BibliographyGill, John. Since nothing can be done effectually without the Spirit, and Christ Himself without the Spirit is no Saviour at all to us (John 16:8-15; Romans 8:9), our business is to be lying in wait for His blessed breathings, expecting them from above (Luke 11:13), and prepared both to welcome and use them, to hail them wheresoever and in whomsoever we find them, and to put ourselves alongside of those operations of His, giving them our countenance and lending them our agency for carrying them out to their proper ends-just as sailors in a calm watch for the moment when a breeze shall spring up, which they know well may be when they least expect it, and hoist and adjust their sails to it with a speed and a skill at which others wonder, so as to let none of it be lost. Comp. "Commentary on John 3:21". DD. 1905. Compare the two verbs, prasso and poieo, in a similar connexion in John 6:29. truth = the truth. "Commentary on John 3:21". They feel themselves, on the one hand, repelled, in so far as sin is mighty within them; and, on the other, attracted, in so far as a more noble moral aspiration stirs within them. "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". John 18:37), ‘Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice; ‘so here we read, ’He that doeth the truth cometh to the light.’ There is a natural affinity between truth and light; he who is faithful to truth received is, through the very nature of the truth within him, impelled towards Him who is the Truth. The statement of John 3:1, "A man of the Pharisees" is found to be the key of the whole passage. Are wrought in God — That is, in the light, power, and love of God. https: Read Introduction to John . If man is neutral, we can take salvation or leave it. Ver. What pen but that of an eye-and-ear witness could have reported to us a scene whose minute details and life-like touches rivet, and have riveted from the beginning, the very children that read it, never again to forget it, while the depths and heights of its teaching keep the most mature ever bending over it, and its grandeur, undiminished by time, will stand out to arrest and astonish, to delight and feed the Church so long as a Bible shall be needed by it here below? He who does the truth is not afraid of the light, but rather seeks increased light because his deeds have been done ἐν θεῷ; that is, he has not been separated from God by them, but has done what he has done because he conceived that to be the will of God. Light draws him. They do not try to cover up worthless deeds, but they are willing to expose them to the searching light of God"s revelation (cf. He searches for truth and light that he may have evidence that his actions are right. Thus the appearing of Christ separates the lovers of the day from those of the night, mingled together until then in the mass of mankind." Αὐτοῦ is emphatic; ‘his works’ as opposed to those of ὁ φαῦλα πράσσων. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. "Commentary on John 3:21". ‘Not manie wise are called.’ He had clomb a Hill in the Darke, and stood calling to his companions below, ‘Come on, come on, this way lies the East: I am avised we shall see the sun rise anon’. (Comp. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). There is in men often, indeed usually, the strangest duplicity. The affinity grows stronger and stronger. (1) The first thing in it is to be really in earnest. 1879-90. The evangelist should then have told us expressly, that Nicodemus, on leaving Jesus, returned to his own home and went to bed! God"s gracious love encourages guilty sinners to open up to the light. We have before us the principal mountain peaks, but not the whole of the chain (comp. 1871-8. BibliographyPett, Peter. It is the Father who draws souls to the Son, and who gives them to Him (John 6:37; John 6:44). But when we utter them, we do it with His authority, and have a right to use it, as did the apostolic preachers. His coming to Christ is itself a manifestation of the preceding work of God in him. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. Renewal 1960. The opposite of ὁ φαῦλα πράσσων, John 3:20, and therefore ἀλήθεια is to be taken in the ethical sense: he who does what is morally true, so that his conduct is in harmony with the divine moral standard. Wrought in God - In his presence, and through his assistance. Luthardt seems to me to have completely perverted the meaning of this verse and to have lost the very profound teaching which it contains, by explaining: "He who practices the moral truth manifested in Christ soon attaches himself to Christ by the religious bond of faith." But let us not forget that, both in Israel and even beyond the theocratic sphere, it is from a divine impulse that everything good in human life proceeds. Then this scholar boldly draws therefrom a proof against the historical reality of the personage of Nicodemus and his conversation with Jesus. See Ephesians 5:9. https: BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. They want their lives to be open to examination and be put under the spotlight of God, so that what they really are can be seen, that they are true children of God. He already stands condemned and destined to experience God"s wrath. I had previously preferred the following: That they may be manifested as being done in God; comp. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. 21 only applied to him, why did he come to Jesus by night?

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