COMING DOWN TO DO THE FATHER'S WILL, #551
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." (JOH 6:38-40)
In PHI 2:6-8, we read that Jesus, "being in the form of God ... thought it not robbery to be equal with God." Why? Because He was God. Continuing in verses 7 and 8, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
Have we ever stopped to analyze to what extent He came down? We must understand that when man attempted to steal a station that did not belong unto him, that it was necessary for a Redeemer to satisfy the Fathers justice that He must rightfully hold the station that we attempted to steal. He was God, and now He voluntarily came down. We, through our rebellion and through our sin, have climbed up to take what did not belong to us and that is that we might be as God, that we might decide what is right and wrong. Now what does our Blessed Redeemer do but He comes down from heaven? He condescends. He takes upon Himself our human nature, and He humbled Himself unto obedience.
"I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." (JOH 6:38) We see such preciousness in that condescension of our Blessed Redeemer in coming down. And now, the amazing, immeasurable, unspeakable love of the Father again appears to become the all-encompassing wonder of our salvation--as Jesus said to the woman at the well in JOH 4:10, "If thou knewest the gift of God."
I want you to see that He came down to do the will of the Father. It was the Fathers will that He came down. It was the Fathers will that He humbled himself. It was the Fathers will that He submerged Himself under the wrath of God to take away the penalty of sinful man. Now we see that love of the Father in giving His only begotten Son. If you and I have but the faintest conception of such love, there is nothing that makes sin become more abominable than a faith view of that love. This is what we see in our text. He came down. Why? To do the will of the Father. It was the Fathers will that He should come down because the Father's love was so great for such fallen creatures.
The "gift of God" becomes such an unfathomable wonder when we think about how it was to spare such hell-deserving sinners--while leaving the fallen angels to their just doom! It wasnt that the Fathers pity was upon all fallen creatures. The Father looked upon His children whom He loved and left fallen angels to their just doom. Look at 2PE 2:4. "God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment."
That is such an awesome reality when we stop to think the angels in heaven who had sinnedHe reserved them in chains unto the judgment. There was no mercy for them. What an eternal wonder that the Fathers love extended to such hell-deserving creatures as you and me.
God's mercy is seen in His longsuffering day of grace for those who fear His holy name, and serve Him. I want you to see Gods longsuffering love for those who serve Him. I also want you to also notice there is a distinction between those who serve Him and those who serve Him not. It is so important that we understand the Father's purpose in our salvation and that we serve Him, not just that we find a fire escape to get out of hell. The Lord looks to those who serve Him. I want you to see this with me in 2PE 2:9. "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished."
You see now it is not only the fallen angels that are reserved unto judgment, but also the unjust. He knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations. So who are the godly? We hear of godliness, we hear of righteousness. Who are the godly? They are those who love Him with their hearts, their souls and their minds. The righteous are those who love their neighbors as themselves. That is how we sort between godliness and righteousness. The righteous are those who have a right attitude, and their actions and their conduct are right unto their neighbor. But the godly are those who love God with their hearts, their souls and their minds. Can you say you love God with your heart, your soul and your mind with an unforgiving spirit to your fellowman?
You see that second table of the law is like unto the first. You cannot separate the two. You cannot even claim that you have a right attitude toward God with a wrong attitude toward your neighbor.
What an eternal wonder of the Father's electing love--that He chose some. What an eternal wonder it is that from eternity, before the world was formed, that God chose you, that God chose me. To separate us from those who are perishing and to let us be among the godly. To have that love for God. You see that love of God in our hearts is a gift from God. And then, He draws them by His Spirit back into the kingdom from under which they have revolted. You see, in the Garden of Eden, man revolted from under the kingship of God. They revolted from under the authority of God. They wanted to know good and evil. That they would decide what is right and wrong, so they would not be under the authority of God. Now, what is the good news of the gospel? That God the Father has opened a way whereby you and I can again reenter His service and serve Him acceptably. That you I can again enter into His kingdom.
