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Lesson 31: John 7:32-36

John 7:32-36
The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him
. Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come?

Background Information
You will notice the phrase “the dispersed among the Gentiles”. This is a reference to those Jews living throughout much of the ancient world. Israel has existed for many years with the majority of its people living outside of its boundaries yet has kept its ethnic identity.

The Jews’ speculation about Jesus beginning an international ministry was based on their misunderstanding of His words. Still, shortly after Jesus ascended to the Father, the Holy Spirit did begin an international ministry through Jesus’ followers. Acts 2 recounts the beginning of this ministry.

Related Scriptures
John 14:1-6
John 20:17 (This incident occurred shortly after Jesus rose from the dead.)
Acts 2:7-11
Ephesians 4:7-10
Colossians 3:1-4
Hebrews 4:14
Hebrews 10:10-14

1. From Ephesians 4:9, where did Jesus go before He went to His Father?
2. Where is Jesus today?

3. Based on John 14:1-6: a. Is there a way to go where Jesus is today? b. How does one gain the right to go there? c. Who will take
    those who have that right to that place?

 a. Would Jesus’ enemies be eligible to go to the Father? b. How could they become eligible?

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