John 2:18 “Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest
thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three
days I will raise it up.
20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building,
and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered
that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and
the word which Jesus had said.
23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many
believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was
In verse eighteen we have: “Then answered the Jews and said unto him,
What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?” It
is all about signs for the Jew. They require a sign. After all it is God
[in the person of Jesus Christ] who we are dealing with here. “He knew
what was in man.” Jesus “needed not that any should testify of man.” The
Jews require signs.
[1 Corinthians 14:21] "In the law it is written, with men of other
tongues and lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that
will they not hear me, saith the Lord." In Isaiah 28 in verse 10-13 the
prophet points to a future event.
He is speaking to Israel, and he is
speaking to them of precepts and of lines. "For precept must be upon
precept, precept upon precept; line upon line; here a little, and there
a little." In the course of God's dealing with Israel, he had determined
that he would someday "speak to this people" with
with stammering lips and another tongue will I speak to this people. To
whom he said, this is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest,
and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the
Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon
line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall
backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken." [1 Corinthians 14:21]
is the fulfillment of the prophecy given to Isaiah hundreds of years
God's word is TRUE. "For prophecy came not in old time by the
will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
Ghost." [2 Peter 1:21] [1 Corinthians 1:22] "For the Jews require a
sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom." To those that have named the
name of Jesus Christ, [Christians] who have trusted Him for their
salvation "to be revealed in the last time"
[1 Peter 1:5]; that is, in that period of time from Pentecost to the
coming translation of the saints [which is the church], they
are "a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood" 1 Peter 1:5].
Twentieth Century Spiritual Declension
The last century has been a time of spiritual declension. This has been
a time of the clouding over of the eyes. No longer can we understand the
basic differences between the Jew and Gentiles (the Greek). "For the
Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom." When you get
right down to it, there are two groups of people on this earth. "THE
BOOK" shows that.
Some would have us think that the categorizing of
people by gender (male and female), or by the color of skin, is more
distinctive and of more importance than the differences between the Jew
and the Gentile. This false view comes as a result of spending more time
(the leavening process) reading the newspaper or watching the television
than reading their Bibles. In contrast, it does not take too long for a
Bible believer reading God's word and meditating on its precepts to find
the truths and joys therein. "I have rejoiced in the way of thy
testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts."
[Psalm 119:14, 15]
This will result in the believer being "filled with
the Spirit." (Ephesians 4:18) Remember this important
statement of fact by God through His apostle Paul. It will help you
understand "HIS BOOK" by "rightly dividing the
word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) Please, get
this down! The Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom.
Check it out. Every Jew has this thing built into his very nature.
first "Jew" was a Gentile until he was called out of his country [or
nation]. [Genesis 12:1,2]. "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee
out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house,
unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great
nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt
be a blessing."
Abram became Abraham by the covenant established by God.
[Genesis 17:4, 5] “The token" of this covenant was visibly made known to
Abraham by the "circumcision of the flesh of his foreskin.""This token"
[TOKEN] is shown [comparing scripture with scripture] to be
"a sign." In
Romans chapter four, verse eleven, Abraham received the sign of
circumcision. "And he received the sign of circumcision a seal of the
righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he
might be the father of all them that believe."
The Jew requires a sign
in order to believe. Look at Exodus 4:30 and see how signs needed to be
performed by Moses "in the sight of all the people" so that they would
believe that the Lord was visiting His people and intending to bring a
great deliverance and salvation from their 400 year bondage to the
Egyptians. [Acts 7:36] "He brought them out, after that he had shewed
wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and the Red Sea, and in the
wilderness forty years."
God used visible signs that were great and
wonderful to convince Israel to sing a song of His mightiness. "Then
sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake,saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed
gloriously: the horse and the rider hath he thrown into the sea."
[Exodus 15:1-2] Israel experienced "signs and wonders" from God by his
direct intervention in their affairs down through time. Remember the
walls of Jericho and how they came down? This represented to them a
mighty sign of God going before them and delivering their enemy into
Consider this, how God gave Israel the seventh day [along
with the special Sabbaths] as a sign of His being the Lord God "that ye
may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you" [Exodus 31:13]. This
truth that the Jew requires a sign reached such proportions even in the
very face of the presence of the incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ,
with the unbelieving Pharisees [Jews] that God refused to give the very
signs they demanded before they would believe in His Son (that He was
the prophesied Savior of Israel).
Matthew 12:38 "Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees
answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered
and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a
sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the
prophet Jonas." Now, focus on this: "God also bearing them witness, both
with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy
Ghost, according to his own will?" [Hebrews 2:4].
To sum up, the signs and wonders that were performed by Jesus Christ
(and His apostles) when He came to this earth almost two thousand years
ago were to be a signal to Israel of who He was, and having rejected
Him, to judge them. It would be by occasion of their unbelief that the
Gentiles were to be grafted in to partake "of the root and fatness of
the olive tree." [Romans 11:17b]
Israel's rejection of these signs was
prophesied centuries earlier in the most exacting precision. "(According
as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that
they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this
day." [Romans 11:8]. "Salvation is come unto the Gentiles" [Romans
11:11]. This is where the term "MYSTERY" shows up. It is a New Testament
truth unknown to the Jew in his setting of national Israel.
up over this thing of God signifying a change in his dealing with man;
with a beginning of a new dispensation. "Even the mystery which hath
been hid from ages and generations, but now is made manifest to his
saints: To whom God would make known what the riches of his glory of his
mystery among the Gentiles; Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,"
[Colossians 1:26, 27]. [See also Ephesians 1:9, 10].
The change in the
dispensation reveals that God can modify His dealings with man without
regard to man, at His own discretion, "according to His good pleasure."
Note Ephesians 5:32, and see how God revealed the "great mystery
concerning Christ and the Church." God used signs and wonders in the
confirmation and the revelation to the Jew of "the mystery of the
Gospel" [Ephesians 6:19] whereby if they, the Jews, are to be saved,
that they must see that: "Neither is there salvation in any other: For
there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must
Brethren, now we are ready to begin to read "The Acts Of The Apostles"
in chapter two. Come on, now! Read it and believe it, and take note of
something. Not one person involved from Acts chapter one, verse one
right up to Acts chapter ten is a Gentile (of the nations). Cornelius
was the first Gentile to be saved [Acts 10]. Those that heard Peter on
the day of Pentecost [Acts 2:9-11] were "Jews and proselytes" and the
Ethiopian eunuch was a proselyte to the Jewish religion. Everyone is a
Jew (or Samaritan) up till that point.
Everything prophesied in Mark
16:15-18 was fulfilled in the book of Acts. Everyone Jesus Christ was
speaking to in Mark 16:15-18, were Jews ("afterward he appeared unto the
eleven"). Everyone at the feast of Pentecost was a Jew. The Jews require
a sign. They witnessed "many wonders and signs." [Acts 2:43]
came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the
Verse nineteen is the answer to the Jews! “Jesus answered and said unto
them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” All
they [the Jews] had to do was believe it. This, by the way, is all we [the
Gentiles] have to do today … is to believe. “Moreover, brethren, I
declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye
have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye
keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in
vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that
he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the
scriptures.” [1 Corinthians 15:1-4]
This is the Gospel in a nutshell in
the age of grace.
Friend, have you been saved by the blood of the Lamb