This evening’s Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church focuses on John 16:5-16. In verse 14 Jesus writes, “He [the Holy Spirit] will bring glory to me by taking from wht is mine and making it known to you.” My concluding thought on the passage:
How is Jesus glorified in this? He is glorified by the Spirit drawing to Christ those for whom he died. He is glorified by the Spirit working in them to shape their lives to be like his. He is glorified as, in the last day, he is joined to his bride, the church, beautifully dressed for her husband and Lord. What the Spirit is doing in you this week through the Word and sacraments is bringing glory to Jesus!
“In the story of the faultfinding when the people ran short of water, it was not the Lord who put the people to the test. In fact, it was just the other way around. Israel was testing the Lord, saying: ‘Is the Lord in our midst or not?’ This challenge was to force the Lord to show His love in the way they saw fit. Such a challenge was born of unbelief, not faith.” (S. G. DeGraaf, Promise and Deliverance, Vol. 1, p. 288).
“. . . the rock is. . . expressly called ‘Christ.’ What Israel was given to eat and to drink was not merely an incidental miraculous food and drink, but was taken up in the great context of the divine work of redemption in Christ.” (Herman Ridderbos, Paul: An Outline of His Theology, p. 420).
Helpful quotes that I came across in preparing for tomorrow’s message at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
“All the ethical admonition, comfort, and power that radiate from this farewell have no other purpose than that the church on earth should understand itself as belonging to him in heaven and that it should abide in him as he abides in its members. In this the church, together with Jesus—in accordance with an ancient depiction of the people of God—appears as the vine and the branches in which he, responding to the church’s faith and prayer, its life under his word, its affliction, and its calling in the world, will prove himself to be the Living One.” (Herman Ridderbos, The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary, p. 483).
In the process of preparing for a study on John 15 I came across this.
Calvin explains these simple but profound words from the angel to Joseph: “Call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
“Christ saves, he delivers us from sins. This deliverance consists of two parts. Having made a complete atonement, he brings us a free pardon, which delivers us from condemnation to death, and reconciles us to God. Again, by the sanctifying influences of his Spirit, he frees us from the tyranny of Satan, that we may live ‘unto righteousness,’ (2 Peter 2:24).” (John Calvin, Commentary on the Gospels at Matthew 1:21).
The 101 Bible Study meets Friday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m., in a home in the Astoria area. We will look at what God revealed to Joseph in a dream.