But if the Spirit speaks of the Son of God, the law dwindles at once into the smallest possible proportions: everything yields to the honour the Father puts oil the Son. "In the consistory of Dec. 15, 1958 . of these men, and particularly the disciples; that they might be Matthew, Mark, and Luke start, as far as regards the public labours of the Lord, with John cast into prison. How was this? Article Images Copyright 2023 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. He would have every soul to know assuredly how he stands for eternity as well as now. convinced of their mistaken notions of him as a temporal prince: Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Accordingly, if the law raised the question of righteousness in man, the cross of the Lord Jesus, typifying Him made sin, is the answer; and there has all been settled to the glory of God, the Lord Jesus having suffered all the inevitable consequences. (VersesJohn 6:1-21; John 6:1-21). "For God," He says, "so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." The Lord, in the latter part of the chapter (verses John 6:27-58), contrasts the presentation of the truth of God in His person and work with all that pertained to the promises of Messiah. In the five porches, then, of this pool lay a great multitude of sick, blind, lame, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. If she turned aside to questions of religion, with a mixture of desire to learn what had concerned and perplexed her, and of willingness to escape such a searching of her ways and heart, He did not refrain graciously to vouchsafe the revelation of God, that earthly worship was doomed, that the Father was to be worshipped, not an Unknown. he departed again into a mountain, himself The Light, on coming into the world, lightens every man with the fulness of evidence which was in Him, and at once discovers the true state as truly as it will be revealed in the last day when He judges all, as we find it intimated in the gospel afterwards. They cite the rise of an unbiblical and dangerous allegorical hermeneutic (by such as Clement of Alexandria and Origen) which took a sad toll on sound biblical exegesis. The Lord Jesus presents Himself as putting an end to all this now for the Christian, though, of course, every word God has promised, as well as threatened, remains to be accomplished in Israel by-and-by; for Scripture cannot be broken; and what the mouth of the Lord has said awaits its fulfilment in its due sphere and season. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Beholding Him as He walked, he says, Behold the Lamb of God! But how precious the grace, in presence of their hatred and proud self-complacency! ( ) flesh, and dwelt among us." "He was in the world, and the world was made by him." and inasmuch as death is the last enemy, the destruction of the remaining powers ("when he shall have destroyed all rule and authority and power") will have to be understood not as a final struggle beginning after the parousia, but as the definite victory of christ that has already begun in his cross and resurrection and exaltation (cf., e.g., As being the omniscient God, who knew their hearts, and the secret thoughts and purposes of them; or, as man, understood by their words and gestures: that they would come and take him by force, and make him a king; that they had "determined", as the Arabic version renders it; or "had it in . Such was the grace that God was displaying in Him, the true and full expresser of His mind. It was an extraordinary birth; of God, not man in any sort, or measure, but a new and divine nature (2 Peter 1:1-21) imparted to the believer wholly of grace. Nothing less than everlasting life in Christ can deliver: otherwise there remains judgment. Spite of the most express signs, and the manifest finger of God that wrote the ten words on tables of stone, the law sinks into comparative insignificance. "He came unto his own [things], and his own [people] received him not. It is there that we found the Lord, in the other synoptic gospels, fulfilling His ordinary ministry. Read full chapter John 6:15 in all English translations John 5 John 7 New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. This the Lord refuses, and goes up the mountain to pray, His disciples being meanwhile exposed to a storm on the lake, and straining after the desired haven till He rejoins them, when immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. As the Lamb of God (of the Father it is not said), He has to do with the world. alone, for the sake of secret retirement, and private prayer; and John 3:14-15; John 3:14-15) It is not a question simply of the Son of God, nor is He spoken of here as the Word made flesh. 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself. No man hath seen God at any time. John 7:25-31) He is going where they cannot come, and never guessed (for unbelief thinks of the dispersed among the Greeks of anything rather than of God). The one, like the other, contributes to this great end, whether the Son of man necessarily lifted up, or the only begotten Son of God given in His love. (John 2:1-25) The change of water into wine manifested His glory as the beginning of signs; and He gave another in this early purging of the temple of Jerusalem. John was not yet cast into prison. He saw him under the fig tree. Still the eternal day alone will show out the full virtue of that which belongs to Jesus as the Lamb of God, who takes away the world's sin. Here we see Him accepting, not as fellow-servant, but as Lord, those souls who had been under the training of the predicted messenger of Jehovah that was to prepare His way before, His face. Premillennialism turns Jesus into a liar. All is fitly closed by the declaration, that "the Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand." Indeed, it is the total eclipse, not merely of law and remedial mercies, but even of promised Messianic glory, by everlasting life and resurrection at the last day. 29) on which, as it were, Jesus speaks and acts in His grace as here shown on the earth. kingdom, in which they might hope for great secular advantages: (Verses John 6:59-71) What and if they should see Him, who came down and died in this world, ascend up where He was before? 