This phrase often occurs as the character of a good man: compare. So in redemption, as by man came death, by Man also comes life--Man, too, "in the likeness of sinful flesh" ( Romans 8:3 ), differing in nothing outward and apparent from those who, pervaded by the poison of the serpent, were ready to perish. But he that doeth truth, cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Would you have me mount into my Master's place? flesh--Not the mere material body, but all that comes into the world by birth, the entire man; yet not humanity simply, but in its corrupted, depraved condition, in complete subjection to the law of the fall ( Romans 8:1-9 ). John 3:21 (NKJV) “Men loved darkness.” The past tense (Greek aorist) could be translated, “Men set their love on darkness” (Morris, p. 233). As John and Jesus were the only teachers who baptized Jews, discussions might easily arise between the Baptist's disciples and such Jews as declined to submit to that rite. By our first birth we were corrupt, shapen in sin; therefore we must be made new creatures. ", But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. but he that practises the truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they have been wrought in God. Something is wrong, whereby such a life begins as shall last for ever. John not yet cast into prison--Hence it is plain that our Lord's ministry did not commence with the imprisonment of John, though, but for this, we should have drawn that inference from Matthew 4:12 and Mark's ( Mark 1:14 ) express statement. Verse Thoughts Many self-righteous Christians take this verse out of its Biblical context to mean that God has effectively signed a blank check, which allows His children to fill in a simple prayer request to ensure that they get whatever they want - in order to fulfil their fleshly lusts. according to the will of God, both for matter and manner: or "for Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 27-30. Sinful works are works of darkness. 14-16. The love of God is shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost, and is become the commanding principle of his actions. That which is true, right and good: "he whose work is just", as And here is the great gospel benefit, that whoever believes in Christ, shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life. Had the man been less sincere, this would certainly have repelled him; but with persons in his mixed state of mind--to which Jesus was no stranger ( John 2:25 )--such methods speed better than more honeyed words and gradual approaches. At this rate, thou shalt soon have no disciples at all." Salem Media Group. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.". (1 John 3:21-24 RSV) You will notice that this is the other side of the case. 36. hath everlasting life--already has it. Christ's discourse of gospel truths, ver. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; The picture embraces several distinct compartments: "THE WORLD"--in its widest sense--ready "to perish"; the immense "LOVE OF GOD" to that perishing world, measurable only, and conceivable only, by the gift which it drew forth from Him; THE GIFT itself--"He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son," or, in the language of Paul, "spared not His own Son" ( Romans 8:32 ), or in that addressed to Abraham when ready to offer Isaac on the altar, "withheld not His Son, His only Son, whom He loved" ( Genesis 22:16 ); the FRUIT of this stupendous gift--not only deliverance from impending "perdition," but the bestowal of everlasting life; the MODE in which all takes effect--by "believing" on the Son. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A good man acts truly and sincerely in all he does. But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God. But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God. How, &c.--The figure of the new birth, if it had been meant only of Gentile proselytes to the Jewish religion, would have been intelligible enough to Nicodemus, being quite in keeping with the language of that day; but that Jews themselves should need a new birth was to him incomprehensible. He that, &c.--Here is the reason why He must increase while all human teachers must decrease. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; 14:6). ὁ δὲ ποιῶν τὴν ἀλήθειαν ἔρχεται πρὸς τὸ φῶς, ἵνα φανερωθῇ αὐτοῦ τὰ ἔργα ὅτι ἐν θεῷ ἐστιν εἰργασμένα. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants. But he that doth truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest: because they are done in God. So that though a man "could enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born," he would be no nearer this "new birth" than before ( Job 14:4 , Psalms 51:5 ). Jesus Christ came to save us by healing us, as the children of Israel, stung with fiery serpents, were cured and lived by looking up to the brazen serpent, ( Numbers 21:6-9 ). They were far readier to receive himself, and obliged him to say, I am not the Christ, and he seems pained at this. King James Version 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. See Ephesians 5:9. are only known to God and himself. Alas! to will and to do: or, "according to God", as others render it; California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. How would Nicodemus' narrow Judaism become invisible in the blaze of this Sun of righteousness seen rising on "the world" with healing in His wings! and him may be known"; that such deeds may be discovered, which This new birth is from heaven, ch. The servants, on the contrary, springing of earth, are of the earth, and their testimony, even though divine in authority, partakes necessarily of their own earthiness. . 