The man chosen as the representative of this period was Abraham. The laws of nature are not supreme. But let the young man travel to the city, and the young woman lend her ears to the flatteries of that silver-tongued sorceress, society; and all this natural piety is like a silken thread held over a blazing furnace.3. However, since humans are not perfect, they were unable to fulfill it. His inner life. Jay. (1) The truth of performance in distinction from engagement. 1. April 29, 2009 by admin “Nicodemus, Born of Water and Spirit” is a sermon interpretation of John 3: 1-17. The universe is a great school for the discipline of the intellect and the virtue of mankind, and it could not be an effective discipline if the natural order were not constant. We Christians have the true thing, of which circumcision is but the shadow, the circumcision of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter, whose praise is not of man but of God. Jesus draws our attention to a fruitful vine and then provides two primary applications for us to learn from -- pruning the branches and abiding in the vine. "God so loved," etc. There is a real sacrifice for sin, the eternal Son of God. HOW THEY CAME.1. There is physical, historical, and moral truth; but I lay my hand on the Bible and say, "This is life eternal. Now God calls Moses and appoints him the head of the second epoch. This grace, embodied in the life, working outwards from the heart —III. "You never saw a woman sewing without a needle! | 78 views. People do not see the glory of it, do not see what it means. He does not say "Live righteously, and God will be at peace with you,", but "God is at peace with you, therefore bye righteously." L.)Moses and ChristT. Christ does not abrogate law, but by His own life and sacrifice first satisfies its conditions. The world's religious experience is concentrated in Judaea, human progress running on through Hebrew channels. Look at His Old Testament emblems, and those in the New: a lamb is the image of His Person, a dove of His Spirit. "Never man spoke as this man." Nature prepares the way for law, making the heart restless by an unsatisfying experiment without it. ◄ John 1:17 ► For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Ben Johnson, a teacher at Columbia Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, tells the story of a young man who came to the door of a monastery with a large duck in his arms. )Grace and thruth came by Jesus ChristW. The soul is released from the bondage.2. The beneficence as well as the rectitude of this is apparent. Reynolds., Dr. Preston.Grace in opposition to the curse of the moral law; truth in opposition to the figures of the ceremonial law.(Bp. WHAT ARE WE TO DO WITH THEM NOW THEY ARE COME. "Grace was poured into His lips," therefore "the common people heard Him gladly. Life has put its harness upon us, and we must work in it. 1 appeared as Light in ver. 1. An assemblage of false gods, temples, sacrifices, hopes, fears: "turned the truth of God into a lie." Everything worthy of the name flows from His mediation — "promises which are yea and amen through Him"; redemption, which is through His blood. She would come but poor speed, if she only sewed wi' the thread. Nature, true enough, is always interesting; and spontaneous products may be beautiful. W. Dale, M. Christ gave them sight. The gospel is truth, and therefore to be received with the firmness of conviction and assent; grace, therefore to be received with cordiality, gratitude, and joy.2. "God so loved," etc. He is ἡ ἀμπελος ἡ ἀληθινὴ (John 15:1), not thereby denying that Israel also was God's vine, which we know it was (Psalm 80:8; Jeremiah 2:21), but affirming that none except Himself realized this name, and all which this name implied, to the full (Hosea 10:1; Deuteronomy 32:32). Thus by considering all the ten commandments, we should get illustrations of the grace and truth in Jesus Christ. Both bearers of a revelation.II. This grace, embodied in the life, working outwards from the heart —III. The principle of duty is that law. )Grace and thruth came by Jesus ChristW. A little child can see that grace and truth are in Jesus Christ. Christ reveals the actual truth. He dismisses it at once, and will help you to mend your ways, will help you to break off evil habits, will help you to master evil passions, will help you to become pure, devout, and earnest about religion." Moses the bearer of a revelation outside of himself; Christ the bringer of a revelation in Himself. A COMPARISON.1. Tag Archives: Lutheran sermon John 3:1-17 What term of endearment do you use when you whisper sweet nothings in the ear of this God that you love? We become stewards, and must give account of our stewardship. But are they to remain ignorant always?