FAITH NOY ONLY SAVES...IT WORKS, #603
He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. (JOH 9:11)
As we have already pointed out, our Saviour again used the present circumstances to reveal the effect of saving grace bestowed upon the elect sinner. We want to notice what the effect was as we read from JAM 2:14 Can faith save? Thats a powerful question. The answer goes on as we read here in Verse 20: "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" Look at Verse 22: "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?"
Now, what does our text say? "A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash." Now, I want you to see how faith was made perfect: "And I went and washed." He obeyed. Faith was made perfect by works. Faith not only saves, it works. "I went and washed and received sight." He received sight by putting his faith to work.
As soon as saving grace, i.e., the divine influence of the Spirit moves upon the heart, it is seen in the life of the saved sinner. His walk reveals his spiritual life. Jesus said, "Go wash," he obeyed and came seeing. I want you to see wherein lay his profession of faith. A man that had been blind confessed that a man called Jesus made clay, and he anointed his eyes. Now watch his profession of faith. Jesus told him to go wash. He went and washed, and he received sight. There is his profession of faith. His profession of faith was not merely that he gained a position in Christ, but he says, in other words, "He gave me a command, I obeyed and I received sight."
Now I want you to see, his walk of life reveals his spiritual sight. Look at JOH 9:8-11. I want you to see how manifest the change was to the world. The Father is glorified when we by faith start to do the works of Abraham. "The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?"
When God works grace in the heart, the neighbors will see it. Grace becomes manifest in our walk of life. All of a sudden he is walking in a way that the neighbors saw he was a different man. He was so different they couldnt believe it was him. So they asked, Is this he? They said, No this is like him, and he said, No, I am he. Thats me. I was that beggar. He confessed by a profession of faith what had happened to him. Therefore they said unto him, How were your eyes opened? In other words, what brought about this miraculous change in you that we can see by the way you are walking before us? What happened?
Now see how beautifully the testimony of this man reveals the central theme of saving faith, i.e., that faith not only saves, it works! In Verse 11: "He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes [he gives the honor that the first work was of Christ. He doesnt make it as though it is a humanistic religion. He is not claiming any merit in what he did. He lays the foundation in the Lord Jesus anointing his eyes. So, he shows that it is not of works, not of men, not that any man has whereof to boast], and said unto me, Go [now he shows that as his eyes were anointed, he became obedient to the faith. He became obedient to the faith that was given him, and he obeyed and came home seeing. This is the central theme of saving faith.]
The great fallacy with the religion of the Jews, which is still all too common yet today, is what might be called positional faith. This is something that is so common today, and it is a damning religion. The whole foundation of the Jews' faith was based upon their position in God's covenant. They were the children of Abraham. JOH 8:31-33 says, "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word [if you come into the obedience of faith], then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free [and what was their immediate response? Their immediate response was their positional faith. Their position was that they had been placed into Abraham as the seed of Abraham]. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?"
Their faith was based upon the position they held in the covenant of Abraham. A damning religion occurs when we start using positional faith without obedience of faith. In other words, half a truth is a lie. Now you and I can have positional faith along with the obedience of faith, and we will see faith in true exercise. However, when we stop short of what Jesus said, we have nothing. We must include, "If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed." Their faith found its sole basis in their position in the covenant, without regard for the fact that living faith also works. It is so vitally important that we see this connection to understand saving faith. There is a positional faith, but faith without works is a dead faith.
Look at JAM 2:22; "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?" That is the missing element in positional faith. It is a dead faith. Look at what it says in Verse 26; "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." Look at a man laying in a coffin and you see how dead he is. He doesnt have breath. He doesnt have life. He doesnt have a soul. That is how dead faith is, that is, without works.
These are solemn truths. These are solemn realities, and they are very essential truths. The faith of these Jews had its sole basis in its position in the covenant without any regard to the fact that living faith also works.
In JOH 8:39-40 we read, "They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham But now ye seek to kill me [He goes to the heart of the matter. He goes to the fact that their heart was as a sepulchre filled with dead mens bones. Their heart had not been cleansed. They had not been renewed in the spirit of their mind. They had not come to the change of heart, which reveals itself in their walk], a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham."
If you were the children of Abraham, if you had the position you claim, it would reveal itself by your works. Faith without works is dead. They had a positional faith that had a position in Abraham, but the Lord Jesus told them that if they were the children of Abraham they would do the works of Abraham. Abraham didnt do that, and they said that they are the children of Abraham. They have a positional faith. They have a position in Abraham, which they claim gives them a title to heaven.
