THOSE WHO ARE DRAWN ARE TAUGHT OF GOD, #553
"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. 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." (John 6:44-45)
The Jews never did understand the principle that we must descend unto greatness. They never understood the principle Jesus taught in verse 38 that to follow Him in the way of the cross, we must come down from our own self-will "to do the will of him that sent me." This was an offense to the Jews. They did not understand this coming down from their own self-will to do the will of the Father. Therefore, the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ were an offense unto the Jews.
We see this in JOH 6:41. "The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven." Now, as we explained, that coming down from heaven, that condescension, was something that came against that self-willed pride of the Jews. A condescending religion was something the Jews had not understood, and they wanted nothing of it.
In John 6:2, notice that as Jesus left Judaea a great multitude followed Him. Verses 15 and 16 tell us that this mixed multitude witnessed the miracle of the five loaves and the two fish--and this multitude was spoken of in JOH 6:24. "When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus."
This was a mixed multitude of Gentiles and Jews. When Jesus shined the light into their hearts revealing the person of Christ, that coming to the light in Christ condemned them. And what happened? The Jews murmured. I want you to notice that it was not the full multitude murmuring now. It was the Jews, those who were the People of God, the church.
You see, the pride of the woman of Samaria was easily broken. When the Lord shined the light into her heart, she went out and said, "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" The Samaritans came to Jesus and many believed on Him. When the light shined into their hearts, they believed.
But the Jews, those who were looking for an earthly kingdom, who had the oracles of God--and their hearts, had built up in pride--murmured. This mixed multitude now began to become divided. It was no longer the entire multitude, but the Jews who murmured. He had revealed the Person of Christ. He had revealed the condescension of His coming, how that He had to come down, how that He was that unleavened bread, and He had shined with His Spirit into their hearts so that the pride of their hearts was revealed-and they murmured. Because He said, "I am the bread which has come down from heaven." See, it is that unleavened bread that came down that offended them.
What was the effect? I want you to see Satans tactics. The first thing they did was to attack His person. When you become a light in this world so that mens hearts and consciences are convicted, they come against your person. That is why the Lord Jesus says in LUK 6:22-23, "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." They put you out of their company. They come against you and make you an offender for the Word. Now, watch what happened with these Jews. They not only were offended by what He said, but now they attack His person.
JOH 6:42 says, "And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph [He had just told them He was the bread that came down from heaven. When they saw His miracles, they realized who He was. See how quickly it surfaced when they were offended. They knew that He was Jesus, the son of Joseph], whose father and mother we know?"
They knew this when they came after Him, and it says they came across from Capernaum seeking for Jesus. If they could have gotten a belly full of bread, and had His miracles to feed their egos, they could have worshiped him and taken Him by force and made Him a king.
But when the light comes into the soul and begins to convict us of our sins, we begin seeing the separation between those whom the Father has drawn and those who become offended with the truth. They were going to demean Him. They were going to say, the carpenters son, the man who has no education, the man who is nothing.
Verse 42 continues, "how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?" See what Jesus response was in verses 43 and 44. "Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 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."
When that light of the Holy Spirit starts shining into the soul of natural man, they are at enmity because the light is a condemnation, and the uppermost thing in their minds is, Destroy that man! Oh, Hes nothing. Who is He? Hes no authority.
Do you see why the Lord chooses the things that are not to confound the things that are, that no flesh should glory before God? They wanted to glory in the Son of God, in the flesh, but no flesh will glory before God. Even in the flesh, Jesus, the son of Joseph, was not to glory before God. They wanted to take Him by force and make Him a king--until the light shined into the souls of this same multitude. And when Jesus knew this, He withdrew Himself.
Now this same multitude, this same group of Jews, rejects Him and come against His person. They wanted to crucify Him. They wanted to kill Him, because their hearts were convicted.
The Name of Jesus, which has so much authority, is where the condemnation lies for those who cannot come to the light.
We see this in JOH 3:18. "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."
Isnt this what Jesus says to them in JOH 6:36. "But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not." They were unbelieving and rebellious. They would not submit to that authority of the Name of Jesus. It was their challenge to the authority in that Name of Jesus and their ignorance of who He was, which prompted the Jews to kill Jesus.
