By Robert Guenther
We are continuing the review of the Gospel of John chapter three. We will consider verses 31-36. John the Baptist ministry was to reveal the Christ of God to the leaders of Israel. John is finding this to be a difficult task as the leaders wanted to elevate him instead of the Son of God.
Verse 31 states: "He That cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He That cometh from heaven is above all." John the Baptist is of the earth and Christ is that one sent from the heavens. John is speaking about the Lord, but Christ is the Word who has His authority from heaven.
Verse 32 states: "And what He hath seen and heard, that He testifieth; and no man receiveth His testimony." This is an example where the expression "no man" or a better translation would be "no one" does not mean everyone without exception. The next verse clearly states that there is a seal put upon those who did believe. The main thought is that those who were in a position of leadership refused to believe the Lords own testimony concerning him. And as a result of this unbelief it kept others from hearing the testimony that this is the very Christ that was sent from God.
Verse 33 reads; "He that hath received His testimony hath set to his seal that God is true." When a person believes in the Christ of God, he is sealed in him. This knowledge and understanding helps us to want to live for Him.
Verse 34: "For He Whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him." Christ knew and understood whatever the Father knew. Christ was not limited in that knowledge and He shared those Truths with those who would listen. Christ was sent (commissioned or was an apostle) and spoke God words.
Verse 35: "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand." In other words we should understand that God the Father has such a high regard for the Son of God that whatever authority the Father has over His creation, this same authority has been given over to the Christ of God. Complete equality with God the Father in all things.
Verse 36: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him."
The choice seems clear to us who believe. If we accept what is written about the Christ, we shall see resurrection life. If we refuse to believe, for whatever reason, then we will not have life in resurrection. Have you considered this question about who is the Son of God? Believe that Christ is the Creator and Savior and live for Him.