Today in God’s Word
Exodus 24; John 3
John ended the last chapter pointing the reader to man’s dilemma. Jesus demonstrated his divine nature through miracles and he had referred to his authority ultimately being demonstrated in his resurrection that was to come. John tells us that Jesus knew all people and he knew what was in man. The next thing that happens is Jesus explaining to Nicodemus that it is necessary to have a spiritual birth to gain eternal life.
Jesus knows that the natural man is devoid of the Spirit (cf. John 3:6). Jesus knows that the natural man is dead in his sins and is under condemnation and wrath (cf. John 3:36). A radical change in our nature is needed in order to enter the kingdom of God. For this reason the kingdom came to us! Jesus came to bring not the wrath of God upon sinners but merely upon sin (cf. Rom 8:3). Indeed, he came to save sinners through his work on their behalf and we need to see clearly enough to put our trust in him. We need the Spirit, like the wind, to come and to strip our blindness and our unwillingness and to create in us a new nature and a new delight (2 Cor 4:4-6) whereby we will see the glory of God in Jesus and we will trust him unto eternal life. This is conversion and we all need it. Without this, we remain under the judgment of God and are condemned already (cf. John 3:18-19).
In a statement aligned with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s teaching regarding the relationship between faith and obedience, John tells us that obedience to the Son is directly associated with believing in the Son (John 3:36). Let us believe in the Son. Let us obey the Son. Let us know this conversion from darkness to light and may we know by witness of the Holy Spirit that we are his (Rom 8:15-16).
Like the serpent in the wilderness, we must look only to the Son and trust that he is our salvation and hope.
Soli Deo Gloria!
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://crossroadoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Jeff-Bio.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Jeff Lopez is the Director of Evangelism at Crossroad and he oversees the men’s, web, and life group ministries. Jeff is a volunteer and works full time in the fire service while pursuing a master’s in divinity from Southern Seminary. He lives in Huntington Beach with his wife Nicole and two children, Asher and Anna.[/author_info] [/author]