And in order that we may know He simply changed worlds, He comes back and shows Himself alive; for He is not here in the world simply to assert truth, but to enact it. One would naturally ask - Why and how is this? And the more we turn away from looking at the dazzling lies which befool and bewilder us, the more shall we see Him whom to see is to live forever. II. "I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord. Life is progressive, and Spiritual life grows in likeness to Christ. Life is an internal principle originating outward and visible characteristics. The great want of the Church today.(J. It was so here. Life is progressive, and Spiritual life grows in likeness to Christ. But nothing on earth can take the place of God in relation to a soul: such a soul is benighted, perishing, lost. What life is it that Christ speaks of when He here says, "I live?" Something must be joined with existence before it gets power.3. Life has the power of assimilation. Practically such life is death, and so He names it. T. Munger.1. In Him — was, is, and ever will be, "the fountain of life" (John 1:4; 1 John 1:2; Psalm 36:9). He is their Surety, Representative, Covenant Head. It is not otherwise in morals. Death as to the body consists in its separation from the soul; the death of the soul lies mainly in the soul's being separated from its God. If the cup of life is full, there is little sense of past or future; the present is enough. A little while, and it will be He, and they, and I, and we shall be together forever.Conclusion: 1. To lift men out of existence into life was Christ's mission.V. And it is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ — which has in this, as in so many other ways, opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. It implies such conviction in the mind of the speaker that there is no need of proof.II. But an assumption is often the strongest kind of argument. Orphanism in the one case may have its loss supplied, but not in the other. The Church is His bride. It is a sufficient reason, for —(1) Christ's life is a proof that His work has accomplished the redemption of His people. Why Because, and in the measure, in which you have "turned away your eyes from seeing vanity." This vision is granted to the disciples. Science may throw no barrier in the way of belief in immortality; nature and the heart of man may suggest clear intimations of a future life; human society may demand another life to complete the suggestions and fill up the lacks of this; but, for some reason, all such proof fails to satisfy us. Keywords. Munger. But what assurance have we that this life of Christ will always continue to be imparted to His people? We cannot even look upon the man Jesus issuing from the tomb, and draw from thence a faith that yields peace. There is no spiritual life on earth apart from Him. HE ASSUMED THE RECEIVED DOCTRINE AND BUILT UPON IT. )The believer's lifeJohn Milne. That vitality must be a reality since nothing has been ever able to extinguish or destroy it. Others may exist, but existence is not life. What pain is to the body, sin is to the spiritual life; and just as our nervous system shrinks from the very touch or contact of pain, so the soul that is in unison with God shrinks from sin as its greatest evil, and the immediate source of all misery.4. But this natural life loses its power and dominion when we believe on Christ. "He that hath my commandments," etc. A life like that of Jesus; a Divine and spiritual life, different from and superior to the physical and its circumstances. We English use "life" in the sense of an existence which has a purpose and makes the most of itself. "When Christ, who is our Life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." And this spiritual life lays hold upon all the elements of nutriment, as these are laid up in Christ, found in the oracles of truth, and at the communion table.3. The mere fact that I shall live tomorrow does not sensibly move me. Happy, surely, are the living disciples of the living Saviour! If there be God's life in man's heart, there must be God's holiness in man's conduct.2. (2) Faith naturally presses forward to a fuller knowledge of Divine things. The birth of the first child was a prelude to the gospel. So it is not until a man begins to use his soul aright that he knows for what it is made. - B.T. An immortal life. Loneliness. John 14:1: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” There are several legitimate ways to translate that verse because in Greek, “believe” in both … With Him there is no shadow of a turning. They saw him in every object around and above them in the gloom of earth and in the glory of heaven; saw him in all the circumstances and trials of life and in the sufferings of death, in nature, providence and redemption. Thus, the best of the heathens longed to exist after death, that they might continue to make progress in all such good as they had begun in this life, in high thoughts and in excellent resolves. When our nearest and dearest are taken from us, how consoling to think the great God our Saviour lives! tense form of a prevailing superstition?" IS HIS ABILITY TO HELP TO THE UTMOST. IN HIS MIND THE INTENSE AND ABSOLUTE CONSCIOUSNESS OF GOD CARRIES WITH IT IMMORTALITY, AS IT DOES THE WHOLE BODY OF HIS TRUTH. It is the same as Christ's own life, of which we have been speaking. Let me make one or two inferences.This life is —. Let us confine our view to one kind of sorrow — BEREAVEMENT, This has in it —. It holds the mind, but does not minister to the heart.2. Tossed about, and yearning for a love which was not to be had, I used to sit alone for hours, and long for, and pray to my mother. 