Saturday, November 5, 2016

JEWELS From The GOSPEL Of JOHN: YOU ARE MY SON, SHINE! - JOHN 3:34-36

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.

JOHN 3:34-36
34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

"For he whom God hath sent..."

God the Father sent His Son to this fallen world. I can't even begin to imagine what it must have been like for the LORD Jesus - to leave the holy atmosphere of Heaven, with all of its purity, glory and goodness and come to this dank, depressing, lost world reeking with putrid sin and corruption. Nevertheless, He came and willingly so, out of a heart of love for us!

He came not in His own Name, but in the Name of the Father (JOHN 5:43) and sent by His authority. The LORD Jesus is The Apostle (HEB 3:1) and as we know, the word 'apostle' means 'sent one', that is, 'one who is sent on some mission or purpose'.

The LORD Jesus Himself appointed His apostles, and these were witnesses of His life, including His teachings and miracles, His character and holy nature, as well as His death and His resurrection - just as the LORD Jesus was the witness of God the Father to this blind world.

We saints, members of His body, are in a sense, apostles - or more specifically, have an apostolic calling in whatever ministry He has us serving Him in - because we are sent by the LORD for that purpose or mission in ministry and are His witnesses to the Truth of His Word and His Gospel.


"God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him..." 

Upon the LORD Jesus, the Father gave an unmeasured anointing of the Holy Spirit (LUKE 4:18) - that is, our Savior was granted the 'full-to-overflowing' measure of the Holy Spirit. There is much talk about being 'Spirit-filled' particularly among neo-Pentecostals, and they attribute their often bizarre actions and behavior 'to the work of the Spirit', but if one wants to know what being 'Spirit-filled' looks like, one needn't go anywhere else than to our example of Jesus! Amen?

And He used the power of the Spirit, not to accomplish things for His own selfish interests or promotion (as is too, too often the case with those who claim to be 'Spirit-filled') but to "preach the gospel to the poor;. . . to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord"

"he ... speaketh the words of God..."

The anointing of the Spirit will not provide for us 'new revelation' which those leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation movement claim (for an excellent article explaining this cult, click on this preceding link!).
If we are truly led of the Spirit, then we will speak God's own words (1 COR 14:36-37), as recorded in Holy Scripture; the exclusive truth-source of God's entire revelation to us (JOHN 17:17). Any supposed prophecy or declaration that any would claim is from God must be compared to the holy Word of the Bible and if it doesn't line up, it must be rejected as false!


"The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand..."

Just as the Father has given all things into the nail-pierced hands of His Son, the LORD Jesus - the LORD Himself will give us our inheritance through His atoning justification of our souls, out of His heart of love! AMAZING (ROM 8:17)! The Father has granted all judgment of all creation - man and angel alike - to the LORD (JOHN 5:22-23) and likewise, the LORD will grant to us His church the position of judging alongside with Him (1 COR 6:2-3; REV 2:26-27)!

"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life..."

"Believ[ing] on the Son" is far more than mere intellectual agreement and assent to doctrinal truth - it is a matter of genuine faith and trust in the Person of Jesus Christ for the saving of the soul - it is an implicit offering of oneself to the LORD with a heart of repentance, yearning, devotion, submission and obedience that is the first step to a living, vital relationship with Jesus as LORD and Savior. For those who express such faith, they are recipients of the Spirit of God and thus "everlasting life" as reborn children of God (JOHN 3:3; 1 PETER 1:23).

None of us are children of God inherently at our natural birth; we must be born a second time, spiritually to become God's children (JOHN 1:12-13). To neglect to do so, means that one remains in the natural state of sinfulness, due to being a child of Adam - who fell into sin at the beginning and thereby brought the curse of sin and death upon the entirety of humanity (ROM 5:12).


"...he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him..."

The offer of salvation through the LORD Jesus Christ and His redemption as our Kinsman-Redeemer still stands. He offers His salvation in extending that nail-pierced Hand of His.
If one rejects this offer to the end (whether that is the end of one's own physical life in this world or the end of this age of the church when we that belong to the LORD are raptured out from this planet and go Home; 1 THESS 4:16-18; 1 COR 15:52-54), then that soul will continue uninterrupted, unimpeded on their course to eternal destruction in hell where "the wrath of God [will] abide upon [them]".


