THE TESTIMONY OF CHRIST, #561
"Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." (JOH 7:6-7)
As we meditate upon this testimony of Christ, He testifies unto the world that the works thereof are evil, and therefore He is hated. Nothing causes more hatred in the heart of man than when the light of the gospel shines into their wicked and wretched souls and shows them the corruption and the hypocrisy of their own hearts.
When the Lord gives His saving grace and gives a man to understand His sin in the light of the love of God and in the light of the love of the Saviour, then that sin becomes sinful. Until then, light is the most dreadful thing to a human nature, to fallen man.
Now, our Saviour brought forth the blessed testimony of His self-sacrifice saying, "Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." (JOH 6:53) As soon as He brought forth that doctrine, that self-sacrificial love, that way of the cross, that cutting off of the old man of sin, it says in JOH 6:66, "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."
He had many followers. They were watching Him as a wonder-working prophet, and they were following Him for what they could gain for their own temporal and material benefit. He told them as we see in JOH 6:26-27, "Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."
What was that meat? His broken body. His shed blood. In other words, they should not be following Him for the temporal benefit. They should be following Him for the atonement, that reconciliation between our souls and God. This offended them. They wanted to take Him and make Him a king, when they saw that He could work wonders, and that He could provide bread by the word. Now they become offended because He told them what bread was necessary, which was to feed upon the Spirit of Christ.
The chapter before us begins saying, "After these things [after they had become offended and had come to realize that the kingdom of Christ was not what they had expected it to be.] Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him." (JOH 7:1)
Their hatred and their vendetta against the Truth was so severe that they sought to take His life. They would not hear sound doctrine.
Not only the Jews who sought to kill Him, but His Galilean disciples had forsaken Jesus after all the miracles they had seen, and the gracious teachings they had heard from His mouth. They were offended because He spoke of the way of the cross and of self-sacrifice. He was not promoting a big kingdom with glory and honor in the flesh, which offended them.
Look at JOH 6:67-69. "Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?"
It comes down to the inner circle. So many want to go to heaven. So many want to walk under a kingship of Christ, under the kingdom of God, to escape hell, but when it came down to His inner circle, He said, "Will you also go away?"
The difference was that the light they had seen included the gift of God. They had seen the wonder of the gift of the Father in giving His Son. They had seen the truth of the gospel.
Verse 68 says, "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." Notice the distinction between those who were truly seeking God and those who were seeking carnal glory. They saw that He had the words of eternal life. Their hearts were not set on the loaves. Their hearts were not set on the tangible things of this life. Their hearts were set upon eternal things. What do we see? "To whom else shall we go? Thou has the words of eternal life."
Continuing in verse 69, "And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." They saw in Him a Messiah who would bring eternal values, who would bring eternal life. They saw the eternal value of the Messiah. The disciples who forsook Him saw only a temporal kingdom. All they saw was something that they could gain materially.
Now, we need to learn a good lesson from Jesus example here. Notice how by His actions the Lord Jesus spoke more gospel than He did with His words. That Spirit of Christ that was demonstrated by His actions is what makes the gospel powerful. He teaches us not to tempt the Lord by exposing ourselves to unnecessary danger. Now you see the Lord will keep His own. He will keep them under the shadow of His hand. However, we are not now to fatalistically go out and do things that are unwise and expose ourselves to unnecessary dangers, or expose ourselves to unnecessary hazards. I want you to see how JOH 7:1 says, "he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him."
We read later on in the chapter that He did go up to that feast in JOH 7:25-26. "Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?"
He had restraining power. He was able to restrain those Jews. They couldnt touch Him, but He teaches us a lesson here. He did not expose Himself to unnecessary danger. We dont put ourselves in a position that calls for a miracle to preserve us, and this is the lesson that the Lord is teaching us. He did not walk in Jewry because He knew that the Jews sought His life.
Now, our Saviours actions therein teach us that we must use every precaution of self-preservation. Some people will not go to a doctor. They believe their time is set; therefore, they will die whenever the Lord is going to take them away. The Lord is teaching us that we must use every means of self-preservation.
