kjv@John:3:25@ Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.
kjv@John:3:26@ And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
kjv@John:3:27@ John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
kjv@John:3:28@ Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
kjv@John:3:29@ He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Why wouldn't a man come to the light? Because his deeds would be reproved. Why would his deeds be reproved? Because his deeds are evil. Evil in comparison to what? The Spirit. People often compare their sins to each others and thereby determine that their sins are no worse that any others. It is a trick of false logic, it is like rotten apples comparing themselves to rotten apples that will never make the cut. Who then will make the cut? Only those that are born of Spirit.
To do truth is first and foremost to come to Jesus willing to have your deeds exposed. Most would falsely approach this as coming to Jesus to prove to him of your good deeds. The message here is that there are no good deeds to prove. All have fallen short. Our righteousness is but filthy rags. Good as they might be, our deeds have been devised and implemented by the flesh and not the Spirit remaining truthfully unborn from our souls. The flesh is either unaware of things of the Spirit or at completely at odds with the things that it is aware of.
There is a vast difference between believing "in" God and believing "God". They are two different objects. The devils believe "in" God. The hard part is to actually believe that God said this thing or did this act or commanded that we obey that; that this is His certain Will regarding salvation. It is the difference between believing in a quaint notion and believing what proceeds forth and is emanated from the real person. Here we are told that God intends for the name of His Son to be the dividing line between the saved and the unsaved, that He has set His entire course of motion from eternity past to establish just that. He doesn't have to condemn be cause the soul remaining unborn to the Spirit chooses not to be born again thus condemning itself.
John the Baptist paints a very illustrative picture of Jesus here. Jesus is described as being from above, He is God sent, speaking that which is from above, what He has seen above He testifies, He speaks the words of God, the Spirit is not limited in measure or proportion unto Him. He that believes exactly on this description of Jesus has eternal life.
Those who believe that Jesus was just a man like us who may have received a spiritual enlightenment full or partial, that He was the first of many, or that we can receive a similar enlightenment, have much to un-explain and dilute about this clear passage from John the Baptist. Jesus being the groom, being sent, testifying what He had seen long before incarnation, having unmeasured Spirit and the seal of testimony, all suggest that there is none other like unto Jesus and that He is not the first Christ of many nor partial.
There is so much said here that entire books can be (and have been) written. For the moment it should be enough to consider that these things are all expansions of the core doctrine that John presented in kjv@1John:1 , namely that God is light and in Him is no darkness. If we are in God, so too there can be no darkness in us. Knowing the 'how' this is possible is knowing the 'what' Jesus accomplished in His death and resurrection and the 'who' He is. The working of this knowledge produces unfeigned love in us for the brethren, which is the proof positive of possessing this knowledge. It can be produced in no other way.
Cain is purposely used as the counter example. This key information steers the understanding of this passage a direction it otherwise would not go. The context becomes the inseparable fusion of love and righteousness, it's perceived source/manner and the resultant actions occurring from. Two men make the same effort to worship the living God, the means of which produce two opposite ends. The same can be said of two men that worship, one finding the ability to love unfeigned, the other finding the ability to hate and inflict judgment.
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