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5-22-22 “Not of this World”

“Not of this World” (John 14:23-29)

David Peterson / General

Peace; Presence of God / John 14:23–29

Sermon type: Textual-Topical

Proposition: Jesus promises to reveal himself to those who love him and keep his commands leading to wholeness of life and peace.

Introduction

1. v. 22 a question: “do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” (NIV)

2. Judas asks about whether Jesus will show others, Jesus speaks of “we [he and the Father] will come to them and make our home with them” (Jn. 14:23b).

I. He comes to those who love him (John 14:23a)

1. Calvin writes, “I call ‘piety’ that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of his benefits induces.”

2. Edwards in religious affections: “All the virtues of the Lamb of God, His humility, patience, meekness, submission, obedience, love and compassion, are exhibited to our view in a manner the most tending to move our affections of any that can be imagined.” (p. 53).

3. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

4. Sunday School Recognition, Jesus not of this World, found where he is promised to be found—in his people, his body, in the word which points to him.

II. He comes to those who obey him (John 14:23a)

1. This faith and love unite us with Christ, transforming our lives.

Calvin says, “The whole life of Christians ought to be a sort of practice of godliness.”

2. We live as those in God, having God in us. God is love.

“Love is the chief of the affections, and as it were the fountain of them.” (p. 76, Banner of Truth Edition). He further says “for it was not by men’s having the gifts of the Spirit (referring to spiritual gifts), but by their having the virtues of the Spirit, that they were called spiritual.” (p. 127).

III. His presence brings a peace not of this World (John 14:27)

1. The result of our reunion is peace (shalom), wholeness of life.

Being Filled and Feeling Empty

Lee Atwater, former Republican Party chairman, said this before he died: “(It’s all) about acquiring: wealth, power, and prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth and power and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty.”

Source: Frank Pollard, “Do You Like Where You Live?,” Preaching Today, Tape No. 104.

2. This wholeness is only found in God.

Conclusion

1. If only you had paid attention to my commands,
your peace would have been like a river,
your well-being like the waves of the sea. (Isa. 48:18)

Logos Digital Hymnal Like a River Glorious

Like a river glorious

Is God’s perfect peace,

Over all victorious

In its bright increase;

Perfect, yet it floweth

Fuller ev’ry day,

Perfect, yet it groweth

Deeper all the way.

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