That doesnt mean we trust in the doctor or in the medicine. The Lord uses means, and we must use those means of self-preservation. We must not expose ourselves unduly to danger. Some people will drive a hundred miles an hour with their car and say, "Well, if it isnt my time, the Lord will spare me." They are tempting the Lord. What the Lord teaches us is that we are to take every precaution and the Lord will bless it. That way we are able to live for His glory.
Look at 1CO 10:31. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." It is important that we use every means of self-preservation because we have a desire to live for Gods glory.
JOH 7:2 says, "Now the Jews feast of tabernacles was at hand." Our Saviour, though acting prudent, would not violate His Fathers command in LEV 23 to attend the Feast of Tabernacles regardless of cost, another principle we learn here. Jesus knew they sought to kill Him. Is that a basis to disobey the clear command of God? The answer is no. God commanded in LEV 23 that they must attend the Feast of Tabernacles.
Now, as we hold this in context, we see that He went at the appointed time. Now watch this in our text. "My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready... Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet."
He didnt say He wasnt going. He said, I am not going to go with you. There was a reason for this. At the time when the people would come up to this Feast of Tabernacles, they would come in large companies. What His brothers desired was that He would come there with a big fanfare, perform some big miracle, get the attention of the whole crowd, and He would become something great.
He said, "No, Im not going yet." He was not going to go and be there with these big organized groups. He came by Himself privately.
Now as we hold to the to the context of "after these things," i.e., after the Jews had sought to kill Jesus, and His Galilean disciples had forsaken Jesus and His teachings, we must pay special notice to the connecting word therefore and the word also in JOH 7:3. "His brethren therefore [recalling the former events] said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest."
They were trying to tempt Him to go there and put on a demonstration of His miracle- working, wonder-working power, with His own disciples. In other words, that the Jews might see this and follow Him. They wanted Him to go in and be some powerful preacher to attract a following.
These "brethren," who were Jesus brothers after the flesh, were the ones who were born of the same mother as Jesus. They were those who were raised in the same household. They were those who had witnessed His perfect obedience and His perfection all His life. They had witnessed this. They were His brothers after the flesh, but this shows that they were devoid of spiritual discernment--using only their carnal reasoning.
You see this in JOH 7:5. "For neither did his brethren believe in him." They did not understand the spiritual kingdom. They did not understand, and they were looking for earthly pomp, an earthly realm, and an earthly kingship.
This word also in verse 4 clearly indicates that these unbelieving "brethren" were insulted at the disgrace their Brother had just experienced. They offered their advice. They came in and told Him, "You have done all these miracles." ("therefore after these things.") They were telling Him that you have done all these miracles and these Galileans dont appreciate it; they havent even followed you. Go to Jerusalem, the capital city. If you are the King of the Jews that you say you are, do these wonders, do these miracles in their sight, and they will be your followers. They were giving advice. The capital city was Jerusalem. They wanted Him to impress them with His wonder-working power.
They thought of the multitudes who would be at this Feast of Tabernacles. This was a high feast, and what an opportunity for Jesus to display the wonders of His miracle-working power. They had seen the five loaves feed five thousand. They had seen those who were sick healed. They were His own brothers and had seen these things. They wanted Him to go to Jerusalem to demonstrate by that power He could bring these people into His following.
Now look at JOH 7:4. "For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. [They did not understand that He was not seeking public applause. That seeketh to be known openly.] If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world."
In other words, if You are going to perform all these miracles, and have all this power, and if You are going to be the King of the Jews, and if, and if... "show yourself to the world." Go out there like a politician, get a following, and get that kingdom.
Now, these unbelieving brethren were challenging Jesus, in effect. What they were saying to Him was: "If these works, miracles, and teachings are genuine, why confine them to these small villages?" These Galileans arent following you anyway. They had heard Him speak about that kingdom, and they had a carnal rationale about it. They had heard His preaching and heard His word, but they had rationalized it all in carnal terms.
