(1) Love. Can these promises fail? (1)The introduction of a system adapted to the wants of the whole race. )The increase of ChristE. But there is also a sense in which the believer in Christ, who is rejoicing in his Lord, and in the full salvation he has secured, can join in these words of the Baptist, "I must decrease." 1. )Opinions of selfDean Young.Opinion of ourselves is like the casting of a shadow, which is always longest when the sun is at the greatest distance; but by the degrees that the sun approaches the shadow still shortens, and under the direct meridian light it becomes none at all; it is so with our opinion of ourselves: whilst the good influences of God are the greatest distance from us, it is then always that we conceive best of ourselves; but still, as God approaches, the conceit lessens; till such time as we receive the fuller measures of His graces; and then we become absolutely voided, pure nothing in our own conceit, and God appears to be (as really He is) "All in all. I rejoice that Christ is preached, and that His kingdom and interests are gaining ground, though my estimation in people's hearts should decrease; for I am content to be anything, so that Christ may be all in all."(W. It would have been a serious thing for John as a sinner and as a forerunner had this not been the case. "I MUST DECREASE." Can these promises fail? Want of wisdom? Its members and its ministers die; but others are baptised for the dead and fill up their vacant seats in the spiritual house.(J. Chambers, LL. We have already noticed, that in a high and important sense, the increase of Christ is the increase of His people — they are concerned in the triumphs of His grace, and are to share His glory. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to John 3:30. Christ's rise was unavoidably John's fall; and to no one was it clearer or more welcome than John. B., G. Cross.I. (1) God has abolished a partial dispensation and established one suitable to all mankind. He must increase, for the decrees of heaven ascertain the great event.4. Some Christians cannot see this as they look on hindrances, corrupt institutions, depraved customs, false systems, inert and inconsistent Christians; but Christ must increase.3. This is true of CHRISTIANS. That Christ must still increase would appear probable even though we had no express assurances of it. THIS GREAT MORAL REVOLUTION WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED BY ORDINARY MEANS OF HUMAN INSTRUMENTALITY UNDER THE BLESSING OF THE DIVINE SPIRIT.1. This is true of His CHURCH. The increase of Christ and the decrease of John were all of a piece. Ryland, D. D.)Christ's increase, and our decreaseJ. The commanding proof of this is his state of heart and his conduct relative to the Messiah. But now the purchase of redemption has been completed, what shall prevent the Saviour from receiving His full reward (John 12:23, 24)?3. Individual felicity. Its members and its ministers die; but others are baptised for the dead and fill up their vacant seats in the spiritual house.(J. As being held in lesser esteem in the future. The work of Christ, indeed, will not suffer.(J. "HE MUST INCREASE." Surely we greatly need to decrease in self-esteem, in pride, in carnality, in all that tends to hinder us in our Christian life, and bring dishonour on our Christian profession. B. To what is not human love, imperfect as it is not equal? "He must reign," etc.2. AN IRREFRAGABLE TRUTH.1. (3) Did He fail to give Canaan to Abraham's seed, although Egypt and five centuries lay between the promise and the fulfilment?2. )Opinions of selfDean Young.Opinion of ourselves is like the casting of a shadow, which is always longest when the sun is at the greatest distance; but by the degrees that the sun approaches the shadow still shortens, and under the direct meridian light it becomes none at all; it is so with our opinion of ourselves: whilst the good influences of God are the greatest distance from us, it is then always that we conceive best of ourselves; but still, as God approaches, the conceit lessens; till such time as we receive the fuller measures of His graces; and then we become absolutely voided, pure nothing in our own conceit, and God appears to be (as really He is) "All in all. )John was one of God's nobility. To Malachi (Malachi 1:11). )Great workers must be content to die and be replaced by othersJ. John the Baptist, the witness of Jesus Christ, is justly figured by the moon, which is called the faithful witness in heaven; being the witness to the sun's existence, and of his future coming, whereas it is not yet seen, because it shines by a borrowed light, and except for the sun's existence and original light, it would not itself shine, and would be as nothing. Preaching.2. The popularity of Jesus perplexed and annoyed John's disciples, but it made him profoundly glad. Ask the fires in which its enemies have endeavored to burn it. (2) Did He fail when He threatened the Flood? But his influence was only relatively lost as a river flowing into the sea.II. Baxendale. John can only begin; Jesus must finish. Because He is the Son of God, in the highest and most absolute sense, and therefore heir of all things.2. James. A. James.I. A. John 3:30 Topic: John Deathbed Comfort. This is the calling of all Christians. Opportunities of usefulness, and of actively working for God, may also be diminished, and in failing strength and energies the Christian reads the words, "I must decrease." John the Baptist, the witness of Jesus Christ, is justly figured by the moon, which is called the faithful witness in heaven; being the witness to the sun's existence, and of his future coming, whereas it is not yet seen, because it shines by a borrowed light, and except for the sun's existence and original light, it would not itself shine, and would be as nothing. To what is not human love, imperfect as it is not equal? The issue of the great contest between Christ and Satan is not uncertain. (3) Did He fail to give Canaan to Abraham's seed, although Egypt and five centuries lay between the promise and the fulfilment?2. He must increase, for the decrees of heaven ascertain the great event. Yes, there is the carnal self, that which is of the earth, earthy — the old man, the old nature — which still retains so much of power, even in the regene rate, that which the believer desires daily to crucify, the flesh with its affections and lusts. (3) Therefore we naturally believe and hope and desire that the tidings of salvation will be carried to all for whom He was given.2. Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. As being held in lesser esteem in the future. Because this is the design of God the Father. The Holy Scriptures. New hopes and desires are to have fuller power over us; the great motive of the love of Christ is to have its place, constraining, compelling, drawing. Preaching.2. I. This is true of CHRIST HIMSELF — take His miracles, e.g. Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues that John the Baptist was not baptized by the Spirit since he was the least in the kingdom. Can a man inflamed with love to God fail to be grieved as he views the idolatry of the heathen and the sins of nominal Christendom? (2) Christ has made by His atonement a satisfaction for the sins of all. We are to decrease in having self as the all-engrossing object. The advance of Christianity is undoubted, although it has receded in certain places.5. B. As an immortal being. THIS GREAT MORAL REVOLUTION WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED BY ORDINARY MEANS OF HUMAN INSTRUMENTALITY UNDER THE BLESSING OF THE DIVINE SPIRIT. Richard Baxter (1615-1691) on his deathbed with the remembrance of the good which many had received by his preaching … The secret of true greatness: humility before Christ.2. Wherever there is light. Ryland, D. D.I. R. The popularity of Jesus perplexed and annoyed John's disciples, but it made him profoundly glad. Chambers, LL. As being held in lesser esteem in the future. But now the purchase of redemption has been completed, what shall prevent the Saviour from receiving His full reward (John 12:23, 24)?3. Ryland, D. D.)Christ's increase, and our decreaseJ. We are all subject to that, good and bad; and in the article of temporal death there was no difference between John and Jesus. Increase will be promoted by —1. )Spiritual increaseH. For what Divine design has failed? The insignificance of human glory compared with that of Christ.3. He is also perfect man, without spot or imperfection, but it was in His office of Mediator, and in the glories of His mediatorial kingdom, that the Saviour was capable of increase. H. Holford, M. A.I. This truth is no less effectual to heal those wounds which proceed from love to the Saviour as it contemplates His present wide-spread rejection. To Isaiah (Isaiah 2:2; 40:5; 11:9). A good example.3. 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