Part 4 Respect
John 3:1-21 (NASB)
Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.
John 3:5-15 (NASB)
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Enter in the Greek translates in the literal since as “coming in to”.
In the metaphorical since, Enter translates as “a way of thinking”.
I believe Jesus meant both! If you’re not born of the Spirit or born again (from above), you will not only not go to heaven, but you’ll also never understand things of God or how He thinks and sees.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. 12 If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15 so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
I’m not going to teach Respect as our number four Core Value on a list of seven. I’m not going to teach Respect as a rule to keep or a behavior; I’m going to teach Respect as the bible teaches it, as an inner work of the Holy Spirit.
Greek for Respect is timaō meaning: 1to fix the value of something or 2to revere. Timaō originates from the word timios meaning: as of great price or precious.
1 Peter 2:17 (NASB)
Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
Respect and honor are used interchangeably for the word timaō.
Timaō is a verb, it’s something you do, an action; you fix value on something.
Timios is an adjective, a descriptive word. It’s how you really see something.
According to scripture, we are to respect all people; but all people are not respectable. But, all people are valuable to God.
Q: What can we respect, value and find of great price or worth in everyone?
The answer is found in the most quoted verse in the entire bible…
John 3:16 (NASB)
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Today we will learn the three things that we can respect or find of great value in ALL people or everyone.
- God love them
- God sent His Son to die for them
- Jesus gave His life for them
- God Loves Them
John 3:16 (NASB)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Greek for World is kosmos meaning: the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ.
In a restaurant the Lori and I frequent, there is a man who is obviously in the advanced stages of addiction.
I was irritated by the attention the server was giving him and I was inwardly having trouble seeing him as valuable.
God said, “He’s precious to me and I love Him.”
Now let me read John 3:16 again but differently…
John 3:16 (NASB)
“For God so loved the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
- God Sent His Son to Die for Them
John 3:17 (NASB)
For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Q: What do you give someone who has everything.
No one has everything but God, but someone may everything that they want.
Q: What would a person who had everything give? Their most treasured possession!
Only begotten means only born. You and I are adopted in. God only has one BORN Son!
Romans 8:29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren…
Aaron Michael is my first grandchild and first boy!
The Father sent His firstborn Son to die to ALL people!
That makes ALL people very precious to God.
If you truly love God, you must love what He loves!
- Jesus Gave His Life for Them
God the Father and God the Son have already fixed a value on ALL people.
- A portrait of Christ by Leonardo da Vinci sold for 450 million
- A collector’s car sold for 60 million
- A home outside of Paris cost the owner 300 million and no one even knows who actually owns it.
Everything is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. I’ll never understand it, but I must accept it.
Every person who has ever lived, is living today or will ever live in the future is worth the blood of Jesus.
John 15:13 (NASB)
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
And Jesus did just that!
John 14:15 (NASB)
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
Mark 12:30-31 (NASB)
… and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
God, others then you!
Prayer for Congregation to see, value and respect everyone the way God does.
Invitation for Salvation
John 3:18 (NASB)
He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
Q: What are you afraid of?
Q: Are you afraid God is going to expose your sin?
That is simply not true! Christ died so you could be forgiven not condemned!
Raise Hands if You Prayed that Prayer