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God will display His works through all things.

Rom 9:1-5

God will display His works through everything, in all ways, and in all things. He is not asleep, but He is alive and well, continuously working all things together for the good of those who love Him (Rom 8:28).   And this context is continuing from Rom 8:18, where the "sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." It is not that thishis gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. suffering is any less painful, or the difficulties of life any less important (after all, did Jesus not weep for Lazarus and for Jerusalem?), but that GOD'S GLORY IS SO FAR ABOVE ALL OF THESE SUFFERINGS, that in a moment all will pale in comparison. This is why we are to "rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed" (1 Peter 4:13).

2 Cor 4:10 gives us the picture of this tension, that we are "always carry This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

The very man that the Pharisees thought was born in UTTER sin (9:34), was the one he was leading to salvation. In other words, the very last people that the Pharisees thought could come to know Jesus (these people are cursed and do noing in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies." The juxtaposition of death, in light of Jesus, is the work that God is doing until Jesus' return. And when He returns, "this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. . . (4:17)". Oh, that we could grasp (just for moment) the glory that God is cultivating in our brief mortal lives, to reveal His glory for the rest of eternit know the law) are the most likely to come to him. The blind man, whom the Pharisees excommunicated, is the very one that Jesus saves in 9:35.

The necessity of joining Jesus' works
Although Jesus does all of this work FOR his people, He also does this work THROUGH his people! It is true that He must initiate this work, He must reveal the "light of the gospel of the glory of Christ", but the evidence of this work is our cooperation with his works. From the last part 9:3, "ty. This is the entire point of John 9:3, when it says that "the works of God might be displayed in him."

John 3:16 - not to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

The subjects of Jesus' works
The first thing that we need to understand is that this man did not do anything to make Jesus appear on the scene.   The verse says "As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth." There are two realthat the works of God might be displayed IN HIM.
" When God wants to do a work, He does so IN PEOPLE. After all, "we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us(2 Cor 4:7)."

MUST - dei - necessity brought on by circumstances or by the conduct of others toward us.
      What are these circumstance brought on by conduct of others towards us? The circumstances are that God sent His ities within this sentence. First, it was Jesus who was PASSING BY, and it was Jesus who SAW the man.

Passed by - parago - to lead past, to lead aside, to lead to

Saw - horao - to see with the eyes; to see with the mind, to perceive, to know; become acquainted with by experience; to care for

Jesus came - We can never forget that Genesis begins with God CREATING the earth. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. . ." Man did not initiate creation, God did!

Rom 9:20 says, "Will the molded say to its molder, why have you made me like this?".

Everyone understands this reality as they get older because their BIRTH was an event that had nothing to do with them.
In like manner, God gave his revelation and His WORD to people, and they could not do anything to make it happen. Amos 8:11 speaks of a "famine of the word of God", which happened during the approximately 500 yearsp;   V19 - How then does he now see?

      V26 - How did he open your eyes?

                  Made mud of saliva - pool of Siloam

But the blind man responds with the only response that is appropriate. . .

V25 - "One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."

1 Cor 15:10 - But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. ... Strenuously than all t of time between the Old and the New Testaments.
And God sent JESUS CHRIST into this world, as God in flesh, and Mary "was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit" (Matt 18). And it was obvious that Israel did not make Jesus come by their penitent prayers, but by the perfect timing of God. In fact, they were not even ready for His appearance. They were not found in "the upper room" praying (like the disciples) for the Messiah, but with hard and resistant hearts.
And such he rest--yet it was not I, but God's grace working with me.

 Phil 2:13 - 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Watchman Nee and natural law

If we will let ourselves live in the new law we shall be less conscious of the old law. It is still there, but it it will be for the END TIMES, where the antichrist comes for a time and then Jesus will appear. His timing will be perfect, but it will be His timing.
What man needs, above all, is for God to reveal His Son, Jesus Christ, to people who are lost.

John 6:44 - No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.

Martin Lloyd-Jones - "What he needs above everything else is revelation. God must reveal Himself."