May those of us who have indeed expressed such living faith (JAMES 2:18) that is evidenced by a life of Spirit-produced fruit (JOHN 15:4-5) rejoice in that we have everlasting life, destined for the glories of heaven that revolves solely around the Person of our Precious LORD Jesus Christ! Such everlasting life is beyond our full experience and comprehension in our present state, but we shall know the fulsome and profound love, joy and peace once we step out of this temporal world of sin and decay and step into the kingdom of heaven, "and forever shall we be with the LORD" (1 THESS 4:17)!

Monday, September 5, 2016

JEWELS From The GOSPEL Of JOHN: TESTIMONY TIME! - JOHN 3:31-33

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.

JOHN 3:31-33
31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.

33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

We returned to Jerusalem and listened to the conversation between the LORD Jesus and Nicodemus, in the stillness of that night, the last time. And now John the apostle adds some Holy Spirit inspired commentary in the remainder of this chapter. The youngest of His followers, that "disciple whom Jesus loved" speaks of the One Who came down from above...

This is the One Who is "above all" - He is LORD of all; LORD over creation, over the human and angelic races, over all atomic material in the microscopic realm and over all of celestial bodies in the macro-cosmic realm. And since He is LORD and Creator GOD, He justly deploys His Holy Law. He is the Ultimate and Final Authority, incontestable and resolute regarding truth and grace, as well as His eternal domain.

This is contrasted with those who are of the Earth - we who are formed from the clay of the earth, "earthly" who speaks of matters of this world. Any of us are qualified to speak of the things of Earth, since we live here and experience life here on a daily basis.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:45-47

45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

That which He has seen - in the Holy Halls of Heaven - and heard there - the voice of the Father, the incessant worship of glorious angels, prostrate before the very Throne of their Creator; knowing that domain of Deity, as He is Himself the fullness of the Godhead (COL 2:9-10) - He testifies to the truth of all of it before the human race - and yet His testimony is not received!

To testify is to bear witness; the prefix of testimony as well as testament (MATT 26:28; 1 COR 11:25) means (Latin: testari): ". . . bear witness. Do not confuse this root test with the word which means examination. It is true that when you take an examination you are a witness for your own knowledge and, unless you cheat, you are showing what you do or don’t know. However, here the word means a solemn telling of the truth of what you know, bearing witness for truth’s sake." 

The LORD knows all things, most especially is His knowledge of that which is most bereft in ourselves: true spiritual knowledge (as opposed to mystical/demonic knowledge - occult knowledge). The LORD told Nicodemus so earlier in the chapter: 

JOHN 3:11-13
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

If I were to plan a trip to a far off exotic land that I've never visited before, and much to my astounded pleasure, encounter a citizen of that land before my departure, I would avidly listen to everything they could tell me about that place - acknowledging them as an authority. Yet the LORD of Heaven is given little heed about that glorious domain and how to get there (JOHN 3:3,5;14:6).

While most did not receive His testimony, there were some blessed exceptions (JOHN 1:11-13) - those of His disciples who were truly converted, testifying themselves of Christ (ACTS 1:8): some from their own crosses (MATT 23:24)!

This is the case where religion contends and strives against the righteous truth; the LORD Jesus faithfully testified of the Kingdom of heaven and the Holy Scriptures, and without exception, the religious leadership contested with Him - not receiving, but rejecting His witness as well as His Gospel.

Today it is no different: no higher authority can one possibly appeal to than the very Word of God; the Author of Truth - and yet never before perhaps in all history have the Scriptures been more heinously disparaged than in today's ecumenically correct, post-modernist, and emergent church-promotional world!

How terribly offensive it must be to the Person of Truth, the very embodiment of Truth to be rejected and not believed; whose very words are looked upon as deception! It is the very rebellious spirit of Babylon reborn, in which people began to speak out against the Name of the LORD! 

There is coming a day however, when the LORD, the JUDGE of the Earth, shall offer up testimony to the Truth, laying charges against this Rebel Planet and meting out justice, where He was once willing to bestow grace (JOHN 1:14).