Look what we see in MAR 1:14. "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God." That is the gospel, the gospel of the kingdom of God, the good news that you and I can again be transformed, be made fit in character, and brought into the spirit of Christ. Then we can again come again into His service and serve Him acceptably in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse 15 continues, "And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand." It is here, this very moment. So what is the command? Repent. Change your attitude. Get over your rebellion. Get over your unbelief. Come back into His service, and plead with God to give you the grace to walk acceptably before Him. Believe the wonderful news of the gospel. Believe that He has opened the way whereby we can again reenter His service.
Beloved, what a wonder it is from heaven that, "God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment." Yet He gave His only begotten Son for fallen man. I want you to understand the only limitation there is to salvation. JOH 6:40 says, "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him [Where is the limitation? Is it in the atonement? No. The limitation is in whosoever believeth.], may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." And as we see in JOH 3:15, "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
I want you think about and ponder the wonder of salvation. To grant a pardon alone would have been a wonder of wonders, but now to think that the ransom that He Himself provided is love unspeakable. Not only did Jesus open a way that you and I can come to a pardon, but also He opened a way by Himself providing a ransom. He, Himself. What an unmeasurable love that He Himself looked upon us in our filth and in our sin and provided a ransom and it was no less than His own Son. That His own Son would come down from heaven, that He would come down not only to tread this sinful world, but to humble Himself. And humble Himself unto death, even the death on the cross.
He gave us the Spirit. He not only provided the ransom, but the love of the Father was not limited to opening the way to the whole world. "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life," but He gave us His Spirit to draw rebels who still would not come unto Jesus.
JOH 5:40 says, "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life." By nature, we will not come. In fact, he says in JOH 6:44, "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." You see, He takes those who will not. He takes those who cannot and He brings them with the cords of a man, with bands of love, and He leads them into the lot of His inheritance. What a consolation we have in the eternal love of God. We are such rebels by nature, and He comes with His Holy Spirit and makes us willing in the day of His power.
The Father gave His only begotten Son to pay the penalty that we could not pay--that our justification may be obtained without His attribute of righteousness suffering harm. His attribute of righteousness that justice cannot fall, and He satisfied His own justice by pouring out His wrath on His own Son that His attribute of righteousness should not suffer harm, that He could retain His righteousness as a just and a holy God. Now He can remain righteous and yet justify the ungodly because He has given His own Son.
It says in ROM 8:30, "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."
I want you to see the electing love of God and how from His side He looked upon His people in such love and He predestined that they should be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, His Son; and moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called. He gives us the call of the Spirit. And whom He called, He also justified. He brings us on to justification by the perfect finished work and the resurrection of Christ. And whom He justified, them He also glorified. The Lord has not allowed one to slip out of His hand. Look at what our text says in verse 39. "And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing." Every one whom the Father has given unto the Son He will lose none. Theres not one whom the Lord will not bring into the call of the Spirit, whom the Lord will not bring into justification and whom He will not also glorify.
In verse 31 it says, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" If God has loved us and predestined that we would be conformed to the image of His Son, if He has given us the call of the Spirit and He has brought us to justification in Christ, then, if God be for us, who can be against us.
Verse 32 continues, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Why can we not believe in Him? Why can we not understand that if He has done this, why would He then let us to fall away after He has brought us, and after He has called us, and after He has cleansed us in the blood of Christ, and after He has predetermined our salvation? What shall we say to these things? If God be for us then who can be against us?
What an eternal wonder that our salvation should be totally resolved in His Son, without leaving anything left undone for us to do.
You see if there was one good work that was depending on us, we would still fall short because out of an unclean thing can come nothing clean. All of our good works can only be made acceptable in the sacrifice of Christ. It is only in what Christ has done that makes it that the Lord can be satisfied with anything we do. It is only by looking upon us in Christs perfection that any of our attitudes, and any of our love, and any of our works are acceptable to Him, because it is in that finished work of Christ.
