Luke 9:60 confirms Paul's declaration in a statement by Jesus that illustrates how God perceives the overwhelming majority of people on earth. Hope has a purifying power.1. Cooper, D. D.)Christian hope influencing present Christian lifeW. I.S.V. For all earthly and human ideals are too near the man to last him more than a little while. But the higher we aim the higher we reach. For all earthly and human ideals are too near the man to last him more than a little while. John 1:51 The Greek is plural. Actively, personally, prayerfully, intensely, continually, he aims at the purification of himself, looking to God for aid.(C. (4)By making others his beacons or examples. Taylor. (a) For the first of these. Oh, how all the world would cry shame of such a sordid man! 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. Cooper, D. D.In the moulding room of an iron foundry you may see workmen making in fine sand the moulds into which the molten iron will be poured in a day or two. "Every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." Harris. (3)Hence he is simple, natural, and unconstrained. Oh, how all the world would cry shame of such a sordid man! Because we grow like those we ardently love.(Geo. The act of passing from the limitations and conditions of the transitory life into the solemnities and grandeurs of that future does not alter a man's character, though it may intensify it. John 3:6 Or but spirit; John 3:7 The Greek is plural. Though principally God, yet there is a concurrence between God and thee; and this is grace, when thy will is made active and able to do things, that now the things done by God's grace are attributed to men. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. )Purifying power of hopeGeo. II. And you may be like Him if you will, and see Him as He is." John 1:50 Or Do you believe … ? 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. Hence the purity of the firmament. Because we grow like those we ardently love.(Geo. That which we hope for is conformity to Christ, a pure immaculate state of bliss. Because it creates an atmosphere of life that is death to personal impurity. The Jews call Jesus' statement in John 3:3 a mashal, a difficult saying. 1. It is not a sensual paradise, but a pure sinless state. (Christian Treasury. (It seems to us that the rendering should be, "if it shall be manifested." He that is clothed in filth and rags is not a fit person to converse and live in a court; nor is there anyone who designs the course of his life in such a place but will adorn and dress himself accordingly. Moreover, John uses the idea of birth from God, or by his will supervening on the life of man, and the consequent conference upon it of a new beginning (John 1:13; 1 John 3:9; 1 John 4:7; 1 John 5:1, 4, 18). 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. 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. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Cooper, D. D.)Christian hope influencing present Christian lifeW. 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. (b) The purifying ourselves from the power of sin consists in a vigilant prevention of the acts of sin for the future. Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Singular. II. gives life to the dead." You that look for so much in another world may be very well content with a little in this. S. S. M. The foundations of such high expectations should be strongly laid; and they are strongly laid, even in the grace of God's adopting love. It is a great thing to get a good ideal of life. Born Again or Begotten? As an adult man, he is perplexed by the second occasion of being born. This hope is a Christian grace; and, like every Christian grace, forms part of sanctification, and contributes to its increase and advancement to perfection. All of His "Verily, verily" statements appear in the book of John, and they are used by Christ only when He is about to teach on a profound matter. This is the way to the stars. Spurgeon. WITH ALL THIS THE COMMISSION OF SIN IS INCOMPATIBLE. John 1:51 Gen. 28:12 3. (2)Hence he is never afraid of being too precise. H. But what is the effect of hope in bringing about this purification? 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. And Jesus, our Elder Brother, has gone before, and opened the way for aspiring man to follow. The Christian life on earth is growing in an unkindly soil; and if it could find no better nourishment than that can furnish it would die; but, taught by the Holy Spirit of God, through faith in the resurrection and ascension of the Lord, it sends a rootlet across the river into the better land, and draws from that all the support it needs to keep it fresh and healthy.(W. Now, what that tiny bridge was to the tree, the Resurrection of Christ is to the believer. The book of John also contains a remarkable witness to the fact that Jesus was constantly being misunderstood. (Christian Treasury. The expectation of the promised blessing. 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. Now, what that tiny bridge was to the tree, the Resurrection of Christ is to the believer. (3)Hence he is simple, natural, and unconstrained. But it is not. John 3:3 Spurgeon. (7)By distinctly and vigorously fighting with every known sin.3. Harris. He does this in a perfectly natural way. It would seem, on looking at the manifold array of cleansing elements, applications, gifts, and sacraments, as if God had undertaken it as the great object and crowning mercy of His reign, to effect a solemn purgation of the world. 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. You would think it an unseemly thing to see some rich man, that hath a vast estate, among the poor gleaners in harvest time, as busy to pick up the ears of corn that are left in the field as the most miserable beggar in the company. John W. Ritenbaugh trustworthy; adverbially, surely. Oh, how all the world would cry shame of such a sordid man! You cannot sin as long as you hold His hand. THE TEST OF THAT HOPE. Certainly thy hope is either false, or at best very little.