Their human rationale was that Jesus should go up to Jerusalem during this important Feast of Tabernacles. There He should display His powers. They, being His closest relatives, hoped they would share in His honor if He actually was to become such a mighty King! They wanted to be His counselors. They wanted to be His inner circle. They were His brothers, and they certainly expected that He would give them positions of honor.
Now, I want you to see how their words betrayed the spiritual blindness of their hearts in verse 4. "If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world." (verse 4). This betrays their ignorance of the spiritual understanding of what Christ had just told them about the need of eating His flesh and drinking His blood. His own brothers were offended by this.
It says they believed not. Verse 5 continues, "For neither did his brethren believe in him."
They had no use for this self-sacrificial way of the cross, this way of self-crucifying, this crucifying the old man. They were going to help Him get His priorities straight. Jesus brethren believed not on Him, i.e., they were men of the world. Their hearts were in the world. They did not understand spiritual things. They adopted the worlds ways. They spoke the language of the world, and employed its logic. They employed the logic of carnal reasoning.
Now, the argument of Jesus brethren, "shew thyself to the world," meant, come with us to Jerusalem. Perform some startling miracle before the great crowds there. This would not only gain the center of attraction, but prove that He was the promised Messiah. That was their carnal reasoning. In other words, that would exalt Him to the kingdom; and that is what they were counseling Him to do.
I want you to see how the unregenerate nature of their hearts revealed itself. Look at 1JO 2:16. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
They did not understand that gospel principle nor the gospel. They did not understand the Spirit of Christ. These things are not of the world. The pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world. That is where their problem was.
So, what do we see in modern day evangelism? Do you notice the parallel. They have their crowds drawn by parading the name of some powerful preacher. Oh, you come to this certain preacher, and he can perform miracles and healings, and he, he. The crowds are drawn in. This is what they wanted to bring about in the ministry of Christ. They want to bring together a big crowd. They parade the picture of some big powerful preacher, and what is this besides the present day expression of, "shew thyself to the world."
It is not an appeal to a repentance. It is not appealing to a godly walk. It is appealing to some centralized honor in the flesh. "Shew thyself unto the world."
Holy and perfect as Christ was, faultless and flawless as His character and conduct was, yet of those who were born of the same womb, brought up in the same home, we read in JOH 7:5, "For neither did his brethren believe in him."
Do you know why? His perfection was an indictment against their imperfection. This was what brought about their hatefulness. They would have rather betrayed Him unto the Pharisees and unto the other Jews to have Him slain, than to have the light of the gospel to shine into their hearts and accuse them before their own consciences.
How awesome. This brings out the same truth Jesus spoke unto the unbelieving Jews in JOH 6:65. "Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father."
The Lord Jesus said in MAT 10:34-36, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." Your enemies will often be of your own blood line.
Here we see the brothers and the sisters of the Lord Jesus Christ were probably His most treacherous enemies. "I say unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father." Even though they were born and raised of the same parentage, they were unbelievers.
The unbelief of Jesus own brethren after the flesh was prophesied in PSA 69:8-9. It was prophesied that they would be strangers of the gospel. "I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mothers children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me."
When we realize this, then we start to understand the wonder of Gods grace that He chose you and me. We see how that He took us out of the world, from under the power of sin, and brought us to the knowledge of saving faith.
Look what a wonder of grace it is that He may do this and yet leave your own father and mother, your own brothers and sisters outside. Now then do we throw a stone at them or do we sit in awe and wonder and admiration before the Lord. "Why me?" What did He see in me except His eternal, electing love?
It was prophesied of Christ, "I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mothers children."
Sometimes we find that to be the most painful separation that there is in this life. To lose friends is one thing, but to lose a part of our family is another thing. When it comes between us and our own blood, then we begin to realize the discerning, electing grace of God. You see, how that He has chosen to put them on the outside and let us on the inside. He has chosen to allow them to go with the brothers of Jesus and let them go forth with the big crowds and with the many. He lets them have an evangelism that is outside of the kingdom of grace, and think they have salvation, and do not.