ROM 4:5 says, "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
Your obedience of faith--the Lord is looking at your heart. He is looking at our attitudes in what we do. We read that in John 6:40. "That every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life." What do we see in ROM 4:5? "But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him." In other words, we dont look at anything we do as having merit. There is nothing you and I can do that will merit salvation, but there are many things we can do that will provoke Gods anger. That, we are able to do. "But believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly," and thats how you and I have to be able to look at ourselves in Christ. We are ungodly. We have sinned. We deserve nothing but just damnation, but we believe on Him who justifies the ungodly. His faith is counted for righteousness. Now what we do in the way of obedience of faith is counted for righteousness before God because it is by faith in Him who justifies the ungodly.
Now watch what David said in verse 6. "Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works." You see, it is neither by works nor by merit. It is righteousness without works. Verses 7 and 8 continue, "Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin."
If He would impute one of our sins, it would be enough to damn us in hell forever. But our sins have been imputed unto the blessed Son of God, and His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Now, this blessedness was obtained by our Saviour's condescension to His Father's will. He came down. It was by His condescending love that He purchased our salvation. Now, I want you to see what the Lord wants. He wants His will to be done.
Our text says in verse 38, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." He was originally in heaven. And in JOH 6:39-40 it says, "And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth [to believe means to come under His sovereign reign as king, to come to an unconditional surrender in our hearts unto the will of God.], may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
It is to come under His Fathers reign as King. It is to come to an unconditional surrender of our heart unto the will of God. Now our text says in verse 38, "I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him who sent me." You see what the Lord is telling you and me. How is the Father pleased but by doing His will? It isnt by sitting on sackcloth and holding our head down in a bulrush and saying, "Oh, Oh, Oh." What the Lord wants is our hearts in unconditional surrender to His will, and our hearts to unconditionally come under the kingship of Christ. He wants us to believe on Him.
Now JOH 6:33 says, "For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." I want you to see that the Lord Jesus is saying that He was in heaven. He was God and He gave up His throne in heaven to come down. What for? To give His life unto the world. Read that verse again. Now, the Son of God had a real existence before He was born. We need to understand that. It isnt like the little boy who was born and had no existence before that. He came down from heaven. He condescended and took upon Himself our human nature.
Jesus said in John 8:58, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." He is saying that He predated Abrahams birth and that He was before Abraham. Jesus real existence was before the world was created.
We see this in HEB 1:8. "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom." It is forever and ever, for eternity to eternity.
Jesus, who bears the very character and image of the Father, was sent to be the Fathers Spokesman. Why did He come down? He came down that He might be God verbalized. He came down that the very character of God might be made known unto you and me verbally. He came down to be the Fathers Spokesman. He came to fulfill His Fathers will and return unto His Fathers throne. He had a mission to do, and when He had fulfilled His mission He returned to where He came from.
Look at HEB 1:2-3. "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son [See, the Son of God is God verbalized. He is the Word, the Revelation of God. He has spoken to us by his Son], whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds [It was by the Son of God, by the Word of God that He made the world.]; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."
You see, He is the express image of the Fathers person. That is why Jesus said, "If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father." The Lord Jesus came down from heaven to show that you and I might learn to understand the very image and person of the Father. That we might understand His character. How would you and I have ever known the love of the Father if it wasnt that the Son of God came down and revealed it? If it wasnt that He told us and expressed in His word.
As Christ came down from heaven, it was not to do His own will, but the will of His Father who sent Him. He was God and man. He was the God-man. Christs will as God was not distinct from His Fathers. But as man in His human nature, His will was distinct from the Fathers will, yet it was still subordinated to the Fathers will.
Now I want you to see this in LUK 22:42. As he prayed, "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."
What we see here is that Jesus, as a man, had a will that was distinct from the will of the Father, but in unconditional subordination to the will of the Father. "Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." I want you to see what the Lord Jesus is teaching us by His example. How that you and I must again be conformed to the blessed image of the Son, who is the express image of the Father and of His person. The Lord wants us to be restored into His image.
