Book of John
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The advice of Mary; Christ's activity through the believer demonstrated; the importance of obedience; keep the commandments in detail; the place of prayer; and the fellowship of God's people; 'stretch forth your hand'.
The living message of Scripture; what is a miracle? the whole man (mind; body and spirit) to be an expression of the glory of God; Christianity; an intimate relationship with a person; Mary; His mother; and the sin of presumption; the error of Roman Catholicism is an insult to Christ.
In this passage we see Jesus and His disciples at the wedding in Canaan. This begins the public ministry of Christ and here He performs His first miracle by turning water into wine. In this miracle, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, Jesus shows that His ministry is supernaturally empowered by God. He demonstrates that He is aware of His mission as redeemer and savior by proclaiming to Mary that his time had not yet come. But he still does perform one of the most extraordinary miracles found anywhere in the New Testament. The act of transforming the water into wine shows that Jesus had power of creation, in a way this miracle is microcosm of the original creative act of God. Jesus has power over everything as the Son of God and He testifies to all of His power and divine calling. What can we learn from this? First, according to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, we should not be presumptuous and assume we know God’s plan as some did. We should not assume that God works according to our time tables, but we should see that God has a plan for all things that he will accomplish in His own time. Secondly, this passage should cause us to see the power and glory of Christ as both Creator and Savior.
Partakers of the divine nature; the wilderness experience that leads to utter dependence; the problem of self-reliance; partaking of His fulness; take it by faith; the error of this teaching; the evidence of revival.
The abundance of the fulness He gives; the wealth of His riches; how can the Christian be poor? the experience of Wesley and others; the ultimate end; to increase our faith.
The tragedy of the century : men refuse to listen to God; 'seek ye first the kingdom of God'; externalising the things of God; the misuse of the Church by man and State; Christ the Judge.
The soul of the Christian is the temple in which God dwells; making merchandise of the Cross of Christ; the vision of God that reveals sin; the chastening of the Lord.
The question of a wrong desire for 'signs'; a right and wrong desire for signs; a lack of spiritual understanding demonstrated; an adulterous spiritual nature revealed; testing for the false; practical guidance.
In Bethlehem Jesus Christ was born. But who is Jesus? Some say Jesus was a great man and ethical teacher. Some say he was nothing more than a human teacher like many who came before him and would come after him. However, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us from Scripture, Jesus was no mere man, but he was the very Son of God. He was God in flesh come to dwell with man through the incarnation. In the Old Testament God was present with his people through the temple and the manifestation of his glory. But in Bethlehem God becomes present with his people by being born of a virgin. In this, God the Son, the second person of God takes upon a true human nature, he becomes subject to all the infirmities of the flesh. In this, God becomes present in Christ Jesus, this is a new presence and is better than the presence of the Old Covenant. The message of the incarnation goes far beyond the story of the birth of Jesus. He did not come into the world to merely be an example or to simply teach us, but he came to die for our sins. This is the great hope of the Christian faith, God became a man to die so that we may know him.
Belief through signs is defective; true faith founded on God's Word; the marks of the temporary believer; credulity and true faith compared; three examples of partial belief; examine yourself.