Search a pre-defined list ... Sermon Notes for Lamentations 3:21 … We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. In a word, the consequences of disobedience are the same in both. Nicodemus--In this member of the Sanhedrim sincerity and timidity are seen struggling together. Instead of this, he is virtually told that he has raised a question which he is not in a capacity to solve, and that before approaching it, his spiritual vision required to be rectified by an entire revolution on his inner man. Search verses, phrases, and topics (e.g. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest , that they are wrought in God. We have here a notice of Christ's two distinct natures in one person, so that while he is the Son of man, yet he is in heaven. Read also the doom of those that would not know Christ. ", "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. 23. Jesus Christ came to save us by healing us, as the children of Israel, stung with fiery serpents, were cured and lived by looking up to the brazen serpent, ( Numbers 21:6-9 ). ", John 3:21 (NIRV) Say ye, then, they go from me to Him? Would you have me mount into my Master's place? if after a few mornings and evenings spent in unthinking mirth, carnal pleasure, and riot, we die in our sins, and lie down in sorrow? But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:21 (LEB) 16. In both cases the efficacy is the same. 27-30. What to kindle in the cold and selfish breasts of mortals the fires of self-sacrificing love to mankind, as these words of transparent simplicity, yet overpowering majesty? What has been honored to bring such multitudes to the feet of Christ? Enough for me to be the Bridegroom's friend, sent by Him to negotiate the match, privileged to bring together the Saviour and those He is come to seek and to save, and rejoicing with joy unspeakable if I may but 'stand and hear the Bridegroom's voice,' witnessing the blessed espousals. Our works are good when the will of God is the rule of them, and the glory of God the end of them; when they are done in his strength, and for his sake; to him, and not to men. Even that being oppressed with evils, he was almost lost, and was also nearly persuaded that no hope of good anymore remained. 2. came to Jesus by night--One of those superficial "believers" mentioned in John 2:23 John 2:24 , yet inwardly craving further satisfaction, Nicodemus comes to Jesus in quest of it, but comes "by night" (see John 19:38 John 19:39 , 12:42 ); he avows his conviction that He was come from God--an expression never applied to a merely human messenger, and probably meaning more here--but only as "a teacher," and in His miracles he sees a proof merely that "God is with Him." But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.". Both methods are stumbling to human reason. It is then further explained by the Lord Jesus. Mine it is to point the burdened to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world, to tell them there is Balm in Gilead, and a Physician there. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.". John 3:21 But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be seen clearly that what he has done has been accomplished in God." being brought to the light, to the test, and standard, whether But he who does what is honest and right comes to the light, in order that his actions may be plainly shown to have been done in God. heavenly things--the things of the new and more heavenly evangelical economy, only to be fully understood after the effusion of the Spirit from heaven through the exalted Saviour. “Men loved darkness.” The past tense (Greek aorist) could be translated, “Men set their love on darkness” (Morris, p. 233). be born again--or, as it were, begin life anew in relation to God; his manner of thinking, feeling, and acting, with reference to spiritual things, undergoing a fundamental and permanent revolution. (Compare John 3:26 with John 1:28 ). That which is true, right and good: "he whose work is just", as The Bible uses the expression “born again” only a few times. Jhn 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:16, Jesus faith love) KJV. Already had the symbol of water been embodied in an initiatory ordinance, in the baptism of the Jewish expectants of Messiah by the Baptist, not to speak of the baptism of Gentile proselytes before that; and in the Christian Church it was soon to become the great visible door of entrance into "the kingdom of God," the reality being the sole work of the Holy Ghost ( Titus 3:5 ). 9, 10. the kingdom of God--whether in its beginnings here ( Luke 16:16 ), or its consummation hereafter ( Matthew 25:34 , Ephesians 5:5 ). Therefore the Saviour now graciously advances in His communications of truth, and once more solemnly brings to the mind of this teacher in Israel, now become a learner, his own not guiltless ignorance, that He may then proceed to utter, out of the fulness of His divine knowledge, such farther testimonies both of earthly and heavenly things as his docile scholar may to his own profit receive" [STIER]. John 3:21 (HNV) The question clearly implies that the doctrine of regeneration is so far disclosed in the Old Testament that Nicodemus was culpable in being ignorant of it. John 3:21 (GW) John 1:29-35 – John testified about Jesus. The love of God is shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost, and is become the commanding principle of his actions. to will and to do: or, "according to God", as others render it; We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. ", John 3:21 (CJB) Here is God's love in giving his Son for the world. Salem Media Group. What Christ speak, Nicodemus misunderstood, as if there had been no other way of regenerating and new-moulding an immortal soul, than by new-framing the body. Had the man been less sincere, this would certainly have repelled him; but with persons in his mixed state of mind--to which Jesus was no stranger ( John 2:25 )--such methods speed better than more honeyed words and gradual approaches. Nicodemus observes the miracles Jesus performs, knowing he has never performed even one miracle. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.". abideth on him--It was on Him before, and not being removed in the only possible way, by "believing on the Son," it necessarily remaineth on him! 4. It means the entire fulness of divine life and divine power. which ought to be the aim, and end of every action. but he who is doing the truth doth come to the light, that his works may be manifested, that in God they are having been wrought. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. Question from a Site Viewer What does baptism do for us according to the context of I Peter 3:21? Certainly we have duties and responsibilities, both before and after our sins are forgiven. flesh--Not the mere material body, but all that comes into the world by birth, the entire man; yet not humanity simply, but in its corrupted, depraved condition, in complete subjection to the law of the fall ( Romans 8:1-9 ). The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is compared to water. (1 John 3:21-24 RSV) You will notice that this is the other side of the case. John 3:21 (TYN) It means that something is done in us, and for us, which we cannot do for ourselves. Such a stumbling-block to the Jews and to the Greeks foolishness was faith in the crucified Nazarene as a way of deliverance from eternal perdition. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] When we have a clear conscience, we can have great confidence before God. 6-8. John 3:21. Question: "Does John 3:5 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?" God sent One to save us, that was dearest to himself; and shall he not be dearest to us? But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God. Jesus Christ came to save us by pardoning us, that we might not die by the sentence of the law. or "by God"; by his assistance, and gracious influence, without But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God. Said I not unto you, I am not the Christ? ”, John 3:21 (NRS) 17-21. not to condemn, &c.--A statement of vast importance. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done with God.". But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. The venom of the fiery serpents, shooting through the veins of the rebellious Israelites, was spreading death through the camp--lively emblem of the perishing condition of men by reason of sin. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.". He that, &c.--Here is the reason why He must increase while all human teachers must decrease. On the other hand, renewed hearts bid this light welcome. But as the uplifted serpent had none of the venom of which the serpent-bitten people were dying, so while the whole human family were perishing of the deadly wound inflicted on it by the old serpent, "the Second Man," who arose over humanity with healing in His wings, was without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing. It is a great change made in the heart of a sinner, by the power of the Holy Spirit. This new birth is from heaven, ch. Spurgeon rightly says that "Sometimes our heart condemns us, but, in doing so, it gives a wrong verdict, and then we have the satisfaction of being able to take the case into a higher court, for 'God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.'" Proud member By "fiery serpents" bitten--serpents, probably, with skin spotted fiery red [KURTZ]--the instrument of cure is a serpent of brass or copper, having at a distance the same appearance. (22-36), Verses 1-8 Nicodemus was afraid, or ashamed to be seen with Christ, therefore came in the night. But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.". Help Quick Nav Advanced Options. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; 14:6). But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. A man can receive, &c.--assume nothing, that is, lawfully and with any success; that is, Every man has his work and sphere appointed him from above, Even Christ Himself came under this law ( Hebrews 5:4 ). But the sense manifestly is this: "The perfect knowledge of God is not obtained by any man's going up from earth to heaven to receive it--no man hath so ascended--but He whose proper habitation, in His essential and eternal nature, is heaven, hath, by taking human flesh, descended as the Son of man to disclose the Father, whom He knows by immediate gaze alike in the flesh as before He assumed it, being essentially and unchangeably 'in the bosom of the Father'" ( John 1:18 ). Nor is it merely as something that should be experienced under the Gospel that the Old Testament holds it forth--as many distinguished critics allege, denying that there was any such thing as regeneration before Christ. John 3:21 (WYC) The Baptist here virtually says, Would it were so, but alas! to Christ, and to his word, and ordinances: that his deeds may be made manifest; John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born on earth and die on a cross. He must increase, but I must decrease; this, my joy, therefore is fulfilled." 32. what he hath seen and and no man receiveth, &c.--John's disciples had said, "All come to Him" ( John 3:26 ). How, &c.--Though the subject still confounds Nicodemus, the necessity and possibility of the new birth is no longer the point with him, but the nature of it and how it is brought about [LUTHARDT]. God so loved the world; so really, so richly. John 3:21 (CEB) John 3:21 (NIV) That which is born, &c.--A great universal proposition; "That which is begotten carries within itself the nature of that which begat it" [OLSHAUSEN]. Christians do not belong to their church leaders 1 Corinthians 3:21-23. canst not tell, &c.--The laws which govern the motion of the winds are even yet but partially discovered; but the risings, failings, and change in direction many times in a day, of those gentle breezes here referred to, will probably ever be a mystery to us: So of the operation of the Holy Ghost in the new birth. RVR60 VUL WLC LXX mGNT TR . He whom we offended is our Peace, and the way of applying for a cure is by believing. 36. hath everlasting life--already has it. God having given him to be our Prophet, Priest, and King, we must give up ourselves to be ruled, and taught, and saved by him. but he who is doing the truth doth come to the light, that his works may be manifested, that in God they are having been wrought. Though the causes are hidden, the effects are plain, when the soul is brought to mourn for sin, and to breathe after Christ. Matthew 14:3-12 – Story of John’s arrest and murder. Whose is the Bride but the Bridegroom's? ", John 3:21 (TMBA) John 3:21 (ESV) Thus, while unable to repress his convictions, he is afraid of committing himself too far. So that though a man "could enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born," he would be no nearer this "new birth" than before ( Job 14:4 , Psalms 51:5 ). John 3:21 (WBT) A good man acts truly and sincerely in all he does. There is also a condemnation grounded on their former guilt; they are open to the law for all their sins; because they are not by faith interested in the gospel pardon. John 3:1-21 . ", John 3:21 (CSB) For God so loved, &c.