John the Baptist is saying, "This Jesus, who is the one who comes after me, the one whom I have been talking about, this Jesus was the final appearance in history of a glory that had been seen before I came." The glory within the tent of Jesus was grace and truth, life and light; and in him it was full; he was "full of grace and truth.". John says that the Law was given by Moses. We are approaching that time of demand when we must give up what the law requires. This side Jordan — An incorrect translation of בעבר הירדן, which can only mean beyond the Jordan. 17. The further scientists go the more they discover there is to know. Our bodies are what might be called "earth suits." (Just as today we might speak of being ‘in Transjordan’). Furthermore, it was the "glory of the only begotten Son of the Father." Using it need not mean that the speaker was on the other side of the river. Beginning with Verse 14 of Chapter 1, we now learn what John the Apostle saw within when he looked at Jesus: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. In the prologue to John's gospel, however, we have a summary of what John came to understand Jesus to be. We can tell from the New Testament that Jesus does not suffer from any type of divine identity crisis. Proverbs 23:1-5 – Gluttony Leads To Greed. Message transcript and recording © 1983 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. Grace and truth are really nothing more than life and light. See Joshua 4:13. Have you ever walked around a campground at night and seen lights inside the tents glowing like jewels in the darkness as they shone through the fabric? Everyone who knew both the father and the son were in agreement that the son looked exactly like the father; that the timbre of his voice, his expressions, his personality, reflected his father. I took a picture of him and had a conversation with him. Why is it that we are so different from any animal? Having known the extreme heat of the desert, the barrenness of the landscape and the distance from the cities of Jerusalem and Jericho, it has always amazed me that people flocked out of these cities to hear this rugged preacher who dressed in hairy skins and had such strange eating habits. Your wives, your little ones - And with these it appears, from Numbers 32:17, were left behind 70,580 effective men to guard them and their property; only 40,000 having passed over Jordan to assist the nine tribes and half to conquer the land. Western Palestine is called beyond Jordan towards the sea. But the majority of their men of fighting age (forty military units - Joshua 4:13) must accompany the invading party, for they were part of the tribal confederacy. The mighty men of valour; all such were obliged to go over if occasion required it, but Joshua took only some of them, partly because they were sufficient for his purpose, and partly because some were fit to be left, both to secure their own wives, children, and possessions, and to prevent their enemies on that side from giving them disturbance or hinderance in their enterprise upon Canaan. This eastern section, which in our Saviour’s time was called Perea, and was the region of much of his ministry, (see notes on Matthew 4:25; Luke 9:51,) is designated in Joshua 1:15 as (Hebrews) beyond Jordan towards the sunrising; and in Joshua 5:1. The only begotten Son who dwells at the heart of reality (who lives in the bosom of the Father), has made God known. In his ministry, Jesus was also the Life-giver, the Light-giver to men, animating and sustaining everything and giving new life -- God's life -- to those who received him. Armed — For by this time they were well furnished with arms, which they had either from the Egyptians, Amalekites, or Amorites, from whom they had taken them; or by purchase from those people by whose borders they passed. Our translators were governed, in their rendering, by the position of Joshua at the time of this address; but the Book of Joshua was written after the conquest and settlement of Palestine when beyond the Jordan was the common term for the country east of the Jordan, and so the writer simply follows the usus loquendi of his time. The symbol of it today is the IRS. God is a Father. The idea of Messiahship is thus included. Matthew 5:13 – You are the salt of the Earth – A Preservative. It is true that Jesus was greater than John the Baptist -- there is no question about that -- but John used a riddle, as it were, to get people to think. That remarkable building, made of animal skins and beautiful woven, special cloth, with rods of silver and with gold decorations, was divided into two rooms, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. That is the glory that John saw in Jesus. None other Lamb, none other Name, None other hope in heaven or earth or sea, None other hiding place from guilt and shame -- None beside Thee. One of the greatest tragedies of Western Christianity and especially American Christianity is that we allow God’s blessings to hold us back from following Him. 2. Thus, Jesus is in the Old Testament as well as the New. Notice the reappearance in Verse 17 of the words "grace and truth," and the contrast which John draws between them and the Law and Moses. (John 1:14 ESV). That, of course, is who we are looking at in the Gospel of John -- the real Jesus, Jesus as he really was. That is a staggering thought. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. The greatest evidence of grace in the Bible is contained in the words, "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life," (John 3:16). RayStedman.org/permissions. ‘Before’ means ‘in the presence of, together with’. Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them; Before their brethren — In the front of all of them; which was but reasonable; because they had the advantage of their brethren, having actually received their portion, which their brethren had only in hope, because they were freed from those impediments which the rest were exposed to, their wives, and children, and estates being safely lodged; and to prevent their withdrawing themselves from the present service, which they otherwise would have had temptation to do, because of the nearness of their habitations. What you are seeing this morning is my earth suit functioning according to my control. Website © 2020 by Ray Stedman Ministries. From Joshua 4:13 we learn that only forty thousand of them were required to cross to the western side; the remainder — probably about seventy thousand, (see Numbers 31,) — remaining on the eastern side of the river to protect the families and substance of the two and a half tribes from the incursions of their still numerous though defeated enemies dwelling in the wide eastern plains. Like the astronauts who have space suits designed to enable them to function in space, we have been given "earth suits" which are marvelously designed to enable us to function in the conditions found on this planet. That capacity was designed of God, for God intended man to be the dwelling place of God. armed. In the midst of these contradictory images, our heart longs sometimes to say, "Will the real Jesus please stand up?" What are some of your perceived rights? Someone has defined it as "that which God does within you, without you." 14. He was emphatically not a dull man in His human lifetime, and if He was God, there can be nothing dull about God either. It is the same One: God dwelling among his people; God dwelling in his tabernacle. Truth is light. Putting that all together, John caught on to the fact that this Jesus of Nazareth, this Stranger of Galilee, was a human tent in which was hidden a remarkable glory, a glory full of grace and truth. This idea of the glory of Jesus being revealed is an essential part of the author’s portrayal of precisely Who Jesus is (John 1:14; John 2:11; John 11:4; John 11:40; John 12:41; John 17:5; John 17:24). Now, at last, in human history that actually takes place: God becomes man; God becomes flesh, in an amazing blending together of these two concepts. So they did away with God in the name of peace and quietness. Home > Study Desk. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. In four remarkable images, John tells us what was that glory: First, it was the Word made flesh; that eternal Word, that marvelous articulation of the mind and thought of God, that speaking of God that brought all things into existence, become a soft, baby flesh. Grace is the generosity of love reaching out toward us, giving itself to us. JOHN 14:1-5 BIBLE STUDY John 14:6 I Am The Way, The Truth, And The Life John 14:7-11 Show Us The Father John 14:12-14 Greater Works Than These John 14:15-21 If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments John 14:22 Judas John 14:23-26 Keep My Words John 14:27-31 Peace I Leave With You John 14 Bible Study Questions (Handout) They will become a weight that hold us back. Many people think that law and grace are contradictory, that they are opposing principles.

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