The Greatest Act of God

(JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » 3:1-17)

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Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », Jr.

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March 16, 2014

 

Introduction

 The passage contains the very essence of the GospelYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... », some say it’s the Gospel in a nutshell. Let me explain the passage in a systematic wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ».

1. God’s Greatest Character: Love (v. 16).

In theologyTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », there are many attributes or characters of GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... ». In each nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of God, an attribute, is revealed such as Jehovah Jireh (God is provider), ImmanuelGod is With Us. Read more ... » (God is with usGod is With Us. Read more ... » or omnipresent). God is said to be omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), etc.

In our passage, loveThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » is the attribute of God. Love which is agapo in GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » means “unconditional loveWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... ».” It is the love that “brings forth caring regardless of the circumstance.” Lewis recognizes this as the greatest of love (wikipedia.org). Indeed, it is the greatest love since it functions even though the object of love (man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... ») does not request it. It is like an amazing graceWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of God, that love is also an “unmerited free gift” from God.

jesus-christ-munir-alawi1.1. God Gave His only Begotten Son (v.16). The gift of God is not a useless thing, or a thing that he doesn’t want to use. Out of God’s love, he gave his only SonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... », Jesus ChristThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ». God gave his most importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » gift, the Son of GodThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... ».

1.2. God Gave us Faith (v.16). Out of God’s love he also gave us faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » so that we could use in serving the Son of God.

John Murray calls it “penitent faith” since repentanceThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » is twinned with faith (pisteuo).

Wayne Grudem says that “the person who genuinely turns to Christ for salvation must at the same time release the sin to which he or she has been clinging and turn away from that sin in order to turn to Christ.”

This kind of faith comes only from God. Faith that is committing and putting his trustHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » with God.

1.3. God Gave us Eternal Life (v.16). God promised immortality to every believer of ChristThe Words of Jesus and the Coming Massive Revival in Groups. Read more ... ». The Greek aiōnios may mean perpetual, everlasting, or eternalThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... ». This may also mean that kind of lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » (zoe) was already prepared beforehand, and ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » for us to enjoy.

When A.J. Gordon was pastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of a church in Boston, he met a young boyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » in front of the church carrying a rusty cage in which several birdsThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » fluttered nervously. Pastor Gordon inquired, “Son, where did you get those birds?”

The boy replied, “I trapped them out in the field.”

“What are you going to do with them?”

“I’m going to play with them, and then I guess I’ll just feed them to an old cat we have at home.”

When Gordon offered to buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » them, the lad exclaimed, “Mister, you don’t want them, they’re just little old wild birds and can’t sing very well.”

Gordon replied, “I’ll giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » you $2 for the cage and the birds.”bird-in-cage

“Okay, it’s a deal, but you’re making a bad bargain.” The exchange was made and the boy went away whistling, happy with his shiny coins. Gordon walked around to the back of the church property, opened the doorThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » of the small wire coop, and let the struggling creatures soar into the blue.

The next Sunday he took the empty cage into the pulpit and used it to illustrate his sermonThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » about Christ’s comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » to seek and to saveJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » the lost — paying for them with His own precious blood.

“That boy told me the birds were not songsters,” said Gordon, “but when I released them and they winged their way heavenward, it seemed to me they were singing, ‘Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed!”

You and I have been held captive to sin, but Christ has purchased our pardon and set us at liberty. When a person has this life-changing experience, he will want to sing, “Redeemed, redeemed, redeemed!” (sermonillustrations.com).

2. God’s Greatest Vision: Salvation of the World (v.17).

WorldJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » or kosmos refers to the physical world and its inhabitants. Some say it was referred only to people who are saved, but actually kosmos has universal scope.

2.1. Jesus does not Judge/Condemn the World (v.17). JesusThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » says, For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn (or judge) the world.” When the Son of God incarnated his intention was to become LambThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » of God for all of us. Meaning he sacrificed himself for the salvationJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of the world.

2.2. Jesus saves the world (v.17). John 3New Year, New Creation. Read more ... »:17 and 4:42 also mention that Jesus is the saviorThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » of the world. The BibleThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » emphasizes that he alone is the savior of the world. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” The ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » PeterThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » said, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

3. God’s Greatest Desire of Man: Born Again (v. 3)

Jesus said unto Nicodemus, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born againNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... », he cannot see the kingdom of God” (KJV).

“Born anew,” “born from above,” “generated from above,” “born again from above” and “born again” are the same thing.

Revised Standard, and American Standard Version used “born anew.”YouMustBeBornAgain

KingWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » JamesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » Version, Webster, Modern KJV, and Old Tagalog version used “born again.”

Jubilee Bible transliterates “born again from above.”

The International Standard Version and the New Revised Standard Version translate “Born from above.”

Gennao (Greek for born) means “procreate” and figuratively it means “regenerate.” Being born again is not a title, a church or privilege. Being born again means “being in Christ.” Every ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » must be born again; so being born again and being Christian are synonymous!

Jesus answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » and of the SpiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (v.5, KJV). You may ask, what’s being born of water and being born of the Spirit?

3.1. Born of Water (v. 5). The Greek “hudōr hudatos” literally and figuratively means “water.” This may refer to water baptismCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ». Oxford Annotated Bible explains that the “birth into a new order is through water.”

3.2. Born of the Spirit (v.5). The Greek “pneuma” means “spirit.” Thus being born again is being born in the Spirit.

God promised to IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... » in the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » the ProphetGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » Ezekiel (593 BCE), and we claim nowadays that He did it to us nowadays,

“And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

A new heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them” (Ezek. 36:25-27).

How much it cost to have a new heart? According to The New York Times Magazine, published on May 16, 2010, a new heart costs $864,700 to “procure, transplant and maintain with imno-suppressant drugs.”  [Immunosuppressant drugs are a class of drugs that suppress or reduce the strength of the body’s immune system. They are also called anti-rejection drugs. One of the primary uses of immunosuppressant drugs is to lower the body’s ability to reject a transplanted organ, such as a liver, heart or kidney] (healthline.com).

Yet the most lasting heart transplant you ever will receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » is the one Jesus performs on you when you surrender your life to Him. You receive a new heart that never will expire, never fail, never need replacing again (biblestudytools.com).

 Conclusion

During the Spanish-American War, Clara Barton was managing the serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » of the Red CrossThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » in Cuba.

One day Col. Theodore Roosevelt approached her, and he said he wanted to buy food for his sickLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » and wounded soldiers. But she refused to sell him any.

roosevelt2Roosevelt did not understand it. His men needed the help and he was prepared to pay out of his own funds. When he asked someone why he could not buy the supplies, he was told, “Colonel, just ask for it!”

A smile broke over Roosevelt’s face. Now he understood–the provisions were not for sale. All he had to do was simply ask and they would be given freely (Our Daily Bread, October 11, 1992).

It is like the salvation of the LordMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... ». It is not for sale, simply have faith, and you will have it! The act of God is amazing!

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