1 Corinthians Commentary > chapter 3. “To do the truth” is at any rate to live up to what one knows; to live an honest, conscientious life. On the other hand, renewed hearts bid this light welcome. ", John 3:21 (CEBA) version reads the whole thus, "that the work which is between God but he who is doing the truth doth come to the light, that his works may be manifested, that in God they are having been wrought. ", John 3:21 (NLT) He did not talk with Christ about state affairs, though he was a ruler, but about the concerns of his own soul and its salvation, and went at once to them. God is the "HE THAT IS," and heaven is the dwelling-place of his holiness. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Not that all those, and those only, that are baptized, are saved; but without that new birth which is wrought by the Spirit, and signified by baptism, none shall be subjects of the kingdom of heaven. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.". If they had not hated saving knowledge, they would not sit down contentedly in condemning ignorance. Nicodemus probably thought he had gone a long way, and expected, perhaps, to be complimented on his candor. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. ”, But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.". 35, 36. How, &c.--Though the subject still confounds Nicodemus, the necessity and possibility of the new birth is no longer the point with him, but the nature of it and how it is brought about [LUTHARDT]. To a Jewish ecclesiastic, so familiar with the symbolical application of water, in every variety of way and form of expression, this language was fitted to show that the thing intended was no other than a thorough spiritual purification by the operation of the Holy Ghost. baptized--in the sense explained in John 4:2 . But those who follow the true way come to the light, and it shows that the things they do were done through God. God", as the Ethiopic version renders it; for the glory of God, How great is the misery of unbelievers! Here is gospel, good news indeed. There is also a condemnation grounded on their former guilt; they are open to the law for all their sins; because they are not by faith interested in the gospel pardon. The same word signifies both the wind and the Spirit. Such a stumbling-block to the Jews and to the Greeks foolishness was faith in the crucified Nazarene as a way of deliverance from eternal perdition. Luke 9:49-50 – Jesus told the disciples not to disturb a man who was casting out demons in his name saying that if he wasn’t against them he was for them. It is not wrought by any wisdom or power of our own, but by the power of the blessed Spirit. He shows the Author of this blessed change. The Persic It means the entire fulness of divine life and divine power. ", John 3:21 (NAS) Help Quick Nav Advanced Options. And until we have grace to do this, we shall not be cured, but still are wounded with the stings of Satan, and in a dying state. cannot see--can have no part in (just as one is said to "see life," "see death," &c.). ", John 3:21 (CJB) Jhn 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. ", John 3:21 (NRSA) But he that doth truth That which is true, right and good: "he whose work is just", as the Ethiopic version renders it; or, "he that does that which is right", so the Persic; that which is according to the will of God, and from a principle of love to him, and with a view to his glory: cometh to the light; John 3:16, Jesus faith love) KJV. It is impossible for a sharper line of distinction to be drawn between Christ and all human teachers, even when divinely commissioned and speaking by the power of the Holy Ghost. We have here a notice of Christ's two distinct natures in one person, so that while he is the Son of man, yet he is in heaven. 10. First, John informs us that He is superior to John because of where He has come from. What to kindle in the cold and selfish breasts of mortals the fires of self-sacrificing love to mankind, as these words of transparent simplicity, yet overpowering majesty? Answer: As with any single verse or passage, we discern what it teaches by first filtering it through what we know the Bible teaches on the subject at hand. Psalms 119:30. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.". ”, John 3:21 (NRS) The reason why John records Nicodemus’s conversation with Jesus, is that in spite of … It could not be saved, but through him; there is no salvation in any other. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, in order that his deeds may be revealed, that they are done in God. The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is compared to water. Which is a really an incorrect distinction, for all true Christians have been “born again” But what does it mean to be “born again”? But he that doth truth 11-13. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no end, while he himself would be less followed. Those who have been experiencing the Spirit's removal of sin from their hearts , love the light and eagerly come to the light for further destruction of sin . While the preacher is inevitably tempted to focus in this sermon on John 3:16, rightly called the world’s most famous Bible verse, it would be good to remember that the single verse of John 3:16 — or any other verse, for that matter — is not canonical in and of itself. John 3:21 (LEB) Christians do not belong to their church leaders 1 Corinthians 3:21-23. Nicodemus--In this member of the Sanhedrim sincerity and timidity are seen struggling together. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness. Commentary on John 3:22-36 (Read John 3:22-36) John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. God, and from a principle of love to him, and with a view to his 1, 2. 21. doeth truth--whose only object in life is to be and do what will bear the light. John 3:21 (WNT) The "we" and "our" are here used, though Himself only is intended, in emphatic contrast, probably, with the opening words of Nicodemus, "Rabbi, we know. 9, 10. they are next to "none" [BENGEL]. which ought to be the aim, and end of every action. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. For God so loved, &c.--What proclamation of the Gospel has been so oft on the lips of missionaries and preachers in every age since it was first uttered? But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God. It springs from the enmity of the heart of man to God, from love of sin in some form. a man--not a Jew merely; the necessity is a universal one. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us. Therefore he loves and "comes to the light," that all he is and does, being thus thoroughly tested, may be seen to have nothing in it but what is divinely wrought and divinely approved. ', Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise), Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God. John 3:21 (NIV) John 3:21 (CEBA) Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God." We are shapen in iniquity, which makes it necessary that our nature be changed. Thus, while unable to repress his convictions, he is afraid of committing himself too far. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] The Greek phrase translated as "practices the truth," or "does what is true," or "lives by truth" is poiōn tēn alētheian. John 3:21. heavenly things--the things of the new and more heavenly evangelical economy, only to be fully understood after the effusion of the Spirit from heaven through the exalted Saviour. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] When we have a clear conscience, we can have great confidence before God. A man, &c.--"I do my heaven-prescribed work, and that is enough for me. 18. is not condemned--Having, immediately on his believing, "passed from death unto life" ( John 5:24 ). Here is God's love in giving his Son for the world. For our Lord's proposition is universal, that no fallen man is or can be spiritual without a regenerating operation of the Holy Ghost, and the necessity of a spiritual obedience under whatever name, in opposition to mere mechanical services, is proclaimed throughout all the Old Testament. But he who does what is honest and right comes to the light, in order that his actions may be plainly shown to have been done in God. 12. earthly things--such as regeneration, the gate of entrance to the kingdom of God on earth, and which Nicodemus should have understood better, as a truth even of that more earthly economy to which he belonged. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.". is spirit--"partakes of and possesses His spiritual nature. He does this so that it will be easy to see that what he has done is with God's help.". 8. He that doeth truth — He that practiseth truth: that is, "is exercised in righteousness and goodness." But the real meaning underlying this word, as understood by us today, is found in the word worth. John 3:21 (WBT) Thus the things of the Spirit of God are foolishness to the natural man. Our works are good when the will of God is the rule of them, and the glory of God the end of them; when they are done in his strength, and for his sake; to him, and not to men. . Enough for me to be the Bridegroom's friend, sent by Him to negotiate the match, privileged to bring together the Saviour and those He is come to seek and to save, and rejoicing with joy unspeakable if I may but 'stand and hear the Bridegroom's voice,' witnessing the blessed espousals. See the powerful remedy against this fatal malady. Paul is referring to the opposing groups in the church at Corinth, which he mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1:12. But though he came by night, Jesus bid him welcome, and hereby taught us to encourage good beginnings, although weak. Behold and wonder, that the great God should love such a worthless world! "From this moment Nicodemus says nothing more, but has sunk unto a disciple who has found his true teacher. Rabbi, &c.--"Master, this man tells us that He to whom thou barest such generous witness beyond Jordan is requiting thy generosity by drawing all the people away to Himself. Said I not unto you, I am not the Christ? But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Jesus has come “from above,” “from heaven.” 181 Jesus is “from above”; John is “from the earth.” Second, Jesus is superior to John … the Ethiopic version renders it; or, "he that does that which is The question clearly implies that the doctrine of regeneration is so far disclosed in the Old Testament that Nicodemus was culpable in being ignorant of it. 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