There must be plainest teaching. It is not in harmony with the other voices of the world, but introduces a discord with other utterance, as students of history criticise the record. W. Robertson, M. A. Self-forgetful living is the first element in such testimony.2. prophet, 400 years before) states (4:5) that before the great and terrible day of the Lord, God would send Elijah the prophet to restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. The question arose, doubtless, as to whether the New Teacher was orthodox. This inquiry was pointed and particular. The Bible is crowded out by the multiplication of books, the very best of which is not to be named beside it.II. Self-forgetful living is the first element in such testimony. 2. AN ORDINANCE, NOT AN OUTGROWTH. The medium was nothing; the message was everything.(H. The Voice of One Crying Out in the Wilderness - (Jn 1:23) "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness," (Jn 1:23). He wasn’t trying to hang onto them for himself or to build a following or a legacy to “John the Baptist Ministries, International.” John’s motto was (John 3:30), “He must increase, but I must decrease.” It’s a good rule to keep in mind when you get a chance to talk about spiritual things. What is the source of your identity? Retail: $49.99. JOHN BELIEVED IN PROPHECY. "Behold the Lamb of God," etc. The voice of Christ speaks to you to-day. The messenger didn’t call attention to himself, but to the coming king. The law of its appointment was such in John the Baptist, and is to be such in our living. But the proclamation of the coming of the King in His glory is still a surprise. 2. Browse Sermons on 1 John 3:2. It was his to announce the Messiah's approach, and to direct the attention of Israel to the coming in lowly guise of Israel's King. These parallel and coincident offices are —I. As if he had said, "I am the mouthpiece of one proclaiming."1. But such talk only deceives us and drives us into utter ruin (see also, Calvin, 2:8:54; 3:7:5; 3:8). In this the Baptist was not wholly singular. There the prophet should cry aloud and spare not (Isaiah 58:1).III. The world has now become accustomed to the story of redemption. A. John believing in prophecy REGARDED HIMSELF AS THE FULFILMENT OF IT. His testimony, however otherwise disagreeable, showed that he was loyal to the traditions of his religion and country. II. First, John probably knew that some Jews were expecting the literal Elijah, who did not die but was carried to heaven in a fiery chariot, to return in a spectacular way from heaven. From varying motives - in some cases with spiritual yearning, in other cases with political expectation - the Jews turned anxiously towards every personage of distinction and influence who arose among the people. W. Robertson, M. A. Apparently the religious delegation asked John if he were the Christ (the Messiah), or at least John sensed that it was implicitly behind their question, “Who are you?” The apostle John piles up phrases to indicate that the Baptist vigorously denied that he was the Christ (1:20): “and he confessed and did not deny, but confessed, ‘I am not the Christ.’” It’s as if the apostle John is saying, “I myself heard him confess and not for one instant deny, and this is what he confessed, that he is not the Christ.” The Baptist’s strong reply left no room for further questioning along those lines. John was not attacking Jewish people or what was right and good in Judaism. John 20:19-23. (1)The world's enlightenment;(2)The subjugation of men;(3)The saving of the world.II. What answer will you give?(S. If you take a blind man into a picture-gallery, what good do you do? And on the back, there’s a picture of a cannon firing a bowling ball at the set of pins. 2. 2. There was the simplicity of sincerity in this man. The words are of God, though ours be the voice. Because of John’s frequent use of this term, some have accused him of being anti-Semitic. God lives in and of Himself (John 5:26; Psalms 36:9). He said, 'In coming along I saw a crowd at a shop door in Argyle Street. Dr. Andrew A. Bonar in "Christian Growth," an address to Christians at Glasgow, said: "Some years ago, a zealous and devoted eider, now gone to glory, was pushing his way one evening to be in time for a workers meeting. Soon shall we forget the ingratitude of earth.II. The intellectual classes were ostentatiously sceptical (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8).II. And may I add to this thought, the very tone of such a voice is of God.III. There was the simplicity of sincerity in this man. As if he had said, "I am the mouthpiece of one proclaiming. How to Experience Good Days (in the Midst of Bad Ones) Sermon Message. W. Burgoyne, B. John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah. That is the way to preach Christ. The point of the quotation is that it gives no prominence to the preacher whatever (Morris, p. 137). In fact, he was too great to wish to be aught but the herald and the servant of him who was to come. The beauty of the pictures is there, but the man is unaffected by it; its way into the man's soul has not been made straight. Browse Sermons on John 9:1-23. Its origin is traced to mystery. Directive.4. There was the simplicity of sincerity in this man. If He wants to make a weed, that does not take Him long: if He wants to make an oak, that is more tedious business; if He wants to save a world it takes Him longer still. 