Sermon #1337 Miscellaneous Notes
Title: Some Things Are
Text: John 3:7
Readings: Office: Bob Poncer Auditorium: Bobbie Estes
Subject: Some Things Which Must Come To Pass
Date: Tuesday Evening - February 23, 1999
Tape # V-14a
Some Things Are A “MUST.” Every morning, when I come into the office, I have in my mind some things which I simply must get done. Shelby and I often say, concerning one thing or another, “That is a must. It simply must be done today.” Usually, we manage to get all the things on our “musts” list done.
When we say, “That’s a must,” we mean, “That is a matter of great priority.” But we do not really mean, “That is a must.” Many things may happen in a day’s time to alter our “musts” list considerably.
Still, Some Things Are A “MUST.” I want to talk to you tonight about some of those things which really are musts, things which must come to pass because God almighty says they must. I want you to open your Bibles to John 3, and just hold them open on your lap.
The word “must” appears several times in this chapter. It is a common little word. We all use it many times every day. But it might surprise you to discover what it means.
This little word, must, is an imperative verb. It means - “necessary, binding.” It also means, as we commonly use it, “behooving, meet, needful, ought to be, should be.” But the primary meaning of the word is “necessary, binding.”
Proposition: When the Lord our God says something is a must, he means that it is a must.
Nothing causes him to change his mind, alter his purpose, or adjust his plan. With that in mind, let’s look at this very familiar passage of Scripture one more time. May God the Holy Spirit be our Teacher, taking the things of Christ and showing them to us.
I. John 3:7 - Here is A MUST FOR THE CHOSEN SINNER.
Our Lord was not simply saying to Nicodemus - You really should be born again, or You need to be born again, or I urge you to be born again. Our Savior said to Nicodemus - “You must be born again!”
This is not a matter of speculation on my part. John tells us later on in this book (19:38-40) that Nicodemus came with Joseph of Arimethea to beg the body of the Lord Jesus from Pilate, and made considerable sacrifice for his burial. Thus, though he was not here born again, at the appointed time of love and grace, this man was, according to the purpose of God, born again.
I take Nicodemus to be a representative of all God’s elect. The Lord Jesus says, concerning all chosen sinners, “Ye must be born again;” and they shall, every one of them, at God’s appointed time. This is a matter of absolute certainty because it is a matter of absolute necessity.
Why must God’s elect be born again? What necessity is there for this? What makes this thing binding? - SEVEN THINGS…
A. God’s elect must be born again because we need it.
Though chosen and redeemed, though predestinated to eternal salvation, none of God’s elect can ever be saved apart from the new birth. We must be born again because we were all born wrong the first time.
Because we were born wrong the first time, unless we are born again, we cannot…
· See the kingdom of God.
· Enter into the kingdom of God.
B. Every one of the elect must be born again because God, who cannot lie, promised it, before the world began (Tit. 1:2).
C. All the chosen must be born again because election demands it (2 Thess. 2: 13-14).
If even one of those chosen to salvation should fail to obtain salvation, then God’s election is meaningless, his purpose is useless, his love is worthless, and his word is comfortless! If God cannot be trusted to do this, to save the people he purposed to save from eternity, he cannot be trusted to do anything!
D. God’s elect must all be born again, because predestination arranged it.
Predestination is God’s appointment and arrangement of all things from eternity to secure the salvation of his chosen.
E. Every one of God’s elect must, without exception, be born again because the sin-atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has obtained it.
F. Every chosen, blood-bought sinner in this world must be born again because our God wills it.
Someone may ask, “How do you know that is what 2 Peter 3:9 teaches?” I know because 2 Peter 3:15 tells me so.
G. All the chosen, all who were predestinated to eternal life, all the redeemed, all of them must be born again because the Holy Spirit was sent here to do it.
II. John 3:14 - Here is A MUST FOR THE COMMISSIONED SURETY.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into this world with a commission, on a mission of mercy, under the bondage of his own voluntary suretyship engagements, which he assumed for us as the Surety of the everlasting covenant.
The death of our Lord Jesus Christ was no accident. It was not something which came to pass because of man’s free will, or because the Jews would not let him be their king! The Lord Jesus died at Calvary because he must die at Calvary!
Why? What necessity was there for the death of the Son of God upon the cursed tree? Why must this Holy One be made sin for us? Why must this Savior be put to death?
A. The Lord Jesus Christ must die at Jerusalem as he did because God the Father purposed it from eternity.
B. Our dear Savior had to die at Jerusalem, in order to fulfil his covenant engagements for us.
Our Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily assumed all responsibility for our souls in the covenant of grace; but once he assumed that responsibility, he must fulfil it. He is honor bound to do so (Gen. 43:8-9; John 10:18; Acts 13:29).
C. The Son of God must die as he did because the Scriptures must be fulfilled.
· Psalm 22
· Isaiah 53
D. It was absolutely necessary for the Lord Jesus Christ to die as he did upon the cursed tree, lifted up from the earth, in order for the holy Lord God to save us from our sins (Rom 3:24-26; John 3:14-17).
If God would save us from our sins, he could only do it this way, because…
1. Righteousness must be maintained.
2. Sin must be punished.
3. Justice must be satisfied.
4. Forgiveness must be legitimate.
5. Love must be blameless.
III. John 3:30 - Here is A Must for The Contrite Servant.
A. Christ is the Bridegroom. - “He that hath the bride is the Bridegroom.”
B. Gospel preachers are the friend’s of the Bridegroom.
1. We stand before the Bridegroom.
2. We listen for the Bridegroom’s voice.
3. We rejoice to hear his voice.
4. Our joy is fulfilled when we are used of God to bring the bride and the Bridegroom together.
C. Every true servant of God is anxious to turn honor and attention away from himself to Christ.
This is the prayer, desire, and determination of every true, faithful servant of God. - “He must increase; but I must decrease.”
1. Christ is from heaven and is heavenly. - We are just men of the earth, and earthly (v. 31).
2. We will soon fade away. Christ is eternal.
3. Christ is himself the Revelation of God. - We are just his messengers (v. 32).
4. Christ has the Spirit without measure. - We have the Spirit as he is measured to us (v. 34).
5. To believe me is meaningless. - To believe him is to seal this fact to your own heart, that God is true V. 33).
6. Christ must increase because the Father has put all things in his hands (v. 35).
7. Christ must increase because Christ alone is our Savior!
“He must increase; but I must decrease.” – The more I decrease, the more I delight to just stand before him and hear his voice. And the more I stand before him and hear his voice, the more he will increase before me and I decrease before him.
Oh, let Christ increase and me decrease! We cannot be occupied with more than one thing at a time. Let us ever be occupied with Christ, and not with ourselves! The more we are occupied with him, the less we shall be occupied with ourselves.
Humility is not something we cultivate. Rather, it is something that comes from beholding the Lord Jesus Christ. The more I try to be humble, the prouder I become. But the more I stand in his presence, hear his voice and behold him, the more I am occupied with him, the more humbled I am before him.
IV. John 4:4 - Here is A Must For The Compassionate Savior.
When the appointed time of love has come, the time in which the chosen, redeemed sinner shall be born again, then our great God and compassionate Savior must needs go to where the chosen, redeemer sinner is and give life to the object of his love; and he shall!
· Election marked the house into which Christ must come.
· Predestination set the time of his coming.
· Blood atonement paved the road on which he would come.
· Providence brings him to the appointed house at the appointed time.
· Efficacious grace brings him in!
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