NET RSV ASV YLT DBY WEB HNV. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. If thou dost not believe in Christ this morning, my hearer, thou art not in a state of probation, thou art condemned already; he that believes on him is not in a state of probation, he is not condemned, he is already acquitted, he is at this moment free from condemnation before the judgment-seat of God. Spiritual Prosperity. If I have told you earthly things, Common-place things, the lower things of faith. It is a mystery. Iit cannot rise above that which gave it birth, it is but flesh. Is it not a come-down — from reading about looking to Christ and loving, to a contention about purifying? John 3:22-24. And ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. “He that believeth on him is not condemned,” not even now, notwithstanding every sin he has committed, he 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.” Unbelieving is the condemning sin; it seals upon us the condemnation of every other sin. Commentary on 1 John 2:24-29 (Read 1 John 2:24-29) The truth of Christ, abiding in us, is a means to sever from sin, and unites us to the Son of God, John 15:3,4. 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. I do not think that baptism is referred to here at all. When everybody else is asleep, Jesus is still awake. 1 a The elder to the beloved Gaius, b whom I love in truth. “Ye must be born again.” There is no hope for you apart from the new birth from above. Bible Gateway Recommends. John 3:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 3:2, NIV: "He came to Jesus at night and said, 'Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.'" There are mysteries in our holy religion which we would not tell to everybody. While he is an unbeliever, he is blind to spiritual things. He has become a spiritual person, not comprehended of natural men. There are three ways that we can use the word ‘*elder’. This is how the false doctrine of transubstantiation is taught. Sermon Bible Commentary. And that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. This text has saved thousands of souls. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. It would be casting pearls before swine to mention them to unregenerate men. For John was not yet cast into prison. You do not know where the spirit-life begins; and you cannot tell to what it will lead. That which is born of the flesh is flesh;-, Flesh, and nothing more; and it never can be anything more than flesh. Jesus answered and said, unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Grace be with you, mercy [and] peace This form of salutation, or wish and prayer for the blessings mentioned, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, is the same used by other apostles; see ( 1 Timothy 1:2) ( Jude 1:2) and (See Gill on Romans 1:7). Whatever were the details of the split — … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 John 3:1-3" The second is mentioned, Luke 6:1.The third, John 6:4.And the fourth, which was that at which he was crucified, John 11:55. It was very hard for John to be quiet; he had an active, noble mind, and he became the victim, we fear, of doubts when he was shut up in prison. And the Jews' passover was at hand - This was the reason why he stayed but a few days at Capernaum, John 2:12, as he wished to be present at the celebration of this feast at Jerusalem. High, by reason of their office; but so is not Christ, he is Those that would have Christ with them at their marriage, must invite him by prayer, and he will come. We feel dull and heavy often, but heaviest when the heart is in a heavy air; every wind that rises blows away despair. Diotrephes Rejected the Authority of John. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. that we might so believe as to answer to the divine purpose in the sending of his Son. Now, the flesh cannot enter into the spiritual kingdom, only the spirit can enter that realm; and hence the need of a new birth, that this spirit may be created in us. (3-10) Love to the brethren is the character of real Christians. And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. The author of this letter was the *apostle John. many—(1Jo 2:18; 4:1). He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no … Nicodemus was well born, no doubt; probably, he was a pure Jew; yet he must be born again. Look to him, then; and, as surely as those who were bitten by the serpents in the wilderness were healed the moment that they looked at the serpent of brass, so surely shall every son or daughter of Adam, who gives a faith-look at the crucified Saviour, be saved at once and for ever. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Filter The Archives: Wordpress Meta Data and Taxonomies Filter Post navigation. Verily, verily I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. John 3:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] John 3:2, NIV: "He came to Jesus at night and said, 'Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.'" May the Holy Spirit help us to come to him thus! John noted that because Diotrephes loved to have “preeminence” among the Saints, he rejected the authority of John … Bible Commentaries / John Gill's Exposition of the Bible / 1 John / 1 John 3 / 1 John 3:2; Share Tweet. So he was busy until he was cast into prison. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.