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Now, our next event understanding the scriptures, we continue our exploration of the doctrine of salvation, with more about being born again here again with Dave had his TA McMan in the segment of understanding the scriptures.
We've been going through the book of John, and particularly chapter the last week we discussed being born again and I just wanna keep rolling, on the third chapter of John Dave John 3, starting with verse 14, "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. And of course, this leads us to a verse I'm sure most people know "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, for God not His Son into the world to condemn the world. But that the world through Him might be saved at David or issue for these many weeks has been the Gospel and here is laying out the Gospel for for all of us to understand better.
Well, we discussed, I believe, a previous programs. serpents, and raisin surfactants most.
It was a symbol of sin that sin that had brought death, the serpent that bit them and Jesus is saying that he would have to be lifted up by the way, the people understood what he meant when he said, "Look it up in John 12, he said, And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. And the question is, Well what is this?
Why would he be lifted up that indicated he would die and they didn't think the Messiah would die, and of course, that's exactly what Jesus is laying out for. Nicodemus Nicodemus is in resting person Chapter 2 ends like this, when he was in descent on the feast day, many seeing the miracles that he did believe that his name, but Jesus did not commit Himself to them because He knew all men, he needed, not to. Any should tell them, a man for... He knew what was in that.
So here are people who apparently believed that he was a Messiah when they saw the miracles, but Jesus knew. And we get that very clearly in chapter eight, where again says, "Many believed on Him, He knew their heart and he knew that they would not accept the true Messiah who would die for their sins, they wanted a messiah who would concur the the Romans and set them free, even the disciples that our... That Peter did right?
There are no chapter divisions. And the original and the contrast to those who believe on him when they saw the miracles to whom Jesus did not commit him. So, then it says, "and there was a man after three begins and there was a man and Pharisees named Nicodemus, I ruled the Jews and so forth. So now we see a man who comes to Jesus, he believes the same thing that those people believe he says Rabbi we know your teacher come from God and nobody could do the miracles that you do, except God is with him and Jesus doesn't say, Well, that's wonderful. They ate as you believe that you're okay he says, "Make a Demas you go have to go beyond that believing that I have a great teacher, and a miracle worker, you're gonna have to believe that as Moses lifted up the serpent oneness, I must be lifted up to upon the cross, because I'm gonna have to die for your sins, so that you can be forgiven and that you could be born again of the Spirit of God into the family of God. This is absolutely essential for salvation. Some people think God can just kind of... Well, okay, I forgive you and everything will be all right for now, but we've been talking about it a lot and I know you've got more you wanna say, so I'll show up here. But it's a matter of justice.
So, Matter guys just... Just a penalty had to be paid right and the penalty was paid for. It says Whosoever believeth in Him should not. "parterre is a free gift at the expense of God, right?
A free gift for all who will cry out to Him for His salvation. I believe that he has provided an office. It so salvation is by faith. And again, I guess Tom we've been over this so often, but it's very difficult to get it across. It's very difficult for any of us to believe that there's nothing I have to do. In fact, there's nothing that I can do to please go on and to merit his salvation.
All I must do is believe and when I believe I'm believing that I'm a hopeless sinner, that I can't save myself and the Christ is the Savior and He paid the penalty for my sins when I believe that I received the gift of eternal life. And I guess we've been over that a few times today we can here and enough.
This is the most profound act of love is incomprehensible to us, but it's absolutely incredibly wonderful and we, I wanna keep talking about... And you cannot pay for a gift, right?
I was just in, in Florida, I was illustrating it, I know to somebody sitting on the front row in where I was speaking in this church and I said If I have a painting worth let's say, millions of dollars, and I give it to this person, and he insists on paying a penny, he's gotta give me a penny in exchange.
And I said, "You know, logically he's done a couple of things. Number one, he's insulted me, he has the lower the value of this priceless painting to one any and anybody that offers God, anything they have insulted God, they've lowered the value of salvation which was purchased at infinite cost of the love Christ and the suffering of Christ to endure the penalty. Does Justice required that's instrumentation. And yet, somebody's gonna offer his good works, or church membership, or pants or whatever, it is. So number one, I said This young man has insulted me.
Number two is, and I challenged the audience correct me if I'm wrong, he has rejected the gift even to offer one penny, he has rejected the gift. If you offer to pay God anything for His salvation, you have refused to accept it as a free gift of His grace that goes for church membership gifts to charity, the DEEDS prayers pants, whatever I think I'm gonna offer to do in exchange for salvation, I have refused to accept the gift, but the Bible says, "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Right now, that's not to be a fund, it's not that those things are not good. The Bible says that we are saved unto good works, but it's in appreciation, it's in thankfulness and it's not by my nor by power, but it's buying on spirit as people say, It's my grace that we do these things in thankfulness to Christ. But let me "messe again what you just said. The good works do not come in order to pay for Samrat on. They come as a result of salvation out of gratitude to the one who gave us the free gift.
I wanna pick up with first 17 because now we have another issue for God sent not Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Verse 18, "He that believeth on Him is not condemned, but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed name of the only begotten Son, God. Now, there's a condition, the only deliverance from confirmation that we deserve is believing. We've quoted probably a number of times, but again, this is the Bible, we read it over and over and over, and Paul says it very precisely in Romans C45 he says, "Now to him that worketh not but believeth on Him that justified the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. There are no good deeds, I can do, I can only be made righteous in God's eyes, and fit for Heaven by believing in the one who justifies the day. Some people think they've got to clean their lives up, they've got to become righteous enough or good enough to merit God's salvation. No, Jesus said, "I came, not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance, and salvation is only for sinners, and if you don't acknowledge that you're a sinner and you deserve eternal hell, there's no salvation for you, what would you be getting saved from?
We're being saved from the judgment of God's wrath against sin. And unless I see my need of that unless I see that it would be just for God to send me to eternal.
He separated from him for ever.
And I really don't have anything to be saved from. And as you said, this is the most wonderful gift of love and of grace. It could be given right for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not courage, but have ever-lasting life.
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