May we likewise bear testimony to the Truth of the Gospel and of the coming Judgment (JOHN 3:18-20) as faithful witnesses of and for our LORD!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

JEWELS From The GOSPEL Of JOHN: The INVERSION PRINCIPLE - JOHN 3:25-30

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.


JOHN 3:25-30
25 Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

Well it certainly has been a very long time since I visited with you all here! I have been extraordinarily busy with various studies and teachings at church, and this had consumed much of my time.
I am glad to be here among you once again and am thankful for your attendance.


Let us continue now in this series of devotional exhortations and teachings!

We see here before us the disciples of John the Baptist and the Jews arguing about the rite of purification. Today we see something similar among churches regarding baptism (full immersion vs. sprinkling for example). This turned to the subject of Jesus and how He was actually baptizing more people than the Baptist (though He Himself didn't baptize, but His own disciples).

The Baptist's reply is quite compelling and worthy of meditation:

"A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven". He rightly recognized that anything we receive, are granted, and allocated is given by the authority of heaven, sent forth from the very throne of God, the Ruler of all!

JAMES 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Now sometimes "good gifts" come in such a way that will not be immediately apparent; sometimes we are struck with trials and tribulations that can frankly leave us reeling from their impact, and we wonder how such things we receive from heaven can ever be considered "good". Yet these fiery trials have the express purpose of purifying us, drawing out our sins and imperfections so that our GOD, like the Divine Goldsmith that He is can purge these things that make us spiritually weak, resulting in holy resolve and might and a likeness of Jesus that can be accomplished no other way (See ROM 8:28; PHIL 4:6; COL 2:7; 1 THESS 5:18; JAMES 1:1-4; 1 PET 4:12-13).

Any ministry, any holy task, any God given duty that we may be assigned could be a life-long experience - or it may be for only a season in our lives. It's important that we hold those things that God gives us with an open hand, rather than clenched tightly in our fist - "it will hurt less when He takes it back!", as Corrie Ten Boom said.
Also, in conjunction with such ministry, we also realize that we can accomplish nothing, except by the grace of God is given to us from heaven. We are mere clay vessels and the best we can do is simply rest, relax and trust Him as we yield to the LORD, believing that He will accomplish His awesome work through (and IN!) us!

It is an unfortunate reality that some who have received a legitimate ministry from the LORD, and have been faithful in it, don't realize that - at times - such ministry is short-lived, only for a season, because God intends something else for them down the road. And they persist in something that should be left behind, as God has accomplished through us all that He intended.
We try to sustain such a ministry, to bring new life and vitality and begin to resort to our own efforts to keep it going. This will result in our frustration and fatigue; it's been wisely said before: "What I strive to attain, I must strive to maintain."

Not so with John the Baptist and all humble servants of the LORD. He, like all saints who love the LORD, acknowledges that "It's not about us! It's all about JESUS our LORD and HIS Kingdom, HIS purposes, HIS agenda".

EPH 1:7-11
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (See also EPH 3:10-12).

Just as the Holy Spirit never draws attention to Himself, but is intent on witnessing to and glorifying the LORD Jesus (JOHN 16:13-14), so too John the Baptist: it is his JOY to witness of the LORD, to see the Bridegroom receive His due glory and worship. He willingly takes the lower seat, that the LORD may be exalted. And so shall we gladly point to the LORD, seeking His glory and expect no attention for ourselves.

This is the great and profound truth that we all as Christians acknowledge and endeavor to practice in our daily lives:

"He must increase, I must decrease"! By allowing the LORD to do His work of sanctification in us just as we received His work of justification, we gain a greater likeness of Christ by His empowering Spirit of grace - He increases in His likeness in our lives and the likeness of our "old man (our sinful nature; see ROM 6:6) decreases.

Think of a glass that you begin to fill with water: as the amount of water increases, the amount of air decreases; once that glass is entirely full of water, there is no more room for air. The glass is completely full.

Charles Spurgeon spoke of the two aspects of a Christian: the first being mortification - that is, the putting to death of the flesh, the sinful self by the Cross of Christ; also of vivification - that is, the bringing of new and holy life in Christ by the power of His resurrection!

