John goes further and theologically ties together the crucifixion, the resurrection and the exaltation. Nicodemus, of course, could not have been expected to grasp both of these connections at the time.
When we see Jesus Christ, we want to be what He wants us to be. A wish is more definite than w want, which is articulate, something we should wish as more definite, than a want which is inarticulate. A consciousness without action. How we ‘Wish or Want of our Spirit’ starts by understanding our objective focus.
Beware of thinking of will as a faculty. Will simply means the whole nature of ‘self,’ active. We talk of people having a weak will or a strong will, it is a misleading idea. The Disciplining of our Will leads us towards the empowerment of our desires in seeking Christ in our life. Unless we are awakened to that desire, our will only mislead us.
The character and condition, and the present and future destiny, of the pious and the wicked, are described and contrasted, teaching that true piety is the source of ultimate happiness and sin of misery. Contrast is shown in Pslam1 – Righteous vs the Wicked living.
The eye records exactly what it looks at, and our conscience may be called the eye of our soul. A ‘single eye’ is essential to correct understanding spiritually. If the spirit is illuminated by a conscience which has been rightly adjusted, then, says Jesus, the whole body is full of light. Don’t allow Our Divisions in Thinking to make the wrong choices in life.
25 Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he… Read More ›
We have to lay up treasures for ourselves, it is not laid up for us; and we have to lay them up in heaven, not on earth. Where we seek these treasures and determine where we have the Depository of our Thoughts. They must be in the mind of Christ, who laid his thoughts on the Father in heaven.
How does a statement of our Lord fit in with our idea of sanctification? Sanctification must never be made synonymous with purification. How we Discipline in the Shadow of His Dedication to the Father is the benchmark for our life
It is the discipline of a lifetime and we cannot do it all at once. We are absolutely dependent, and yet, strange to say, the last thing we learn spiritually is to make nothing of ourselves. Our Dependence on Christ changes who, what and why we are, which is for the glory of God.