October 07, 2020 – Wednesday
John 3:31-36 NIV
31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.
32 He testifies to what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony.
33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.
34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands.
36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
Verses 22-30 has John the Baptist speaking of and about Jesus. In verses 31-34 (above), most see these words as those of John the Apostle where he sums up what has been said by both Jesus and John the Baptist. And of the verses above our interest or concern is in the last verse where John writes, Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. We should be aware in the last part of these verses has shifted from Jesus’ Messiahship to His Sonship.
In commenting on verse 36, Pett begins by stating, Not to listen to the Son is dangerous indeed. The stakes are eternity in Heaven or eternity in Hell, so Pett is correct in stating, Not to listen to the Son is dangerous indeed. Pett goes on to describe God’s wrath that remain on those who reject the Son, God’s wrath is not anger as we know anger. It is not because He cannot control His feelings. The word is describing His total antipathy to sin and all that sin involves, expressed by judgment on that sin and on the sinner. It is thus steady and unchanging unless the sin is atoned for through the means that He has provided. God provided the atonement for all of our sins. To refuse His offer of Grace is to face His antipathy to sin which cannot cease.
Guzik also sees all of this as very serious or dangerous because, To reject the Son is to reject His gift – grace resulting in eternal life. You can’t tell Him, “I’ll take the gift but reject You.” He then addresses The wrath of God (quoting Morris) which is a concept which is uncongenial to many modern students, and various devices are adopted to soften the expression or explain it away. This cannot be done, however, without doing great violence to many passages of Scripture and without distracting from God’s moral character.” And further quotes Barclary, It is not that God sends wrath upon him; it is that he brings that wrath upon himself.
However, everything returns to the question of believing in the Son, Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. The choices are Believe and have eternal life or Don’t believe and reject the offer of Grace. We have to choose. There is no third or neutral choice. An online Bible reference says it this way, There are only two options: those who turn to Christ in faith will have “eternal life,” and find forgiveness for sin. Those who do not will face judgment. No one is neutral, and no one is exempt. Salvation through Jesus Christ is not an upgrade, it’s a rescue from disaster. I fully concur,
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