Will we ever be fully conformed to Christ, and attain perfect holiness in a practical sense in this life? Paul the apostle admitted that he had not yet attained such a level of holiness:

PHIL 3:12-14
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

And yet, like the apostle Paul, we ought to "press" and "[reach] forth" for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, and this is possible ONLY by the grace of God which enables us to be conformed to Christ:

ROMANS 8:29-30
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

PHIL 3:10 
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

May we decrease by dying to self, and may the LORD Jesus Christ increase with resurrection power as He lives His Life through us, His beloved!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE - The Dichotomy in Our Society

We have all heard the saying before, mostly as an excuse not to attend church, or make a commitment to Christ: "There are too many hypocrites in the church."

Charles Spurgeon was once told that by a visitor to his church, and he replied by saying,

"Come join the church anyway, what's one more hypocrite going to matter!"

The fact is that we all have a tendency towards hypocrisy to one degree or another; it's a part of the Human condition. All of us are tempted and even succumb to the lure of putting on an act so that people will believe better about us than we actually are.

In fact, the very word hypocrite is from the Greek word 'hippocrites' which means 'actor'.

There are many professing Christians today who claim to believe the Bible, adhering intellectually to its doctrines, and seem to follow Jesus - they know all the 'Christianese' phrases and words. And yet upon close examination, their lives are a poor reflection of what the LORD intends for His saints.

I believe the majority of today's youth - as well as generations prior - have been radically turned off by Christianity because they have witnessed, up-close and personal, the dichotomy of conduct from their parents. 
In church or among Christians, they behave one way, only to behave another behind closed doors, where it's only their children that can see. 
The parents have to large degree abdicated their responsibilities to teach their children the godly life and practise that Jesus demands of His followers, much less the Gospel of salvation. It's very much like the time in Israel, during the period of the judges:

JUDGES 2:10 
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.


The church's youth of today generally no longer believes in the Scriptures as the sole source of what it means to be a Christian. 

They have however sat before teachers and instructors of an entirely different - in fact - antithetical set of dogmas and have been inundated by ideas, philosophies, belief systems and inspirations as found in our public school system - read that, Socialist-Humanist Propaganda Centers.

Consider what Charles Potter once said regarding Public School vs. Sunday School:

Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism. 
"What can theistic Sunday-schools, meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five day program of humanistic teaching?

Charles Francis Potter “Humanism: A New Religion


And who was Charles Potter? A humanist, a liberal theologian, and one who seemingly was opposed to our children being taught the truth of God’s Word in Sunday school, but reveled in the consistent inundation of humanism taught in the public school systems.

For more about this consider the TTUF article on 'Global Educrats' 

And while it seems that the older generations have plodded along in their tired adherence in doctrine, with every mental assent, but with very little ardent motivation and practise in what they have tried to preach to their children - their children are very much about the practise of their religion of Humanism.

Consider who the biggest supporters of Bernie Sanders, or even Hillary Clinton for that matter, are - University students. I've seen them out regularly on the street corners waving their signs and passionately imploring passersby to "vote for Bernie! He's our only hope!" Yet Bernie Sanders is espousing Socialism pure and simple - and no nation ever prospered that was given over to Socialism! And Socialism has never been an ally or even a casual friend of Christianity.

Compare the older and younger generations and their view of Socialism in this article  from The International Business Times:

"A May poll from YouGov showed that overall, 52 percent of Americans viewed capitalism favorably, but only half of that viewed socialism favorably. Among young respondents, that difference shrunk: 39 percent saw capitalism favorably, and 36 percent saw socialism favorably. As respondents' ages increased, so did the gap, with 59 percent of people 65 and over saying they liked capitalism and 15 percent saying they liked socialism.

"Socialism means different things to different generations, said Michelle Diggles, a senior political analyst at liberal think tank Third Way in Washington, D.C. This is due in part to older Americans’ experiences after World War II.

"For older people, socialism is associated with Communism and the Soviet Union and the Cold War," she said. "But the oldest millennials were 8 years old when the Berlin Wall fell. They have never known a world where the Soviet Union exists ... The connotations associated with the word 'socialism' just don't exist with millennials."


"Young people view socialism not as Stalin-ism or totalitarianism, but as a movement that promotes interconnectedness, Diggles said. This is likely a side effect of a digital upbringing where they've learned to share everything on social media."