64). One must be born again. (Verse John 3:16), Let it not be passed by, that while the new birth or regeneration is declared to be essential to a part in the kingdom of God, the Lord in urging this intimates that He had not gone beyond the earthly things of that kingdom. By MELANIE ZANONA. It is not merely or most of all a great prophet or witness: He is the Son; and the Father has given all things to be in His hand. One of the peculiarities of our gospel is, that we see the Lord from time to time (and, indeed, chiefly) in or near Jerusalem. Both of them were in relation to man on the earth; the one while He was here, the other from above. What love! Here the Lord introduces the cross. The question really is, whether man would trust God. (Verse John 3:10). John 7:24) They reason and are in utter uncertainty. John 6:16. . After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Before the manner of His manifestation comes before us in verse 14, we have the secret explained why some, and not all, received Christ. As to Himself, He does not go at that time to the feast of tabernacles; but later on He goes up "not openly, but as it were in secret" (verseJohn 7:10; John 7:10), and taught. [whose?] It passes over all question of dispensations, until it accomplishes, in all its extent, that purpose for which He thus died. As a present fact, the Lord justifies the judicial act before their eyes by His relationship with God as His Father, and gives the Jews a sign in the temple of His body, as the witness of His resurrection power. For if the Son (cast out, we may say, in principle from Judaism) visited Samaria, and deigned to talk with one of the most worthless of that worthless race, it could not be a mere rehearsal of what others did. The Father and the Son were at work. Man might pull Him down destroy Him, as far as man could, and surely to be the basis in God's hand of better blessing; but He was God, and in three days He would raise up this temple. It was impossible that there should not be righteous dealing with human evil against God, in its sources and its streams. , And this very circumstance is perhaps the cause, that nowhere do we read that Jesus, whilst He teas sojourning on the earth, entered, even though that town was very close to Jerusalem. But when the Lord speaks of His cross, and not God's judicial requirements only, but the gift of Himself in His true personal glory as the occasion for the grace of God to display itself to the utmost, then, and not till then, do we hear of eternal life, and this connected with both these points of view. Till then the Holy Ghost could not be so given only when Jesus was glorified, after redemption was a fact. (Ver. How, indeed, could it be stayed within narrow limits? Heavenly things are set in evident contradistinction, and link themselves immediately here, as everywhere, with the cross as their correlative. "Come, see a man that told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" 05/28/2021 07:55 AM EDT. "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God." Thus we have here the other side of the truth: not merely what God is in life and light, in grace and truth, as revealed in Christ coming down to man; but man is now judged in the very root of his nature, and proved to be entirely incapable, in his best state, of seeing or entering the kingdom of God. The great fact of the incarnation is brought before us "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father"). Hence the Lord, while fully owning the labours of all preceding labourers, has before His eyes the whole boundless expanse of grace, the mighty harvest which His apostles were to reap in due time. reasons of his departure, were to prevent the attempt; to show Nicodemus remonstrates but is spurned; all retire to their home Jesus, who had none, to the mount of Olives. Why should He not show Himself to the world? By and by He will apply it to "that nation," the Jews, as to others also, and finally (always excepting the unbelieving and evil) to the entire system, the world. All others prove not only that they are bad, but that they hate perfect goodness, and more than that, life and light the true light in the Word. "The law was given by Moses." John 6:39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. What can be conceived more notably standing out in contrast with the governmental system God had set up, and man had known in times past? They wonder, as they had murmured before (John 7:12-15); but Jesus shows that the desire to do God's will is the condition of spiritual understanding. God never left Himself without witness; He did not even among the Gentiles, surely yet less in Israel. Still, such is the effect on man under law, that he could not take advantage of an adequate remedy. John 4:1-54 presents the Lord Jesus outside Jerusalem outside the people of promise among Samaritans, with whom Jews had no intercourse. Resurrection will be the proof; the two-fold rising of the dead, not one, but two resurrections. We have now the Word made flesh, called Jesus Christ this person, this complex person, that was manifest in the world; and it is He that brought it all in. Nothing