(W. He is miserably weak, sometimes he is in great pain. Huntington. Neither of these three stages, whether of the general or the personal progress, denies or cuts off its predecessor. Second S in Lent Good Shepherd Lutheran Church A. BY WHOM GIVEN: Moses. It feels heavily that it is not sufficient to itself. Not like the law for a people, but for the world (Matthew 11:28; John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4; Titus 2:11).(W. You must be faithfully obedient to duty before you are fit to be a subject of grace. The Loges of ver. The race was in childhood. Do not imagine you can glide over into the favour of heaven, without first keeping the commandment. Nature prepares the way for law, making the heart restless by an unsatisfying experiment without it. It lies upon our conscience, and we cannot escape from it. These outgrew the period of literal commandment. The inebriate binds himself by a pledge, and thus regains his freedom. 4), and becoming realized in His life and communicated through Him. When I was little, the small country church I went to in Westernville had a big emphasis in Sunday School on memorizing Bible verses. Godet, D. D.)Law and graceB. CAME BY JESUS CHRIST.1. The perfection of the Christian arises from the harmony and proportion of these excellencies. She suddenly replied, "Do you not see one? )The purpose of the lawThe law threatened, not helped; commanded, not healed; showed, not took away, our feebleness. Their laws were given amidst the external thundering and lightning of Sinai; ours amid the calmness and quietness peculiar to Christ. IV. Not obviously. We must exhaust the penalty in this world or other worlds, we must pay the debt to the uttermost farthing. We are in possession of the truth, of Which the paschal lamb, the manna, the rock, the altar, the mercy-seat, etc., were the shadows. Judaism and Moses looked forward to the Messiah. You must have been true to the better impulses of youth, that you may be, to the best advantage, a servant of the law of maturity. That writing is the first grand chapter in the biography of man; and its very literary structure — so dramatic in contents, so careless of the rules of art, so like a child's story in its sublime simplicity — answers to the spontaneous period it pictures. 14; and in ver. FOR WHOM. Christ gave them hearing, speech. Not to the world, but to a peculiar people; this contrary to human practice, and a proof of heavenly origin.2. "Grace was poured into His lips," therefore "the common people heard Him gladly. The twofold nature of the Divine Man.IV. Moses was only a man, but Christ was the God-man. Jay. We are to receive them. They are still under law, and are still surrounded by the unreal shadows of darkness. 3. A COMPARISON.1. Everything worthy of the name flows from His mediation — "promises which are yea and amen through Him"; redemption, which is through His blood. There is a real sacrifice for sin, the eternal Son of God. You remember how they insisted on the necessity of circumcision if men were to be saved. He will not wait till you have amended your ways before He dismisses the remembrance of your sin. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. Moses raised up by God; Christ sent forth from God.3. Sometimes I feel that the more I explore, read, study, discover, and experience the world—the less I actually know. )Grace comprehends all the perfections of the will; truth all the virtues of the understanding.(Dr. A. So, in the heart of childhood, there are expectations of the responsible second stage of manhood; it is too thoughtless yet to look beyond, to the age of mature Christian holiness. Light replaces the darkness, therefore, Jesus is that Light which shines in the hearts of the Saints. Brown, M. A.There was first, in the Law, God's claim of right, which man could not meet, and now, in Jesus Christ, God's gift of salvation.(J. She would come but poor speed, if she only sewed wi' the thread. Brown, M. Impulse must be controlled by principle, for it has proved itself insufficient. To a people specially prepared from the time of Abraham in all the circumstances of their national life and location.3. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 4), and becoming realized in His life and communicated through Him. He was just a little boy when his family became the proud owners of one of the first telephones in the neighborhood. You go through the motions but that inner motivation is not there. Here is another man, suffering from weakness equally prostrating, from pain equally severe, but his weakness and pain came upon him from no fault of his own. Grace came by Jesus Christ. But there is a THIRD DISPENSATION, and at the head of it one greater than Moses. Sometimes, indeed — and far more often than we even suppose — I am inclined to believe that Christ does really deliver us even from the natural consequences of wrong-doing. From Him they were inseparable. The one could only show in figure, what the other exhibits in fact, the means whereby we may obtain pardon where the command has unhappily been broken.