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Expositor: Josef Urban / Text: John 1:9-11 / Series: The Gospel of John / Type: Sermon
Do you abide in darkness or do you walk in the light? The ‘true light’ is the real, genuine, authentic and ultimate self-revelation of God to man—the full & perfect revelation of God. Christ is the apex of redemptive history. To receive Him and His testimony is to receive the light. But our natural, fallen inclination will always be to reject the light. Sin corrupts the will and bends it toward a preference for the darkness. And that’s why no amount of external light alone will ever change our hearts. We need what Jonathon Edwards called, "A Divine & Supernatural Light, Immediately Imparted to the Soul by the Spirit of God.” We need the internal light of the new creation to shine in our hearts by the effective working of a supernatural work of the Spirit, to blast out the darkness of our inbred love for sin, and to open our eyes to see the saving truth of Christ.
Expositor: Josef Urban / Text: John 1:6-8 / Series: The Gospel of John / Type: Sermon
In our exposition of the Gospel According to John, we come now to verses 6-13. These verses introduce a major theme of the whole book of John: the “cosmic trial motif.” The entire book of John positions the gospel narrative within a forensic framework; under the rubric of a legal context; within a judicial setting. The historic advent of the Messiah is presented like a lawsuit of cosmic proportions. It presents the story of Jesus and the world as a factual divine drama, and it informs us that God’s end-time verdict of judgment in its multiformity utterly depends on how this drama unfolds. It also reveals that God’s verdict over us individually depends on the role we play in this story—it specifically depends on whether we side with the testimony of God or with the testimony of the world. And the central focus of this cosmic trial is the truth claims of Jesus Christ. Is the testimony He gives of Himself true, or is it false? Your answer and response will mean eternal life or eternal wrath for you.
Expositor: Josef Urban / Text: John 1:2-5 / Series: The Gospel of John / Type: Sermon
The Gospel of John begins with high Christology, and with a high view of God, and with a high view of Christ as God. It is so much unlike much of the theology that is so popular today. Much of what is taught today is centered around man. Modern anthropocentric philosophy has usurped the place of biblical theocentric theology. In the ancient teachers—the Fathers, the Reformers, the Puritans—God was big and man was small. But in the modern writers, curiously, God has become smaller and man has become bigger. Before, it was all about God; the significance of man was derivative of his place within the context of God’s universe. Now, it seems to be all about man; and the significance of God is derived from His ostensible pragmatic adaptability to the universe of man. We’ve got it all backwards. The prologue to the Gospel of John sets us straight.
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