Secular Humanism is by recognition of the Supreme Court, a religion, which espouses the inherent goodness and potential of Human beings to govern their own lives according to their own ethics and morality, apart from any belief or devotion to Deity. 

Words that Humanists speak could rightly be put into the mouths of young church goers and University students that once believed the Bible; from the magazine, The Humanist we have the following:

"Our culture would benefit from a greater recognition of humanism and the role it plays within the nontheistic movement. The American Humanist Association defines humanism as follows:

"Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.


"Unpacking that statement a bit, several points become evident, not just about what humanists don’t believe, but what we do believe. Humanists hold progressive views about society and daily living. Humanists don’t believe in gods. Humanists believe that humans are capable of living meaningful, ethical lives. Humanists believe in our human power to change the world for the better. We also believe in our responsibility to use the abilities we have for the betterment of ourselves and our world."

To read the entire article, go here


And then there is evolution and all that this entails. For a couple of decades it seemed that youth that attended church, were in the majority in their adherence to special creation as by God our Creator. Yet this is no longer the case:

"However, a recent Pew Research Center survey shows that most of the younger generation of Americans accept evolution as a fact, perhaps marking a change in this long-term woeful trend.

"The science of evolution and the theory of natural selection is as accepted a scientific theory as gravity, and no scientist worth their salt would ever reject it. There is a stupendously overwhelming array of evidence in support of it that comes from a vast range of disciplines. Although it has been somewhat added to since it was first revealed to the world in Darwin’s "On the Origin of Species" – particularly with the development of genetic science – the principle components of it have remained the same."

From the article Finally, Most Young Americans Now Accept Evolution Over Creationism.
Add to this mixture of miasma, the acceptance of Emergent Church philosophy, which warmly embraces the philosophies mentioned above, and the youth of today may be viewed as an entirely different sort of American than what we older citizens typically recognize. People whose mind-set are not-so-slowly being maneuvered and conditioned to accept a world that will pave the way for anti-Christ and Luciferian worship. A bold statement to be sure, but one made with confidence as the end result of such ideologies will inevitably involve worship of self and having rejected a love for the truth, they will be delivered over to delusion:

2 THESS 2:9-11
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

If there is to be any hope for these younger generations, fervent and relentless prayer must be offered up on their behalf. Admission and confession of hypocrisy in personal conduct, as well as negligence in teaching them "the way" must happen. 

Parents and people of prior generation must strip away the facade of religious assent and hypocritical conduct - and "get real" about their faith, practicing what they preach - or not preach at all!

I know too, too many youths today who are completely turned off by Christianity because of their parents, particularly their fathers. And while many have chosen a certain brand of Christian faith that is more palatable, it is hardly the fundamental faith once delivered to the church (JUDE 1:3).

Looking again at the statement made by Charles Potter, I noticed an erroneous assumption on his part:

"What can theistic Sunday-schools, meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five day program of humanistic teaching?

The error is that it's the responsibility of Sunday School teachers - who teach our children once, or perhaps twice, a week, when in fact, it's the parent's responsibility to teach the children godly principles, lessons of truth, and practical Christian living 24/7.

We need to rise to the challenge and re-educate our youth, within our homes, by re-introducing them to the Bible, and perhaps even the LORD Jesus Christ Himself.
For more on this vitally urgent subject regarding our youth, read the following two articles by The BEREAN CALL:

A GENERATION ADRIFT - PART One

A GENERATION ADRIFT - PART Two


Sunday, May 22, 2016

JEWELS From The GOSPEL Of JOHN: DARK & LIGHT, HATE & LOVE - JOHN 3:19-21

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.



JOHN 3:19-21
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Natural light reveals natural things. Spiritual light reveals spiritual things. The Light that came into the world represented by the Person of Jesus Christ, Who is Himself the Light testified of the evil that was and is present in this world (JOHN 7:7); evil born of fallen angels as well as sinful humanity. With absolute certainty, this condemnation - this judgment of God, will fall upon all who reject the Light that is Christ (ROM 5:16, 18).

The fact that people, generally speaking, hated the Light of Christ is evidence enough to incriminate humanity as desperately wicked; and no one knows this better than God Who knows all hearts, to their very depths (of depravity; see JER. 17:9-10).