(G. What is Popery? The heavenly gift.3. Moses a lawgiver; Christ a declarer of grace and truth.(T. Huntington. It is the condition we are born into, and the multitudes never pass beyond it, because they are never renewed or made Christian. It was so among the Judaising opponents of Paul. But let the young man travel to the city, and the young woman lend her ears to the flatteries of that silver-tongued sorceress, society; and all this natural piety is like a silken thread held over a blazing furnace.3. That is grace. Christ first of all says, “You must be born again.” — It is plain that the antithesis cannot be between the false and the true, but only between the imperfect and the perfect, the shadowy and the substantial. And it was in the natural order itself that Christ by His miracles gave us this great discovery. And as the first dispensation ended in a slavery in Egypt, or broods darkly over Pagan nations still, so the lawless motions of every self-guided will end in a servitude to some Pharaoh in the members that cries aloud for emancipation — a settled alienation from the household of the good.II. He has to contend, struggle, resist. They are still under law, and are still surrounded by the unreal shadows of darkness. Through his demands there shine forth gloriously grace and truth, favour and reality. ( Augustine. That promise has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ. We need no formal command to worship him. It feels heavily that it is not sufficient to itself. Morally, they are children all their lives. Truth came by Jesus Christ. It will either be a savour of life or a savour of death.1. It lies upon our conscience, and we cannot escape from it. But the whole story of Christ's life contradicts that belief. But it made ready for the Physician, who was to come with grace and truth. It lies upon our conscience, and we cannot escape from it. If natural laws were supreme, men born blind would remain blind to the end of their days. In Christ, the gracious power of the Eternal revealed, not to one age only but to all ages, that nature is not supreme, but that God is supreme. 15 “I am(A) the true vine,(B) and my Father is the gardener. Godet, D. D.The words "was given" imply the external and positive institution of the Law; "came" denotes grace and truth appearing historically in the very person of Him who is their essential source (ver. ence whether they are penal or whether they are natural and disciplinary? L.I. The law given to the Jewish people so far forth as it was law begins by imposing duty, and it makes the fulfilment of duty the condition of peace with God and of larger power to do well and of eternal blessedness. I’m so glad that Jesus is available night and day and no appointment is needed! )Grace comprehends all the perfections of the will; truth all the virtues of the understanding.(Dr. So, I think, when we're dealing wi' sinners, we maun aye put in the needle o' the law first; for the fact is, they're sleepin' sound, and they need to be awakened up wi' something sharp. Next comes the LEGAL OR JUDICIAL stage. That is not merely part of the evidence of the gospel. "(5) This is truth the most honourable to God, suited to man, most influential, most beneficent; and we do not wonder at Paul saying, "I count all things but loss," for the excellency of it. Here is a man who, as the result of his recklessness and his gross vices, is suffering disease for which there is no cure. W. Dale, M. A.These great words have stood here in John's Gospel for eighteen hundred years, but I am afraid there are millions of Christian people who have not discovered their glorious meaning. Not only grace and truth, reality came by Jesus Christ. Natural religion might possibly answer in the woods or in some solitary cell. A COMPARISON.1. He opens the chest, and asks where the heretic was. His relations to us — you will discover this, I hope, some day if you have not discovered it yet — are of a kind which made it possible for Him, as it was possible for no one else. John 3:1-17 is one of the most famous of all the Bible passages, and includes what is perhaps the most-quoted Bible verse. It was first announced in Paradise, and was renewed from time to time. The Law was a shadow of good things to come. Nightfall is a battle for many of us, a time when our past