Upper Room Discourse, Part 1

Upper Room Discourse Part 1  Prelude:

God’s Provision for salvation and the forgiveness of sins.

Chapter 13 Outline:

Vs 1, The Love of Jesus Christ

Vs 2, 18, 21-30, Demon influence and possession

John 13:1 – Love

John 13:1, “It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”

Greek Transliteration: John 13:1Pro de tēs heortēs tou pascha eidōs ho Iēsous hoti ēlthen autou hē hōra hina metabē ek tou kosmou toutou pros ton Patera agapēsas tous idious tous en tō kosmō eis telos ēgapēsen autous

Greek: John 13:1 Πρὸ δὲ τῆς ἑορτῆς τοῦ πάσχα, εἰδὼς ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὅτι ἦλθεν αὐτοῦ ἡ ὥρα, ἵνα μεταβῇ ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου τούτου πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα, ἀγαπήσας τοὺς ἰδίους τοὺς ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, εἰς τέλος ἠγάπησεν αὐτούς. 

There is a rather dramatic shift in John’s vocabulary in chapter 13, which underscores the importance of “love” in chapters 13-17. A statistic regarding John’s vocabulary underscores the fact that love is a very significant term from here on in John’s Gospel. Love occurs 12 times in Chapters 1-12 and 34 times in chapters 13-17. So, let us understand the Love of God and Jesus Christ.

Click here to go to: DOCTRINE OF DIVINE LOVE, Based on doctrine by R.B. Thieme Jr.

John 13:2- Demon Influence

We now come to verse 2 of John 13, “During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him.”

Greek: John 13:2 – το διαβόλουδη βεβληκότος εἰς τὴν καρδία ἵνα παραδοῖ   αὐτὸνούδας Σίμωνος Ἰσκαριώτου,

Greek transliteration of John 13:2 – TOU DIABOLOU EDE BELEKOTOS EIS TEN KARDIAN HINA PARADOI AUTON IOUDAS EIMONOS ISKARIOTOU

The | devil | having already | put | into | the | heart | in order to | betray | Him | Judas | the son of Simon, | Iscariot,

The first Greek word we come to is DIABOLOS – διαβόλου (dee-ab’-ol-os), which we translate as “devil.” Here devil is a pronominal adjective, which resembles a pronoun by specifying a person, place, or thing.

“Devil” = diabolos; comes from (diaballó – διαβάλλω (dee-ab-al’-lo); which is from DIA – διά (dee-ah’) (through, on account of, because of) and BALLO –  βάλλω (bal’-lo) (to throw or let go of a thing without caring where it falls, to scatter, or cast into.).

So, DIABOLOS comes to mean, “to bring charges (usually with hostile intent): slanderous, accusing falsely, or malicious gossips,” and it stands for the devil.

This word is not a name but more of a description of the one we call the Devil or Satan. This will lead us into the subtopic of Satan and his strategies followed by the topic of Demonic Influence.

Click here to go to: Doctrine of Satan and His Strategies (Satanology)

Now that we have completed our study of Satan and his strategies, we go back to our main verse of John 13:2, “During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him,”

“Having already” is the Greek word EDE – δη (ay’-day) that is an adverb giving description to the following verb. It means, “already, soon, or now.” It gets its Voice and Tense from the supporting verb which in the English is “put.” So, EDE means, “already, as soon as, now, soon, by this time, or even now.”

“Put” = BEBLEKOTOS – βεβληκότος which is the (Perfect Tense, Passive Voice, Participle in the Genitive Case, Masculine Gender, Singular Person of Ballo – βάλλω (bal’-lo). The root BALLO means, “to throw or cast.” In the Perfect, Passive, Participle, it often means, “lying.” It also means, “offer, give; pour; sow (seed); bring (peace); invest, deposit (money); banish (fear); shed (figs); swing (a sickle).”

The Perfect Tense describes a process that took place in the past, with the results continuing to the present. It is usually translated in English by using the auxiliary verbs has or have. That’s why we have the word “having” before “already put.”

The Passive Voice says that the main subject, Judas Iscariot, receives the action of the verb.

The Participle changes the verb meaning into a noun, meaning in the Genitive, indicating a person, place, or thing. Here it is something Judas received which was now his own. As a noun, it is a possession of Judas — that being demonic influence of thought.

That is why it is translated in the Past Tense as, “having already put.” But with some added emphasis from the Greek, we could say that Satan has cast, thrown, or deposited into the heart of Judas this information.

Better yet, we could say that because of Judas’ lack of acceptance of the Messiah, he left himself vulnerable to demonic influence, and Satan was now lying in his heart. With the double meaning of the word “lying,” we could say that Satan placed lies or falsehoods in Judas’ heart or that Satan was lying (as on a bed) in the heart of Judas feeling right at home.

This second meaning speaks to demonic possession, which is actually the case as verse 27 tells us, but at this time in verse 2, he was not possessing Judas. Satan was only influencing him.

From this statement, we note that Judas was demonically influenced, which led him to carry out his act of betrayal against Christ. So, we will note the doctrine of demonic influence.

Click here to go to: Doctrine of Demon Influence

The next word we have in John 13:2 is the Greek word KARDIA καρδία (kar-dee’-ah) that is translated, “heart.”

This leads us to another important doctrine, the Doctrine of the Heart. We are studying this topic because it is the place of influence inside a man’s soul. The old saying is, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Prov 23:7. Well, the fact is we do our thinking through what the Bible calls the heart.

As you know, we have already study Satan and his tactics in the deception of man, and we have noted Demon Influence. So, with this doctrine, we will understand the place within man that is the target of Satan’s tactics and demon influence. But let us also not forget that the heart of the soul is the place that God targets too. Our heart is the place where we store and retain the Word of God that gives us functionality in the spiritual life and protection from Satan’s tactics and demon influence.

Click here to go to: Doctrine of the Heart 

In relation to our verse, John 13:2 in the Upper Room Discourse, we understand why it is so important to fill the Heart of our Soul with the Word of God, so that we are not deceived and influence by demons and doctrines of demons. When we fill our heart with the Word, we have protection; while at the same time, we glorify God by applying His wisdom to life.