So I always had a little thing that I like to do. Getting some of these verses, the big PFAL verses, and then getting in there, digging them, ripping them apart, tugging them from every angle. Getting to the depth, the meat of it. Because I thought, I believed that maybe I could relive some of the thrill, some of the excitement that Dr. Wierwille was looking at for the first time and it jumped out at him. And I've always been real blessed.
So this is a verse, I realized that I looked at this verse, how many times we’ve quoted it and we’ve talked about it, and it comes up. But I realized that I’d never done that with this verse. So I decided to do it and it totally opened up my eyes with understanding to what God’s word is regarding a certain aspect of our life.
And it’s 3 John, verse 2. Nobody knows this verse, right? You all have to read your Bible to look at it.
3 John 1:2:
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest [what?] prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
And I began to think. Okay, well, now what is God’s heart here? What is involved? Too many times, for most of our believers, being in healthy means not being sick. How limited. For most of them, we say this verse, when we think of this verse we think of two things; money and not going into the hospital. And, you know, that’s right. That’s what nine times out of ten will run through a believer’s mind when thinking about this verse; well, I can make a lot of money and I won’t be in the hospital.
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
1 Corinthians 12:12
King James Version
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
12 For, just as, the body, is one, and yet hath many members, but, all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so, also, the Christ;—
You see, that record in Ephesians 2 that we read, 2:7.
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
It takes the Book of Ephesians to make known the exceeding riches of His grace. No other record in the whole Word makes as distinctively and fully known the exceeding riches of his grace as does the Book of Ephesians. And it’s significant that that is tied together with 3:8.
… am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the… untrackable riches of Christ;
So grace is exceeding all definition. Grace is so fantastically grace that it’s totally untrackable. The conception of the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke, highly favored. Grace.
1:6 of Ephesians.
… he hath made us… [he made us] lovely and acceptable.
He made us acceptable. When you were born into the first family, if it was under the proper arrangement and all of this other stuff, I’m quite confident you were acceptable. As a matter of fact, they were tickled to death you had arrived.
In the new birth, God in Christ hath made us acceptable. Did we deserve coming the first time? We didn’t deserve coming the second time either. It’s grace. The first one is a natural application, the second one is heavenly or divine.
The death and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are remarkably and accurately set forth in the Word of God. There is nothing so wonderful as the great accuracy with which God has set these truths in His Word.
In the Gospel of John, in the 19th chapter, and in the 17th verse, we have one verse of scripture from which people have drawn all of their thinking, all of their actions. Even if their thinking and their actions have been contrary to the rest of the Word of God. So tonight, I'd like to handle with you the cross Jesus Christ bore.