Actively, personally, prayerfully, intensely, continually, he aims at the purification of himself, looking to God for aid.(C. Now, what that tiny bridge was to the tree, the Resurrection of Christ is to the believer. Cooper, D. D.)Christian hope influencing present Christian lifeW. And so when God comes and says, "Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings, your hands are full of blood," He says in effect, "Take the cleansing that I give you and rub it in, and apply it: and your flesh will become as the flesh of a little child, and you shall be clean." Consciously now the mean man is all magnanimous, for his mean thoughts are, by the supposition, drunk up and lost in the abysses of the nobler nature he clings to. He obviously does not understand that, in God's view, despite being physically alive, he is a spiritually dead man who needs God to resurrect him and give him the spiritual life that he lacks. )The purifying hopeChristian Treasury.Let thy hope of heaven moderate thy affections to earth. No, the true signs of purity are these — That we abide in the conscious light of God, while living in a world of defilement, and know Him as a presence manifested in the soul. However, the Greek word here is eidon (Strong's #1492), which means "to know, be aware, consider, perceive, be sure, and understand." (1)Hence he does not cultivate one grace only. (Christian Treasury. The imagery regarding the Temple (John 2:18-22) is especially interesting because it immediately precedes Jesus' teaching on born again in John 3. Actively, personally, prayerfully, intensely, continually, he aims at the purification of himself, looking to God for aid.(C. S. S. S. S. Harris.The hope of the Christian is the one worthy, enduring hope that is capable of lifting man above the earth and leading him to heaven. It says to you and to me, "If you will you may be God-like, for you are the sons of God. Being born again is also likened to a resurrection, but nowhere does the Bible show resurrected people as begotten as a fetus confined to a womb. "The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me."4. Certainly thy hope is either false, or at best very little. H. The higher the summer sun mounts above the horizon, the more force it bears to clear and heat the air with his beams; and if thy hope of salvation were advanced to any ordinary height in thy soul, it would scatter these inordinate desires after this world, with which now thou art choked up, and put thee into a greater heat of affection after heaven. There are more failures from the want of faithfulness and skill in the worker than from the want of a good model of the work to be done. Harris. The pattern by which he must be directed is the pattern of the Lord Jesus Christ's purity. John 19:38-40 2. and what is requisite to the seeing and enjoying of it? Taylor. See what over 145,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. It proposes the only worthy and enduring hope to man. What are they, but the sandy foundation of the foolish builder? Therefore, every mere earthly hope is unworthy to rule a man, and if he have no higher, will at last degrade him; because man is greater than any earthly honour he can aspire to, and greater than the world he lives in, and greater than all its achievements and glories — yes, greater than anything except God. (2) To quicken our diligence, and put life into our endeavours and resolutions, that we may not faint in the way to heaven (Acts 24:16). Here, now, is the eternal grandeur of Christ's religion. By the operation of the same principle, when the children of God see him as he is they will become like unto him. Because we grow like those we ardently love.(Geo. "We all, with unveiled face reflecting as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18). Music, as we have it, could not express them. He does not say, "How can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be begotten?". This hope furnishes the best counteractive of the adverse and conflicting influences of the world. (1)By getting a clear notion of what purity really is. It says to you and to me, "If you will you may be God-like, for you are the sons of God. You take a stick and thrust it into water; and because the rays of light pass from one medium to another of a different density, they are refracted, and the stick seems bent; but you take the human life out of the thick, coarse medium of earth and lift it up into the pure rarefied air of heaven, and there is no refraction; it runs straight on! (5)By hearing rebukes for himself, and laying them to heart. Moreover, mystery in these things is merciful. The merchant trades in hope, the husbandman ploughs in hope, and the soldier fights in hope. He does this in a perfectly natural way. Leadership and Covenants (Part Eight), At the end of John 3:3, Jesus makes a revealing statement that contains a significant term: "Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Where is our bondage? There are more failures from the want of faithfulness and skill in the worker than from the want of a good model of the work to be done. Jesus answered and said unto him Not to any express question put by Nicodemus; unless it can be thought, that a question of this kind might be asked, what is the kingdom of God, so much spoken of in thy ministry? You that look for so much in another world may be very well content with a little in this. One by one they shake off all meaner desires, and lay all meaner purposes down, and as they climb toward Him along the various paths of suffering and of duty their hearts are filled with a common hope — to be like Him, and see Him as He is.(Bp. Behold, they go to Him, out of every nation. S. S. Harris.The hope of the Christian is the one worthy, enduring hope that is capable of lifting man above the earth and leading him to heaven. I. Or will the soul be independent of such things? It is delicate work, requiring care and skill. (3)Hence he is simple, natural, and unconstrained. Because it encourages us to believe that the work of our being made like Christ will be accomplished. Here, now, is the eternal grandeur of Christ's religion. 2. You that look for so much in another world may be very well content with a little in this. (5)By hearing rebukes for himself, and laying them to heart. No sooner does he propose one such to himself, and begin to mount toward it, than it begins to lose its excellence as he draws nigh to it, and soon it has no power to hold his affections. II. Does the soul after death require some vehicle of expression, some instrument of action? (Christian Treasury. But here is as great a difficulty as the other. M. Taylor.There is, in one of the valleys of Perthshire, a tree which sprang up on the rocky side of a little brook, where there was no kindly soil in which it could spread its roots, or by which it could be nourished. On what he has promised, and on what he is, his children base their great hope. Word Pictures in the New Testament, "John," p. 44, confirms that gennao is "aorist passive subjunctive" here. M. Taylor.There is, in one of the valleys of Perthshire, a tree which sprang up on the rocky side of a little brook, where there was no kindly soil in which it could spread its roots, or by which it could be nourished. It is not the hope of the man of the world, who considers that he is no worse than others, though, like them, he does neglect Christ. In like manner every grace will be incessantly working, till it has wrought over the heart to its own likeness. But to work out the ideal, to make it real, to get the work just like the perfect pattern, is no easy thing. "Every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." Compared with it, the pouring of the molten iron into the mould seems very easy. (4)Hence he is evermore aspiring after more and more holiness.III. II. Because it creates an atmosphere of life that is death to personal impurity.3. And Jesus, our Elder Brother, has gone before, and opened the way for aspiring man to follow. In this the goodness of this hope consists, and appears still more manifest than in its nature. For a long time it was stunted and unhealthy, but, at length, by what may be called a wonderful vegetable instinct, it has sent a fibre out across a narrow sheep bridge, which was close beside it, and that fixed itself in the rich loam on the opposite bank of the streamlet, whence it drew sap and sustenance, so that it speedily became vigorous.

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