Yet there is more evidence of this besides - they not only hated the Light, but they loved darkness as well! It may well astonish Christians to realize that the word used here for "love" in the Greek is agapeo, a word we typically associate with the love of God. The noun agape is rightly associated with the love of God in an exclusive sense, but agapeo - the verb form of agape is used in such instances as in MATTHEW Ch. 23:

MATT 23:6-7
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

And in our present text as well; agapeo can intimate an attitude of being completely devoted to the object being loved, entirely selfless with only the concerns of the loved object, at heart.

Darkness is nearly always associated with evil, with chaos, disorder and ruin in the Scriptures; it speaks of the powers of the Satanic rule (LUKE 22:53; ACTS 26:18), as well as rulers of such (EPH 6:12); of spiritual death (JOHN 8:12; 12:46); and wicked works (ROM 13:12); and the former state of saints before their conversion (2 COR. 6:14; EPH 5:8).

Darkness will never conquer the Light (JOHN 1:5)!

This is also why our society will grow in its hatred of Christianity; the church is the Light just as our LORD is Light because the body of Christ is indwelt by His Spirit (MATT. 5:14; PHIL 2:15). They want nothing to do with the true church of Jesus Christ, but will gladly accept the apostate church with all of its doctrines of demons (1 TIM 4:1), theological falsehoods (MARK 7:7; COL 2:22), and vain philosophies which are not just useless for the true saint of God (COL 2:8) but may endanger them of being seduced and ensnared as slaves of deceit!

And the world disdains and refrains from the truth, which is the very foundation of the church (MATT 16:18; 1 TIM 3:15): that is, the truth as found in the exclusive truth source in this world, the Word of God (PSALM 119:14-15)! This is the love feast of the bride of Christ, to feast upon the Bread of Life (JOHN 6:33,35,48,51), to love the LORD's provision and have their good deeds (EPH 2:10) revealed by the Word of Light.

Yet this Light will not always be available to the world. There is coming a time when darkness shall rule and the anti-Christ will be in power; yet still the Light of Truth will be available for those who truly seek the LORD with all of their hearts (see JER 29:12-13)! 

The time of utter darkness will enshroud every soul that has repeatedly and adamantly rejected the Light of God's Truth until they come face to Face with the LORD on the Day of Judgment, and that Light of Truth will manifest such evil in that soul, that the holiness of God will have no other choice but to condemn it.

And thus, sentence that soul to everlasting destruction and outer darkness - and there, the Light of God will never, ever shine. Such horrible darkness and destruction will overwhelm the condemned who find themselves in the same place as Satan and his fallen angels - the chief prisoners of that wretched realm!

JOHN 9:4-5
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

MATT 25:30
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

For those who produce such works that are revealed to be the very work of God in the life of the believer, the Spirit of Truth and Light of the LORD will verify the origin of such deeds. These are ordained by Christ, produced by Christ, revealed by Christ and used as a means to worship Christ:

REV 4:10-11
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Amen. The next time, we will cover JOHN 3:25-30, the message will be entitled, The Inversion Principle. Until then beloved of the LORD, let us keep ourselves in the love of God (JUDE 1:21)!

Friday, May 6, 2016

JEWELS From The GOSPEL Of JOHN: SAVING A CONDEMNED WORLD - JOHN 3:17-18

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.


JOHN 3:17-18
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Think of a building that is extremely ancient; it's so dilapidated and ruined that even the frame of its infrastructure is verging on collapse. The only reasonable course of action would be to declare the building condemned, and then bring in a demolition crew to take it down, sweep away the rubble, and thereby making room for a new building that would prove useful and beneficial to the community.

The Human race because of Adam's fall, has become condemned - having inherited the sinful nature, this vile and ruinous state of existence has wrought in us such spiritual destruction, that the LORD in His Holiness could render no other just judgment than "condemned".

There are many that disparage the love of God, claiming it's not genuine, or volitional, but coercive and Self-serving. "What kind of God would hold the threat of hell over humanity, and promise to cast them there unless we love Him?" they would demand.

I'm afraid that they have the situation backwards: the fact of the matter is that we are condemned already, on the river to Gehenna, and eternal perdition, and that the grace and mercy of God is such that He extends His arm of salvation, to intervene and offer an escape from that terrible fate, through the LORD Jesus Christ the Savior of the world - all from the motive of Almighty love!

