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That it is of great importance to see the special significance John attaches to the term “Sign” we have attempted to demonstrate in our former article. More could be said to substantiate our contention, but we trust that what we have written will, at least for the present, be sufficient to indicate its importance. We will have ample opportunity to refer to this matter again later in this essay in another connection.

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In our last article we underscored that John in recording to us the “signs” of Jesus very evidently made a selection. We also stated that there is a very evident design in this selection. The writer so marshals his material that he brings the Christ into boldest relief as the Son of God in the flesh, who suffers and dies and rises again the third day, being powerfully revealed to be the Son of God.

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We may quite safely assume that all of our readers are very well acquainted with the Gospel narrative of the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee, where Jesus and His disciples were also invited to be present. We need, therefore, not write out this portion of Scripture in full. Those who wish to acquaint themselves with the passage, or refresh their memory can take their Bible and read it.

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The conclusion that we may draw from the data given in our former article, seems to be that the “wine” is chosen by Christ as a picture of His perfected work as the Son of Man. For wine, we saw, is the product of what we have at the end of the entire process of fomentation. It can be developed no more. It is aged, perfected. So too with Christ’s work, when it is completely perfected, there will be no possibility of bringing it further.

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Many long years had passed by. And always the mother of Jesus was pondering in her heart concerning the meaning of all this Word of God, this revelation concerning her son. And while she pondered, and, no doubt, instructed Him, He “increased and grew strong, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him”. For thirty years she had watched this marvelous son, and all the while she pondered.

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God willing, the undersigned will again contribute to this rubric in the Standard Bearer. For more than a year the Rev. C. Hanko has very ably and willingly written in my stead. I wish, therefore, first of all to thank him for his efforts in my and our readers behalf. That the undersigned again writes does not mean that our readers will no longer receive the benefit of Rev. Hanko’s pen. He will also contribute from time to time.

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It is a remarkable fact, at once dead earnest and comforting for the believer, that the Word of God is always practical. The Bible never is dry scholasticism. It is never interested in a system of truth and doctrine for the mere sake of this system and doctrine. It is always the Word of God, the means of grace employed by the Holy Spirit to work faith and repentance in Christ, or to take away all excuse from unbelief and disobedience.

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