It is very important to realize that the subjecis no longer governing and we are no longer in its grip. That is why the Lord says in Matthew 6: " Behold the birds . . . Consider the lilies ". If we could ask the birds whether they were not afraid of the law of gravity, how would they reply? They would say: 'We never heard the name of Newton. We know nothing about his law. We fly because it is the law of our life to fly.' Not only is there in them a life with the power of flight, but that life has a law which enables these livints of God's works have always been those who were the most lost. It is no accident that God set Nicodemus, the Pharisee, and the lost Samaritan woman side by side. At all points of Jesus ministry, the Pharisees were among the crowds, among the blind, lame, the lepers, adulterers, and tax collectors.  The contrast was ever-present during Jesus ministry. It is also no accident that this man was "blind from birth". In other words, he had a congenital condition of blindness, which means that heg creatures quite spontaneously and consistently to overcome the law of gravity. Yet gravity remains. If you get up early one morning when the cold is intense and the snow thick on the ground, and there is a dead sparrow in the courtyard, you are reminded at once of the persistence of that law. But while birds live they overcome it, and the life within them is what dominates their consciousness.

Conclusion: . . . while it is day. . . night is coming

Jesus going to the cross. . . .< NEVER KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO SEE! The blind man was doing what he always did!

In fact, the neighbours and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, 'Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?' (9:8). The man was known for only one thing! Sitting and begging. He did nothing else, and he could do nothing else.

Jesus is talking primarily about spiritual sight - 9:40

Isaiah 9:2 - The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light . . . br>


For to us a child is born

Luke 2:32 - a light for revelation to the Gentiles

Acts 26:18 - to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.

The reason Jesus does his works:

We are always looking for the cause of something, and often won't rest until we have determined the root cause. The only problem is, that we approach the question from the point of view of the flesh (spiritual things to the spiritual, and earthly to those who are earthly, John 3:6, 1 Cor 2:14). When Peter says, "may it never be" in relation to Jesus dying, Jesus responds with "away from me Satan, you do not have the things of God in mind, but the things of man." But, it would stand to reason that if we knew the true state, or the true cause, that the solution would be easier to find.

Two categories of those who are lost (9:40-41):

Blind and know it - those who are blind do not realize what it means to see, but it is possible to know that they cannot see. After all, all "know God", but not all honour Him as God (Rom).

Blind and won't admit it - it's important to know that the Pharisees don't seem to directly refuse that they are blind, but they constantly skirt the reality that they, in fact, are the ones who are unable to see. Remember, they have never known God, they love the darkness, and they are not of God, according to the Gospel of John.

9:1 - Rabbi, who sinned? This man or his parents?

In this case, there are only two options regarding this question:
1.The blind man sinned before birth   OR
2.His parents sinned

Judaism managed to foster all kinds of thinking on the supernatural, at least in the Pharisees circles. There were angels whose names were written on necklaces, they believed in the spiritual realm, they assumed that suffering came from sin, and, most surprisingly, they could accept the resurrection of the dead. However, a strong belief in the supernatural did not mean that they believed in Jesus as the Christ!

MacArthur - "The blind man's condition created a theological dilemma in the minds of the disciples.  The question they posed, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?" assumed the popular Jewish doctrine that anyone's physical suffering is the direct result of person sin."

"It seems clear from the passage that the basis of God's judgment or blessings are based upon the choice of each successive generation's decision to follow after the sins of their ancestors. Thus, the mode of transmission of the sins is not because the children are under a curse from sin committed by the parent. Instead, the sin is conveyed through the child learning the sin patterns from his parents and choosing generation after generation to persist in them. A mystical or curse transmission is not taught or implied from the text! Ezekiel 18:2-20 says that God curses each Israelite individual for his own sins and not specifically because of something that their fathers have done ... In fact there is not one example in the entire Bible of a saved person being under a satanic curse, which had to be 'broken' by Christian exorcism or distinct confession" (Thomas Ice, Biblical Perspectives, Vol. 5, No. 2, March-April 1992, "An Examination of False Spiritual Warfare Clichees each Israelite individual for his own sins and not specifically because of something that their fathers have done … In fact there is not one example in the entire Bible of a saved person being under a satanic curse, which had to be ‘broken’ by Christian exorcism or distinct confession” (Thomas Ice, Biblical Perspectives, Vol. 5, No. 2, March-April 1992, “An Examination of False Spiritual Warfare Cliches,” pg. 5).

There are Bible passages that seem to confirm this way of thinking:

Deut 30:19 – I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life that you and your offspring may live.
John 5:14 – do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you
1 Cor 11:30 – many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.
The context of these passages, in the Bible:

Every time the apostles preached, they concluded with Jesus being the fulfilment of the OT passages and the sermon. Look at the book of Acts. And when Jesus taught, on the road to Emmaus, he showed them how Moses, the Law, and the Prophets are all realized in him.