Look at JOH 5:16-18. "And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day."
Do you see their ignorance? They did not understand the law. They did not understand the gospel, and yet they were the doctors of the law. When He began to unveil their ignorance, they wanted to persecute Him, and they sought to slay Him.
Verses 17 and 18 say, "But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
"Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God."
Now they are going to come back and ridicule Him and say, "Isnt this Jesus the son of Joseph?" The light shines in their hearts, and they come against Him. They would have made Him a king. They would worship Him in the flesh, but not in the Spirit, not in that Spirit of Christ, the condescending, coming down. That is where the offense lay because He said, "I am the bread which comes down from heaven."
Now, this enmity against the truth was the cause of their destruction. This is what brings about the destruction of those who cannot come to the Son. They cannot come to the Son because the Father did not draw them. It is their enmity, their bitterness, and their hatred that kept them blinded from the things that accompany salvation. You see, man by nature is blinded from those things that accompany salvation because they refuse to hear the truth.
Now I want you to see something that is important to understand. The Lord Jesus was coming into Jerusalem. They were laying palm branches before Him. They were laying their garments in the street for Him to ride over, which was the symbol for anointing Him to be a king.
Look at what we read in LUK 19:41-42. "And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it [That word wept, in the original, speaks of a wailing, a grievous wailing. He was weeping and wailing over it.], Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." He looked into their coming destruction. He saw their overthrow, and He was weeping and wailing aloud and crying out.
Why were the things that belong unto their peace hidden from their eyes? It was because they were offended at Him. They brought Him to the brow of the hill to throw Him over because they sought to kill Him. Do you know what He did?
We read here in JOH 6:1, "After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias." Why? He left because they sought to kill Him. Look at the same thing in chapter 4 verses 1-3. "When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee." Why? It was because they sought to kill Him. They didnt know the things that were for their peace. They were hid from their eyes because they refused to see it, and they persecuted Him.
Now, our text says in JOH 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. 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."
It is important that we understand what the Lord Jesus said in MAT 7:24 as He concluded the Sermon on the Mount. "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock."
Now our text says, "Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." (John 6:45) It is after we hear, and how do we know that we hear? We hear and do His sayings. When we hear and do His sayings we are coming unto Him. Jesus says that he "that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37)
You see, the Lord will never cast out those who serve Him with an upright heart. They shall all be taught of God, the Lord Jesus says, "Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me."
Now, the Jews refused to hear! Therefore, they could not learn. You see, He says those who have heard and learned. Can you learn when you refuse to hear? How often have you spoken with one who professes to be a Christian, you cite the Word of God, quote unquote, and they argue with you: "Well, I believe " The Word of God does not have authority in their hearts. This is the Lord Jesus Christ who was talking to these Jews, and they did not recognize the authority with which He spoke; they murmured against Him. We see the same thing today. People refused to hear, therefore they cannot learn. Our text says, "They hear and learn."
You dont have to listen to anything I say or to anything any man says. But woe unto you if you refuse to hear what God says. When you have the Word of God clearly and plainly unfolded unto you and you refuse to hear that--woe be unto you!
Do you know why? You cannot learn if you refuse to hear "The things which belong unto [their] peace!" You see, that is what they were unable to hear. Those things which belong unto their peace. Do you know what that was? It is the Spirit of Christ coming down, a self-sacrificial love. It is that condescending to men of low estate. It is that hearing and doing the commands of the Father.
What is hearing and doing those commands of the Father? It is to believe on the Name or on the authority of His Son, to believe in the authority of His Word. However, if you refuse to hear the Word of God, the things which belong unto your peace are hidden from your eyes.
Those who learn, see. As it says in John 6:45, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard [who are willing to hear], and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." Its automatic. And all those who come unto Me, "I will in no wise cast out."
No person ever has to fear being cast away if they are willing to hear and to learn of the Father. There is no short cut. There is no other way. There is no short cut to coming before Jesus except by learning who He is, by learning to know who the Father is.
There is no salvation without coming to Jesus, and those who refuse to hear cannot be taught. Our text says, "Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." There is no shortcut to this process of first hearing of the gift of God, and learning of the Father, before coming to Jesus.
