A. Carman – Serve The Lord (Raising The Standard). CarmanTvOfficialSite. Jun 27, 2012.
B. Carmello Dominic Licciardello, who was lovingly known as “Carman,” passed from this life to be with his heavenly Father a week ago, on February 16, 2021. The songs that Carman wrote and sang had a great degree of Spiritual relevance within them. I was not particularly looking for any of Carman’s songs to accompany this article; it just happened that I came across a good number of the songs of Carman that have always been so very meaningful to me. I trust that you, too, will find the intimacy of worship in this opening video that brought tears to my eyes, as I played this song, “over and over.” Carman was a master minister of evangelism through his music; he will be greatly missed.
II. Preview. One of the most trusted of all theologians, of whom I include in my research for the articles that I write, is Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost (1915-2014; his credential information can be found on my page of sources of information). Even as highly educated on matters of Scripture, as Dr. Pentecost proved himself to be, he stressed the importance of not only, “knowing about God,” but also “knowing God.” As I was contemplating the makeup of this article, I was experiencing a strong sense for the need to draw closer in my personal relationship and daily walk with God. Along with my daily Bible readings, I have recently included, “In Pursuit of God” (A.W. Tozer), and “Jesus Christ Our Lord” (John F. Walvoord). I never want to lose the thought of the arms of Christ being wrapped around me, holding me ever so closely to Him. The Christian music videos that I watch, and include in my articles, are also tools that remind me of the love that God has for me, as well as for all of mankind (John 3:16). In this article, we will discuss those of mankind that, in spite of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, have rejected God’s love. We will also discuss those whom have come to saving faith in Christ, as they look back to the death and sacrifice of Christ on the cross (Luke 23:46; 2 Cor 5:21). Competent commentary will add meaningful thought to the verses of this article.
III. Scripture Text. John 1:10-13 (26 A.D.)
Christian Standard Bible
10 He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13 who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
IV. Scripture Comments.
A. The Rejection Of Christ. John 1:10-11.
1. Verse 10. “did not know him.” The world did not recognize Jesus as the Christ, the Creator, the Savior, etc. 1
2. Verse 11. “He came to His own.” (thing or place – i.e., the world that He made); His “own” (people – the Jews) “did not receive Him.” 1
3. Verse 11. Receive here means “to receive with favor,” and implies “welcome.” Instead of a welcome mat, Jesus had a door slammed in His face. The themes of rejection and reception (v. 12) introduced in the prologue (1:1–18) appear again and again throughout the Gospel of John. 2
4. Verse 11. ” His own . . . His own.” The first usage of “His own” most likely refers to the world of mankind in general, while the second refers to the Jewish nation. As Creator, the world belongs to the Word as His property, but the world did not even recognize Him due to spiritual blindness (cf. also v. 10). John used the second occurrence of “His own” in a more narrow sense to refer to Jesus’ own physical lineage, the Jews. Although they possessed the Scriptures that testified of His person and coming, they still did not accept Him (Is. 65:2, 3; Jer. 7:25). This theme of the Jewish rejection of their promised Messiah receives special attention in John’s Gospel (12:37–41). 3
B. The Acceptance Of Christ. John 1:12-13.
1. Verse 12. “even to those whom believe in His Name.” An explanation of what it means to “receive” Him. 1
2. Verse 12. The phrase “believe in His name” occurs three times in the Gospel of John (1:12; 2:23; 3:18). Name does not refer to the term by which He is called, but to what His name stands for—the Lord is salvation (see Ex. 3:14, 15). In this context, the phrase means to believe that Jesus is the Word, the life, and the Light—that is, He is the Christ, the Son of God (20:31). “To them He gave the right” refers to the legitimate entitlement to the position of children of God. By believing, undeserving sinners can become full members of God’s family. 2
2. Verse 13. The new birth is supernatural and therefore completely distinct from natural birth. It is “not of blood” (lit., bloods), i.e., contains no human element; nor does it lie within the scope of human achievement (it is not “of the will of the flesh” or “man.”) 1
3. Verse 13. “born …of God:” This new spiritual birth is not of blood, that is, by physical generation or by parents. Nor is the new birth of the will of the flesh, that is, by personal effort. Neither is the birth of the will of man, that is, something done by another individual. Each person must individually trust Jesus Christ for eternal life. It is a gift to be received (4:10, 14), not a reward achieved through any human effort. 1
4. Verses 12-13. These verses stand in contrast to vv. 10, 11. John softens the sweeping rejection of Messiah by stressing a believing remnant. This previews the book since the first 12 chapters stress the rejection of Christ, while chaps. 13–21 focus on the believing remnant who received Him. 3
The world in which Christ presented Himself, is the world in which He created. Those, who “did not recognize Him, (vs 10)” were Jews; they should have known Him as Messiah. The Old Testament scriptures told of the coming of Christ, but the masses of God’s Chosen People (Deu 14:2) were not taught those prophetic verses in such a way that would have them receive their Savior and Lord. Christ sent His disciples, not to the Gentiles or Samaritans, but to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel (the Jews; Matt 10:5-7). John 4:3 tells of a travel of Christ: “He left Judea and went away again into Galilee. 4 And He had to pass through Samaria. 5 So He *came to a city of Samaria.” The Samaritans were half-breed Jews. They were of the northern kingdom of Israel, and intermarried with Gentiles. In Samaria, Christ met a woman of Samaria (4:7), to whom He presented Himself as Christ (4:26). The Samaritan woman believed that Christ was the Messiah (4:39), “From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified.” Those Jews, and half-breed Samarian Jews, who came to faith in Christ as Messiah, achieved the promise of John 3:16, and avoided the condemnation of John 3:18. The new birth (John 3:3) of those first century Jews, including the half-breed Samaritans, as well as all whom have come to saving faith in Christ since then, caused them to enter into eternal life through Christ at the time of belief in Christ (John 17:3, “this is eternal life, that they may know You”), which is spiritual (John 3:8) and unending (John 5:24, 10:28-31, 20:30-31). The message of Christ has “gone viral” spiritually (John 1:9) throughout the world, as well as by “word of mouth and other methods of communication (Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8). People in our world today are held to the same standards that Christ held for first century Jews, as He spoke the words of John 3:3, 3:16, and 3:18). Still, millions of people around the world have not come to saving faith in Christ, and refuse to accept Him as their Savior and Lord. The Great Commission of Christ to His apostles is of no less importance today, than when those Words of our Lord were spoken almost twenty-one hundred years ago. The lake of fire will not go away, and is waiting for those who have not been born again (Rev 20:15).
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