sins haunt us and fears visit us. Godet, D. D.)Claim and giftJ. You remember how they insisted on the necessity of circumcision if men were to be saved. It is the condition we are born into, and the multitudes never pass beyond it, because they are never renewed or made Christian. It acted from impulse. Both men.2. The Law disciplined wayward, uncultured man, making him ready for Christ. Godet, D. D.The words "was given" imply the external and positive institution of the Law; "came" denotes grace and truth appearing historically in the very person of Him who is their essential source (ver. CONSIDER THE CLAIM OF JEHOVAH ITSELF. What is Popery? He dismisses it at once, and will help you to mend your ways, will help you to break off evil habits, will help you to master evil passions, will help you to become pure, devout, and earnest about religion." If natural laws were supreme, men born blind would remain blind to the end of their days. W. Dale, M. He comes ostensibly to learn more about this young rabbi, but perhaps does not want his colleagues to know of his interest. He finds us in our sin. Impulse must be controlled by principle, for it has proved itself insufficient. II. Divine laws never looked so sacred as when they took sanctity from the redemption of the Crucified. It was first announced in Paradise, and was renewed from time to time. Do not imagine you can glide over into the favour of heaven, without first keeping the commandment. What he says is, "The law was given by Moses, grace came — grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." GRACE.1. Love has cast out fear. Next comes the LEGAL OR JUDICIAL stage.1. Nature may be relentless; God is not. The Cross does not unbind the cords of accountability, but tightens and strengthens them. )LinksJohn 1:17 NIVJohn 1:17 NLTJohn 1:17 ESVJohn 1:17 NASBJohn 1:17 KJVJohn 1:17 Bible AppsJohn 1:17 ParallelJohn 1:17 Biblia ParalelaJohn 1:17 Chinese BibleJohn 1:17 French BibleJohn 1:17 German BibleJohn 1:17 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)Patriotism.2. Character needed a staunch vertebral column to secure its uprightness.2. Christ declares Himself ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ἀληθὶνος (John 6:32), not that the bread which Moses gave was not also "bread of heaven" (Psalm 105:40), but it was such only in a secondary inferior degree; it was not food in the highest sense, inasmuch as it did not nourish up into eternal life those that ate it (John 6:49). John 1:17 Context. Brown, M. The record of it is the book of Genesis. HOW THEY CAME.1. Whatever the gospel is we are required to copy it — if light, we are to be illuminated; if salt, we are to be seasoned; if love, we are to be lovely; if holiness, we are to be holy. People do not see the glory of it, do not see what it means. You must have been true to the better impulses of youth, that you may be, to the best advantage, a servant of the law of maturity. Way back when I first began the formal process of becoming a pastor, the church committee responsible for helping people become pastors, … Christ meets us in nature and contradicts that inference. L.)Moses and ChristT. Moses only man; Christ the Son of God.2. Christ declares Himself ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ἀληθὶνος (John 6:32), not that the bread which Moses gave was not also "bread of heaven" (Psalm 105:40), but it was such only in a secondary inferior degree; it was not food in the highest sense, inasmuch as it did not nourish up into eternal life those that ate it (John 6:49). (2) The truth of reality in distinction from prefiguration. Then they become simply the natural consequences of what we have done, not the penal consequences. He begins in altogether a different way. He is tried, enticed, besieged. Recognize the truth, the reality that has come by Jesus Christ, and in the truth you will find grace. Those of Moses were wrought by power derived from God; those of Christ by Himself. In your zeal for orthodoxy you must not renounce charity and candour.3. Throughout the whole of this era, reaching from Adam to Joseph, there were beautiful virtues, flowering into the light by the spontaneous energy of nature, but poisoned in many spots by the slime of sensuality. II. That writing is the first grand chapter in the biography of man; and its very literary structure — so dramatic in contents, so careless of the rules of art, so like a child's story in its sublime simplicity — answers to the spontaneous period it pictures. (Archbishop Trench. "Grace was poured into His lips," therefore "the common people heard Him gladly. Consequences which were penal as long as we were unforgiven, become simply natural and disciplinary as soon as sin has been