I want you to see in JOH 17:3. "And this is life eternal [what is life eternal?], that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." In other words, we have to learn who the Father is. Isnt that what Jesus told the woman of Samaria in JOH 4:10? "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him."
Then you would ask if you knew the Father and understood the gift of God. If you understood the wonder of salvation, and how the Father gave His only begotten Son, you would come to Jesus. If you understood the condescension of Christ, how He came from His throne in glory, and condescended to do the will of the Father, then you would come to Jesus. Do you know why? Then your rebellion would be broken, and you would be able to serve under His banner of love. This is life eternal.
"This is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." I remember hearing my mother say that repeatedly, repeatedly, how that the Lord spoke to her when she was just a little child.
A knowledge of the "gift of God," and of Christ is essential to salvation. You may have sat under teaching that the first and most important thing is to learn to know sins and misery. That is not the teaching of the Bible. The teaching found in the Bible is that we learn to know God and that we learn to see and understand Him in His love and His attributes. We learn to understand that He is not only a God of love, but that He is a righteous God, and that He was so righteous that before He would let one sin go unpunished, He would place wrath on His own Son.
This makes sin become so grievous. It makes it become so sinful and abominable. When we look into the mirror of God, who He is and who His Son is, we learn to understand the true nature of sin. We must learn to understand this gift of God. It is essential to salvation. There can be no faith in an unknown object.
I want to ask you a question and for you to rationalize just a little. You have a friend who is going to take you on a tour; you are completely unfamiliar with area. He is going to lead you through the stockyards of Chicago or Mammoth Cave where you could get so lost you wouldnt know which direction is up if you didnt have a guide that knew his way around. Would you venture into this with someone you didnt have faith in or believe that he knew the way? No. You cannot have faith in an unknown object. In other words, if you have no knowledge of that person or of his knowledge of where you are going, you cant follow him.
Could you have faith in a God you dont know? You have never had a struggle or trial in your life. You have never come to know Him that His Word is good and that what He promised He is able to perform. Youve never had a time where you ever learned to realize that in the time where your sins made you look so corrupt before Him, that you saw His smiling love and how that He gave His only Son to redeem you from that sin. How could you trust Him if you have never learned to know Him? How could you ever have faith in an unknown person?
Now look at ROM 10:14. "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?" How do you think that you could ever come before a God that you have never believed in? How can you call on Him of Whom you have never believed? How can you trust Him?
Do you see why our text says, "Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." ROM 10:14 also speaks of knowing and says, "And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher?" How will you hear unless the Lord sends His ambassador who unfolds His precious words of truth and that you learn to understand the authority of His Word, and to understand who God is. How will you believe without first hearing?
We must have some acquaintance with Christ before we can come to Him! Until we have learned to know His self-sacrificial love, we will never trust or love Him. How would you trust, how can you believe in, a Jesus you dont know? How can you believe in a Jesus whose self-sacrificial love you have never understood? How would you draw to the Father if He is nothing but a tyrant to you and nothing more than Mount Sinai to you. If you have never learned to know God in any manner except the law, the lightnings, and the thunderings of Mount Sinai, that you see hell and damnation as the going before Him.
Would that draw you to Him? No. That would only drive you away. You see, and this is what the Lord said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him." (JOH 6:44) And how does He draw? By teaching. We hear. We get an ear to hear, and as the light comes into our hearts and condemns us, instead of making us murmur against Him, it brings us to Him because He is a God of love. We see the love of the Father, and it draws us unto Him, for we see how that He has given His own Son to redeem us from that sin.
Now, we dont have a desire to live in sin. We have a desire to be redeemed from sin. That is learning of the Father.
Look what we read in HEB 11:6. "But without faith it is impossible to please him." You cannot please God with a legal obedience. I have spoken about the difference between a legal obedience and gospel obedience. We will never please God with a legal obedience. It is impossible without faith. Why? By faith we render a gospel obedience which pleases God.
We dont serve Him out of merit, but because we see His love, and our hearts now respond. We love Him because He first loved us. We learn to understand that His love is what kindles and enflames the love of our hearts for Him. His love is first, and when we understand His love, it kindles the flame of our love.