1. John believing in prophecy REGARDED HIMSELF AS THE FULFILMENT OF IT. By offering Himself as the substitute for sinners, Jesus will forgive the sins of all that trust in Him. Browse Sermons on 3 John 1. To point people to Christ, we need to join John in esteeming ourselves less and exalting Christ more. Nothing like having a good friend. 19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders [] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. A. John denied that he was this literal Elijah. And he said, I am the voice of one crying in the. THE QUALITY OF THE VOICE.1. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on 3 John 1. “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said” (John 1:23). so it is, with the people and Jesus.(H.W. If the man in the picture-gallery is only covering his eyes with his hands, he is as good as blind; and if the people in the concert-room are only putting their fingers into their ears, they are as good as deaf. W. Robertson, M. A. Or was he "the prophet," less definitely designated? It is a great trouble to some people to believe in the Jewish prophets. Religious sinners are often the most difficult to reach for Christ, because they are proud of their religion and blind to their pride. There was the simplicity of sincerity in this man. To buy a Bible and treasure it as an ornament is good as far as it goes; but the book must be read so as to be remembered if it is to be of service. Directive.4. Spurgeon. They knew him as he "tabernacled" among them. Fourth, whatever your gifts and calling, you can do as John did and point people to Jesus. John the Baptist did not attach disciples to himself. AN ORDINANCE, NOT AN OUTGROWTH. Directive.4. — Losing the solaces of an earthly home, he found in God an everlasting portion. Finally, ALL THIS IS COMBINED IN TESTIMONY. The times were ripe for the advent of the promised Deliverer; John evidently possessed a spiritual authority, a popular power, such as Israel had not seen for many a generation. To buy a Bible and treasure it as an ornament is good as far as it goes; but the book must be read so as to be remembered if it is to be of service. The motive of its fulfilment is of God.2. — Losing the solaces of an earthly home, he found in God an everlasting portion. John Calvin (The Institutes of the Christian Religion [Westminster Press], ed. The herald's work will have little accumulation of visible results. A. The people were sunk in social and moral degradation (Matthew 3:8; Luke 7:7-14). If the man in the picture-gallery is only covering his eyes with his hands, he is as good as blind; and if the people in the concert-room are only putting their fingers into their ears, they are as good as deaf. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! NIV Faith and Work Bible, hardcover. Your opening line is (Luke 3:7), “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” A ministry consultant might tell you that you need to improve your public image! This surely would have been offensive to the racially and religiously proud Jews. The people were sunk in social and moral degradation (Matthew 3:8; Luke 7:7-14). But again, John’s answer was not ambiguous: “I am not.”. Self-forgetful living is the first element in such testimony.2. 36:25; 37:23; Zech. Soon shall we forget the ingratitude of earth.II. TO BID MEN GET READY FOR HIM. So it was, alas! God's will is that men should do His will willingly. Whitelaw, M. A.I. And then, one day a delegation of nicely-dressed fellows from the religious “big boys” in Jerusalem arrives to check you out. W. Burgoyne, B. A.I. The medium was nothing; the message was everything.(H. )Only a voiceS. The townspeople would hurry out to clear away the obstacles and fill in the washed out parts of the road to smooth the way for the king’s coming. O. It was a sign to point people to the coming of the Messiah (John 1:31). That we may rightly fulfil this most responsible office, let us look at the outline of his work. Is there a legitimate place for pride in our (or our kids’) accomplishments. Metaphorically: in the moral desert of Judaea Israel was a wilderness, and Zion a desolation. Those who are not Christians. You don’t quite blend in with the mainstream of your culture! and at his invitation visited him and abode with him. Christian workers, make it true in your own experience that ye are for Christ without qualification; and let man be helped by the testimony that springs from this deep sincerity. He pointed to the Lamb of God, and his disciples left him and followed Jesus.3. And may I add to this thought, the very tone of such a voice is of God.III. There could be several answers. THE QUALITY OF THE VOICE.1. Heaven, not earth, is its source. If God had compelled men to prepare that would have ensured the frustration of His purposes. JOHN HAD LEARNED TO READ HIS BIBLE. John 1:23. God's will is that men should do His will willingly. The reward of fidelity is equally of Divine ordinance — does not come by natural outgrowth. John 1:23. W. Burgoyne, B. A.I. )Make the paths straightH.W. IT IS THE INSTRUMENTALITY OF ANOTHER'S INDIVIDUALITY. God's ways in grace are as regular and as orderly as his ways in providence. So it was, alas! JOHN HAD LEARNED TO READ HIS BIBLE. H. Tyng, D. D.)Self out of sight in the preacherRev. There was a large picture in the hands of the auctioneer; and he, with great skill, was holding it up to view; and, standing behind his picture so as to be completely hid, was inviting the attention of the company to every remarkable point in the painting. 