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Gospel of John: The Book of Signs   1 comment


Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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The Self-Surrendered Christ   4 comments


Above:  A Crucifix

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Jno. 10, 17-18

1.  Jesus came not to do his own will; but surrendered himself to do the Father’s will (Jno. 8, 29; 7, 16; 6, 57, etc.).  He lived a perfectly surrendered life.

2.  His death is a voluntary surrender of life.  “I lay it down of myself.” He did not die save by his own consent thereto, and as the Father willed.  [He] could have delivered himself by angels’ help (vs. 17-18; Matt. 26, 53; Luke 13, 32-33).

3.  This self-surrender was for the life of the world.  Nothing he did caused it.  He is the Good Shepherd who layeth down his life for the sheep (v. 11; Ch. 12, 24-25).  He did nothing worthy of death.  He “gave himself for us.”  (Titus 2, 14).

(1)  It effects deliverance from sin and its consequences–Ch. 3, 14-15.

(2)  It leads to the direct impartation to believers of his body and blood as the source of spiritual life (Ch. 6, 53; 3, 16).  “Have eternal life.”

4.  Because of his self-surrender he is the object of his Father’s love (v. 17).

Hence the Father is pleased to bless those who call for mercy in His name for mercy in His name–for Jesus’ sake.  What an encouragement to pray!


Dwelling With Christ in God   2 comments


Above:  Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles, by Duccio

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Jno. 14, 10

1.  Jesus is so typical that what he was in life we may seek to become.  He is universal man–our humanity.  Here, as elsewhere, he is our Example.

2.  There was utmost unity between himself and the Father.  “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”  The Father found no resistance in his Son to His will–“Not my will but Thine be done.”  “I do always the things that please Him.”  (Jno. 8, 29)

3.  This God desires of us.  He [is] in us and we [are] in Him, that He may accomplish His work in us and through us.  “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  “Yet not I but Christ liveth in me.”

Then for us to live is Christ indeed.

But  a full surrender of ourselves is necessary–of our wills and all we are must be–“crucified with Christ.”

Then we must faithfully follow His leading, doing His work, speaking His words.

4.  This is unity with Christ in God.  Now “for me to live is Christ.”  “He doeth the work” now.  All is his.


The Uplifted Christ   1 comment


Above:  A Crucifix with Votice Candles

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Jno. 12, 32

Jno. 8, 21-30

Jno. 3, 11, 21

1.  We have here a reason for the crucifixion, that He might attract and save men.  Also that men might understand Him.  See Jno. 8, 28.

2.  “If I be lifted up.”  Out of love He died for all.”  His death is the supreme sacrifice of love.  Hence its magnetic power.  Whenever the story is told it draws the hearts of men.

3.  The Father set Him on high.  From His exalted throne He blesses and draws men.  He is no dead Christ but a living power felt when the story of His love is proclaimed.

4.  There is given to us to lift Him up in our lives.  When men see Christ exalted in us they are drawn toward Him.  How important that our lives communicate His power to others.  What a pity that any prove to be stumbling blocks by inconsistent living.

5.  Not all who are drawn yield.  Sin interferes and holds some down despite the Magnet’s power.  Hence these things must be given up that as we are drawn we may yield our all to Him.  Have you given up all for Jesus?


The Son Makes Free   1 comment

Jno. 8, 26

1.  Sinners are in bondage to sin, led of their own lust, under the power and dominion of sin.

2.  They often try to overcome evil by their own power.  Man cannot.

3.  Jesus alone can emancipate the enslaved soul.  He has all power & authority in heaven and earth.  “The Son hath power to forgive sin.”  He shall make you free

(1) From the guilt of sin-pardon.

(2)  From the power of sin-enabling him to triumph over it, saved from sin.

(3)  From the desire to sin.  Will love righteousness & hate evil.

(4)  From unhappiness, putting a new song in his mouth.  A sense of the divine Presence gives joy & peace.

4.  By the application of his blood, washing of regeneration & receiving of the Holy Spirit.  “As far as the east is from the west so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”  Cleanse from all sin and fill with his grace.

Free indeed!!


God’s Presence and Approval   1 comment

Jno. 8, 29

1.  “That please him.”  Here, then, is the Christian’s highest ideal.  He can so live, but can not go beyond it.  If only he approve, all is well; without, nothing is well.

2.  “Sent me.”  Christ had a mission from God; so have we.  This my meat and drink.  Not self-willed, but submissive.  Not a recluse, but serving, helping others.  “I am among you as one that serveth.”

3.  “He is with me.”  I am not alone.  If we would find him let us do our duty.

God never forsakes one doing his will, but is with and near him.  Near him

(1) To guide us–we need it.

(2)  To aid graciously.

(3)  To approve our fidelity.

(4) Will reward us at rest.  No service will be forgotten.


Posted February 3, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 G-L, Johannine Gospel

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