Sermon #17 John’s Gospel
Title: “How can these things be?”
Text: John 3:9-21
Subject: Salvation by Faith in Christ
Date: Sunday Morning — July 27, 2008
Tape: John #17
Reading: Romans 3:28-5:2
In the 3rd chapter of John’s Gospel God the Holy Spirit has recorded for us a conversation between our Lord Jesus Christ and one of the most learned, well-taught and highly respected religious leaders of his day, Nicodemus. This is one of the most important passages in all the Bible. Its doctrine is both profound and essential. Nowhere in Scripture are we given stronger statements about the new birth and salvation by faith in Christ than are found here.
In the first part of our Lord’s conversation with Nicodemus, he declared the necessity of the new birth, asserting that we must be born again because until we are born again we cannot see the kingdom of God and cannot enter into it. Without the new birth no one has the capacity and ability to understand anything spiritual (John 3:3).
(John 3:3) “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
And without the new birth, without a new, righteous nature being created in us by God the Holy Spirit, we cannot enter into God’s heaven (John 3:5, 7; Hebrews 12:14; Revelation 21:27).
(John 3:5) “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
(Hebrews 12:14) “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
(Revelation 21:27) “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
(John 3:7) “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
Then, in verse 8, our Savior showed Nicodemus, and shows us, that the new birth is a sovereign act and work of God the Holy Spirit.
(John 3:8) “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
The wind is invisible. We cannot see the wind; but we can certainly feel the effects. Even so, we cannot see the Spirit of God; but his power and the results of his work are evident.
The wind is sovereign in its actions. The wind is beyond man’s control. The wind does not consult with us and is not regulated by us. So it is with the Spirit of God! The wind blows when it pleases, where it pleases and as it pleases. So it is with the Spirit (Exodus 33:19; John 5:21).
(Exodus 33:19) “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”
(John 5:21) “For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.”
The wind is irresistible. When the wind blows in its power, it sweeps everything before it. It is so with the Spirit of God. When he comes in the fullness of his power, he breaks down man’s prejudices, subdues his will, conquers him and sweetly forces him into the arms of Christ. — “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” (Psalm 110:3). — “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest and causest “ (Psalm 65:4). — “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).
In our text this morning, our Lord’s conversation with Nicodemus continues. His doctrine of regeneration is immediately followed by his doctrine of justification. Here he tells us how sinners obtain God’s salvation by faith alone. After declaring the necessity and nature of the new birth to Nicodemus, — “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?” (John 3:9). — “How can these things be?” That is my subject. Our Lord Jesus answers the question in 10-21.
(John 3:10-21) “Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? (11) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. (12) If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? (13) And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
(14) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
(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. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
(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. (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. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
The first thing set before us in this passage is a glaring display of spiritual ignorance. Here is a man who was “a master in Israel,” learned in all matters of religious thought, fully acquainted with all the theological trends of the day, a man of letters and degrees, who was utterly ignorant of all things spiritual (vv. 9-12).
(John 3:9-12) “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? (10) Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? (11) Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. (12) If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?”
When he was told about the new birth, Nicodemus immediately exclaimed, “How can these things be?” This question reveals the spiritual ignorance of all men by nature, even well-trained, academically superior, highly honored men. Nicodemus was very well educated, very religious and of high moral character and reputation — “A Master in Israel!” Yet, he was spiritually ignorant. If we would understand the things of God we must have something more than education, morality and sincerity. We must be taught of God.
Even though God became incarnate and spoke in human language, men understood him not (Proverbs 4:19; Ephesians 4:18).
(Proverbs 4:19) “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”
(Ephesians 4:18) “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”
Even preachers, teachers, religious leaders and theologians may be ignorant of Divine truth. The fact that a preacher has graduated with honors from some theological center is no proof that he is a man taught of God (John 6:44-45).
(John 6:44-45) “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (45) It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”
Nicodemus was one of those pastors in Israel who had ceased to feed the people with knowledge and understanding. The blind were leading the blind, and both were falling into the ditch (Matthew 15:14). The successors of such men are found in every age; and they are abundant today. Let most any preacher or religious leader of our day comment on anything spiritual, and you will have a glaring example of Paul’s declaration in 1 Corinthians 2:14. — “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Look at the next verse. After chiding Nicodemus for his ignorance, our Lord shows him the reason for it. It was because he refused to receive the Savior’s witness. — “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness” (v. 11). The reason sinners do not know the things of God is twofold: First, they are without the ability to discern anything spiritual. Second, they refuse to believe God’s revelation of himself.
None are so blind as those who will not see! As we believe God’s Word, he gives us understanding of what we believe. As we walk in the light revealed, we are given more light. But, if you receive not the witness of God, you have yourself to blame for your ignorance (John 5:40-44).
(John 5:40-44) “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (41) I receive not honour from men. (42) But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. (43) I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. (44) How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?”
Earthly Things and Heavenly
Verse 12 might seem a little confusing. What are those earthly things and those heavenly things he speaks of here?
(John 3:12) “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?”