Verse 6 continues, "For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." We must have confidence. We must have faith to believe that He is who He says He is. Until we understand who He says He is, until we have received ears to hear, we may not claim faith.
Now, our text says, "And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me."
You see, we come to Him when our hearts have been renewed, and we desire to be redeemed from our iniquities because we see how our sins stand between us and the love of God. We see how our iniquity keeps us separated from God. Now, after we have heard of the Father and the precious unspeakable love, we desire Him. We have heard of the Son of God and how He came down, humbled Himself and how He is that unleavened bread. Now, we start hungering for that unleavened bread.
See, now we, who been taught, have a new desire, and that is because we have heard of the Father. It is because the Lord is now teaching us to understand who He is and who we are.
Our text says, "Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." Now, there can be no true knowledge of the "gift of God" or of Christ except as they are revealed in the Word of truth.
You and I cannot give any person that knowledge. I could explain to you of a given experience that I have had. That does not teach you. Do you know why? It may cause you to be praying for that experience I have had rather than for Christ. You see, it is dangerous to have a religion of experience. I dont mean to say a religion without experience. Its just like theres a danger of having a religion of works or having a religion without works. A religion without experience is dead, but a religion of experience is just as dead. What I need is Christ, and when I start resting on an experience instead of on Christ, I have rested short. We have to understand that we need to learn to know Christ, and we learn this from the Word; it is only way.
Look at what we see in 2JOH 9, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God." You see why the word of truth is so important? It doesnt say the doctrines of the church. A lady asked me one time, "Does your church believe in picking up the mail on Sunday?" You know what my answer was? "Our church believes in one thing, the Word of God. Thats all our church believes in."
Does the Word of God forbid you to pick up your mail on Sunday? If it does, dont do it. If it doesnt, dont be legalistic. Analyze where the Word of God stands on the issue. I told her, the Word of God says, "Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy."
I said, "Can you pick up your mail on Sunday and keep the sabbath day holy? Thats a decision you have to make. That is the witness of the Spirit in your heart. Does that desecrate the sabbath day? If it does, dont do it."
But, wheres the measuring stick? Who could care less what the church believes? The Word of God is unerring, and if it is in there, I believe it. If I dont I cant find a garbage can big enough to put it in.
Do you realize how many people are strapped with legalism and with bondage by what the church believes? Its unbelievable. There are thousands of denominations, and they all are divided over how they interpret the Word of God and over what the church believes. Satan loves to have it so. You know why? Christ said that a kingdom divided against itself will not stand. What does Satan want more than to get the kingdom of heaven divided against itself? What would Satan want more than to have the church of Christ divided against itself?
There is only one place where all churches should have common groundin the Word of God. Why vary from the Word of God? He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
It is important that we understand what it says in PRO 30:5-6. "Every word of God is pure
Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."
Do you know what this church believes? That every word of God is pure. Do you know why? It is because the Word of God says so. Not because I say so. Not because any person says so. Do you want to learn of the Father? Then it is important that you learn, "Thus saith the Lord." That is a very important point.
Jesus admonishes us to search the Scriptures as the source of a saving knowledge of Him. Do you know whom He was talking to? He was talking to the scribes and the Pharisees, those who were the doctors of the law. He was talking to those who had written volumes upon volumes of interpretations of the law. What He was really telling them was, "Take that whole thing and dump it in the trash can and come back to the Scriptures." They had 650 laws pertaining to keeping the sabbath, all in a legalistic way.
Jesus taught that we keep the sabbath according to the Word of God. Isaiah 58 shows us exactly how. It teaches us exactly what to do in a prophetic way about our New Testament sabbath. It isnt what the scribes and Pharisees were teaching. It tells us in verses 13-14, "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways [Thats what my church believes. Thats what the Word of God says.], nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it."
You ask me what my church believes concerning the sabbath. Ill show it to you in ISA 58, and again in HEB 4:9. "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." To the people of God there is a rest, and that word rest means a sabbath of rest, a day of repose. Now, I dont need to add to that. See, let the Spirit of God go to each heart and teach what that means.
Jesus admonishes us to search the Scriptures in JOH 5:39. "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."
Jesus reproved His disciples for their slowness of heart to believe. LUK 24:27 says, "and beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."
