Nicodemus pt 3; The Greatest Text of All

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Sermon Outline:

1. The Riches of Our Redemption (v. 16-17)
2. The Reason for Our Redemption (v. 18-20)
3. The Responsibility of Our Redemption (v. 21)

Sermon Text:

Titus 3:1-8

For God So Loved the World
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Sermon Notes

The Love of God
All of the law and prophets are contained in the two great commandments: “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.” And the second is like unto it, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). To love the Lord with every fiber of our being is the great privilege and joy of every true believer in Christ. It is the primary motivation for our worship, service, obedience, and daily life with each other. As our brother John Piper says, “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.” That is genuine biblical love in action.

True love, agape love–the love of God as demonstrated through Christ Jesus our Lord on the cross is five things: it is unmerited, undeserved, unfailing, self-sacrificial, and reciprocated.

His love is unmerited, because we cannot earn it… it is His grace gift to us in Christ Jesus on the cross. (Romans 5:9)

His love is undeserving, because in and of ourselves we are worthy only of His justice, enmity and wrath; worthy only to be sentenced to an eternal hell, a perditious suffering that knows no end, because of the sinfulness of our sin that has rendered all mankind by nature as “children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:1-2).

His love for us is unfailing, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).

His love is self-sacrificial, for Christ gave His life as a ransom for many by paying once for all the ultimate price for our redemption from our sin. Think of it beloved, if Jesus had not fully satisfied God on the cross as a “propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17) it would be impossible for God to love me or you.

Lastly, His love is reciprocated, for even an eternity of praise and worship to Him can never repay Him for His unfailing love. (Revelations 5)