THE BEGINNING OF JESUS’ SIGNS

THE BEGINNING OF JESUS’ SIGNS

John the beloved in his account of the gospel chose to refer to the miracles, wonders, or supernatural works performed by the Lord Jesus Christ as “signs.” This is very significant!

By choosing the word “signs,” John wanted us to know that every miracle or wonder performed by Christ was pointing to something deeper, higher and greater than themselves. They signified or indicated something more important than the actual miraculous works…

THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN

THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN

Besides God sending Jesus Christ as a perfect Lamb or sacrifice to atone for our sins and deliver us from its terrible consequences, God also sent the Lord Jesus as His firstborn to reveal His true person, nature and character to us and also to model for us how God intended His children to live, reign and operate on the earth (Col. 1:15, Heb. 1:6).

Therefore, it is not enough to just acknowledge or receive Jesus Christ as God’s perfect sacrifice for your sins; you must also acknowledge or receive Him as your Elder Brother and obey, follow and imitate Him in everything as God’s perfect example or model for you…

THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD’S PERSON

THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD’S PERSON

None of the saints, patriarchs and prophets of old could be regarded as a perfect witness for God, or as an express image of God’s person. None of them was an exact representation of God’s person, nature and character. Though the prophets of old were God’s messengers, yet their character was not a complete reflection of God’s character.

This is why the Lord Jesus sharply rebuked His disciples when they sought for His permission to command fire to come down from heaven, like Prophet Elijah did, to consume the Samaritans who rejected Jesus…

THE RADIANCE OF GOD’S GLORY

THE RADIANCE OF GOD’S GLORY

While it is absolutely true that every scripture whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament is inspired by God and undoubtedly profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness; however, there is a great difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The difference is much more than a blank page that separates them in your Bible. Unfortunately, many believers and even preachers today still don’t recognize the remarkable differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament…

STOP PATCHING UP YOUR OLD GARMENT

STOP PATCHING UP YOUR OLD GARMENT

No religion, institution, organization, rehabilitation, or civilization can patch up, improve upon, repair or fix the sinful and selfish nature of man. It is completely corrupt and evil. It can never be improved upon, modified, or made better. Therefore, it has to be put off or changed through the new birth experience.

God’s plan of salvation does not entail patching up, improving upon, mending, or repairing our sin-ridden nature; rather, it entails replacing our sinful nature with His holy nature. Therefore, born-again believers don’t retain their old sinful, corrupt or depraved nature after the new birth experience…

BE SPIRITUALLY MINDED

BE SPIRITUALLY MINDED

While it may not be possible to have a trouble-free voyage across the ocean of life, however, it is possible to have a peace-full voyage despite the raging storms of life. Peace does not necessarily mean an absence of storm, but calmness and tranquility amid storm. The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated this when He slept in the sinking boat amid a great storm (Matt. 8:24).

Jesus would have slept all through the voyage despite the tempest if not that He was woken up by his fearful and fretful disciples travelling with Him. This kind of supernatural peace is available to all believers in Christ (John 16:33)…

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