Today’s message from John 12:35-43 is now on the web. You can listen to the audio here.
I summarized the message this way:
The causes behind Israel’s persistent rejection of Jesus challenge us to believe in Him as the Messiah. We’ve looked at two so far – prophetic prediction from Isa. 53:1 and sovereign preterition from Isa. 6:10.
Then I gave three applications from the doctrine of reprobation, the first for the unbeliever and the next two for the believer:
- Believe the gospel eagerly seizing the opportunity involved.
- Share the gospel confidently remembering the gravity involved (see 2 Corinthians 2:14-17).
- Glory in the gospel humbly acknowledging the sovereignty involved (see Romans 9:17-24). A complete glorying in the gospel in light of God’s sovereignty consists of two aspects of the doctrine of predestination – acknowledging His grace in election with untempered gratitude AND His justice in reprobation with tempered grief.
 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!  “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”  “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”  For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
(Romans 11:33-36 ESV)