is said about the fan in His hand; nothing of His burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. infinite truth! into, very probably was the same he went up to before; the (SeePsalms 2:1-12; Psalms 2:1-12) But the Lord tells him of greater things he, should see, and says to him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, henceforth (not "hereafter," but henceforth) ye shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of man. If a man looks at the Lord Jesus as One who entered the world in a general way, and calls this the incarnation, he will surely stumble over the cross. This is all perfectly true, of course; and we have it elsewhere. (VerseJohn 4:1; John 4:1) It was strange to her that a Jew should thus humble himself: what would it have been, had she seen in Him Jesus the Son of God? Because John declares that the one who does not believe in God's testimony is calling God "a liar." This is crucial to see. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment." There is the nicest care to maintain His personal glory, no matter what the subject may be. seize him in order that they might make him King. But all that is historically related of the Lord Jesus inJohn 1:1-51; John 1:1-51; John 2:1-25; John 3:1-36; John 4:1-54. was before the imprisonment of the Baptist. Such are the grand emphatic points to which the Lord leads. forsake the honours and riches of this world, for his sake; and John 7:6-8) They belonged to the world. Just as in John 4:1-54, so here it is a question of power in the Holy Ghost, and not simply of Christ's person. This is the marked effect on the third day (ver. If His time was not yet come, their time was always ready. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. God orders matters so that a favoured teacher of men, favoured as none others were in Israel, should come to Jesus by night. So rich and transparently divine was the grace: not some souls, more meritorious than the rest, rewarded according to a graduated scale of honour, but "of his fulness have all we received." It becomes a question of man's own condition, and how he stands in relation to the kingdom of God. Isaiah 44:3; Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 59:21, Ezekiel 36:25-27 ought to have made the Lord's meaning plain to an intelligent Jew. Her life is laid before her by His voice, and she confesses to Him that God Himself spoke to her in His words: "Sir [said she], I perceive that thou art a prophet." They were not to wonder then at what He says and does now; for an hour was coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; those that have done good to resurrection of life, and those that have done evil to resurrection of judgment. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." "Master, eat," said they. of Alas! Fritzsche, p. 21). John 1:19-37; John 1:19-37) It is here presented historically. John 6:15 in all English translations. It is not merely a Messiah, who comes and offers Himself, as we find in other gospels, with most painstaking diligence, and presented to their responsibility; but here from the outset the question is viewed as closed. When Jesus therefore perceived. Observe, it is not (as is often very erroneously said or sung) a question of sins, but of the "sin" of the world. (Verses John 7:3-5) The Lord intimates the impossibility of anticipating the time of God; but then He does it as connected with His own personal glory. (Verses John 1:41-44), On the morrow Jesus begins, directly and indirectly, to call others to follow Himself. And while He does not hide the privilege of the Jews, He nevertheless proclaims that "the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. It was worldliness in its worst shape, even to the point of turning the glory of Christ to a present account. Here the unlimited scene is in view; not Israel, but the world. The ignorance of the world has been proved, the rejection of Israel is complete: then only is it that we hear of this new place of children. It is His person as incarnate first, then in redemption giving His flesh to be eaten and His blood to be drank. There is no changing or bettering the old man; and, thanks be to God, the new does not degenerate or pass away. It is our evangelist's way of indicating His Galilean sojourn; and this miracle is the particular subject that John was led by the Holy Ghost to take up. So we see in the attractive power, afterwards dealing with individual souls. their words and gestures: that they would come and take him by force, and make him a He acts as such. It is not a question of the law, but of hearing Christ's word, and believing Him who sent Christ: he that does so has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment; but is passed from death unto life. Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world, but withal, as he had said, the eternal One, yet in view of His manifestation to Israel (and, therefore, John was come baptizing with water a reason here given, but not to the Pharisees in verses 25-27). Here (John 5:1-47) the first view given of Christ is His person in contrast with the law. Augustine believed God's purposes were always being fulfilled, the gospel was always advancing into "the nations at the four corners of the earth." The saints who had been spiritually raised to. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. What is there in God more truly divine than grace and truth? "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." The looking for signs and wonders is rebuked; but mortality is arrested. This He does in verses 16-19. Among us. ordinary ministry of God. is rebuked ; but mortality arrested. 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