For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23)! All are under the curse (Gal 3:10-13)! The point is the no one has done right, no not one (Rom 3:10), but Christ has done what the law could not do (Rom 8:3)!!

The point is that Jesus had to come and fulfill all the promises, and to do this work in those who are saved, because NO ONE DID THEM!

Did you ever notice that Jesus did not take on culture, ways of life, or other divisive issues (vain controversies)? He took on false religion with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that was His entire ministry! And so must we. Until we stop trying to take on politics as the gospel, countries as the gospel, nuances of each culture as the gospel (note, missionaries mistaken ideas about dressing like culture), we will not have progress in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In this case, the message will be like the market in the temple, with the love of money being interwoven with the worship of God.

Perhaps they have the same problem as we do, where we get caught up in ideas about Christ rather than being practical about the needs around us.

The issue may be autism or Down syndrome or FASD or spina bifida or blindness or any number of rare and unpronounceable conditions—each has its own peculiar sorrows, its own peculiar way of turning decades into what you never dreamed or planned they would be. Married life isn’t what you thought it would be. Everything is irrevocably changed, and life will never be the same again. And you were not asked.

What would I do as a pastor if I had to face these things—these children, these parents—with a Bible that said nothing about it? What if all I could do is think up ideas on my own about suffering and disability? What if all I had was human opinions? I thank God that this is not our condition. - Piper

Only 2 examples where people tried this approach, and neither are good

Job

Zophar – 11:4 and 6 (some preaching today, worm theology?) and 14

Eliphaz – 15:3 and 5 and 6

God – 42:7-9

2 Cor - Theme from ESV 1:8-9

Works– ergon – that which anyone is occupied

Display – phaneroo - make actual and visible; to become manifest, made known

Eph 3 –Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

The very man that the Pharisees thought was born in UTTER sin (9:34), was the one he was leading to salvation. In other words, the very last people that the Pharisees thought could come to know Jesus (these people are cursed and do not know the law) are the most likely to come to him. The blind man, whom the Pharisees excommunicated, is the very one that Jesus saves in 9:35.

The necessity of joining Jesus’ works
Although Jesus does all of this work FOR his people, He also does this work THROUGH his people! It is true that He must initiate this work, He must reveal the “light of the gospel of the glory of Christ”, but the evidence of this work is our cooperation with his works. From the last part 9:3, “that the works of God might be displayed IN HIM.” When God wants to do a work, He does so IN PEOPLE. After all, “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us(2 Cor 4:7).”

MUST – dei – necessity brought on by circumstances or by the conduct of others toward us.
      What are these circumstance brought on by conduct of others towards us? The circumstances are that God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to save us from our sins, to be raised on the third day, and to be seated at the right hand of God. These circumstances are that God did what we cannot do, and our eternal thankfulness by the Holy Spirit leads us to do grace-filled work!!

 The Pharisees were so concerned HOW Jesus did this work, that they could never respond to the fact THAT Jesus did this work!

V10– How?

      V15 – asked again, how?

      V19 – How then does he now see?

      V26 – How did he open your eyes?

                  Made mud of saliva – pool of Siloam

But the blind man responds with the only response that is appropriate. . .

V25 – “One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

1 Cor 15:10 – But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. ... Strenuously than all the rest--yet it was not I, but God's grace working with me.

 Phil 2:13 - 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Watchman Nee and natural law

If we will let ourselves live in the new law we shall be less conscious of the old law. It is still there, but it is no longer governing and we are no longer in its grip. That is why the Lord says in Matthew 6: " Behold the birds . . . Consider the lilies ". If we could ask the birds whether they were not afraid of the law of gravity, how would they reply? They would say: 'We never heard the name of Newton. We know nothing about his law. We fly because it is the law of our life to fly.' Not only is there in them a life with the power of flight, but that life has a law which enables these living creatures quite spontaneously and consistently to overcome the law of gravity. Yet gravity remains. If you get up early one morning when the cold is intense and the snow thick on the ground, and there is a dead sparrow in the courtyard, you are reminded at once of the persistence of that law. But while birds live they overcome it, and the life within them is what dominates their consciousness.

Conclusion: . . . while it is day. . . night is coming

Jesus going to the cross. . . .



 
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