding influence (blackout of the soul, scar tissue of the soul), so that they might believe a lie, in order that they might all be condemned who do not believe the truth, but take pleasure in unrighteousness.”


8. Scar tissue can finally choke out the soul.

          a. Believers: Ananias and Sapphira (Sin Unto Death); Acts 5:1-11, 1 John 5:16-17.

b. Unbelievers: Judas Iscariot; Mat 27:3-10, and the Pharaoh of Egypt; Ex 7-14. After so many chances at salvation, Judas finally went to the ultimate in arrogance: suicide. The scar tissue of the soul built up in his soul until he expressed it in maximum arrogance.


9. How is scar tissue removed?

          a. For the unbeliever, at the point of salvation all scar tissue is removed; Isa 43:25; 44:22.

          b. For believers:

                   1. Rebound (naming your sins to God the Father- 1 John 1:9) provides the filling of the Holy Spirit but it does not remove scar tissue.

                   2. A crash program on Doctrine, Heb 6, which builds the Edification Complex of your Soul.

                   3. Exhale of residual doctrine (EPIGNOSIS) from the Edification Complex of the Soul built upon your human spirit.


The Edification Complex of the Soul


1. The antithesis of scar tissue in the Christian life is the existence of an Edification Complex of the Soul. That is the building up of Bible Doctrine in your soul which has tremendous benefits to you in life.


2. The Edification Complex of the Soul is technical nomenclature found in the epistles of the New Testament for the attainment of spiritual maturity.


3. Synonyms for the Edification Complex of the Soul include:

          a. “Light”, Rom 13:12; Eph 5:8-10; 1 John 1:7; etc., is used for God’s Power System and sometimes for the Edification Complex of the Soul.

          b. “Christ formed in you”, Gal 4:19, connotes both the Edification Complex of the Soul and Spiritual Self-Esteem.

          c. “The new self (man)”, Eph 4:24; Col 3:10, refers to both the Edification Complex of the Soul and God’s Power System.

          d. “The perfect man”, Phil 3:12-16; James 1:4; 3:2, is used for the attainment of spiritual adulthood and the ECS.

          e. “Imitators of God,” Eph 5:1, is used for Occupation with Jesus Christ and the development of your ECS.


4. The consistent function of the GAP under one’s right Pastor-Teacher is the only way to construct an Edification Complex of the Soul.


5. The mature believer possesses a completed Edification Complex in his soul.


6. Doctrine perceived must feed both the human spirit and the human soul for capacity for both human and eternal life. The Edification Complex of the Soul is the result.


7. The benefits of and ECS include:

a. It produces confidence in time; Job 5:24-27; 2 Cor 5:6-8; Heb 10:35.

b. It produces Divine viewpoint on life and establishes right priorities in the soul of the believer; Isa 55:7-9; 2 Cor 10:5.

c. It orients the believer to the Plan of God; Isa 26:3-4; Rom 8:28.

d. It produces stability of mind, as opposed to the instability of the double-minded; James 1:8.

e. It is the basis for divine guidance and the execution of the will of God; Rom 12:2-3.

f. It leads to Occupation with Christ and the capacity and ability to love God and appreciate Him as the source of blessing when it comes; Phil 3:10; Eph 3:19; Heb12:1-2.

g. It attains eternal grace blessing; 1 Cor 3:10-15; Heb 11:9-10, 13; James 1:25; 2:12-13.


Then in John 16:3 we have, “And these things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me.”


Jn 16:3 is predicative   of    impending persecutions and the reasoning for them. Those who will be persecuting true believers are of the arrogant, self-righteous, legalistic, religious crowd, as Saul (a.k.a. Paul), was prior to his conversion; Acts 7:58; 8:1-3; 9:1 - In Acts 9:5 we see Saul saying “who are you Lord”, demonstrating the principle of this verse, “they do not know the Father or Me.”


In John 16:3, the Greek word for “know” is GINOSKO with the negative OUK for “they have not known.” This lack of knowledge is referring to experiential knowledge. These persecutors have a lack of experiential knowledge. They are ignorant as to knowing God the Father and the Son on a personal basis.



1. In John 16:3 GINOSKO refers to experiential knowledge, suggesting the knowledge of personal faith.


2. While the world may have a lot of knowledge about Christ, it does not have this personal experiential knowledge of Him because it does not have faith in Him.


3. In John 15:21, “because they do not know the One who sent me,” utilized OUK plus the verb OIDA for “they do no know”, which refers to a more objective knowledge, probably that of the fact of His incarnation, ministry and mission in comparison to Old Testament prophecy concerning the Messiah.


4. In John 15:21 it was the perfect idea of “possessed knowledge”, (Old Testament Prophecy), rather than the present aspect of “acquiring knowledge”, (Personal Faith) as seen in John 16:3.


5. Jn 15:21 had the sense of a continued completed state, “I know”, versus, “I have come to know”, (through experience or event).


6. In John 16:3 GINOSKO refers to that experiential knowledge which comes from continued intake and application of God’s Word in faith.


7. Therefore, these persecutors have neither objective nor experiential knowledge of God or Jesus Christ.


8. They are ignorant on two fronts, objectively and experientially.


Additional Principles:

1. Here, just as in John 15:21, Jesus indicates that these persecutions would come out of the world’s ignorance and hatred.


2. “They”, specifically refers to unbelieving religious Jews; the ones who would put believers out of synagogues and / or put them to death.


3. John’s Gospel speaks often of the relationship between obedient faith and knowing God. It was “His own,” the Jews, who are spoken of as “the world” that knew not Jesus because they “received Him not”.


John 1:10-11, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.”


4. Jesus explained to Nicodemus why those who did not believe on Him were condemned. Their rejection of Him placed them under God’s condemnation, John 3.


5. They rejected Him because He was the Light; they loved darkness, (self-righteous deeds), because the Light revealed the true evilness of their deeds, John 3:18-19.


6. Logically, all Jews should have recognized Jesus and believed on Him since they knew the prophecies, John 15:21.


7. We see here the principle that it is not only intellectual knowledge that brings the knowledge of God. Knowing God is the result of faith, an attitude of humble obedience to His Word.


8. They were not necessarily ignorant or passively ignorant. They voluntarily, actively, and freely chose to ignore the righteousness of God, Rom 10:2-4.


9. In rejecting Jesus they proved that they did not “know” the God they spoke about with such zeal, either objectively or experientially.


10. Religion does not possess category #1 love, (Love for God).


11. If you do not know God you cannot love God. You have to know God to love God.


12. Religion is blinded toward God and totally without category #1 love. The religious type assumes that what pleases God is the elimination of grace, which is actually His plan for man’s salvation and the execution of the spiritual life.


13. Therefore, religion superimposes its own darkness, (self-righteous legalism), upon the Plan of God, which has led and will continue to lead them to persecute true grace believing Christians.


If you would like more information on this subject,

you may listen to lessons 11-07 through 11-09



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