Outline—John 3:22–36

  1. Humility is tested from the strangest quarters. (vv. 22–26)
  2. Humility is founded upon the revelation of God. (vv. 27–29)
    1. Our advantage is allotted by God. (v. 27)
    2. Our purpose is determined by God. (v. 28)
    3. Our joy is centered on God. (v. 29)
  3. Humility assures that the excellence of God shines through. (vv. 30–36)
    1. The rule of the believer’s life (v. 30)
    2. The superiority of the eternal (v. 31)
    3. The priority of revelation (vv. 32–35)

Take Home Points

  • If you are jealous, check to see if you lost your humility somewhere along the line.
  • Our living example of humility is Christ (humbling at the incarnation and humbling at the sacrifice&mdash—verse 36.
  • Direct your energies such that the people around you elevate Christ exclusive of all others (lesson for pastors/teachers, lesson for parents, lesson for discipling—set the seal&mdash—verse 33).

Thoughts on Humility (Deuteronomy 8:2, Proverbs 16:18–19)

  • Humility is cast like wrought iron in us by the Refiner’s fire at salvation.
  • Humility daily takes its bearings from a right relationship with God.
  • Humility clears the deck for God to use us unhindered.
  • Humility is a transforming recognition of our own mortality.
  • Humility is the only good soil to grow a healthy crop of thankfulness.
    • Put on humility—Colossians 3:12
    • Be clothed in humility—1 Peter 5:5–6
    • Walk in humility—Ephesians 4:1–2)

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