“Earthly things” refer to the new birth, which takes place on earth and the “wind,” by which he illustrated Spirit’s operations of grace in regeneration. These things Nicodemus ought to have known about from Ezekiel 36:24-27. If he did not believe God’s Word about these earthly things, it would be useless to tell him of “heavenly things,” of things pertaining to the counsels of God, the mysteries of grace, and the things God has prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
It would certainly be meaningless for our Lord to tell him of those things he had accomplished as the covenant Surety and Mediator of his people. It would be meaningless, that is, unless the Lord himself was pleased to take the Word and make it effectual. So, having said that, the Lord proceeds to tell him of heavenly things in verse 13.
(John 3:13) “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”
These are heavenly things indeed! — Here our Savior asserts that he, the God-man, and no other man but the God-man, had already ascended up to heaven. He then asserts that he had come down from heaven. And, third, he says that he was in heaven, even while he walked upon the earth. Obviously, our Savior is talking here about that which he accomplished before the world began, when he stood forth and was accepted as our covenant Surety, as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. In a word, our Lord here declared to Nicodemus that the work he came to do on earth was already accomplished by him in heaven (Romans 8:29-30; 10:4-9).
(Romans 8:29-30) “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
(Romans 10:4-9) “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (5) For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. (6) But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) (7) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) (8) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; (9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
It is true that both Enoch and Elijah had ascended up to heaven; and all those who had died in faith were already in heaven. But all who were there, and all who ever shall be there, are there because of the efficacy and merit of Christ, the God-man Mediator, our Substitute.
Read our Lord’s words in verse 13 again, and rejoice. — “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” If no man but Christ ascends to heaven, then all others, except Christ are shut out of heaven. Is that not right? How, then, can we enter heaven? The Church of God’s elect, the whole election of grace, is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). We and our Savior, the Church and her Head, are one Christ! We are described as “the fulness of him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:23).
Our Lord Jesus spoke of the necessity of the new birth. — “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” The new birth is a new creation, the imparting of Divine, or eternal life. It is having a new, righteous nature imparted to us and created in us by God the Holy Spirit. But, before any sinner could be granted such grace, before any could be born of God, something else had to be done. So, secondly, our Savior spoke to Nicodemus about another necessity. Before God could do anything for us, he must do something for himself.
(John 3:14-15) “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
If eternal life is to be bestowed upon us, it must be bestowed upon us righteously and justly. Eternal life could never be bestowed upon men, except by the satisfaction of Divine justice. The Son of God must be lifted up. Eternal life must come out of his substitutionary death. The sacrificial work of Christ is the basis of the Spirit’s operations and the ground of God’s gift of life (Isaiah 53:4-6).
(Isaiah 53:4-6) “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
It is the Son of man who must be crucified, for atonement could be made only by one in the nature of him who sinned. Only as man was Christ capable of taking upon himself our guilt and penalty. The Jews expected the Messiah to be lifted up or elevated to the throne of David; but before this, he must be lifted up on the cross of shame, enduring the judgment of God upon our sins.
To illustrate the character, meaning and purpose of his death, our dear Savior refers to the well-known incident of the brazen-serpent in Numbers 21:6-9.
(Numbers 21:6-9) “And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. (7) Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. (8) And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. (9) And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”
The people were bitten by fiery serpents, dying and without hope. Moses made a serpent in the likeness of the cause and lifted it up. Those who looked in faith lived. Christ is made in the likeness of sinful flesh and crucified. — The only animal upon whom the Lord God specifically pronounced his curse was the serpent. So our Lord Jesus who was made sin and made a curse for us was rightly represented by the cursed thing! All who look to him in faith shall live!
(Isaiah 45:22) “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
By being “lifted up,” our Lord meant nothing less than his own death upon the cursed tree. That death, he would have us know, was appointed by God for “the life of the world” (John 6:51). It was ordained from all eternity to be the great propitiation and satisfaction for the sins of his people throughout the whole world. It was the payment of our debt, by an Almighty Substitute and Representative of infinite worth and merit. This is God’s scheme of grace and redemption. In infinite wisdom and goodness, he purposed to save sinners by the sin-atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.
When Christ died upon the cross, our many sins were laid upon him. He was made “sin” for us. He was made “a curse” for us (2Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13). By his death he purchased complete pardon for our souls and obtained eternal redemption for us.
The truth set before us here is the very foundation-stone of our faith — Substitution. Christ’s death is our life. His cross is our title to heaven. Christ “lifted up” and put to shame on Calvary is the ladder by which we “enter into the holiest” and ascend at last to heavenly glory.
· We are sinners, but Christ has suffered for us.
· We deserve death, but Christ has died for us.
· We are guilty debtors, but Christ has paid our debt with his own blood.
This is the good news we preach! This is the gospel we believe! On this let us lean while we live. To this let us cling when we die. Christ has been “lifted up” on the cross, and has thrown open the gates of heaven to poor sinners!
Third, our blessed Savior shows us that the cause of all this is the love of God.
(John 3:16-17) “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. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The Lord Jesus declared that the death of the cross was an imperative, a necessity. He did not say, “The Son of man shall be lifted up,” but, “The Son of man must be lifted up.” There is no other alternative if the claims of God are to be met, if the demands of justice are to be satisfied, if sin is to be put away, and if the elect are to be saved — Christ must die! (Romans 3:25-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21). The law and justice of God demand it!