Even though Jesus had His own will as a man, yet in our text He speaks not as God, nor as man, but as the God-Man where He says, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." (JOH 6:38)
The Lord Jesus Christ, in that verse, distinguishes His will from the Fathers will. His will as a man was distinguished from the will of the Father. He didnt come to do His own will. He came to do the will of the Father. Now you and I need to learn something here. Are we self-willed? Are we set on our own notions and our own will? Are we predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ, that our will becomes totally dissolved in the will of the Father? See, this is what salvation is all about. It doesnt begin by taking a trip to heaven. Salvation begins by being conformed to the will of the Father by being conformed to the image of His Son. That we again become in the image of God. That we become meet to become partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. That is where salvation begins. It begins by coming back into His kingdom, coming back under His service. Now from this we must understand that doing Gods will is the fountain of mans happiness and salvation.
You hear some of the most vain thoughts about what heaven is going to be like. I was at a funeral one time and I heard the pastor explain that the deceased loved horses, so I think he is up in heaven riding a horse. What vanity.
What is it to go to heaven? It is to be dissolved in the will of the Father. It is to serve Him and to praise Him and to be in His immediate presence, and in the presence of His Son. His saints will sing His praises and glorify Him for all eternity, for the wonder of His salvation.
From this we must understand that doing God's will is the fountain of man's happiness and salvation--God made man to be upright and truly happy. Look at ECC 7:29. "Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions."
You see, the Lord has made us upright, but to be truly happy we must be restored back into the image of God. Man made himself miserable through violating Gods will as we see here in HOS 13:9. "O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help." This is what you and I need to see. By nature we have destroyed ourselves, but the Lord said, "But in me is thy help." Outside the help of our God we are unable to redeem ourselves from our misery.
And as it says in JER 10:23, "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." You and I would find that our best righteousness is nothing but filthy rags in the sight of God, if we dont walk in the footsteps of Christ. As man cannot redeem himself--none other than God can. None other could find a way to reconcile sinful man with a holy and righteous God. There is no other way. The way of the cross, the way of the atonement, the way of obedience, of perfect obedience of the Son, is the only way of reconciliation. God had no other motive than His own good pleasure. It was His own good pleasure to redeem man. It wasnt that He saw anything good in you and me.
I want you to see how it was nothing in man that caused God to look upon us in favor. It says in EPH 1:4, "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." Notice what was it that He chose us for. That we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. See? The purpose of our salvation is that God will be glorified in His image in us.
Verse 5 continues, "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will." It was because it was His pleasure. It was because it was for His enjoyment, the good pleasure of His will. There was nothing in sinful man to move the Lord to love him.
Look what we read in DEU 7:7-8. "The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you..." Thats all. That is the only reason He set His love upon us. It is because the love proceeded from His side. He loved us before we will ever love Him.
Christ came to do the will of the Father, not only in making the atonement, but also by giving us, in His own person, a perfect example of the Father's will in our lives. Now the Lord Jesus says, "Take up your cross and follow me." Do you know what it means? It means crucifying everything of our flesh. Do you know what that means? That means, Come down. You and I by nature make gods of ourselves. By nature we will do what we think is right. Now you and I have to come down. We have to follow our Saviour. We have to come down and follow that perfect example of our Saviour.
Look at 1PE 2:21. "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." You and I must follow Him in coming down.
MAT 11:29 says, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me [in other words, follow my example]; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
We must follow His example and come down. You see, by nature, we want to climb up unto heaven to be as God. Now we have to come down. Our rebellion must be broken. We must now bow under His sceptre. "Take my yoke upon you." In other words, come under My service. Stop exalting of yourself. We must follow His example, come down, and humble ourselves.
Christ came to accomplish the will of God. You and I must come down from serving ourselves and come down to do the will of God. He accomplished the will of God by enabling us to sincerely perform all that is commanded of us.
Look at PHI 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." When you and I are in Christ, have Christ formed in us, when we come down off of our lofty throne and come into Christ, then "I can do all things through Christ."