Satan loves that kind of religion. Satan's gospel is based upon positional faith without works. I want you to understand this principle; there is that thing called positional faith, but without works. That is Satans gospel. It is the teaching of our day. When Scriptures are taken out of context, many of the most blessed truths are taught as partial truths, thereby they are used to make a lie. You can take a verse of the Scriptures, a complete verse, and you can preach it as a positional faith, but by taking it out of context, it is a partial truth, and it becomes an absolute lie.
The Lord says that those who make a lie cannot enter His kingdom. Making a lie is when you take a partial truth out of context. I want to use a few Scriptures to show you what I am talking about.
It is a most blessed truth that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to all His elect, and they all enjoy the same position in Christ. Take that truth out of context, and you can use it to make a lie.
Turn with me to EPH 2:5-7 and I want you to see how that position that we may claim in Christ, in His imputed righteousness, in the election of God, when it is taken out of context, makes a lie. "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." These truths are blessed truths. Now, see what they look at when this positional faith is held in context; it becomes apparent that faith not only saves, but it works.
We are not saved "by" works but "unto" works. Now as we keep this Scripture in context we continue, "Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship [the works are of Him], created in Christ Jesus unto good works [if we are not created unto good works, we have to call our position into question], which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." EPH 2:9-10.
I knew of a minister who could preach fire and damnation; he could shake Mount Sinai before the congregation so that people would tremble. He preached a positional faith, but when he got all done, he himself would live with other women. He himself would live in drunkenness. He never preached the rest of the Scripture that says we are not of works, but we are created in Christ Jesus unto good works. We are not claiming that we merit something by our works, but do we have a positional faith without works? We are not of works, but we are created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Now you see that faith by works. Now, we understand what James says, "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect."
Our position in Christ isn't altered by our practice. Im not claiming that we go out and do good works and thereby gain a position in Christ. However, our practice is altered by our position in Christ. When we in fact have a position in Christ, it does alter our practice, and if it doesnt, our faith is dead.
Look what we read in ROM 6:1-6; "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ [we were placed into that position of being in Christ] were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." These aspects of truth are inseparable. To have a position in Christ is not by works, but it is unto good works.
Our position in Christ reveals itself by our works, and if it does not we have nothing to claim in the way of a position in Christ.
Those who rest upon positional faith and positional faith alone, and there are many who do, boast of their sure position in Christ based upon what we see in COL 3:3. I have seen people who really make a firm faith of COL 3:3: "For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." Now, they have a position in Christ. It is hid with Christ in God. They think that position in Christ gives them such eternal security.
However, when this blessed position all believers have in Christ is held in its context, it becomes so evident that faith not only saves, but that it also works. COL 3:1-3 says, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." Now COL 3:3 comes through with a completely different meaning. See the word for. It is a connecting word. We see how that our works are wrought by our faith, and our faith is wrought by works. It is by our affections being renewed.
This same principle that faith not only saves, but also works is repeated in the verses which follow. COL 3:4-10 tells us, "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience [We must become the children of obedience. Do you see how faith works with our faith making us to where we have a position in Christ?]: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds [that is faith put into action]; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."
There are people who will tell you they are members of a church. Listen to their language. Listen to their filthy communication. Listen to how they curse and swear and blaspheme Gods name. Yet when you talk to them, they will tell you they are a member of a church. They are committed, and they are going to go to heaven. They have a position. Where? In their faith, and they believe it, but their works do not communicate the truth. The Scripture tells us we must put off all those evils.
Our Saviour had proclaimed unto these Jews, who were deceived by their positional faith, that He was the light of the world. Now, the Lord Jesus is using the present circumstances to reveal how He is the light of the world by the light He shed abroad in the heart of one man. He told them that Abrahams blessings were all found in Him. They were saying that all of their foundation was the fact that they were in Abraham and Abrahams covenant. Now, the Lord Jesus shows them that Abrahams blessings were all found in Him.
Look at JOH 8:56. "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad." He was showing them how that if they had a position in Abraham and in the Abraham covenant, it had to be founded in that light He was setting forth.
JOH 8:58 says, "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." He is showing how all of the promises and all of the covenant relationship that we could have in Abraham is all founded in the light there is in Him.
What was the reaction to this truth by these proud, self-righteous, blind Jews who had only a positional faith? What was their reaction? Look at JOH 8:59: "Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." What was their reaction? They filled their hands with stones to kill Him. The result was He hid Himself from them. They were blinded. They remained children of darkness with a positional faith.
We see now that the Lord Jesus used these circumstances. They are standing there with their hands full of stones to kill Him for turning on the light, and right in the midst of them Jesus sees a man that is blind. He anoints his eyes and reveals Himself by the profession of that man. That man now becomes a minister of the gospel, and he becomes now one who professes his faith. The neighbors see it. The Jews see it. They bring him to the Pharisees, and the Pharisees pass judgment. Why? They were blind, condemning one who could see.
All those who want to rest upon positional faith alone, i.e., upon the secret will of God, become all stirred up with a person in whom they see the obedience of faith in action. Let one out of their midst start walking in the obedience of faith, and he will be slandered over the world. They will say he has a duty religion. He will be accused of having a doctrine of free will. He will be called any slanderous name they can think of to justify their continuing in darkness.
Look at JOH 9:8-11. "The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? [They recognized him. They saw that that was him.] Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he [settling the confusion] said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay [His first reaction was to tell what Jesus had done for him. He is not claiming, I accepted and I ], and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight."
What happened? These Jews and these Pharisees, who absolutely refused to acknowledge that Christ was the light, are now talking to one who had been brought out of darkness into the marvelous light. He immediately relates who did what. He said Jesus made clay and anointed his eyes. Now he goes into the command of the gospel, the law of the gospel, and what is that? The obedience of faith by doing what Jesus told him to do. Then he received his sight.
In other words, sort out all of the deception of these scribes and Pharisees. Come to the authority of the Word, the washing of the water of the Word. The blind man did, and he came out seeing.
When the true work of grace has been wrought in the soul, it cannot be hidden from the neighbors and acquaintances. When you have been anointed, when your eyes have been anointed by the Lord Jesus Christ, you become a new man. You become a different man. You start hungering and thirsting after righteousness. You start having a desire to know and do the will of God. It immediately becomes apparent to the world in your walk of life. Your friends and your neighbors see the change; they are not sure. Is that the same man? Is that really the same person?
The change they will see is beautifully described in JOH 3:8: "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." They cannot answer it. They cant say, Well, this is what happened, and this is where it went. All they can see is the effect. When the Holy Spirit moves upon the heart, they see the effect of it. They cannot see that it was the Spirit that did it. They cannot see it that it was that anointing of Christ, that anointing of the Spirit. The world cannot see that. All they can see is the effect of it in your attitude, in your walk of life. They see the effect of the putting on of the new man.
Now, even though the kingdom of God comes not with observation, yet the effects are evident unto the world. They do not realize that what they are seeing is Christ formed in you. The world does not understand. They are filled with questions, and now we have the opportunity to become a living testimony of that anointing of the eyes. We can explain to them that we were in sin, in bondage, serving sin even as they are, and the Lord opened our eyes to see the sinfulness of sin. The Lord anointed our eyes to see the corrupt nature of our old heart, and now we no longer have pleasure in those things in which they are still wallowing. Now we can have a testimony. We can be the evidence of change, and the Father is so glorified by our change in works. Others now see Christ formed in you, and they dont understand what they are seeing.
Look at COL 1:26-27 and we see where it speaks of a mystery. To the world it is a mystery that you and I no longer can run after the same excesses that they do. It is a mystery to them: "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints that mystery now made manifest in you. [Do you see why your works must accompany your faith? The Lord is glorified, and Christ is now manifest in you.]: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." The world can see Christ in you. This reflects itself by your walk, by your attitude, by that Spirit of Christ, which reveals itself in you.
As Christ is formed in you, even the unregenerate world, which lies in wickedness and sin, is compelled to acknowledge that regeneration is a real thing. They recognize it. Your old friends can see that you are a totally different person. They see that the work of regeneration is real.
God, the Father, is glorified as wicked people witness that Spirit of Christ, which reveals itself in our temperament, in our habits, in the restraining of our lusts. This is why faith not only saves, but works because thereby the Father is glorified.
In MAT 5:14-16 we read why are you the light of the world. Christ is light. How can you be the light of the world except that Christ is formed in you? He is made manifest in you. In other words, He is revealed in you. Now watch this. "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine [Dont try to conceal it.] before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
When people ask you if it is really you, tell them about how your eyes were anointed. Tell them about how Christ said, go and wash. Tell them that by searching the Word of God, washing with the water of the Word, that you have come to the light of the gospel. Christ was revealed in the light of the gospel, that is written in the Word, and we come to Christ by the washing of the water of the Word. Dont try to hide your light. Shine.
Do you see why it is so important to understand that positional faith alone is no faith at all. We can claim a position in Christ without having our faith working that the Father is glorified, that others see your good works and glorify your Father. However, we would not have a saving faith.
The Spirit of Christ reveals itself in the grace He bestows upon His own. That glorifies the Father. That grace, that influence of the Holy Spirit that He bestows on His people, is where the Father is glorified because it reveals itself in life. It is revealed by the restraint it places upon sin.
Look at MAT 5:13. I want you to understand what being the salt of the earth means. "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." MAT 5:13.
What is salt? Salt is a deterrent against decay. One time I went into Pacific Hide and Furs in Great Falls, and I watched them. They had a room where the floor had about two or three feet of salt on it. They took various animal pelts and threw them on it. Then they would walk on them. They turned the pelts over, shoveled and scooped salt on top of them, and they would walk all over them. They piled the pelts on top of each other with salt sprinkled over each one. You know, while watching, the Lord really opened my eyes to understand what "Ye are the salt of the earth" means.
Salt is a deterrent against decay, and if you are properly letting your light shine unto the world and you are showing the love of Christ and the Spirit of Christ, it is a deterrent against sin. A person who is walking side by side with you while you are shining as a light and Christ formed in you and you are reflecting that Spirit of Christ will find it as the strongest deterrent there is. You could stand there and talk to them about all Mount Sinai and every thundering and lightning that ever came down upon Mount Sinai, but it will never effect them one half as much as just walking with you. You are a deterrent, by letting your light shine.
However, if the salt has lost its savour, i.e., if it is no longer a deterrent, if you are no longer reflecting that Spirit of Christ unto the world, it is good for nothing. Wherewith shall we be a deterrent if we dont reflect the light?
If you are claiming a positional faith, that you have Christ, but it cannot be seen by the world, Jesus tells us we are not good for anything, but to be cast out, trodden under foot of men. That is what Christ says about positional faith that is not accompanied by obedience of faith.
"The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?" JOH 9:8-11.
Now, some said, "This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, "I am he" as we see in JOH 9:9. How true is this to Christian character? I want you to see what this man was really telling them. He was a new man, but he didnt convert the old man. He put on the new man. The old nature is still there. We need to crucify that old man daily. Now watch. He did not say "I was he," but "I am he."
When we are quickened into newness of life, we become a new creature in Christ, but the old man remains the same. That old man of sin still has those same lustful desires that have to be crucified. That old man of sin still has that same tendency to harbor hatred in his heart, but it has to be crucified. That old man of sin is still there.
This is the source of what we read in GAL 5:16-17: "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [The lusts of the flesh are still there. They are still well and alive. That old man of sin must be crucified daily, but if you walk in the Spirit, then ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. It doesnt say they are not there. Now ponder Verse 17.] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." The Spirit overrides the lusts of the flesh. That Spirit of Christ that dwells in you and manifests itself in your life subdues and overrules the lusts of the flesh.
This fact is what is so confusing to the world. They can still see enough in our attitude at times to recognize our old nature is still there. You and I are not perfect, and we sometimes offend those who are unrighteous. I have heard more people complain, Well if thats a Christian, I dont want to be a Christian. We have to strive against that image. We have to strive against the fulfilling of the lusts of the flesh. We may not be as the unregenerate. It is a continual warfare because we bring reproach upon Christ sometimes.
Sometimes our old nature is still seen, and I will tell you, the world has a keener eye to see that than any person who is a Christian. They still see that and some say, "That is he." In other words, he is still the same old boy. Others say, "No, he is a different man." The world recognizes this tossing to and fro. That is why we have to be able to confess to the world that we were beggars. We have to be able to confess to the world that the Lord has anointed our eyes to see our lusts, our wrong attitudes, and our sinfulness. We have to be able to confess. Now, what did the man who was blind confess? Jesus told him to go and wash, and he went and washed. Then he boldly told the Pharisees about Jesus.
When I come to the Holy Word of God, I see where the light really shines. This is what the blind man healed by Jesus confessed to them. Look at JOH 9:10. "Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?" Here we see how we are called upon to let our light shine. We are going to be called upon to give an account of our faith. We are going to be called upon to give an account of our profession to the world. We will be called upon to openly profess wherein the change came.
Our text tells us his answer. "A man that is called Jesus made clay." We have to be willing to profess Jesus name before the world. We have to confess that He anointed our eyes to see who we are by nature, to see the depravity of our own hearts, and that He said unto us, "Go and wash." In other words, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." JOH 5:39. Now, we must explain to them how we see the light is by coming to the Word, how we went and washed, and now we received sight. Now we see that Christ is that fountain that is open for all sin and uncleanness.
Now we can come as Peter. The Lord Jesus said to Peter: When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Now, Peter could come before his brethren and say, Look, I understand, I was big in myself. I fell. I know what you are going through. We can talk from experience. Now, they can see in us that our old nature is still there, but they see that spiritual warfare striving against the powers of sin. Here we see how that we are called upon to shine our light. We will be called upon to openly proclaim wherein this change came.
This man stood among those who had their hands full of stones to throw at Jesus. Thats quite a thought isnt it? Here this man was standing in the midst, a multitude with their hands full of stones looking for Jesus, but He was hidden from them. They were going to kill Him. Here the man who was blind standing in amongst them. He was not ashamed to confess Him before all of them. He told them a man named Jesus anointed his eyes, and he sees.
Now, notice the relevance of what we read in JOH 9:4-5 just before our text where Jesus said, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." This is the reason they wanted to stone Him. Now, the man who was blind stands amongst this multitude professing that light. "I was blind. Now, I see." How? "He anointed mine eyes. I obeyed and I see." Even though he stood amongst this hostile multitude, he professed.
When we are amongst that kind of multitude who are the bitterest haters of Jesus, who are at the most enmity with the truth, we must look to the message in LUK 12:8. "Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God." That is our duty! We must confess Him before men.
This idea that you must be careful. What if you are proved to be wrong? I had that shoved down my throat, too. However, there will never be any liberty in Christ until we understand what it is to profess Him before men.
This man openly, not only confessed his Benefactor before the world, but he also confessed the reward of the obedience of faith. That is an important item, too. We must be able to confess the reward there is in the obedience of faith. The man said to the accusers, "Jesus said unto me, Go. I went and washed, and I received sight." This proved that what Jesus said was true. He said, in other words, Jesus told me to go and wash. I obeyed. I trusted in Him, and now I can see."
This man did not have great light. He was not a theologian. He was not a graduate from any student seminary, but he had light. He rightly understood the basic principle of saving faith. Isnt that beautiful? We can see from what he told those self-righteous Pharisees that he understood basic principle of saving faith.
Look at what he told them in JOH 9:31. Those self-righteous Pharisees were coming against him. They were saying as we see here in Verse 16: "Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them." Now, look here, in Verse 31: "Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth."
Isnt that a blessed truth? Here we have a blind man. He was not among the Pharisees. He was not among the school of the learned, but Christ had anointed his eyes and he saw. "If any man be a worshipper of God and doeth his will, him he heareth." You see, what blessed truth, comes from the mouths of babes and sucklings, those who are unlearned in the schools of men. Yet they are proclaiming such blessed gospel truths. We know that God heareth not sinners, but if any man be a worshipper of God and doeth his will, he by the obedience of faith was given his sight. He is now sharing that sight that he received.
Such light which is the true "Light of the World" that directs the regenerate man in the obedience of faith is the greatest offense unto those who have only a positional faith. Here we have the Pharisees, who were the doctors of the law, they were hearing that simple truth from the mouth of a babe.
To see how it was the greatest offense, read JOH 9:34. "They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out." They were the wise and the prudent from whom the Lord had hidden these truths. That precious truth that was being proclaimed by this man who was born blind. This man was a babe in the learning of the gospel, in the learning of the schools of men, but he preached such a profound truth that it offended those who were such theologians in their own sight. "If any man be a worshipper of God and doeth His will, him He heareth." They came back with the attack that "Thou wast altogether born in sin, and dost thou teach us?" Oh, that was such an offense that they should receive instruction from such a babe, from a man who was born blind, from a man who was not considered among their crowd of the learned. What did they do? They cast him out. They put him out of the synagogue. He was put out of the church.
All true worship begins with attitude. Look at JOH 4:24. "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." Those words and in spirit and in truth, that word spirit mean the mental disposition. In other words, our attitude has to be in unconditional surrender to the will of God. It has to be a broken spirit. All rebellion must be broken.
A right spirit (or mental disposition) of submission, and obedience of faith is the fruit of regeneration. I want you to see how that mental disposition, or that mind of Christ is the fruit of regeneration. It is those who can worship God in spirit and in truth.
PHI 2:1-5 says, "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded [in that Spirit of Christ, in the mind of Christ], 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. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."
It is a mind of lowliness. Jesus did not count it robbery to be equal with God, but He condescended to become a servant. He humbled Himself unto death, even the death of the cross. Let this mind be in you. Let this be revealed to the world. Let that Spirit of Christ be in you.
Our text reveals a right attitude of submission and obedience of faith as the evidence of regeneration. It is very important that we understand this. We want to know if we are resting in a positional faith. Are we resting on something short of Christ? Are we truly having the witness of the Holy Spirit in our heart, witnessing with our spirit that we are the sons of God?
In JOH 9:11: "He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes [He speaks of the command of the gospel], and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash [and he speaks of the obedience of faith]: and I went and washed, and I received sight." Amen.
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