(Romans 3:25-26) “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (26) To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
(2 Corinthians 5:21) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
· John 3:14 declares the remedy for sin. Christ must be lifted up.
· Verse 15 is the result. — “Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
· Verse 16 is the reason. — “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!”
The cross is a display of righteousness, justice, truth and holiness; but there is more in the cross of Christ than an exhibition of the holiness of God. The cross is the great display and manifestation of the love of God! John 3:16 takes us back to the very foundation of everything. God’s great salvation was provided by love. Christ came and died because God loved us and was determined to have a people like Christ, not in order to make the Father love us, but because he loved us. The atonement was not the cause but the effect of God’s love (1 John 4:9-10).
(1 John 4:9-10) “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (10) Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
“Twas not to make Jehovah’s love
Toward his people flame,
That Jesus from the throne above,
A suffering man became.
Twas not the death which he endured,
Nor all the pangs he bore,
That God’s eternal love procured,
For God was love before.
He loved the world of His elect,
With love surpassing thought;
Nor will His mercy e’er neglect
The souls so dearly bought!
The warm affections of His breast
Towards His chosen burn;
And in His love He’ll ever rest,
Nor from His oath return.”
In this 16th verse our Lord tells us seven things told us about the love of God.
1. The tense of his love. — “God so loved.” He always has loved us. It is an everlasting love (Romans 5:8; Jeremiah 33:3).
2. The magnitude of his love. — “God so loved.” It is an infinite love (John 15:13).
3. The scope of his love. — “God so loved the world.” His love is not limited to the Jews only, but to all nations (Revelation 5:9).
4. The nature of his love. — “God so loved...that he gave.” Real love ever seeks the highest interest and well being of its object. Love is unselfish; it gives! God gave the greatest gift.
5. The sacrificial character of his love. He not only gave his Son to live on earth among men, but to die the death of the cross (Philippians 2:6-8).
6. The design of his love. — “That whosoever believeth on him should not perish.” God has a people who shall not perish. No condemnation or judgment shall come to them (Romans 8:33-34).
7. The beneficence of his love. — “But have everlasting life.” This is what our Lord imparts to his own–eternal life and glory (1 John 3:1-3).
(1 John 3:1-3) “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (3) And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
The coming of Christ was not to condemn the world; the world was already condemned (Romans 5:18). The Son of God came into the world in human flesh that men and women of all nations might be saved. The word “might” does not express any uncertainty about the fact of their being saved. It expresses our Lord’s purpose and design in coming. He came in order that the world might be saved. His person and work for sinners enabled God to be both just and Justifier of those who believe (1 Peter 3:18).
(1 Peter 3:18) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”
(Isaiah 45:20-25) “Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. (21) Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. (22) Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (23) I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. (24) Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. (25) In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.”
By Faith Alone
Fourth, our Lord teaches us that sinners obtain all the blessedness of eternal life in Christ by faith alone.
(John 3:18-21) “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. (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. (20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (21) But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
Obviously, faith does not give sinners life. Faith is the result of life given by God the Holy Spirit. And faith does not accomplish justification. Faith is the result of that justification Christ accomplished at Calvary. Yet, no one is saved without faith; and all who are saved are saved by faith alone, because salvation is by grace (Romans 4:16).
(Romans 4:16) “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all.”
Three times our Lord repeats this glorious truth to Nicodemus. Twice he proclaims that “whosoever believeth shall not perish.” Once he says, “He that believeth on the Son of God is not condemned.”
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is salvation. He that has faith has life, and he that has it not has not life. Nothing whatever beside this faith is necessary to our complete salvation. Nothing whatever, except this faith, will give us an interest in Christ. You may fast and mourn for sin, and do many things that are right, and use religious ordinances, and give all your goods to feed the poor, and yet remain unpardoned, and lose your souls. But if you come to Christ as a guilty sinner, believing on him, eternal life is yours and you cannot be lost. Without faith in Christ there is no salvation; but through faith in the Son of God, the vilest sinner is saved forever!
In this matter of salvation, faith stands alone, without works. If you would know whether you are justified by Christ, there is but one question to be asked. — “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?”
“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” (v.18). — For the believer there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1) because Christ was condemned in our stead (Isaiah 53:4-6). You who believe not are condemned already. You came into this world with the curse of sin upon him. By nature you are a child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Your guilt and condemnation is increased by your persistent unbelief. If you go to hell, it will be because you loved darkness rather than light. It will be because you refused to come to Christ, because you refused to believe on the Son of God (Proverbs 1:23-33; Matthew 11:21-30).
(Proverbs 1:23-33) “Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. (24) Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; (25) But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: (26) I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; (27) When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. (28) Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: (29) For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: (30) They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. (31) Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. (32) For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. (33) But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
(Matthew 11:21-30) “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (22) But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. (23) And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. (24) But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. (25) At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. (26) Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. (27) All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. (28) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Oh, may God the Holy Spirit give you faith in Christ! May he be gracious to you and give you the gift of life, for Christ’s sake.
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