2. John and Andrew, when the Baptist directed their attention to Jesus, inquired of him, "Where dwellest thou?" It is not in harmony with the other voices of the world, but introduces a discord with other utterance, as students of history criticise the record. Look at the Book. Submission: Training for Exiles. God himself will serve us. And may I add to this thought, the very tone of such a voice is of God. In the study following that, we will see how he pointed his own disciples to Jesus. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Our Price: $26.99 Save: $23.00 (46%) Buy Now. It is not every man who, being asked who and what he is, can turn to the Scripture and find the answer there. There the prophet should cry aloud and spare not (Isaiah 58:1).III. Taking his place in the meeting, he noticed how the conversation was going on, and rose to give a word. Burgoyne. But surprisingly, thousands are flocking out there to hear you preach. MacKey. )A minister's workC. Its origin is traced to mystery. ", 1. A. God prepared the world for this by the ministry of the Baptist. The Old Testament prophets often performed symbolic acts to make their message more vivid. The imagery was that before a king would visit a town, a messenger would go before him to announce his coming. Authoritative.3. Metaphorically: in the moral desert of Judaea Israel was a wilderness, and Zion a desolation. H. Tyng, D. D.)Self out of sight in the preacherRev. That we may rightly fulfil this most responsible office, let us look at the outline of his work. Heaven, not earth, is its source. All the while I never got a glimpse of the man himself. 2. Christian workers, make it true in your own experience that ye are for Christ without qualification; and let man be helped by the testimony that springs from this deep sincerity.1. The Hope of Israel survived only in the breasts of a few (Luke 1:25). [⇑ See verse text ⇑] John the Baptist makes one crystal-clear claim to fulfill Old Testament prophecy. Browse Sermons on 1 John 1:5. John 9:1-23 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind. As if he had said, "I am the mouthpiece of one proclaiming."1. Authoritative.3. I. I do not think we often question respecting the course and testimony of Christ's forerunner—whereunto served it? And because of that, he clearly pointed the religious bigwigs to Jesus. The waiter brings out his order, he eats the sandwich, then pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter. “HOW TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD” John 1:1-12 FBCF – 10/25/20 Jon Daniels INTRO – WELCOME TO FRIEND DAY! O. If you take a blind man into a picture-gallery, what good do you do? All the while I never got a glimpse of the man himself. Lonely.2. AN ORDINANCE, NOT AN OUTGROWTH. Those three points outline John 1:19-51: In 1:19-28, John testifies that he is not the Light; in 1:29-34, he bears witness to the Light; and, in 1:35-51, we see John’s witness bear fruit as several of his disciples believe in Jesus and begin to follow Him (C. H. Dodd, cited by James Boice, The Gospel of John [Zondervan], one-volume ed., pp. The "voice" brings awareness of "the word," which people are then expected to respond to. The world will always give us opportunities to esteem ourselves more highly than we ought, but those who are growing in godliness see themselves as unworthy slaves (Luke 17:10). Authoritative.3. “Wilderness” here may have a spiritual allusion to the barren state of the Jewish religion (J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels [Baker], 3:51). The breath of God is the power by which our work is accomplished. 1. Spurgeon. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern’s Sermons Hymn Lists. The world will ask, “Are you the Christ?” While they may not go so far as to answer “yes,” there are plenty of self-inflated preachers who will say, “No, I’m not the Christ, but I’m glad that you noticed the resemblance!” “Well, then, are you Elijah or the Prophet?” “Well, you could say that I’m a lot like them. Before John there was Isaiah. 