John 3:31-36

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For this study the theme is “A Celestial Tapestry

Today's passage: John 3:31-36 NIV

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. [32] He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. [33] Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. [34] For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. [35] The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. [36] Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them.

In these sublime verses we behold a celestial tapestry, woven with the threads of heavenly wisdom. The text unfolds the supremacy of Christ, He who is from above and over all. In Him, we see the embodiment of divine truth and love, an unfathomable ocean of grace.

Verse 31 heralds the unmatched majesty of our Lord, "He that cometh from above is above all." Here is the One who, in His divine prerogative, transcends the earthly realm. His origin is the heavens, His authority infinite. This Christ, who stooped to don the garment of humanity, stands unparalleled in dignity and power.

As we journey to verse 32, we encounter the profound truth that, "what He hath seen and heard, that He testifieth." Christ, the eternal Word, speaks not as one who conjectures but as One who has beheld the Father's heart. His words are the very echoes of eternity, the unblemished revelation of God’s own mind. What privilege is ours to listen, to heed the voice of divine wisdom!

In verse 33, the Scripture declares, "He that hath received His testimony hath set to his seal that God is true." To embrace Christ's testimony is to affix our seal of affirmation to the veracity of God. In Christ, the promises of God find their resounding 'Yes' and 'Amen.' To trust Him is to rest in the unshakable truth of God's word.

Verses 34 and 35 unveil further glories. "For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him." Christ, in the fullness of the Spirit, proclaims the full counsel of God. Herein lies the heart of His ministry – a ministry not of partial truths, but of the exhaustive truth of God. "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand." In Christ, the beloved Son, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. In His hand rests the governance of the universe, a testament to the Father's infinite love and trust.

Finally, verse 36 concludes with a solemn yet glorious declaration: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life." Oh, what a promise! In believing, we are ushered into the realm of eternal life, a life not marked by temporal bounds but by the infinity of God’s own life. "And he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." Here lies a sobering truth, urging us to flee to the refuge found in Christ, lest we remain under the shadow of divine wrath.

In these verses, we find a call to look upward, to set our gaze upon the One who is from above. In Christ, the fullness of divine revelation is made manifest. Let us, therefore, cling to Him, the fountain of life and truth, and find in Him our eternal joy and peace.