2. What pain is to the body, sin is to the spiritual life; and just as our nervous system shrinks from the very touch or contact of pain, so the soul that is in unison with God shrinks from sin as its greatest evil, and the immediate source of all misery.4. "When Christ, who is our Life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory." And, in point of fact, He is the parent of a race of spiritual men who push human life to its highest capacities of excellence. It is a life of liberty; He has done with servile work, and now reigns on high. The whole bearing of Christ towards death, and His treatment of it, was as one superior to it, and as having no lot nor part in it. The solitude of the soul, where He is, becomes peopled with the whole host of heaven. This self-manifestation of Christ is inseparably connected with a corresponding experience of Divine love. They "reign in life with Him" — in Him (Romans 5:17; Romans 6:8-11; Ephesians 2:5, 6; Colossians 3:1-4; Galatians 2:19, 20). "Ye see Me." 4. He assures them not merely that he would continue to come unto them, but that they would continue to see him - see him even after his departure; and if not, it would be their own fault. And still further to show us how phantasmal death is, He finally departs in all the fullness of life, simply drawing about Himself the thin drapery of a cloud. The vision, which is the consequence of the coming, is as continuous and permanent as the coming. 1. And with that felt, present, unchangeable Christ, both worlds are one. This was specially the case on the Day of Pentecost. Within this universe, at its centre, is world around which all others revolve, the sun of suns, the centre of all systems, whose potency reaches to the uttermost verge, holding them steady to their courses. How different with the conscious, self-measuring spirit of man! THIS LIFE HAS CERTAIN SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS. I. Each man is himself: he can become no other. The true safety of the Church.5. But if the imagination can take in these vast tracts of time, ten millions years hence we shall still exist, each one with his memory, will, and conscious contact, separate from all other beings in our eternal resting place. That death in the flesh, which was the bearing away of the sins of men, was the procuring cause of that "quickening in the Spirit" which followed. "Because He died, we live; because He lives, we live; because He lives" — because He is the living One — "we shall live also!" He is the Creator, and the life of Adam and Eve after the fall depended entirely on the promise of the Redeemer. TO DESTROY ALL POWER THAT IS OPPOSED TO MAN'S REDEMPTION. A Christian is alive —1. THE COMFORT OF A FULLER REALIZATION OF DIVINE FELLOWSHIP. IN A SPECIAL MANNER WITH THE BELIEVER. 2. The mere fact that I shall live tomorrow does not sensibly move me. But what assurance have we that this life of Christ will always continue to be imparted to His people? Scripture: John 1:14–18. The birth of the first child was a prelude to the gospel. Christ never ceases to be the disciple's Ruler and Referee. We will now consider the way in which Christ treated the subject. All that we know is, that there is some principle within that looks through the. joy!" He will manifest as we believe and love. 1. That a body of truth all interwoven and suffused with life is based upon an illusion of life? A happy life. 3. Gulfs of millions of miles lie between me and it. If he told his heart's truth, he would reply, "Jesus.". How little the world knows, or can conceive, of the "coming, the indwelling of the Holy Ghost." He never makes a straight assertion of it except once, when the Sadducees pressed Him with a quibbling argument against the resurrection. All systems, hierarchies, and empires shall be dissolved; but the man that has the life of God in his heart has the immortality of God as his prerogative. THE EVIDENCES OF THIS LIFE. A life in union with God (Romans 8:6-8). III. (1) We live because He lives. Man's spirit lives more in the past and in the future than in the present, exactly in the degree in which it makes the most of itself. And with these longings they believed that they would then exist after all when this life was over. IS HIS ABILITY TO HELP TO THE UTMOST. In your homes, whether your tables be covered with all the luxuries, or merely with the necessaries of life, "ye are to do all to the glory of God."III. He did not stop with saying, "I will not leave," etc., but proceeded to say, "I come," etc. When He entered on His ministry He found certain imperfect or germinal truths existing in Jewish theology. 