Present Truth Part 28
3:16 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. 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18(Emphasis supplied).
John 3:15-18 tells us that Jesus did not come to condemn the world because the world was already condemned. Paul tells us why in Romans 5:12:
5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
When Adam sinned all of mankind was condemned to death because his seed was tainted with sin. Therefore all that is born of Adam’s flesh is born sinful and condemned to death. This is why Ephesians 2:1-3 says:
2:1 And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins: 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (Emphasis supplied).
When the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin He is also convicting us that our only hope of escape from the condemnation of sin is through faith in Jesus (see John 16:8&9). This is why John 3:19-21 says:
3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (Emphasis supplied).
John 3:16-18 tells us that God so loved the world that He gave us His Son to save us from the condemnation of sin and whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. However, John goes on to say in verses 19-21that those who believe in Jesus will come to the light so that their deeds may be wrought (done) in God (v.21). In other words, those who yield to the conviction of the Holy Spirit will not only confess their sin but they will come to Jesus daily in full surrender so their works can be done in God. This is why Ephesians 2:8-10 says:
2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Emphasis supplied).
In summary, our only hope of escaping the condemnation of sin is by coming to Jesus daily in full surrender so God can recreate us in the image of His son. Therefore, daily surrender to Jesus is the only way of escaping the condemnation of sin and death. This is what completes the first step and makes the confession of sin godly sorrow. Those who neglect to do this are condemned to continue to live in sin (see John 3:19&20).
Next week we are going to look at how confession of sin and daily surrender is the key to receiving the seal of God and not receiving the mark of the beast. Until then I leave you with this God inspired quote to ponder and pray over:
When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart. A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself. It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature. The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan. But unless we do yield ourselves to the control of Christ, we shall be dominated by the wicked one. We must inevitably be under the control of the one or the other of the two great powers that are contending for the supremacy of the world. It is not necessary for us deliberately to choose the service of the kingdom of darkness in order to come under its dominion. We have only to neglect to ally ourselves with the kingdom of light. If we do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies, Satan will take possession of the heart, and will make it his abiding place. The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness. Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, and temptation to sin. We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be overcome. Without a personal acquaintance with Christ, and a continual communion, we are at the mercy of the enemy, and shall do his bidding in the end. The Desire of Ages p.324, para.1 (Emphasis supplied).