9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Compare Luke 10:18, sqq., where Jesus' words take on a character similar to that of His utterances in John. Trying to Teach Worldly People Heavenly Truth A sermon in dialogue from John 3:1-21 in the New Testament. Compounded of ἐπί, upon, and γῆ, earth. [18] (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now … Earthly and heavenly things Heavenly things, being represented unto us in an earthly form (John 3:8), come clothed to us with our own notions. 2. heavenly things—the things of the new and more heavenly evangelical economy, only to be fully understood after the effusion of the Spirit from heaven through the exalted Saviour. Birth (born again), wind (the Holy Spirit), and water (the word of God) are earthly things. We fight principalities and powers in high places because we live in high places. “Above all else, guard … (John 3:12 ESV) “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” Wow! Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. It is in this literal sense it is to be taken here; not things of earthly nature, but things whose proper place is on earth. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. For you died, and your life is … We do not fight the earthly things; everybody else does that day after day. “You” is plural, and likely is a reference to the leaders of the Jewish people, those who claimed to be teachers of God’s word and yet failed to see what God was doing in fulfillment of his word. 13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. He there declares that He came down from heaven to bring this divine message to the world. Not holy things as compared with sinful, nor spiritual things as compared with temporal; but things which are in heaven, mysteries of redemption, having their seat in the divine will, realized in the world through the work and death of Jesus Christ and the faith of mankind (John 5:14-16). March 28, 2002 Colossians 3:1-4 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 13 No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. John 3:12: If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things? And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth, and with labour do we find the things that are before us: but the things that are in heaven who hath searched out?” (John 9:13; John 9:16). Colossians 3:1 2 – “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. We can see the sun better when reflected in the water of a vase than in the firmament; and we can interpret heaven’s language best when it … Heavenly things - Such as the eternity of the Son, and the unity of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and … “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” Our battle is won in the heavenlies. Compounded with ἐπί, upon or in, and οὐρανός, heaven. KJV I am convinced that the reason we do not see much of God's power in the Church today is because we cannot figure out earthly things. If I haue tolde you earthly things, and ye beleeue not: how shall ye beleeue if I tell you of heauenly things?- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?- New American Standard Version (1995)If I told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you heavenly things?- American Standard Version (1901)If you have no belief when my words are about the things of earth, how will you have belief if my words are about the things of heaven?- Basic English BibleIf I have said the earthly things to you, and ye believe not, how, if I say the heavenly things to you, will ye believe?- Darby BibleIf I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how will ye believe if I tell you heavenly things? (Colossians 3:1-3) Godet's words on this point are worth quoting: "It would be truly curious that the first who should have pointed out that contrast should be the Evangelist himself against whose narrative it has been brought forward as a ground of objection. 12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. the question in the Wisdom of Solomon, “What man is he that can know the counsel of God? King James Version (KJV). Joh 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Understand the meaning of John 3:12 using all available Bible versions and commentary. "If I told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you heavenly things?." The earthly things are the elements of spiritual knowledge, having their test in the moral sense and in their fitness to supply the spiritual wants of man. But in that way Jesus could not attain to the final aim which He sought, the full revelation of the divine mystery, of the plan of salvation. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you. The heavenly things that Nicodemus would not be expected to know are what is in heaven, the things that certain figures … “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” John 3:9-12 The first eight verses of John 3 speak to a concept that is not easily perceived to say the least. Heavenly things - Such as the eternity of the Son, and the unity of the Father, Son, and Spirit. The feebleness of our understandings and the corruptions of our hearts are the real causes why doctrines of religion are so little understood by us. What are earthly things and heavenly things? Speaking with Nicodemus, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. Participants are the pastor and a worldly critic. There is before us a vast eternity, and there are profound wonders of God's government, to be the study of the righteous, and to be seen and admired by them forever and ever. How shall ye believe - How will you believe. the mind must be changed; we do not naturally think about heavenly things or reason in spiritual ways. of the more sublime doctrines of the Gospel, such as the descent of the Messiah from heaven; the union of the two natures, human and divine, in him; his being the only begotten Son of God; his crucifixion and death, signified by the lifting up of the serpent on a pole in the wilderness; and the wonderful love of God to the Gentile world in giving Christ to, and for them; and the salvation, … If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? . Then we have the verse in question: [1] [John 3:7-12] CHRIST IS RISEN! (12) If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?" When these elements are learnt, the mind is then, and then only, fitted to receive heavenly things. Heavenly things are so much more valuable than earthly treasure - we ought to want heavenly things and labor for heavenly things and treasure heavenly things far more than earthly things. Rendering the aorist more strictly, Itold. It seems to be easily answered as many thinks. I believe that's the point of what He is saying. 3. There is much that we cannot yet understand. John 3:11: Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak what we know and testify what we have seen. Now that ye are converted to God, act in reference to heavenly things as ye did formerly in reference to those of earth; and vice versa. 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