remitted. Recognize the truth, the reality that has come by Jesus Christ, and in the truth you will find grace. So, I think, when we're dealing wi' sinners, we maun aye put in the needle o' the law first; for the fact is, they're sleepin' sound, and they need to be awakened up wi' something sharp. He is ἡ ἀμπελος ἡ ἀληθινὴ (John 15:1), not thereby denying that Israel also was God's vine, which we know it was (Psalm 80:8; Jeremiah 2:21), but affirming that none except Himself realized this name, and all which this name implied, to the full (Hosea 10:1; Deuteronomy 32:32). Losing Your Religion. There is physical, historical, and moral truth; but I lay my hand on the Bible and say, "This is life eternal. The twofold nature of the Divine Man.IV. I entreat you to dismiss shadows, all shadows. (1) The truth of performance in distinction from engagement. Having come in contact with the gospel you cannot shake it off. The universe is a great school for the discipline of the intellect and the virtue of mankind, and it could not be an effective discipline if the natural order were not constant. )TruthArchbishop Trench. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". They could come by no other.2. If natural laws were supreme, deaf would remain deaf, the dumb would remain dumb. Natural religion might possibly answer in the woods or in some solitary cell. It obeyed no written code of moral regulations. Sometimes, indeed — and far more often than we even suppose — I am inclined to believe that Christ does really deliver us even from the natural consequences of wrong-doing. Spencer.One of the persecutors, in Queen Mary's days, pursuing a poor Protestant, and searching the house for him, charged an old woman to show him the heretic. But even apart from experience you may get some glimpse of the truth. We have to take account of it in the conduct of life. By obeying a law, we acquire superiority to it. Not grace without truth or truth without grace. And so in a higher region grace and law blend. )Jesus ChristF. Judaism was evidently wanting in grace; it was wanting in reality too. )Grace comprehends all the perfections of the will; truth all the virtues of the understanding.(Dr. 14; and in ver. Then turn from Moses to Jesus Christ, and we have but another aspect of the same Jehovah. To a people who nevertheless failed to keep it in its entirety for a single generation. But the whole story of Christ's life contradicts that belief. Nature is only the partial and incomplete revelation of God. The virtue in the Jewish sacrifices was outwardly derived; the virtue in the Atonement is the inward. To extend and diffuse them. 2. But it made ready for the Physician, who was to come with grace and truth. That is what Christ reveals. meaning that he was the heretic, and that he might easily see himself in the glass. If He delivered men from these obviously and frequently, the moral discipline which we are to derive from the constancy of the order of nature would be imperilled. Moses a lawgiver; Christ a declarer of grace and truth.(T. He will not wait till you have amended your ways before He dismisses the remembrance of your sin. You remember how they insisted on the necessity of circumcision if men were to be saved. Though grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, there are millions who have never heard of the Saviour. The law of consequence begins by imposing duty. So, I think, when we're dealing wi' sinners, we maun aye put in the needle o' the law first; for the fact is, they're sleepin' sound, and they need to be awakened up wi' something sharp. The drudgery of obedience is beautified into the privilege of reconciliation. It never occurred to them that it would not have been worth while for the eternal Word of God to become flesh in order to do that. "Think not that I came to destroy, but to fulfil." They are natural consequences of certain past events in the man's history; they are not the penal results of the man's vices. A. We must still be under discipline; but the Lawgiver is lost in the Redeemer. We say, "No, it is impossible that I should ever escape. We Christians have the true thing, of which circumcision is but the shadow, the circumcision of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter, whose praise is not of man but of God. A. "Never man spoke as this man." The inebriate binds himself by a pledge, and thus regains his freedom. Moses may disappear, the Law remains nevertheless; it is only given by him. The enlarging soul of the race asks a freer, more sincere, more vital nurture, and it comes. But even apart from experience you may get some glimpse of the truth. Thankfully, while everything else leads us to greater despair, we have the Bible to turn to in times of trouble and turmoil. Jesus' teaching on the vine and the branches isn't like most of the parables in the Synoptic Gospels, which are usually stories with one or more spiritual points. Nicodemus makes three appearances in John’s Gospel, and by the third time we see that the seed of truth Jesus planted in his heart had finally taken root. There are some who are all truth who are not all that grace requires. Reynolds., Dr. Preston.Grace in opposition to the curse of the moral law; truth in opposition to the figures of the ceremonial law.