1. Directive.4. "Make straight the way." No man is what he himself thinks he is. The Hope of Israel survived only in the breasts of a few (Luke 1:25). Pride: The Jews could not bring themselves to confess their need of a Saviour. THE PROPHETIC VOICE IS SUITABLE FOR AND DEMANDED BY THE SPIRITUAL WASTES OF SOCIETY. The intellectual classes were ostentatiously sceptical (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8).II. TO BID MEN GET READY FOR HIM. You look for soil, there is scarcely any to be seen; and yet that gnarled root has fastened its tenacious grasp on the bare stone, and tossed its green branches in the air, as if it needed nothing but the breath of heaven for its support. Although our names may not be in the Bible, we are as much a part of God's plan as John was. John the Baptist preached a single sermon, twice the same day; but while he had that sermon he needed no new one. John may also have seen his baptism as a rite of prophetic symbolism. It is a great trouble to some people to believe in the Jewish prophets.III. He pointed to the Lamb of God, and his disciples left him and followed Jesus.3. Believe, then, that as truly as God sent the Baptist He sent you. So it was, alas! He pointed to the Lamb of God, and his disciples left him and followed Jesus.3. It is not every man who, being asked who and what he is, can turn to the Scripture and find the answer there. 2:24-26. That we may rightly fulfil this most responsible office, let us look at the outline of his work. God prepared the world for this by the ministry of the Baptist. If God had compelled men to prepare that would have ensured the frustration of His purposes. God prepared the world for this by the ministry of the Baptist. To buy a Bible and treasure it as an ornament is good as far as it goes; but the book must be read so as to be remembered if it is to be of service. Soon shall we forget the ingratitude of earth.II. A commonly used phrase is "born again Christian"... a. So this soul flourished where less hardy spirits would have starved, and breathed freely the atmosphere of heaven while yet upon earth.(F. Self-forgetful living is the first element in such testimony.2. The intellectual classes were ostentatiously sceptical (Matthew 22:23; Acts 23:8).II. In this the Baptist was not wholly singular. JOHN BELIEVED IN PROPHECY. 3:11-12; Luke 3:16-17). To do that, we have to clear away the obstacles of sin and fill in the ruts of ritualism that have robbed us of reality with God. The voice of Christ speaks to you to-day. '"An uncouth messenger, but a glorious messageH. so it is, with the people and Jesus.(H.W. That was man's work. '", An Uncouth Messenger, But a Glorious Message, An uncouth messenger, but a glorious message. )Make the paths straightH.W. We’re on a mission to change that. Self-forgetful living is the first element in such testimony.2. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 2. Which is a really an incorrect distinction, for all true Christians have been “born again” But what does it mean to be “born again”? One so honourable as the Baptist yet deemed himself unworthy to serve the meek and lowly . The Search of the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20), 1. And the result will be just the same if the blindness and deafness are not natural but assumed. Finally, ALL THIS IS COMBINED IN TESTIMONY. Peter and Andrew knew his meaning, and comprehended that there was more in his utterance than even the words had phrased. MacKey. The voice of Christ speaks to you to-day. Burgoyne.This is what the sun says. John 20:1-10. Christians that they may bear their testimony to the manifested and coming King.2. Are you Elijah?” It was a good guess. Three great barriers.1. He is incorporeal, or without body (Luke 24:39). Three great barriers.1. It runs counter to all human plans of development, is contradictory to the pride and self-confidence of men, and stands in the same relation to our ministry as did the coming of Christ as a Redeemer to that of the Baptist. Leon Morris (pp. THE PROPHETIC VOICE IS SUITABLE FOR AND DEMANDED BY THE SPIRITUAL WASTES OF SOCIETY. They take you aside and ask, “Who are you?” It could be a bit threatening if you weren’t sure of your calling and your message! Self, out of sight — Christ held forth. 3:7-12). 2. John’s baptism was unique. W. Burgoyne, B. Rather, as D. A. Carson points out (The Gospel According to John [Apollos/Eerdmans], p. 142), he was trying “to controvert those who have so failed to appreciate their own heritage that they have failed to see its fulfillment in Jesus Christ.”. The Hope of Israel survived only in the breasts of a few (Luke 1:25). 11:14; 17:11). So when the religious leaders in Jerusalem heard about John’s popularity, they decided that they had better check him out. It is a great trouble to some people to believe in the Jewish prophets.III. It is not in harmony with the other voices of the world, but introduces a discord with other utterance, as students of history criticise the record. WHERE THE VOICE CRIED. Now He was to arise with healing in His wings. There the prophet should cry aloud and spare not (Isaiah 58:1). O. MacKey.A lady, who was in Richmond at the time of the siege, tells of the delight with which she received a note torn from a soldier's pocketbook, and grimed all over with gunpowder; but which assured of the safety of the town. God has called you to preach, even though you haven’t had any formal training. John was pretty blunt in his witness, as was Jesus (Matt. — Losing the solaces of an earthly home, he found in God an everlasting portion. Like a single trunk of an Alpine tree rising solitary from between the interstices of some lonely rock and throwing its branches over the cataract.