Scripture: John 6:51-71
Last week’s message: Listen to God not people--When you listen to God, He will tell you how to listen to people: parents, husbands and wives, government, church people, bosses, etc.
Law and grace—Grace means favor, kindness, liberality, gift. God’s merciful kindness is the thing which allows him to give and show favor.
Similar in usage to OT word chesed—mercy, kindness.
Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
Mercy—chesed, knowing God’s word is a great mercy and kindness, especially when surrounded by people doing dumb stuff.
The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.
Full of—creation displays God’s mercy, same mercy taught in Scripture. Different revelations of who God is.
Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
Quicken—revive, give me life, restore, nourish. Receiving God’s mercy leads one to want to do God’s word. asks 9 times in this chapter to be quickened, looks to God’s word to do that.
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
Thy face—your gracious disposition. Look on me favorably.
--Having sinful people make you obey them is usually not gracious at all!
2 Samuel 24:14—after David counted the people and gets busted
And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
Fall—put my soul in his hands, prostrate, lay down all volition.
Titus 2:11-12—after verses about obeying authority
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Grace—saving grace. Appeared—shines forth before everyone. Teaching—train, discipline, chasten. Same as chasten in Hebrews 12. Denying—in aorist, once for all, completely root out. Soberly—with self-restraint.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Redeem—buy us out of bondage to iniquity. Peculiar—particular possession, the few on earth who listen to God. No man despise—don’t give a cause for people to despise the message by the unrighteous behavior of the messenger.
1 John 2:3-6
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
Commandments—primarily love and faith. Keep—guard as a precious thing. Walk—the narrow way, not the way the world is going.
1 John 5:1-3
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Love children—evidence you love God. Love for others means treating them as God says to, not as people think they’d like.
Grievous—heavy, burdensome, drudgery. God commands things for our benefit and profit, not to be an authoritarian dictator. If we were perfect they would not be commands; they would be what we were doing.