(Bp. But are they to remain ignorant always?(W. He is tried, enticed, besieged. The law given to the Jewish people so far forth as it was law begins by imposing duty, and it makes the fulfilment of duty the condition of peace with God and of larger power to do well and of eternal blessedness. Let us view our text for the day, John 15:1-17. Wordsworth.The Law was given, but grace came, because the one was sent by a servant, the other was brought by the Son.(Bp. It is the condition we are born into, and the multitudes never pass beyond it, because they are never renewed or made Christian. Here is another man, suffering from weakness equally prostrating, from pain equally severe, but his weakness and pain came upon him from no fault of his own. )Grace and truth one with ChristF. )LinksJohn 1:17 NIVJohn 1:17 NLTJohn 1:17 ESVJohn 1:17 NASBJohn 1:17 KJVJohn 1:17 Bible AppsJohn 1:17 ParallelJohn 1:17 Biblia ParalelaJohn 1:17 Chinese BibleJohn 1:17 French BibleJohn 1:17 German BibleJohn 1:17 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Energy.(3)Patriotism.2. 18). But does He deliver from the external and natural consequences of wrong-doing? If natural laws were supreme, men born blind would remain blind to the end of their days. To do as we like would still be pleasant, but it is dangerous and false. "You never saw a woman sewing without a needle! Each stage requires fidelity in the preceding. The law is not made void — it is established; the righteousness that law demands grace renders possible; and so man is glorified for ever in the eternal glory of God.(B. By The Rev. Whatever the gospel is we are required to copy it — if light, we are to be illuminated; if salt, we are to be seasoned; if love, we are to be lovely; if holiness, we are to be holy. The Divine message.2. The twofold nature of the Divine Man.IV. I. The dispensation of NATURAL RELIGIOUS FEELING.1. The race was in childhood. The fact that in John's writings the word ἀληθὶνος is used two and twenty times as against five times in all the rest of the New Testament, is one which we can scarcely dismiss as accidental. It will either be a savour of life or a savour of death. The universe is a great school for the discipline of the intellect and the virtue of mankind, and it could not be an effective discipline if the natural order were not constant. TRUTH. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Let us begin with truth. (J. Culross, D. D.)The one could only give the command, but the other supplies motives and strength to keep it. The laws of nature are not supreme. But even when these remain their whole character is changed. Not grace without truth or truth without grace. 17 He is at length called Jesus Christ.(F. Instinct must be curbed, for it has done mischief enough. )Grace and thruth came by Jesus ChristW. Three Reasons Why We Don’t Feel Empowered/Anointed And One Solution Series Contributed by Dr. Madana Kumar, Phd on Nov 30, 2020 | 1,402 views. You must have been true to the better impulses of youth, that you may be, to the best advantage, a servant of the law of maturity. But when we've got the needle of the law fairly in, we may draw as lang a thread as you like o' gospel consolation after it."(F. I will begin with what is most obvious. Let us hold it right to our intellectual eye; not behind us, as the wicked do, they cast God's word behind them; not beside us, like the rich worldling that called to Christ — not to turn the back of the glass towards us, which is the very trick of all hypocrites; nor, lastly, to look upon ourselves in this glass when we are muffled, masked, or cased, for under those veils we cannot discern our own complexions. The laws of nature are not supreme. The world's religious experience is concentrated in Judaea, human progress running on through Hebrew channels. We must have something to do with them, or they will have something to do with us. Throughout the whole of this era, reaching from Adam to Joseph, there were beautiful virtues, flowering into the light by the spontaneous energy of nature, but poisoned in many spots by the slime of sensuality. W. Dale, M. 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