3. And thus we are brought to the fundamental fact that HE CONNECTED LIFE OR IMMORTALITY WITH CHARACTER. The proof that a man is no Christian is, that he is no missionary. The true distinction between the Church and the world.4. But, as it is, the whole of the New Testament after Pentecost is aflame with the consciousness of a present Christ working amongst His people. He found a doctrine of immortality, held as mere future existence. Spiritual life. His resurrection and celestial life are undoubted proofs that the sentence adjudging us to death was repealed, and the influence that was necessary to make us live was sent forth. This is a self-manifestation of Christ. and remain in His love. But, morally, the unregenerate are ever distant from Him — alienated in sympathy, purpose and … "Ye in me," etc. Read another emphasis on that "you." The life of the believer is the same in nature as Christ's; the same in duration. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. There is no spiritual life on earth apart from Him. At present this higher life is only in its infancy. "Thou God seest me" is the constant feeling of the Christian.2. Their life as united with his. (John 8:44) “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. WHAT CHRIST'S WORDS DO MEAN. He not only gave us the true law, BUT WAS HIMSELF A PERFECT ILLUSTRATION OF IMMORTALITY, and even named Himself by it — the Life. It has changed its forms, varied its circumstances, altered its doctrines, but has maintained in every period of its history its inward life. The true secret and source of ministerial success.2. We cannot even look upon the man Jesus issuing from the tomb, and draw from thence a faith that yields peace. And if there be life in man's soul, that life will adjust itself; will not be conquered by, but will conquer its circumstances. (2) The infinite cause of their life. O. THIS LIFE HAS CERTAIN SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS. Satan will attack you, and his weapons are deadly, but you shall foil him at all points. Only He who could say, "I will come to you" as none other comes, as He came to Martha and Mary at Bethany; only He can say, "I will not leave you comfortless.". II. He was the Prisoner of death, but only for a short time, and that by his own permission. O. Thompson.Christ is the basis of —I. When Christ speaks of eternal life, He does not mean future endless existence; but fullness or perfection of life. The fact that there are millions of Christians who live by faith in Him under the dispensation of the Spirit, proves the reality of His life, of its continuance and power. I. "Ye shall live also." "Join thyself," says , "to the eternal God, and thou wilt be eternal."(T. Things will then be better! There is no room for any fear with regard to the great changes of the future. For if there be a thing on the whole earth which Jesus will not have it is an orphaned heart. (2) To be abundantly grateful. A heart which bore the agony, shame, desertion of His disciples must be always warm towards those whose salvation He seeks. When he puts his life into harmony with God's laws; when he begins to pray; when he clothes himself with the graces of Christian faith and conduct, when he begins to live unto his spiritual nature, he begins to realize what life is — a reality that death and time cannot touch. Plato and Cicero discourse of immortality with a certain degree of warmth, but their countrymen get little comfort from it. And it is of this after time that He says, "Because I live, ye shall live also." He has been speaking of sending that "other Comforter," who is no gift wafted to us as from the other side of a gulf; but by reason of the unity of the Godhead, Christ and the Spirit whom He sends are, though separate, so indissolubly united that where the Spirit is, there is Christ, and where Christ is, there is the Spirit. "Who will show us any good?" The only relic I had was a little piece of her silk dress, and this I preserved as my dearest treasure. The fact that there are millions of Christians who live by faith in Him under the dispensation of the Spirit, proves the reality of His life, of its continuance and power. He feels no need of examining the evidences or balancing proofs. And the more the spirit makes of its powers and resources, the more earnestly does it desire prolonged existence. 