--What proclamation of the Gospel has been so oft on the lips of missionaries and preachers in every age since it was first uttered? John 3:21 (TMB) Doubtless it was intended to startle and constrain His auditor to think that there must be mysterious elements in His Person. But he that doth truth commeth to the light that his dedes might be knowen how that they are wrought in God. It is not wrought by any wisdom or power of our own, but by the power of the blessed Spirit. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his works be showed, that they be done in God. "From this moment Nicodemus says nothing more, but has sunk unto a disciple who has found his true teacher. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us. Thus the things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the natural man. He is author of more than 50 books , including Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist and most recently Providence . Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. We are saved by grace. Something is wrong, whereby such a life begins as shall last for ever. Jesus in His conversation with Nicodemus, (John 3:3; 5-7); Peter in his first epistle, (1 Peter 1:3, 23) a… Jesus Christ is every way able to reveal the will of God to us; for he came down from heaven, and yet is in heaven. but he that practises the truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they have been wrought in God. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. At this rate, thou shalt soon have no disciples at all." John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. What does 1 John 3:21 mean? (So strongly did the Baptist feel this contrast that the last clause just repeats the first). See the powerful remedy against this fatal malady. Many think that cannot be proved, which they cannot believe. Sinful works are works of darkness. glory: cometh to the light; 21. doeth truth--whose only object in life is to be and do what will bear the light. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.". Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. And who does not perceive it? But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God. John 3:21 (MSG) KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. But he acknowledged his ignorance, which shows a desire to be better informed. 35, 36. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God. The wind bloweth where it listeth for us; God directs it. Except, &c.--This blunt and curt reply was plainly meant to shake the whole edifice of the man's religion, in order to lay a deeper and more enduring foundation. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. ( Malachi 4:2 ). John 3:21 (KJV) He did not talk with Christ about state affairs, though he was a ruler, but about the concerns of his own soul and its salvation, and went at once to them. They were far readier to receive himself, and obliged him to say, I am not the Christ, and he seems pained at this. He does this so that it will be easy to see that what he has done is with God's help.". The words of prophets and apostles are undeniable and most precious truth; but in the words of Christ we hear a voice as from the excellent Glory, the Eternal Word making Himself heard in our own flesh. Unbelief is a sin against the remedy. John 3:21 (GNT) While the preacher is inevitably tempted to focus in this sermon on John 3:16, rightly called the world’s most famous Bible verse, it would be good to remember that the single verse of John 3:16 — or any other verse, for that matter — is not canonical in and of itself. "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. 10. John 3:21 (DBY) As one simple look at the serpent, however distant and however weak, brought an instantaneous cure, even so, real faith in the Lord Jesus, however tremulous, however distant--be it but real faith--brings certain and instant healing to the perishing soul. It could not be saved, but through him; there is no salvation in any other. All rights reserved. But he that doth truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest: because they are done in God. ", 7. Yet was the warrant in both cases to expect a cure equally rational and well grounded. What then does the Prophet mean here, and what does he understand by the pronoun this, זאת,zat? God is the "HE THAT IS," and heaven is the dwelling-place of his holiness. baptized--in the sense explained in John 4:2 . We must have a new nature, new principles, new affections, new aims. John 3:21 (WEB) condemned already--Rejecting the one way of deliverance from that "condemnation" which God gave His Son to remove, and so wilfully remaining condemned. John 3:21. ὁ δὲ ποιῶν … “On the other hand, he who does the truth” … This is one of John’s comprehensive phrases which perhaps lose by definition. . ", &c. ye receive not, &c.--referring to the class to which Nicodemus belonged, but from which he was beginning to be separated in spirit. The Persic Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his works be showed, that they be done in God. John 3:22-36 . People everywhere are looking for a sense of worth. Therefore he loves and "comes to the light," that all he is and does, being thus thoroughly tested, may be seen to have nothing in it but what is divinely wrought and divinely approved. "And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his … Ephesians 2:5 says so explicitly. Following the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-10), verse 16 does fall within a discourse (3:11-21) in which Jesus offers a kind of summation of God’s good purposes for the world. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a subject to which the world is very averse; it is, however, the grand concern, in comparison with which every thing else is but trifling. ", But anyone who lives by the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.". What does it signify though we have food to eat in plenty, and variety of raiment to put on, if we are not born again? Often occurs as the `` true '' light in John 1:9 has place. 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