Not Everyone Who Says Lord, Lord is a great sermon from Jim Butler delivered last Sunday at the Southern California Association of Reformed Baptist Church’s Quarterly gathering.
If I look at my books in my library, notice I quoted Gill. Gill and Calvin were the only commentators in my library that referred to John 6:40. A lot of the other commentators, I remember going through this, I emailed Pastor Barcellos and said “Some of these guys would be Vatican approved, I think, because the emphasis is on ‘Do more'”. So let’s just suppose that we didn’t have a John 6:40. Let’s just suppose we didn’t have a John 6. Let’s just suppose when we read ‘But he who does the will of my Father in heaven”. There is a use of this Sermon on the Mount that we need to reckon with. Something that we ought to appreciate as confessional baptists is the threefold use of the law: the civil use, the pedagogical use, and the normative use of the law. I think personally if we understand that it protects us from some extreme positions out there.
The Sermon on the Mount functions pedagogically.
If we didn’t have John 6:29, if we didn’t have John 6:40, and we heard Jesus say ‘But he who does the will of my Father in heaven,’ you see by the time we come to the end of the Sermon on the Mount, it ought not to be self congratulation that we undergo. It ought to be “Who then can be saved?” It ought to cast us on the mercy of Christ!