Text: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
Good morning, converted Christian! Once you were Spiritually blind, now you can see! Once you wallowed in worldliness, now you glow with Godliness! Your Christian conversion is in clear evidence for all observers to see. Such outer evidence is a vital proof to all unbelievers that there is life for a look at the Crucified Christ. Praise God for true Christ like Christian conversions!
“Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth (all nations); for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22)
“Therefore if any man/woman be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed (or are continually passing) away; behold (look), all things are become (or are progressively becoming) new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Our journey with John today deals with the first miracle the Lord Jesus did in Cana of Galilee - changing ordinary washing water into good, high quality wine.
When Christ Jesus makes a change, the change He makes is always clearly seen. Praise and all glory to His Name!
“And He (the Lord God) that sat upon the throne said, Behold (look and see!), I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:5)
The miracle clearly performed that day in Cana of Galilee by Christ Jesus was instant; it was perfect; it was obvious; it was truly marvelous - and done in plain view of all gathered at the marriage. It was an act of the Supernatural - no one doubted, nor could doubt, that this deed was performed by the hand of Almighty God alone.
In this same sense, when the Lord God decides to redeem a lost sinner - the change can be clearly seen; the change is a lasting change over time; the inner change in the saved sinner’s soul is evidenced in the drastic changes the person outwardly manifests from that time forth. Hallelujah!
The Regeneration of a soul once dead in trespasses and sins is a recreation miracle of God’s free grace. (See the doctrine of Regeneration on our website, click 'Basic Christian Doctrines')
“But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead (Spiritually speaking) in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus…For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:4-10)
As I often teach: One can’t be saved and not know it; one can’t be saved and not show it. Praise God for the testimony of a converted Christian!
Note also from today’s Bible study how the human mother of Jesus was wise in her instruction to the servants at the marriage. Pay particular attention to her words in verse five: “…Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.”
Obedience to the call of God in coming to Christ for Salvation saves a precious and immortal soul for all Eternity. Obedience to the Word of God after one is saved ensures the redeemed soul of the perfect joy of God’s Holy Presence, His power, and His peace. We have God’s Word on the matter.
“Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy Presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
“But He (Christ Jesus) said, Yea rather, blessed (blessed with blessings) are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28)
When the converted Christian, like the stone pots in our selected passage, are ‘…filled…up to the brim…’ with the power of God the Holy Ghost - all beholding such converts can clearly see the miracle that has been done in them. There’s no hiding the light in the life of the victorious, obedient, Christian soul. Thanks be to God for His miracle of free grace.
Thought: If there’s Holy Ghost oil in the human lamp - it will shine.