4. And if there be life in man's soul, that life will adjust itself; will not be conquered by, but will conquer its circumstances. Subscribe to receive regular updates delivered FREE to your inbox! THE EVIDENCES OF THIS LIFE. 3. Or would you ask for John Bunyan, or for Wesley or Whitefield? He is still proclaiming, "As I live, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked." But it is meant to be like the great principle of gravitation which controls the planet and the pebble. Believe, and you shall know. At present this higher life is only in its infancy. He found a doctrine of immortality, held as mere future existence. It was Christ's realization of the living God that rendered His conviction of eternal life so absolute. Is not this evidence of a Divine presence — of a Divine power? John 1:14–18 (ESV) 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Not physical; for in God we live and move, etc. But the rich man is no happier than the poor one. Of what value is the mere adding of days to days if they are full of sin? Within this universe, at its centre, is world around which all others revolve, the sun of suns, the centre of all systems, whose potency reaches to the uttermost verge, holding them steady to their courses. And this Divine love is the sweetest and most powerful medium through which Christ manifests himself. The reason why the hands of the clock move may be found first in a certain wheel which operates upon them, but if you go to the primary cause of all, you reach the mainspring, or the weight, which is the source of all the motion. His advent postulated the continuance of the race. "Because I live, ye shall live also." Of all the bereaved in the whole world, there is none so bereft as that man of whatever happy circle he may be, who cannot look up to heaven, and say, "My Father." III. Place the Christian in the palace with Pharaoh, or in the dungeon with Joseph, and he can breathe the atmosphere of the one just as he can the other. eye, that hears through the ear, that feels through the touch, that enables me to walk, to speak, and to hold converse with society around me. "And ye shall live also." Death was no leap in the dark to Him; it was simply a door leading into another mansion of God's great house. you will remain in My love, Thanks Sr. Ann. Life is sensible of pain. "He ever liveth to make intercession."III. On the cross and in the grave he was coming unto them; and he was coming nearer and nearer unto them in all the trials and dangers of after-life. 2. O. What shall I do without that love, that counsel?". He is the Creator, and the life of Adam and Eve after the fall depended entirely on the promise of the Redeemer. Cumming, D. D.)Immortality as taught by the ChristT. Yet how much has been crowded into it. Conclusion: The history of the Church that has possessed this vital principle has been throughout a very painful but a very triumphant one. "Tri Unity" Sermon: John 14:18-24 “Tri Unity” [John 14:18-24] February 5, 2017 Second Reformed Church. Hollow joys, roses whose thorns last long after the petals have dropped, real sorrow, shows and shams, bitternesses and disappointments — are not these our life, in so far as Christ has been driven out of it? But my faith is not only eye, but hand, and not only beholds but grasps. A royal life. O. - BE COMFORTED - John 14:1-3 . IV. HE ASSUMED THE RECEIVED DOCTRINE AND BUILT UPON IT. THE RISEN LIFE in glory, to all eternity. It is everlasting life; He has done with death. When Christ speaks of eternal life, He does not mean future endless existence; but fullness or perfection of life. But it is meant to be like the great principle of gravitation which controls the planet and the pebble. THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO. In the same way, Jesus communes with us. Life is communicative. 2. Sermon John 14:23-29 Peace I Leave with You. Reflections:(1) Apart from Christ, the Christian can do nothing. And this spiritual life lays hold upon all the elements of nutriment, as these are laid up in Christ, found in the oracles of truth, and at the communion table.3. He inquired of Luther what he meant by "vivit?" To the presence of God. This is the word employed by our Lord and by St. Paul. One you loved, and with whom you were almost hourly in converse, has passed away. In some of the cathedrals of Europe, on Christmas eve, two small lights, typifying the Divine and human nature, are gradually made to approach one another until they meet and blend, forming a bright flame. They were afraid that his death would involve their death, and they would naturally and sadly ask - What will become of us, of our fond hopes, dreams, and aspirations? FOR THESE FOUR WRETCHEDNESSES, CHRIST IS THE ONLY ANTIDOTE — "I will come to you." We know not what life is. "All power is given unto Me" (Ephesians 1:20-22). Cumming, D. D.1. Hence, when there is an overpowering, all-possessing sense of God as there was in Christ, truth takes on absolute forms; hence it was that He spoke with authority. But what is the believer's life of which Christ speaks, when He says, "Ye shall live also." Let me make one or two inferences.This life is —1. "What might have been interpreted as the unfolding of a great tragedy on Good Friday was now seen as giving a comic ending. What has been may be. Sermon Notes for John 14:18 Next Section ... which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Eloquence and orthodoxy may make a convinced or an enlightened, but they cannot make a living Church.I. So Christ is lost as an actual power in life. The Christian cannot see pain he does not wish to alleviate; ignorance he does not wish to enlighten; death in trespasses and sins to which he would not communicate a portion of his own spiritual life.II. It instructs us to admire —(1) The condescension of Christ. O. Thompson.Christ is the basis of —I. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you. It is proper to ask here, "Is it probable that Christ was mistaken? He will indeed bow his head in obedience to the physical laws of the humanity He shares, but already He enters the gates of Paradise, not alone but leading a penitent child of humanity by the hand. Most people before they become drunkards have had some sickness of mind or body preying upon them; but do not fly from your great trouble to drink. And in Christ we have both — the human omen and the Divine promise turned into fact. A holy life. Their fellowship with the Father. Others may continue to exist, but continuance is not immortality. If they perish, they perish altogether. He not only gave us the true law, BUT WAS HIMSELF A PERFECT ILLUSTRATION OF IMMORTALITY, and even named Himself by it — the Life. Its progress is illimitable, because the principle itself is infinite.6. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. His manifestation in the flesh was comparatively small, and only introductory to the great spiritual manifestation of himself in the soul and in the spirit of humanity. (1) It is possible to have an interest in Christ without fully knowing it at the time. Sermon Week Sixth Sunday of Easter Cycle A. Scripture Summary John 14:18. His treatment of this doctrine was not so much corrective as accretive. A heart which bore the agony, shame, desertion of His disciples must be always warm towards those whose salvation He seeks.II. 3. A holy life. When a man is cast out of society, and swears in is despair, "I will now do all the evil I can and spite them," if a friend tap him on the shoulder, saying, "Brother, why despair of yourself? Senses may deceive; my faith, built upon His Word, cannot deceive. A Christian is alive —. Life is progressive, and Spiritual life grows in likeness to Christ. It is the same in its origin. Life is an internal principle originating outward and visible characteristics. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. He found a doctrine of sin and righteousness turning upon external conduct; He transferred it to the heart and spirit. That vitality must be a reality since nothing has been ever able to extinguish or destroy it. T. The Christian cannot see pain he does not wish to alleviate; ignorance he does not wish to enlighten; death in trespasses and sins to which he would not communicate a portion of his own spiritual life.II. The soul has broken away from its Father, not its Father from it. "He was a good Man, an original Teacher, But He offended the religion and society leaders of His day, and they secured His crucifixion." Is not this evidence of a Divine presence — of a Divine power? True, the believer's natural life is like that of all other men: one of sin, misery, without God, without hope under wrath, on the way to everlasting woe. That it will go on forever is a matter of course, but it is not the important feature of the truth.IV. Christ works in us through His Holy Spirit, who dwelleth in us evermore. 3. Now it is so with spiritual life.2. ", I. THE RENEWED LIFE. We are "a royal priesthood."4. "The Father hath given to Him to have life in Himself; so that He quickeneth whom He will." (3) How great will appear at last the guilt of those who reject Christ, when they shall learn that even their bodily life has depended upon Him, and that, being destitute of His Spirit, they are none of His. What that result was upon four men of very different types of character we may gather from the reports of the Life of Christ which are given us by the evangelists. II. There is an undertone of sadness in his announcement of this. All your new nature shall thoroughly, eternally live. He stands steadily upon life, life endless by its own Divine nature. Luther answered, "Jesus lives; and if He did not live I would not care to live an hour." "I live." 4. Brown, D. D.)The Christian's life forceL. 2. IN A SPECIAL MANNER WITH THE BELIEVER. Hence the apostle says, "Ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God;" and the believer answers, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live." His life is royal life — the life of "the King of kings and Lord of lords" (Psalm 21:1-7; Isaiah 53:10). Because He continues to live, His disciples shall continue to live also. "All power is given unto Me" (Ephesians 1:20-22). What life is it that Christ speaks of when He here says, "I live?" IV. That it will go on forever is a matter of course, but it is not the important feature of the truth.IV. We are prone to think that Christianity is a thing for the Bible, for the Sunday, for the Church merely. 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