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A sermon on John 3 by Martin Luther

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SUMMARY OF THIS GOSPEL

1. God the Father loved us in his beloved Son before the foundation of the world, Eph. 1:4. Therefore, as Christ cannot perish, we cannot perish nor die, if we are in Christ and remain in him by faith, as Paul says to the Romans: "If God is for us, who is against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him freely give us all things?" Rom. 8:31-32.
2. When John writes: "God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world," it is to be understood as referring to the time Christ preached in mortal flesh and taught the true way to salvation because of the command of the Father. For after this it is not said that he is sent; but that he will come to judge the world, as is often found in the Evangelists and the Apostles.

3. The flesh knows nothing whatever of judgment; just as it does not understand the righteousness of God. It neither sees nor has it any intimation that it is already condemned.

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