See now, that blessed accomplishment of the Lord Jesus in doing the will of the Father. One of the things that He came to do was to enable us to perform all that is commanded of us. How? In Christ. "I can do all things through Christ."
I want you to see this coming down, this crucifying of the flesh in GAL 2:20. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
Do you see how He enables us to do what is required of us? We do it by His faith. That sounds like a mystery, but I am not a stranger to it. When we come to the end of ourselves, to where there is no answer, then the Holy Spirit lifts up Christ before our eyes. He shows us where Christ was in those exact circumstances. He shows us the faith of Christ in how He persevered, how He humbled Himself, how He came down, how He suffered, and how He prevailed. Now then, that blessed faith of Christ becomes our faith. Then we understand what it is, "the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
Did you know that we descend to true greatness? It is human nature to want to go up to become great. But in grace, we descend to true greatness. Look at what MAT 18:1-4 says. "At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
You see how we descend to greatness? How did Christ descend to greatness? He came down. He did the will of the Father. He gave His life.
Now look at PHI 2:9. "Wherefore God also hath also highly exalted him." Our text says, "And this is the Fathers will which hath sent me, that all of which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (JOH 6:39-40) How does He raise us up? He sets us right alongside of Him on His throne. "And God hath highly exalted Him." You see the greatness that the Lord Jesus Christ obtained, "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth. (PHI 2:10) How did He come to that greatness? You see, greatness comes by descending to greatness. He descended. He came down, and the Father exalted Him. Humility is before honor.
I had a phone call, and was talking to a woman when we had a disagreement on how we were going to do something. And in an impulse, without even giving time to think, I said, "You know, we are wasting our time," and I hung up the phone. After I did that I went and started preparing my sermon. And you know, such a coldness came over me. I could just feel that the Lord had withdrawn. I had to put together the notes for a sermon about godliness, and my heart so smote me. Do you know what I did? I called her back. And I told her, "I have to apologize. I was wrong. I need your forgiveness." She said, "You know, it takes a big man to do that. I have never had a person do that to me beforeto call and ask me to forgive them." You see, her respect for me was greater when I apologized than it was when I snapped at her and hung up the phone. You see, we descend to greatness. Now she says to me, "That takes a big man to do that." Well she didnt realize that I didnt feel very big. I felt so very small.
But the Lord tells us we must be on guard. We must look after our thoughts for the day. but thats not enough. I have found that when we try to guard our thoughts and our actions its not, "Lord, spare me this day," but "Spare me moment by moment." Sometimes in a split second we do something that is so foolish, without even a thought. That is the fruit of our fallen nature. We need for the Lord to spare us, not only day by day, but moment by moment, and sometimes split second by split second.
When you and I become as little children, then we learn to understand that we need our Fathers protecting care to spare us from these types of things. Not only that but to give us the grace to come down, to stoop, and to ask for forgiveness. Have you ever had a quarrel with somebody and your own heart told you, "You know, I was wrong," but didnt have the grace to ask for forgiveness. See, that takes grace. When the Lord seemingly withdrew, it seemed impossible for me to prepare a sermon about godliness, when I had just done something so foolish. But after I had called the second time, I really believe that the Lord helped me to prepare a message on godliness.
Christ does the will of His Father by enabling us to learn of Him, to submit our will unto the will of the Father in all our trials. Look at the blessedness in that Spirit of Christ when He gives us that we have the grace to descend unto greatness.
Look at MAT 10:22. "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved."
You are going to be hated of all men and have reproach brought upon your name. Our Saviours recorded ministry, which is the word of God, reveals that it is the will of God that we repent. I think I would have found it very difficult, not only to prepare a sermon, but to deliver it, if I had not repented. It is our Fathers will that we repent. That doesnt just mean about some certain experience twenty years ago. Sometimes in a split second we have to repent. It is repenting as long as we are in this life. It is recognizing our wrong attitudes. It is a recognizing when we have offended somebody. It is a recognizing that we have not done what we would that they do unto us, and immediately repenting. You know why it has to be done immediately? Because if we let time grow over it, it will become callused and the next thing we will just let it be.
