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Over the past few weeks, our adult class at church has been discussing the 7 miracles of Jesus detailed in the book of John. A primary characteristic of all of Jesus’ miracles is that they are not done for the sake of showing off power, but carry meaning about his relationship with God and us. There is a way in which Jesus not only tells parables, but lives them conspicuously in these wonders.

What struck me as we made our way through the entire set this time was the progression through which we are carried from beginning to end. Jesus is deliberate with every step: he knows where he is coming from and where he is going to. His purpose is clear as he draws us into the greater story.

Water to Wine–John 2:1-11

During a wedding at Cana, Jesus’ mother Mary approaches him after it becomes known to her that the banquet is running out of wine. Jesus says to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” Mary, ignoring the response, tells the servants to do as Jesus says. Six large stone jars typically used for purification rituals were filled with water which immediately is turned to wine. (more…)

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In Section 25 of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, we looked at the fulfillment of the knowledge of God. In Section 26, Barth delved into what it means for God to be knowable. Now in Section 27, Barth discusses the limits of that knowledge–namely where it begins and ends. He seemingly starts by reiterating where we left off in the previous sections:

“God is known only by God. We do not know Him, then, in virtue of the views and concepts with which in faith we attempt to respond to His revelation. But we also do not know Him without making use of His permission and obeying His command to undertake this attempt. The success of this undertaking, and therefore the veracity of our human knowledge of God, consists in the fact that our viewing and conceiving is adopted and determined to participation in the truth of God by God Himself in grace.” –Karl Barth (CD II.1, p.179)

While this opening remark is well rooted in the discussions of God’s revelation being a gift of His grace, Barth’s develops each word as part of an even more well defined picture. Barth confirms that the starting and ending points must be contained within God, but he also intends to show how it is that we can know anything about God on this basis. (more…)

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