His own disciples, after His resurrection, were still slow of heart, and He reproved them. "He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." Christs own disciples did not rightly understand His first coming until the Day of Pentecost--even when He was taken from them and ascended up into heaven in their very sight. They still did not understand His first coming. It was on the Day of Pentecost that they really understood.
Our knowledge of Christ is limited to the revelation of Him in Scriptures. We have no revelation of Christ outside of the Scriptures.
Look at COL 3:16-17: "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom [we learn of the Father from the Holy Scriptures]; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Your gratitude, your thanks that come up to God, if they are outside of Christ, are not acceptable.
An intellectual knowledge of Christ is not sufficient. We need God's Word, and His work of grace, which is revealed by the fruit of the Spirit in our actions. The fruit of the Holy Spirit working grace in our hearts is revealed by our attitudes and actions.
I want you to see this in 1CO 13:2. "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge [an intellectual knowledge is not sufficient]; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing."
Do you know what charity is? It is the law of love. Love God with your heart, your soul, your mind and your neighbor as yourself. Charity is to look at every man in the best possible light. If you dont have charity, all your knowledge avails you nothing.
The fruit of the Spirit revealed in our actions is our evidence that we have come to know Christ. It becomes Christ formed in you.
Look at EPH 4:17-20. "This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind [actions and their attitudes are the central issue--your attitude and your walk], 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: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ."
Are we saying that we have learned of the Father and walk in sin? No. Our actions and our attitudes are the fruit of coming to Christ. So many people say that they have accepted or received Christ, but nothing has changed. Their attitudes have not changed. They are still self-centered and proud. They are so full of self there isnt room for one drop of Christ.
But what do we see here? It says, "But ye have not so learned Christ." What evidence do we have that we have rightly learned Christ? That is what our text is speaking about"Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." What is our evidence that we have been taught of God, that we have heard with spiritual ears and learned of the Father and have come unto Christ?
Read on in EPH 4:21-24, "If so be that ye have heard him [if you have had hearing with spiritual ears, you heard Him], and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
What is our evidence that we have salvation? I just read it to you. If you have learned and have heard, then put off concerning the old conversation, the things of the flesh. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
Have you ever noticed that when you examine your own heart that sometimes we are critical of other people? I have had a real struggle with that in my life. I have had such a judgmental spirit. I always wondered why this person or that person doesnt have the Holy Spirit. Boy, if there was anybody who had it they would have to be just like me. You dont say it in words but in effect thats your attitude. But, you know something? When you start to learn what it is to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, you become so generous that you can look at those same people and say, "Now I can see it for them. I can see it for this person that person. What a wonder of grace."
You see, that is becoming renewed in the spirit of your mind. Now you can be so generous that you can look at the sinner in the grossest sin and say, "I can see, though, at least he hasnt sinned against the light, like I have." I can see that it is possible for him to be saved.
Do you know what happens? Now we put on the new man and become a new person. We become a totally different person. The end result is we start preferring them ahead of us. We dont see them to be such big sinners any more. Do you know why? My pile of stones just disappeared. I dont have one left to throw at anybody. That is being renewed in the spirit of the mind.
The scribes and Pharisees considered themselves very skilled in teaching the law, but they were ignorant of the spirit of the law. You see, what the Lord wants is the spirit of the law instilled in our hearts. When you have learned of the Father you have learned the spirit of the law, and that is love.
The scribes and Pharisees had an intellectual knowledge of the Messiah, but then He came in the flesh, among them. His perfect light, the light that shined into their hearts when they brought that woman who was taken in adultery, convicted them in their own minds and in their own consciences, and they walked out one by one. Not one stone was thrown. They did not understand His perfect life, His wondrous miracles, His matchless teachings and His intimate presence. The intimacy with which He taught, shined the Light in the darkness, yet "the darkness comprehended it not." (JOH 1:5)
Notice the reaction of the scribes and Pharisees. All that blessed light that He shined into their hearts, and they didnt see it, the true light. They had an intellectual knowledge. They were offended and said, "Oh, thats Josephs son. Thats Jesus the son of Joseph, whom we know, whose father we know."
We read in JOH 3:1-2, "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night [he was among the teachers of the law], and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him."