Others might protest by saying, "If He were such a loving God, He never would have allowed Adam to take the forbidden fruit in the first place; He never would have even provided the opportunity to begin with!"

Love must be genuine and volitional - if it is coerced in any way, it cannot possibly be true. Adam had undergone a test of allegiance: either resist the offer of Satan (i.e., the serpent) and remain true to the LORD, expressing his love for his Maker, or follow Satan in a revolt against God. If the test were to be a genuine one, the LORD would have to honor the choice that Adam made.

And yet, by allowing Adam to carry through with his decision, it put all of mankind in a position of utter helplessness with a total inability to save himself. This is where the love of God was made known in glorious fashion - by allowing humanity the decision to rebel and sin against Him, and thus, provide salvation by the only means possible:

For God Himself to come as a Man, and offer to take the punishment for our sins - ALL of our sins from ALL of humanity upon Himself. All that is required is genuine faith, trusting in Christ Jesus and the offering He made on our behalf.

2 COR 5:21
For he (God the Father) hath made him (Jesus, God the Son) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Our sins are not only forgiven us through the LORD Jesus Christ, but by the Holy Spirit, He imparts to us His righteousness - both positionally, and practically. What is meant by 'positionally' is that, once a person is born again (JOHN 3:3,5; 1 PET 1:23), the full and complete righteousness of the sinless Son of God is attributed to him! So once a person repents and receives Christ, from that instant forward, the Father sees that person complete in Christ, wholly righteous even as His Son is!

Practical righteousness is that work of the Spirit in the lives of believers that steadily molds and shapes us, allowing the vitality of His grace to change us daily and become more like Jesus Christ, resembling His character in gradual and increasing degrees!

Some might protest by saying, "It can't be that easy! Just by believing in Christ, we can be assured of heaven for all eternity?"

The ease of this is intentional, because it was such a work of salvation that required no one less than God to accomplish, we humans could not dare to touch this work even with the greatest work of the noblest human being to have ever lived. Such a work would be utterly impossible for any of us, thus it's a work that the LORD had to accomplish all by Himself.

Unlike that old decrepit building that is doomed for demolition, the LORD in His tender mercies and compassion has sought to reach out to us, redeem us; not refurbish or renew our desperately wicked hearts (JERE 17:9) but to grant to us "new hearts" (EZEK 36:26)  fashioned by the very breath of God! To grant to us new life, eternal life which was purchased by the most precious blood of Jesus Christ our LORD!

For those who refuse such salvation, they will continue on without interference on that ruinous river, on their way to perdition and eternal torment - the LORD God has done everything He could to secure our souls for heaven, and safe from hell, but the decision of where we would place our allegiances is ours and ours alone.

There is coming a Day when the LORD will come as Judge, and make the official pronouncement of condemnation, rendering just and holy vengeance on all who do not know God personally, and have disobeyed the Gospel of Jesus Christ:

2 THESS 1:7-9
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Be assured, that on that Day, if we have never genuinely trusted in Christ, if as professing Christians we believed with lip service only, but have denied the LORD by our very lives and conduct, we will not be able to point over our shoulders and blame others for our lack. Each and every one of us will bear the responsibility alone for our decision in regards to Jesus and His Gospel. 
We will stand before our Holy Judge, condemned for eternity, because our profession in Christ was a sham and did nothing to change our hearts and lives (LUKE 13:1-9) and as such, we will prove that our allegiance was never with God, but in ourselves, our sin and a faulty foundation upon the sand, and not on the Rock of salvation.

MATTHEW 7:24-27
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

The next time we will cover JOHN 3:19-21 with a devotional entitled "Dark and Light - Hate and Love". Until then may the LORD truly keep us in His grace and peace, firmly upon the foundation that is Christ Himself!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

JEWELS From The GOSPEL Of JOHN: TRUE LOVE - JOHN 3:14-16

The following is a series of short exhortations, brief commentary and writings to convey thoughtful meditation on God's Word. I have chosen the Gospel of John as the subject. These articles will not run contiguously on this blog but peppered throughout and in the midst of other articles (though some might be posted consecutively). I pray that these will be a blessing and an edification for the saints.

