John

Be-Cause - John 18:37

"To this end was I born…"  Jn 18:37  There is a place on every death certificate for the cause of death.  Some doctor we don't even know will fill in that blank for us.  He will write the name of some disease or ailment to explain our passing.   When came into the world, another doctor filled in our birth certificate.  There was a place for the date and time of birth, place of birth, and names of our parents.  There was no place in which he could f...

In Love - John 11:36

“Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him,”   John 11:36  While those who witnessed the sight of Jesus weeping could not possibly have understood the depth of his sadness, they arrived at a correct conclusion.   “Behold how he loved him.”   Lazarus would know the power and the magnetism of that love.   It called him out of the darkness of death back into life and the light of day.   Then love ordered his “loosed” and then love led him. &...

Of God - John 1:13

"Which were born , not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:13 Here is the mystery of the New Birth.   Here we find the genius and the genetics of salvation.   It's not of blood.   That is biology. It's not of the will of the flesh.   That is psychology.   It's not of the will of man.   That is sociology.   It's not of blood or biology.   Science is trying to save us.   Whil...

Forever With the Lord

"Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die." ... John 11:25-26. When we come to the end of another year, it does not mark the end of our lives. Even death itself, whenever it comes, cannot mark the end of a believer’s life. Christians may, and do, go to "sleep" here in any given year, but this is not the end. Death is only another milestone in l...

When is He Coming?

Three times in the last chapter of the Bible, the Lord announces His return: "Behold, I come quickly" ... Rev. 22:7 and 12 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly" ... Rev. 22:20 In neither of these statements does He say when He is coming. In fact, elsewhere He emphatically rules out the when, for He says to His disciples: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power" (Acts 1:7). Just before He...

Lecture 6 - The Psalm-Books, Gospels, and Acts

The Psalm-Books We are now, beloved brethren, to examine that division of the Old Testament which stands last in all Hebrew Bibles, and last in our Lord's words in the last chapter of Luke, "the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms." He does not use indeed the Jewish term for this last division, which was called by the Jews (vaguely enough), "the writings," or "Scriptures," - Kethubim; and we have no certain proof that He meant to speak of more than the actual book of P...

The Gospels and the Offering

The key to the characteristic features of the Gospels is the position of the Lord Jesus. There are four principal positions answering to the four Gospels, one to each.   Thus in Matthew as "Son of David, Son of Abraham," He is seen in relation to the dispensations. We have His position with regard to David's throne and Abraham's true seed,- the heirs of promise. In Mark, on the other hand, we find Him "in the form of a servant," come not to be ministered unto but to minister; and to do t...

The Two Natures and What They Imply

(John iii. 6; Galatians v. 17.) When we speak of there being two natures in the believer, as these passages, with others, plainly teach, it is needful, in the first place, to explain the words that we are using. The more so, as the word "nature" is not of frequent use in Scripture, and such expressions as "the old nature" and "the new nature "- in frequent use among ourselves - do not occur. I am not on this account condemning the expressions. They may be useful enough, an...

Chapter 3 - At the Well

A GOSPEL ADDRESS (JOHN iv.) The Lord had not one stereotyped answer, beloved friends, for those He met. He met souls; He answered souls - not questions even, but souls. And you will find, if you take this chapter for instance, and compare it with the chapter preceding, how differently the Lord answers two cases which were indeed different themselves, but the difference between which would have caused, one might naturally think, precisely opposite answers to those the Lord...

The Family of God

Our Entrance into the Family of God     But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).     Man in his natural wisdom rationalizes that we are all members of the same family, the human family, when we are born into this world. The Word of God makes it emphatically clear that by nature we are ...
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