The brothers of Jesus were certainly Jews and they certainly thought they had salvation. They were of the promised seed, the seed of Abraham.
Our text says in JOH 7:6, "Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready." This expression, "My time is not yet come," must be held in context. His brethren had said, "shew thyself to the world." What was His time not yet come? His time to show himself unto the world was not yet come. Your time is already. You are of the world. This life is your portion. Your time is here. You can have all the glory you can muster up because this is your portion in this life, but, "My time is not yet come." The Lord Jesus had a time to be revealed unto the world, but it would come later. "...your time is always ready."
The Fathers time for Jesus to show Himself was "not yet come." The Lord Jesus was in submission. This was not the Fathers time for His Son to vindicate His Name. His humiliation was to come before His honor. The Lord Jesus was walking in the way of the cross. His life was a life of self-sacrifice and of humble obedience to the will of the Father. He was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. This was not His time to be glorified. This was His time to walk in the way of the cross, and this was the time of humiliation.
Look at what we read in PRO 15:33. "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility." This was not His time. He was now in the way of humility.
Our Saviour never denied that there was coming a time in which He would publicly reveal the power, majesty, and glory that He was to receive as His reward for His humble obedience unto death. He didnt say there was not a time. He said, "My time is not yet come." The brethren of Jesus wanted to do a shortcut. They wanted to have Him go right up and have His glory, and take His kingdom, but our Saviours time was not yet ready.
I want you to see in MAT 24:30 that there would be a time. "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
Oh! there will be a time when He will reveal Himself unto the world. "That every eye shall see him and also those who pierced him." They will all see Him, and He will come in His great glory, coming in the clouds. There will be a time, but He said, "My time is not yet come."
Now, when it is the Fathers time to glorify His Son for such perfect obedience--what shall the effect be upon those who believed not in Him? What shall be the effect of His own brothers, of those unbelieving Jews, of those who have not come to walk in the way of the cross. What will be the effect?
Look at REV 1:7. "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."
Yes, He will come in far greater glory than His brothers had ever conceived. He will come in a way that His glory will be revealed to every human being that ever lived upon the face of the earth, but His time was not yet come. He had to first be in the way of humiliation.
Oh, how solemn will be the day when Jesus comes in His glory and calls for those who "believed not upon Him" and calls them before Him--those who would not bow under His authority in this life, to come and give account. How awesome that will be when they are then called.
Look at what we see in LUK 19:27. "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me." His time of exaltation and of His displaying His glory to the world will also be revealed before the entire world.
How little did these unbelieving brethren understand our Saviours answer, "My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready." They were the unbelievers. Let us understand why He is distinguishing this here. They were His unbelieving brothers.
An open manifestation of our Saviours glory--before the cross--would have left the world in their sin. Do you know why? There would not have been an atonement. I want you to understand how crafty Satan is. He wants you and me to have a gospel without reconciliation. The word atonement means reconciliation. Satan wants you and me to claim the blood and to have a justification and to go to heaven to escape hell without ever becoming reconciled with God.
In 2CO 5:20-21 we find how God was reconciling Himself unto the world in Jesus Christ, and then the call comes to us: "Be ye reconciled to God." "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christs stead, be ye reconciled to God."
That portion of the gospel is being left out. So what we are looking at is to have a kingdom without reconciling the people, the sinners, back unto God. This is what would have taken place if He had gone for an open show of His glory before He went to the cross.
We must be most thankful that our God does not always grant everything we ask. Sometimes what we ask isnt for our good. Sometimes the Lord uses an affliction for the sole purpose of bringing us a blessing and teaching us a lesson. We might be praying against the affliction and against Gods purpose.
Look at what we read in ROM 8:26. "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought [we need to pray that the Lord would give us the Spirit and the grace to know and do His will]: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." The Lord restrains and overrules even our prayers when we pray for things that are not for our good.
This temptation of Jesus brethren to take a shortcut to receive His kingdom--bypassing the way of the cross--was not the first time it was presented to Jesus. What they were after was exactly what Satan tried to do firsthand. Sometimes Satan isnt able to tempt you into something firsthand, so he backs off and uses someone who is the closest to you, to tempt you to do what you would have never thought of doing yourself.