JOHN 3:14-16
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

It was at the fall of man that Adam and Eve were told by God Himself, that the "seed" of the woman would crush the serpent's head, and that the serpent would bruise the heel of this One who was to come (GEN 3:15). This declaration was no doubt heralded to all generations that was to come. So much so, that in the fallen state, people began to pervert the message and conceive of their own 'savior' which in turn spawned all sorts of Messiah-wanna be's among the religions of the world (typically, anti-Christ figures and vulgar replacements).

Yet if not for the LORD's own declaration, the religions of the world would never have come up with such a thought of God becoming man so that He could then save us from our sins. Religions of antiquity as well as religious thought as found in Liberalism have no need of a savior, as man is good enough on his own, that on his own merit he can 'save himself'.




The Gospel of Jesus Christ takes away any and all forms of pride and claims for self-achievement and self-glorification. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is based solely on the work accomplished by the LAMB of GOD and His achievement on the cross, so that all we must do is believe the Gospel to be saved. The proud will never bow before the Cross of Christ to seek salvation! I recall a bumper sticker that said, "I was born right the first time around!" - obviously dismissing the need to be "born again" JOHN 3:3; 1 PET 1:23.

Now we come to a central point: "believing" the Gospel. What does this entail? Mere intellectual assent? Adherence to a body of dogma, rituals, traditions? Living a life of doing good? We should look at that this word is in the Greek, and how it's used in the New Testament . . . 

In the Greek the word is pisteuo, which means not merely to believe intellectually, but to "express confidence in someone or something, to entrust oneself to another". This is the sort of belief that surrenders one's very heart and life to, to dedicate one's being to. It separates those who say that they have faith, from those who prove it by their actions (JAMES 2:17-19).

For those who genuinely believe and express true faith, it is the express will of the Father that they produce the fruit of repentance, of righteousness as attained by salvation, of the fruit of the Holy Spirit (ACTS 26:20; EPH 5:9; JOHN 15:7-8).

GOD LOVES US SO MUCH, HE IS WILLING TO PARDON ALL OF OUR SINS THROUGH HIS SON, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST; NOT ONLY SO, BUT TO INSTILL AND GROW IN OUR LIVES THE BEAUTIFUL AND GLORIOUS CHARACTERISTICS OF CHRIST AS SEEN BY THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT!

GALATIANS 5:22-25
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

HE LOVES US ENOUGH AS A FALLEN RACE TO WARN US OF THE PERIL OF PERISHING! That word "perish" means to utterly ruin something to the point that it is destroyed without remedy; not in annihilation, but in loss of any value in it's entirety. This refers to the reality of hell.

There are those who claim that it's 'unloving' to preach and warn lost souls about "hell fire and brimstone" however I emphatically disagree. NOTHING is more loving than to warn those who are unaware of their peril and to seek their reclamation from ruin! 

What would people think of a person if they had foreknowledge of the sinking of the Titanic and failed to try and warn the Captain of that doomed ship? Or even the authorities of terrorists who on SEPT 11, 2001 would send airliners into the World Trade Center in NYC?
Scripture records more warnings about hell - that is, gehenna or the lake of fire and "the second death" (REV 20:6) than it does about the wonders and glory of heaven! That is to a point: GOD's compassion for the lost due to His love for them! His love for all the world!

How does one measure the power of GOD? Just look at His creation!
How does one measure the knowledge of GOD? Look at the detail of a single living cell in its dizzying depths of complexity!

How does one measure the love of GOD? 
Look at the Cross of Christ and Who hung there: the HOLY and ONLY Begotten (the ONE and ONLY) SON of GOD! Taking upon Himself our sins, and shedding His Holy and Precious Blood and accepting GOD's wrath in judgment against our sin at Calvary. Consider the power of GOD in raising Christ from the dead, with the motive of bringing everlasting life to those who will receive JESUS!

Tomorrow is RESURRECTION SUNDAY, and I have the opportunity to deliver this message, PARTS ONE and TWO (in abbreviated form), and it is my prayer that souls will come to know the LORD and receive GOD's TRUE LOVE!

NEXT TIME, we will look at JOHN 3:17-18 with a devotional entitled SAVING A CONDEMNED WORLD.