Concordia Theological Monthly

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water into wine, sign, ministry, cana, baptism, calvary

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


A king begins His public ministry. He performs His first miracle; He gives His first "sign" (σημεῖον) 1 John says. He changes water into wine. This sign stands as a finger post of God. It points us then and now to Christ. Among other lessons, it also is a sign for our modern ministry. For encouragement think of this as a sign of the King's power, a sign of the King's love, a sign of the Kingdom, and a sign for the ministry of the Word.


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John 3:5; John 1:1; John 1:13; Psalm 66:6; Romans 5:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 19:34; Galatians 3:13; Galatians 4:5; John 17:1; John 13:1; John 12:33; John 8:20; John 7:30; Romans 12:9; Ecclesiastes 9:7; Psalm 107:29; Psalm 104:15;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars