O. (2)The greatness of the gift. THE GIFT OF GOD'S LOVE. Kings and queens may find room in it; and so may thieves and beggars. "That is large light, read it again." Yet infidelity is the want of trust in God and Christ. )God is loveC. That in giving Christ He gave the richest jewel in His cabinet. He loved those who could do nothing to purchase or to procure it.3. On any lips this would be a wonderful word, but in the lips of Christ "love" meant all that was in His own heart. J. Parry)The love of GodH. This did not engender or excite His love, it only manifested it.2. Luther maintained that justification by faith was the test of a standing or a falling Church. To perish is to lose the smile of God, the company of the redeemed, the society of angels, the glories of the heavenly world, and, with no ray of comfort or gleam of hope, to be driven away into outer darkness, into misery and woe, without deliverance and without end. The text before us was read. The entire welfare of a government and its subjects turns upon obedience.3. B. If you suspect any you shrink from them. THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS GIFT.1. He makes for the Saviour — he clasps Him — he cleaves to Him. Our Commissioners went to the Governor of the State and got him to give his consent to grant pardons to five men on account of their good behaviour. The idea that God is loving has been doubted or denied. )The everlastingsJ. This involves them in the greatest responsibility.3. )LinksJohn 3:16 NIVJohn 3:16 NLTJohn 3:16 ESVJohn 3:16 NASBJohn 3:16 KJVJohn 3:16 Bible AppsJohn 3:16 ParallelJohn 3:16 Biblia ParalelaJohn 3:16 Chinese BibleJohn 3:16 French BibleJohn 3:16 German BibleJohn 3:16 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)Ours so that all He has and is, the merits of His life, the atonement of His death, is ours.3. Ah! LOVE IN ITS GRANDEST SOURCE.1. God's love could not be a powerless thing dealing in fine sentiment and words of pity. L. Moody. The test of love is sacrifice; the criterion of its strength is the measure of the sacrifice. Three things commend any favour done us. H. But God is not man that He should be deficient.(E. He could have loved fallen angels had such been His pleasure. And the marvel is there is nothing God hates so much as sin, and yet no one He loved so much as the sinner.2. Yet God so loved us that, to put it very strongly, He seemed to love us better than His only Son, and did not spare Him that He might spare us. God still gives.II. IN THE PLAN OF SALVATION. This will be evidenced if you consider —1. He could not take delight in it, but He did wish it well.2. Come with me again to Jerusalem. THE DOCTRINE. Yet with all His hatred of sin how He hangs over the sinner!(S. Repent of treating it so negligently.2. I see you do. It takes its rise in the Gulf of Mexico and sweeps across through the heart of the mighty Atlantic to the Arctic Seas; and by its strong currents, more rapid than that of the Mississippi, it engulfs every other ocean stream that comes athwart its course, making it tributary to its own grand mission of washing the shores and ameliorating the climate of the sea-bound countries of Europe. Therefore His love is self-moved — the world not as made by God, but as ruined by the devil; consequently there was nothing in it to attract the Divine love.3. Here, then, we have hit upon the radical difference between paganism and Christianity. The real Reuben Johnson was all this time looking around to see where Reuben was; and the chaplain beckoned to him, and he turned and looked around and behind him, thinking some other man must be meant. R. Brewin.What is it to perish? Young men and maidens, whosoever offers its embrace to you! H. It offers to every individual the supremest, most precious blessing God Himself can bestow. (2) By those who suppose that the Bible represents God as originally a stern and inexorable Being placated by Christ, and that now He is only mild and benignant to a few. Conclusion: That is our creed.1. "Whosoever believeth."1. Therefore His love is self-moved — the world not as made by God, but as ruined by the devil; consequently there was nothing in it to attract the Divine love.3. (10)It was universal. (2)Not a mere emotion, for emotions do not influence the life without the will. Gaskin, M. A.I. Our Commissioners went to the Governor of the State and got him to give his consent to grant pardons to five men on account of their good behaviour. )The everlastingsJ. It is one thing to help the happy and prosperous and another to succour the needy and miserable.2. Brewin.)WhosoeverC. (1) By those who contend that the world ought to have been made happy and pure. "That is large light, read it again." To perish is to lose all hope in Christ, all trust in God, all light in life, all peace in death, all joy.V. said the preacher. C. Jones.I.The everlasting FATHER.II.The everlasting SON.III.The everlasting LOVE.IV.The everlasting LIFE.(J. 'What!' H. Spurgeon.We lately read in the papers an illustration of the way of salvation. Beith, D. D.I. If He had taken every star from the sky, and manipulated those stars, and moulded them all into a gigantic body of which every star was an atom; and then if He had taken every seraph from His throne and made a mighty amalgam of all souls into one, and had put that giant mind into that gigantic body, and given that body and soul for man, it would have been as nothing to this. J. ParryWe often hear of counter currents, but was there ever such a counter current as is implied here! To admit some of Christ's claims and to reject the rest; to listen to His declarations that His blood is shed for the remission of sins; to refuse to listen, or to listen incredulously, when He speaks as the moral ruler of the race, this is inconsistent with faith in Him.(R. In these words I find my religion, theology, ethics, and politics, politics being one of the chief branches of ethics.1. 'What!' When He gave: for there is love in the time. )The love of God in the gift of ChristS. "All that a man hath will he give for his life." Every terror of sin and of unworthiness that strives to loosen his hold only makes him grasp with more terrible and death-like tenacity, for he knows that to part company is to perish.(R. But —3. When the waves of penalty begin to come in in fearful tides, then He banks up against them. There was nothing in any man to warrant this fondness. Whosoever believes shall not perish, though he is ready to perish. H. Meeting the foreman on his way back to the shaft he asked him what he thought of God's manner of saving men. In like manner you must accept and appropriate the atonement of Jesus.3. (3) Without Christ there is no obtaining our proper happiness. Here, then, we have hit upon the radical difference between paganism and Christianity. THE GIFT OF GOD MUST BE RECEIVED BY FAITH. When she dropped in her two mites He said that she had given more than they all. "Be not high minded, but fear." H. The trouble with this statement is that there is a great deal of truth in it; and yet it has been made in such a manner as to give a very wrong impression. It offers to every individual the supremest, most precious blessing God Himself can bestow. HOW GOD IS AFFECTED TOWARDS THE COSMOS: He loved it.1. Ask Himself.1. Faith in the Son of God the condition of salvation.4. "Just so," and when God's Word tells you that whosoever believeth on the Son of God hath everlasting life, you say, "Too cheap," forgetting that God's work to bring you and others out of the pit of destruction was accomplished at a vast cost, the price being the death of His only-begotten Son.(W. C. Jones.I.The everlasting FATHER.II.The everlasting SON.III.The everlasting LOVE.IV.The everlasting LIFE.(J. If there were any other it would shut some one out. THE MANIFESTATION OF THIS LOVE. He gave His Spirit to take charge of this work.III. Brewin.)WhosoeverC. (3)In His death.3. Coley.King Zeleueus decreed that whosoever committed a particular offence should lose his eyes; and the first person found guilty was his own son. It is like the silver ray of sun-light which gleams through the dark cloud when the storm is brewing in the sky. Barnes, D. D.These words express the substance of the gospel. In THE POSSESSION. "More abundantly" hereafter. Nothing can be simpler or more common than trust, the child's first lesson and act. If He had taken every star from the sky, and manipulated those stars, and moulded them all into a gigantic body of which every star was an atom; and then if He had taken every seraph from His throne and made a mighty amalgam of all souls into one, and had put that giant mind into that gigantic body, and given that body and soul for man, it would have been as nothing to this. THE MANIFESTATION OF THIS LOVE. Love is a generic term and includes a large number of specific affections. St. Peter says, "According to His abundant mercy He hath begotten us again." The world's misery and peril were caused by itself. The text teaches that God was originally disposed to show mercy. Exhaustive.III. If God had seemed to connive at this, all other beings might have denied the justice of the law and disobeyed it also. It is just like Him. )God's provision of the sacrificeJ. The Bible and the nature of the case shows that the atonement must have been made for the whole. "Oh, it is too cheap, I cannot believe in such a religion as that." J. Morris.If we could but hear the words for the first time, and without prepossessions either of Pharisaic error or logical orthodoxy, hear them with nothing but consciousness of sin and thirst for life, before the love of God had been hardened into doctrine, and the only begotten Son has become a quarrel for the schools. This involves them in the greatest responsibility.3. G. Finney, D. D.)God's wonderful loveR. (4)But His only begotten, well beloved, and everlasting Son.III. Faith in Christ as the condition of salvation is the very heart of the Gospel. So the awakened sinner feels. BY THE FRUIT OF HIS LOVE. H. But when they cannot tell what you yearn to know Jesus comes, and there is light over all the darkness and despair of life. ITS RESULTS. Morris. Free as the brook which leaps from the mountain side, at which every weary traveller may drink, so free is the mercy of God. (1)Endless life. How often are men ignorant of their mercies? On whom the gift was bestowed. The third article is — WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN CHRIST, etc. The Divine love for mankind.2. Guiness Rogers, B. "That is large light, read it again." If you suspect any you shrink from them. By the "world" cannot be meant any particular part. And He is ours absolutely, individually, and for ever — all He is and all He has. B. THE DUTY. Let a man once apprehend that God is love, that this is God's very essence, and he must at once love God.(C. The objects of His love are perishing — perishing, not in body but in soul.2. The love of God knows no exceptions; whosoever will ,nay come.(C. There is a life of the flesh, of the soul, and of the spirit. To confute the world's opinion who measure God's love by outward things.2. ITS EXPRESSION.1. The text makes no distinction in the kind or degree of faith. Many had given much, but the Lord looked at what they had left. Most self-denying.6. Coley. Mankind had resisted this government. W. Dale, D. D.)The power of this gospel of love on its first proclamationA. Observe three things.I. G. Jones, D. D.)God's love and justice in sacrificeS. It is easy to see that the honour of the law might be fully sustained by God Himself if He should show before the whole universe His approbation of the law. THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS GIFT.1. Free as the brook which leaps from the mountain side, at which every weary traveller may drink, so free is the mercy of God. In the Person of the only begotten Son of God.III. "Yes," was the reply. I always have a warm side towards odd, eccentric, out-of-the-way people, because I am one myself, at least so I am often said to be. It is one thing to help the happy and prosperous and another to succour the needy and miserable.2. G. Finney, D. D.)God's wonderful loveR. He looked all around, expecting to see a man spring forward at once; still no one arose, and he turned to the officer of the prison and said, "Are all the convicts here?" One of the most important and wonderful ocean currents is the Gulf Stream. If God so loved the world, then —1. Hell yawns beneath to engulf him. I knew her to be as sensitive as any lady; but by so much more as she felt the loathsomeness of her work do you see the love that constantly upheld her in doing it. Love is more than a Divine attribute. If God so loved this guilty world, then what an unplumbed depth of grace must have been in His heart! D. Barrows.I. Salvation is life, not in figure, but in fact. Glover. Whatever dignity Christ claims, faith reverently acknowledges. If we cast away the Lord of life we have to believe in a destiny that is only a tomb. J. ParryWe often hear of counter currents, but was there ever such a counter current as is implied here! Coley. Universal because particular. It is just like Him. The Bible represents God as having the attributes of a kind and tender Father. Love in man is but a ray from the sun; a drop from the ocean.II. To perish is to lose the smile of God, the company of the redeemed, the society of angels, the glories of the heavenly world, and, with no ray of comfort or gleam of hope, to be driven away into outer darkness, into misery and woe, without deliverance and without end. By His designation and appointment unto death (Acts 2:23; Isaiah 42:1).2. A word of His could have restored the dismantled heavens; but God Himself cannot make an only-begotten Son.(S. He held out the papers but no one came. If it contained nothing different from other books we might reasonably question its Divine origin. Evangelical Christians have claimed one of these truths as pre-eminently their own. The necessity of this gift.III. III. We believe: God gives.2. Coley. THE GIFT OF GOD MUST BE RECEIVED BY FAITH. If it be withheld until wrung out, or if it be offered in a surly spirit, it sinks at once in importance below the lesser boon offered in frank and spontaneous sympathy.4. We go further. The love of God was practical in the most costly way. — "Whosoever" has a finger for babes, and an arm for old men; it has an eye for the quick, and a smile for the dull. THE OBJECT OF THIS LOVE. Jesus is near the seeker even when he is tossed upon oceans of doubt. (1)Only begotten. Were man to make a feast, his invitations would not be to every one, for his ability to provide would have a limit. IN THE GIFT OF CHRIST.1. WE LIVE IN THE GLORIOUS DAY OF SALVATION! When He teaches, faith admits His teaching as absolute truth. LOVE IN ITS HIGHEST FORM. Unspeakable: "so"II. All are not saved, but none need be unpardoned. He makes for the Saviour — he clasps Him — he cleaves to Him. In these words I find my religion, theology, ethics, and politics, politics being one of the chief branches of ethics.1. Let a man once apprehend that God is love, that this is God's very essence, and he must at once love God.(C. Gaskin, M. A.I. It is the only lasting bond of human society — the only guarantee of the perpetual bliss of heaven, and the only attribute in fallen man which is made an emblem of God, "God is love." "If God loved us," etc.2. The Father's other self. The trouble with this statement is that there is a great deal of truth in it; and yet it has been made in such a manner as to give a very wrong impression. He could not take delight in it, but He did wish it well.2. You find it nowhere else. In THE POSSESSION. In God's own nature there is a necessity for His efforts for man's redemption.(H. (3) The plan of salvation was not merely to save man, but to save the name, character, and government of God. I see you do. The resources of the giver. 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