Satan first tried to tempt Jesus to take this same shortcut, and whereas it failed, he is now taking Jesus own blood relatives and using them to tempt Him to bypass the way of the cross. Look at MAT 4:8-9. "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me." Satan wanted Him to take a kingdom that is His rightfully. The kingdoms of all the earth belong unto the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is very important that we understand what was being thrown to Him was something that is His by right. Look at REV 11:15. "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
You see, "My time is not yet come." It was not yet His time to take the kingdoms of this world, but they are His. Satan says, "Fall down and worship me, and I will give them to you right now." He was going to give Him a shortcut. He was going to get Him to bypass the cross. Why? Because there would be no atonement. It would have left the church unreconciled with God.
Satans attempt to use our nearest of kin to tempt us is not new either. Look at JOB 2:9. "Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die." Who said that? It was his wife. That was when he was in his weakest moment, when Satan had been allowed to bring all this calamity upon Job. Then Satan used Jobs wife. "Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die."
Verse 10 continues, "But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips." Satan is very crafty.
Instead of attempting to attract the attention to His power and glory to convince the world, Jesus cautioned those of His inner circle. The Lord Jesus was not using His power to attract our attention so that we could come and glory in the flesh.
Look what He said to His disciples, that they were to be witnesses, those of His inner circle, where He did show them His glory. They were not to tell what they had witnessed of His glory until after His resurrection.
MAR 9:2-4 and 9 say, "And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. [In the Mount of Transfiguration, the Lord revealed His glory unto those three disciples.] And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. [These three of His inner circle were given to see His glory.] And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead."
His was not going to have this distract from the Fathers purpose and have it that it would cause Him not to be crucified. If the people, the Jews, had truly seen what those disciples had seen on the Mount of Transfiguration, would they have crucified Him? If He would have used His miraculous power, He could have forbidden them to crucify Him. The Lord Jesus was not going to take Satans shortcut and bypass the atonement because the atonement is the reconciliation between God and His people.
In His humble life upon earth our Saviour left us such a blessed example. Look at PHI 2:6-7. "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation [His own brothers wanted Him to go out and make Himself famous and exercise His miraculous power to subdue the people. But made himself of no reputation], and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men."
Jesus told His brethren, "My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready." They were willing and ready to win the applause of men, and to make themselves popular with the world, and this is why Jesus said in verse 7 of our text, "The world cannot hate you."
This feeds the fanfare of the world. The world cannot hate you. You are part of it. Can a man hate his own body? They are part of the bodyof the world. They were of the world. That is why the world couldnt hate them.
Our text says in verse 7. "The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." The testimony of Jesus Christ, when it comes into your soul, it testifies of the evil. Is that a gospel people want to hear? Why is it that I am not speaking to tens of thousands of people this morning? It is because the inner circle, those who are true followers of Jesus Christ, want to have their hearts revealed. That is not the case with the world. It is not a fanfare religion. Those who are going to be popular before the world dont want their hearts revealed.
Jesus said in verse 6 of our text, "My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready."
Oh, how awesome the reason is for this! JOH 7:5 says, "For neither did his brethren believe in him." That is why their time was always ready to court the honors and glory of this life.
Contrariwise, the world did hate Christ! Why? "Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." The holiness of Jesus life was a testimony. By His holy life He testified of the world. He didnt testify against it. He testified of it. What He did is He revealed what its true character was. What He does, when the light shines into your souls, is reveal the true nature of your hearts. It reveals the true nature of sin.
When we feed upon that broken body, and that shed blood of Christ, i.e., that unleavened bread of sincerity and truth---not the leaven of malice and hypocrisy, the world can see "Christ in you, the hope of glory." (COL 1:27) Now, you understand, that becomes the hope of gloryChrist in you. The world sees this.
We see in MAT 5:16 to, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." You become the light of the world. In other words, your walk of life, your attitude becomes such an indictment against a wrong attitude, thats why they hate you. Thats why you are not invited into their company. You are not in on their revelings, dances, music, and all of their entertainment. You want to go to a prayer meeting instead. See, this testifies against them. Their conscience is their witness.
Now, which are those good works that glorify our Father in heaven which are contrary to our fallen nature? What are those good works? Look at LUK 6:27-28. "But I say unto you which hear [those who have an ear to hear], Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you [those who slander your name, speak well of them], and pray for them which despitefully use you."
Those are the good works that testify against them. It is the Spirit of Christ, that spirit of self-sacrifice. These labors of love so condemn those who love the world that they will persecute you for such a spirit of Christ.
Look at 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 mans sake. [They are going to slander you, cast out your name as evil, and say all manner of evil against you for the Son of mans sake.] Rejoice ye in that day."
You can come into a crowd of people who are laughing and joking and you are rejoicing and you are leaping for joy; they ask, "What are you so happy about?" "I was slandered today for the name of Jesus." Now see how this will cause them to put you out of their company.
Verse 23 continues, "Rejoice 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." See how contrary the law of love is to the law of nature. We have to see how diametrically opposed they are.
Look at LUK 6:24-26. "But woe unto you that are rich! [See how that comes against our human nature] for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets."
If you want to see a man that really gets praises heaped upon him, you know what you need to find? A men-pleaser. One who will say whatever pleases the crowd, not one who tries to discern the truth of God. They dont want goody-goody or a stand for the truth.
Teachings of gospel obedience, whether by words, actions, or both, throw light upon the wrong attitudes of the world and that is what condemns them. This is what we read in JOH 3:19. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
Our text says, "Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil."
The testimony of Jesus Christ, the light of the Word of God, testifies of the evil that is in our hearts. It makes it that we need a pardon, that we need repentance, and that we desire to be reconciled with God because we see the evil nature of our hearts. This is the condemnation to the world.
Verse 20 continues, "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
Much of our modern day teachings are but the modern symptoms of an ancient disease. This disease is what inflicted man, when the venom of the serpent went into the veins and into the heart in the Garden of Eden. The fault is not in the truth of Gods Word, but in human nature.
There is so much gainsaying of the Word because it condemns. The light shines in the heart and it condemns the heart, the nature, and the attitude, but the fault is not in the Word. The fault is in our nature, in our fallen nature.
I want you to visualize something. When the sun shines on a swamp it brings forth malaria. The sun shining on that swamp hatches the mosquitoes, and brings out malaria. The fault is not in the sun, but in the soil. Those very same rays from that very same sun call forth health and growth from the fertile ground.
This is what we see in JOH 3:19-20 as I just pointed out. The Son, the Light, is condemnation to those who love evil. But, that same Son brings forth health and it brings forth growth from fertile ground. And that is what we find in JOH 3:21. "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light [that same light, that same Word of God], that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
So it is with the truth of Gods Word. It yields spiritual fruit from the believing heart. When you have the Sun of Righteousness shine with healing in His wings into the heart that has been subdued by the Spirit of Christ, it brings healing, but from the carnal mind it only evokes endless criticism and blasphemy, contempt, because it brings the light upon a guilty conscience.
Our text says, "Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready." The time is always ready for those who seek honor in this life; this is their day. They must get their honor now. Jesus says, "My time is not yet come." Your time, beloved friends, to be honored and to have glory, is not in this life. Our honor and our glory will be in the eternal glory. We are not going to find that we will ever have great honor in this world.
Verse 7 says, "The world cannot hate you." The world loves those who are of their own. The world loves those who are seeking honor in this life. They will even tolerate some religion as long as it doesnt point a finger at their hearts. As long as it doesnt shine a light into their soul or it does not testify so that testimony of Jesus Christ does not come into their hearts. They want nothing to do with that which testifies of evil.
If you put a finger on sin, they say, "Oh, youre judgmental." They will pervert the very words of Christ to justify their living in sin.
"The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." (JOH 7:6-7). Amen.
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