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Identity review of Jesus | John 3:31-36

31 “He who comes from above is above all; the one who is only from the earth is of the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 What He has seen and heard, of this He testifies; and no one accepts His testimony. 33 The one who has accepted His testimony has certified that God is true.

34 For He whom God sent speaks the words of God; for He does not give the Spirit sparingly. 35 The Father loves the Son and has entrusted all things to His hand. 36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life; but the one who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

John 3:31-36 (NASB)

Two themes

This passage is packed with theological truth. It’s John’s attempt so summarize what he’s said up to now into a “final punch”. I see two major themes: review of Jesus’s identity and, reminder of man’s decision. They’re wed into all 6 verses. We’ll cover it over two days.

Jesus’ identity

John has already let us know who Jesus is and why He came. Now John reviews:

  • Jesus is from above, He comes from Heaven. He was in the beginning (John 1:1). Jesus is not just an angel from God, He is God!
  • He is above all. John repeats this for emphasis – reinforcing the truth He is God.
  • The Son testifies of Heavenly things. Since He is from Heaven, He alone is qualified to tell of Heavenly things. As we said before, the OT prophets were given visions which they wrote down, but Jesus, being from Heaven, is the legitimate source!
  • The Messiah has the Spirit without limit
    • The Greek says without measure. Think of the deluge of water from a typhoon or hurricane. You cannot measure it.
    • “All of God’s former messengers received a limited measure of God’s Spirit. The Spirit came on the Old Testament prophets only for limited times and purposes. However, God gave His Spirit to Jesus without limit. This guaranteed the truth of all of Jesus’ words. The Spirit descended on Jesus at His baptism and remained on Him (1:32-33; cf. Isa. 11:2; 42:1; 61:1). God gave His Spirit without measure only to Jesus (cf. 1 Cor. 12:4-11).” (planobiblechapel.org
  • The Son is loved by the Father
  • All things are entrusted to the Son.
<- Reflection ->
  • After reading this list of Jesus’ identity, do you respond in worship? Consider reading it again.
Identity scan. Image from Pxfuel.com

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