�4 “Woman, [] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied“My hour has not yet come.” 3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. How I love continually to begin with Christ over again as I began at the first! John 3:25. I daresay some of you may feel this at this time; do not set it down to spiritual results, to spiritual causes; set it down to the atmosphere, for so it is. What value should we put upon gospel truth! That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. But the wrath of God abideth on him. As a ruler of the Jews, he was wise in acting thus discreetly. We have in us that which will outlast the world, the sun, the moon, and the stars; we have a life which, being like the life of God, we shall live for ever and ever. and properly, and not in a figurative and metaphorical sense, as If you were called in to see a person who was dying, and wished to read a chapter from the Word of God, and you were afraid that the sick one did not know the way of salvation, you could not select a better portion than the one we are about to read. 2 John 1:3. There is life for a look at Jesus Christ lifted up upon the cross, and lifted up in the preaching of the gospel. John 3:14-15. The first birth brings no one any further than that. Diotrephes was apparently either a leader in a local branch or the host of a house-church. You and I, who have been taught of the Spirit, understand the meaning of these words, but Nicodemus did not, though he was “a master of Israel.”. He that hath the bride is the bride groom: 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. John 3:18. Vol. The children of the most godly parents, so far as their sinful nature is concerned, are in precisely the same condition as the offspring of the most ungodly. John 3:35-36. It's right up your alley. Few are well spoken of by all; and sometimes it is ill to be so. As love and truth go hand in hand (2Jo 3, 4), he feels it needful to give warning against teachers of untruth. John uses the word 5 times, in 3:3, 7; 3:31; 19:11 and 23. However good a man may be, he is earthly; there is flesh and blood about him, akin to the earth; and even if he handles heavenly things, the earthiness of the preacher peeps out every now and then. Commentary on John 2:1-11 (Read John 2:1-11) It is very desirable when there is a marriage, to have Christ own and bless it. John 3:11-12. There is a higher and better life to be enjoyed even now, and he that believeth in Christ has that life. The apostle here salutes an honourable matron and her children (v. 1-3). The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. “If, at the very entrance to the kingdom of heaven, you say, ‘How can these things be?’ what will you say if I take you into the central metropolis of truth, and introduce you to the great King himself? John 3:13. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. And this is the condemnation,-, The very first form of it, the proof of it, and the reason for it: “This is the condemnation,” —. Noté /5. You must be born into a new life if you are to be saved; how are you to have that great blessing? In a certain sense, every true minister of Christ and every true child of God, can say this, for we know that there is a spiritual kingdom. While in this world we sometimes find ourselves in straits, even when we think ourselves in fulness. Commentary on 2 John 1:1-3 (Read 2 John 1:1-3) Religion turns compliments into real expressions of respect and love. The breezy air of the wilderness suited him much better than the dull, heavy atmosphere of a prison. 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. John 3:3. There must be, then, a Spirit-birth, or else you have no spirit; you belong not to the spiritual realm; and you cannot see and you cannot enter the spiritual kingdom. 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. of And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. And said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest except God be with him. O sirs, there is no more damning sign of human’s condition than his endeavor to avoid the light. Purpose of Writing: The Book of 2 John is an urgent plea that the readers of John’s letter should show their love for God and His son Jesus by obeying the commandment to love each other and live their lives in obedience to the Scriptures. Christ tells Nicodemus that the primary truths must be believed before the more advanced doctrines can be revealed. Words in boxes are from the Bible. There are many doctors of divinity and men of great learning who know nothing about this new birth, and there are many who are mere babes in Christ who nevertheless enjoy the fruit of this blessed regeneration by the Holy Spirit. John 3:11-12. Text Commentaries by John MacArthur John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. It is even so; God sent him for that very purpose, that he might give eternal life to as many as believe on him. John 3:18-19. The books also address deceivers who spread false teachings and fear rather than love. 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. John 3:11. So John’s last words are thunder; his dying speech has in it the word most terrible to all of you who believe not in Christ, “The wrath of God abideth on him.”, “Whosoever.” Note that word, for it means you, and it means me. It is only then, as we are born of the Spirit of God that there is any spiritual life in us whatsoever. Here (3:3, 7) it could mean either but it seems that Hodges is right that the primary meaning intended by Jesus is “from above”. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Regeneration is a work that is wrought here on earth, and belongs to this present life. Grace, mercy, and peace: John presents a slightly expanded version of the standard This exposition consisted of readings from Matthew 3:1-12; John 1:15-37; John 3:22-36. Condemnation does come to the world through Christ, because the world rejects him; but that was no part of God’s design in sending him. But the writer was an *elder overall the churches in a large area.Much of this letter is like John’s first letter. which is mentioned by the apostle to confirm the deity of Christ, And when they wanted wine — It is probable that, in consequence of its being known that Jesus would be present at this feast, a greater resort of company came than was expected, and that this occasioned a failure of the wine. It is better to come to Jesus at night than not to come to him at all. Beloved, I wish — Or, I pray, as ευχομαι is translated by Beza, Estius, Erasmus, Schmidius, Doddridge, and others. John 3:8. OUTLINE: 3 A The Book of the Seven Signs (2:1 - 12:50) 1. These A B C truths, which are taught in the very first school-book used by Christ’s scholars, — “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?”. The dislike of Christ is caused by a love of sin. The miracles of Christ proved him to be a divinely-commissioned teacher. Of what, in the language of the world, is commonly designated prosperity, perhaps the two main elements are wealth and power. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Second aorist active (possibly, though not certainly, literary plural) of λαμβανω — lambanō This very idiom (εντολην λαμβανω — entolēn lambanō) in John 10:18; Acts 17:15; Colossians 4:10. 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. Now observe that, as the first part of this chapter sets forth the need of a great and supernatural change, the latter part of the chapter shows us the door of mercy wide open, and tells us that faith in Christ will save us. He had not yet tried and tested him, so he would not be thought to be Christ’s follower till he had first had a quiet private talk with him. It is one of the finest older works which grapples seriously with the Greek. This was the first passover after Christ's baptism. Retrouvez Pentecostal Commentary: 1 John, 2 John, 3 John et des millions de livres en stock sur Amazon.fr. Chapter 3. It could meanthat the person was old. If I have told you earthly things,-, Things that take place here below, such as the new birth, —. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He must have come upon an errand of mercy, to bring salvation to the lost. And he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; He shall not even know what spiritual life is, he shall not be able to understand it, or to form any idea of it. (1) The writer and the reader. Birthright-membership is a great delusion, for “that which is born of the flesh is flesh;” and only “that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”. “He that believeth not is condemned already.” If you have heard of Christ’s salvation, and you have not believed in him, that is evidence enough of your condemnation. (22-24) Commentary on 1 John 3:1,2 (Read 1 John 3:1,2) There are deeper and higher mysteries than these. Nothing more. Shall the boy be taught the classics if he will not study the spelling-book? It includes the testimony of God’s Spirit and of our own conscience, both that we are his children, and that all our ways are acceptable to him. Ah, many a man has asked the same question! If have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? Commentary on 3 John 1:13,14 (Read 3 John 1:13,14) Here is the character of Demetrius. John 3:12. Without a new birth, “he cannot see,” he cannot comprehend, he cannot understand, he cannot know anything about “the kingdom of God.”. Commentary for 3 John 3 John 1:9–10. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. John 3:20-21. (4-6) Cautions them against deceivers. Gill on Romans Commentary on John 3:22-36 (Read John 3:22-36) John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. John! Rosscup - Earlier this was published in The Cambridge Greek Testament (Cambridge: University, 1922). It is Christ who knows everything. No matter though you are near to death’s door, crushed and broken, bruised and mangled, look to the Crucified One, and, looking, you shall find that there is life eternal for you. Jesus Changes Water Into Wine. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John did not identify himself by name in this letter, but he did adopt the term “elder” for himself (2 John 1:1). can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? (11-15) That love described by its actings. (Akin, D. L. . Those who love their sins cannot at the same time love the Saviour; they must love the one, and hate the other; and it is a terrible choice when they deliberately reject the only Saviour; “the Light of the world,” and choose the darkness of sin, the darkness of woe, the outer darkness, where there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. . Presumably the Christian community to which he wrote knew who he was. John 3:36. Dear hearer, if thou dost not yet fully know Christ, take heed that thou dost not trifle with the truth which thou dost know. It would be better for a man to be ignorant of all other things, and to know this one thing, than to have all possible human learning, and yet to miss this knowledge which is the most essential of all. About this letter 1 The writer. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Let me read it again: “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.”. Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. John 3:16. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. This is a very wonderful chapter, because, while it teaches the doctrine of regeneration, and the necessity of a great moral and spiritual change, it yet also reveals the doctrine of salvation by faith alone, — a very wonderful combination, which puzzles many who read what is here recorded. Here it means that the writer is a leader in the church. John 3:22-24. John 3:13. Did not the Holy Spirit descend, and remain upon him, and that without measure or limit? Verily, verily, I say unto thee. Shall I dispute about it? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. If we believe in him this morning, we have eternal life; not merely life, but life similar to the very life of God himself — eternal life. Why, then, did Jesus come? But though he came by night, Jesus bid him welcome, and hereby taught us to encourage good beginnings, although weak. image of him, but of the same nature, and has the same Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. Are both these statements true?” Yes, they are both true, and they are both in this chapter. the only begotten of the Father; and that "in truth", or truly Page 135. Ah, me! The natural man cannot comprehend spiritual things, they must be spiritually discerned. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? The New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT], 18 Vols. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. our blessed Master taught much by parables, and parabolic teaching is the best of teaching; but you see how readily it can be misunderstood, how men can take the emblem in a carnal way, and not understand its spiritual meaning. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that come down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. There is no need to prove your evil works, no need to fetch your diary, and turn over the record of your life. What a glorious word! The effect of the work of the Spirit upon him is seen in him, but no man understands what the Spirit of God is, or how he works, any more than he knows whence the wind comes, and whither it goes. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. His mind dwells now on the evil of the times, now on the diffidence of Timothy. (3) John’s salutation to his readers. 1, 2, and 3 John - eBook. We have other eyes than these eyes that are visible, and other ears than the ears of our flesh. John 3:12. Sad note! The shortest book in the English language is different depending on which translation (version) you look at. By the addition: καὶ μεθʼ ἡμῶν ἔσται εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα , the imperishable endurance of fellowship with the truth is declared (Düsterdieck, Braune), and it is not merely the wish for it that is expressed (Lücke, Ebrard). There is no contradiction here to what we have been reading. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. There was no necessity for Christ to come here to condemn us, for we were condemned already by our sin. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. Always be willing to go as far as you can go in the pursuit of truth. A very similar query to that might be put to some who are living now “Are you profound philosophers, students deeply learned in classic lore, or wise concerning many of the mysteries of nature; yet know you not these things? They must forever perish if they reject life when it is set before them in this truly gracious manner. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.a. are you here in this sanctuary at this moment, not yet laid up, not yet obliged to keep your bed? Achetez neuf ou d'occasion John 3 – The New Birth “If we were asked to read to a dying man who did not know the gospel, we should probably select this chapter as the most suitable one for such an occasion; and what is good for dying men is good for us all, for that is what we are; and how soon we may be actually at the gates of death, none of us can tell.” (Spurgeon) A. Nicodemus and the new birth. Retail: $984.00. Simply put, John is telling us to do the same thing we read of in Philippians 2:3-4: Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. And that which is born of the Spirit-. 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. Amen. the Son of the Father in truth and love; His design is salvation — salvation only. There must be a cleansing; he must be “born of water.” There must be a spiritual life; he must be “born of the Spirit”, or he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 1 John, 2 John, 3 John reminds believers to show God's light and love as they stay true to their beliefs. Teaches how to treat those who bring not the doctrine of Christ (v. 10, v. 11). 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