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John 3:31-36 Testifying

posted May 15, 2020, 11:07 AM by Jacob Boer

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.

I love preaching, I love studying and preparing sermons for preaching, I love digging deep into who God is and who Jesus calls us to be, and I love sharing that with everyone. The goal of preaching though is not simply to learn or teach, but it’s about opening the door to the kingdom of heaven and inviting people in as we show them how much God wants them in the kingdom. The saddest thing for me is that sometimes people listen to my preaching, or other pastor’s preaching and then say it’s not for them. It hurts because they have closed that door and it happened through the preaching, and yet this is part of what testifying to who Jesus is, it’s about inviting people in, but giving them the choice to receive or reject the invitation. My prayer is that each one reading this will accept the amazing invitation to become part of God’s family and come into the kingdom of heaven.

Q. How does preaching the holy gospel open and close the kingdom of heaven?

A. According to the command of Christ: The kingdom of heaven is opened by proclaiming and publicly declaring to all believers, each and every one, that, as often as they accept the gospel promise in true faith, God, because of Christ’s merit, truly forgives all their sins.

The kingdom of heaven is closed, however, by proclaiming and publicly declaring to unbelievers and hypocrites that, as long as they do not repent, the wrath of God and eternal condemnation rest on them.

God’s judgment, both in this life and in the life to come, is based on this gospel testimony.