It was to this Nicodemus that Jesus said in JOH 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."
He was ignorant of the true work of grace, and although Nicodemus was a master and a teacher in Israel he did not understand the spirit of the law. Verses 4 and 5 continue, "Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 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."
Unless you are born of the Word and taught by the Holy Spirit and the Word, you cannot enter His service. Some of the chief rulers among the Pharisees even believed upon Jesus as the Messiah of God with their natural understanding, but remained unregenerate. Theres a danger of that in todays society-that we may believe and remain unregenerate, because we believe with a natural mind, with an intellect, not with the heart.
JOH 12:42 says, "Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue."
Where our text says, "And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me," it is speaking of spiritual knowledge, of a knowledge of the mysteries of the spirit of Christ.
As we see in 1CO 2:7, "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory." These mysteries that are hidden from the wise and prudent (the intellectually learned) are revealed to those who have become as little children. What are they revealed for? Look at ROM 16:25-26. "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith."
There is the mystery of the gospel, that the end result of learning is obedience of faith, coming to Christ by the obedience of faith.
Great is the distinction between an intellectual knowledge of Christ revealed in the Scriptures, and Christ revealed in you. See, Christ can be revealed in the Scriptures, and you can have that as an intellectual knowledge, but when Christ is revealed in you, it will be seen by the obedience of faith.
Some people can talk for hours and hours about their experiences, and never once talk about Christ. That is very dangerous. If Im going to look at the evidence, I have said to many people, "Really, I dont have any interest in hearing what you have to tell me until I can see it with my eyes." Until I can see a right attitude, as long as I can hear a man slandering his own mothers son, he can keep his experience. I dont even want to hear it. Until I see the obedience of faith, that the law of love, the spirit of the law, is revealed in his attitudes and actions, he doesnt have to tell me any of his experience. I dont want to hear him. Do you know why? The way I read the gospel, theres my evidence of salvation or the lack of it.
MAT 7:19-20 says, "Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
If I can see the Holy Spirit working in their hearts and that Spirit of Christ in their attitudes and actions, and I can see the love and the self-sacrificial love, then I see the things that accompany salvation. Those are the things that I believe are the evidence that they have come to Christ, even though they may not dare to claim it, or may have no nerve, no faith to claim it, I see the evidence of salvation even though a person may have no claim to any experience of any kind.
It is Christ as we see in GAL 1:16. "To reveal his Son in me that I might preach him among the heathen." When Christ is revealed in you by your attitude and your walk of life, that is more evidence of salvation than all the experience you can talk about.
It is through the work of regeneration that Christ is revealed in you. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that gives you that light that reflects Christ.
Look at ROM 12:1-2. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
I want you to follow those last words -"that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." How do you prove it? It is by being transformed and renewed in your mind that you reflect an attitude of love, a Spirit of Christ, and that Christ is formed in you. It is the sanctifying work of the Spirit of God that reveals the Spirit of Christ in you, and gives new affections and a new will.
2TH 2:13 says, "But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth."
God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification. If you have a life without sanctification, you have not the evidence of the work of the Spirit.
The knowledge of these truths is what makes a sinner cry out as we see in PSA 73:25. "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee."
No sinner will ever see any beauty in Christ, or desire to be conformed to His image until he receives the Spirit of Christ.
Look at EZE 36:24-27. "For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk [see the fruit of the Spirit] in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."
If you are not walking in His will, if you are walking in rebellion against the Lord, dont claim you have received the Spirit of Christ. The teaching of God spoken of in our text works conversion of the heart from serving Satan unto serving God.
Look at ACT 26:18. "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins [are you claiming forgiveness of sin and still serving sin? No, No such thing. If you are still serving sin, you are still under the power of Satan], and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."
This spiritual and vital knowledge of Christ is known by the effect it has on us.
Look at 1TH 1:5-7. "For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers [in other words, imitators] of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia."
As soon as you receive the Holy Spirit, as soon as you receive Christ formed in you, you become an example to all who believe. The light received in a natural understanding only puffs up, but a saving knowledge of Christ always constrains the soul unto loving obedience as with the apostle Paul in ACT 9:6. "And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."
Now our text says in JOH 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. 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."
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