Look at ACT 17:30. "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent." The apostle was speaking to a group of people who had walked in ignorance, and he says, in other words, "God winked at your ignorance, but now he says, Dont sin against light."
A gospel repentance includes an amendment of life. A legal repentance is a remorse over having sinned because of the consequences of sin, but seldom does it amount to an amendment of life. A gospel repentance is an amendment of life.
Look at EZE 18:30. "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin." Do we have a responsibility to repent? Oh yes. If we just let sins callous our consciences and if we do not go back and repent, He says, "Iniquity shall be your ruin." This is a solemn truth. So what is the next?
Verse 31 says, "Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
We not only pray for a new heart, but it says, "Make you a new heart." How do we do that? When our consciences smite us, we immediately, immediately repent. Dont wait for Satan to get in there and reason with us and say, "Oh well, you know that after all she, or he, and that justifies, what I." No, No. When I come on the Judgment Day I account for what I said and did. And if I have not repented, then it says that my iniquity shall be my ruin. "Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit." In other words, a new attitude. That attitude of self-centeredness must to come down. "For why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
And in verse 32, " For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye." But, how do you turn yourself? By repenting. Dont plead inability. It is a matter of stubbornness in your own attitude if you do not repent.
The will of the Father is that we serve Him from a motive of love. Jesus came down to do the will of His Father. And if you and I are to be conformed to the image of Christ, our desire is to do the will of the Father.
Look at MAT 22:37-40. "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
I want you to understand. You do not skip the second and profess to perform the first. It is on these two commandments, they are unseparable. You cannot separate the first and the second commandments. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Now, our text says, "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." (JOH 6:40) Everyone who will become dissolved in the will of God may have everlasting life, "and I will raise him up at the last day."
The Father's will is that we believe, that we come to do the Fathers will. Are you willing to come down and humble yourself and do the will of God? The will of God is that we believe upon that blessed name Jesus unto whom He has given all authority as the reward for His perfect obedience.
We see this in 1JO 3:23. "And this is his commandment [this is the Fathers commandment to you and me], That we should believe on the name [That word name comes from the Greek word onoma and which means a name of authority, that we come to a holy reverent respect for the authority that He has given His Son.] of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment."
In other words, as Christ gave us commandment, "Love one another." Can we have strife? Can we live in contention? Can we live with a contentious spirit and claim we have Christ? The answer is clearly, No. We must examine our own hearts. Are we willing to come down? Are we willing to prefer others ahead of ourselves?
Look at what we read here in PHI 2:1-3. "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Sprit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."
And now He comes back to qualify that to show us how Christ came down, how that He thought it not robbery to be equal with God, and yet He took upon Himself our human nature and He humbled Himself unto death.
This is the commandment of the Father that you believe in that name of the Son, and love one another as He gave us commandment, as Christ gave us commandment.
Look at JOH 15:12. "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." And now look in 1JO 3:24. "And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." In other words, by that attitude, the mental disposition that He has given us.
Our Saviour says, "I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." To do His will is the true end, or purpose in every believer's life. Any person who claims salvation, and it is not the central, yearning desire of his life to do the will of God, is deceiving himself. That is an absolute.
The human side of our salvation is encompassed in our text, in other words, from our side. How do we have the witness in our hearts? "That every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him." (JOH 6:40) You have to examine your own heart. Do you believe on Him? Do you desire to do His will? Do you reverence the will of Christ? Do you love one another? In other words, do you walk in His revealed will? The only reason for any person to remain outside of Christ is rebellion within the human heart.
I want you to see what we read in 2CO 5:19-21. "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 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."
Oh what condescension! "...as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
There can never be anything in the secret will of God which can contradict anything in His open promises. Our text says, "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day." (JOH 6:38-40)
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