Fall 2018: Welcome
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
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Welcome

The first miracle Jesus performed when He was on earth was at a wedding. We are not told whether the people getting married were relatives of Jesus or just friends, but during the festivities, Jesus was approached by Mary, His mother, because the host had encountered a serious problem. The wine had run out. Jesus “As men set forth the best wine first, then afterward that which is worse, so does the world with its gifts. That which it offers may please the eye and fascinate the senses, but it proves to be unsatisfying. The wine turns to bitterness, the gaiety to gloom. That which was begun with songs and mirth ends solves the problem by having the servants fill the waterpots with water, which then miraculously turns to wine when poured out. The governor is so impressed by the flavor and quality of this wine that he comments: “… Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” John 2:10 The story of the wedding at Cana has some deep and meaningful lessons for us, but one stands out the most to my mind. This is what Ellen White has to say about it: “As men set forth the best wine first, then afterward that which is worse, so does the world with its gifts. That which it offers may please the eye and fascinate the senses, but it proves to be unsatisfying. The wine turns to bitterness, the gaiety to gloom. That which was begun with songs and mirth ends solves the problem by having the servants fill the waterpots with water, which then miraculously turns to wine when poured out. The governor is so impressed by the flavor and quality of this wine that he comments: “… Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” John 2:10 The story of the wedding at Cana has some deep and meaningful lessons for us, but one stands out the most to my mind. This is what Ellen White has to say about it: in weariness and disgust. But the gifts of Jesus are ever fresh and new. The feast that He provides for the soul never fails to give satisfaction and joy. Each new gift increases the capacity of the receiver to appreciate and enjoy the blessings of the Lord. He gives grace for grace. There can be no failure of supply. If you abide in Him, the fact that you receive a rich gift today insures the reception of a richer gift tomorrow.” DA 148

Dear reader, have you realized that the gifts of Jesus are ever fresh and new--that there can be no failure of supply? Re-read that last sentence again for yourself:

“If you abide in Him, the fact that you receive a rich gift today insures the reception of a richer gift tomorrow.”

What a powerful statement! When we abide in Jesus, we can receive more and more from Him each day. This more and more principle is something we see in the Bible in many other instances.

Take Romans 8:31-39 for example: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Christ does not only offer us the possibility of becoming conquerors. He offers us to become more than conquerors. Jesus expresses this same principle when He meets Nathanael. Nathanael wonders if this could indeed be the Messiah, originating from a town like Nazareth. After Jesus says that He saw him under the fig tree, Nathanael is convicted that this is indeed the Christ they have been waiting for. “Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” John 1:49

The words of Jesus to Nathanael express the law of God’s dealing with the children of faith. With every fresh revelation of His love, He declares to the receptive heart, “Believest thou? Thou shalt see greater things than these.” John 1:50 – DA 148

Did you catch that? The “law of God’s dealing with the children of faith.” It is a principle of God’s kingdom that there is always more good available for you. God offers you much more than just 100%. When we connect ourselves with Him, He promises a never-ending supply, an ever-increasing joy and fulfillment exponentially. Yes, even despite the trials of this life.

Where else does this more and more principle show up?

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.“ 2 Peter 1:19

The prophetic Word is not only sure, it is more sure.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3-9

Here the Bible states that the faith we obtain through the trials we experience is much more precious than gold. Paul reiterates this idea in Corinthians:

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” … 2 Corinthians 4:7

And Christ’s goal for us is that we bear ever-increasing fruit:

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.” John 15:2

God’s promises to us are in ever-increasing supply because we are of such great value to Him:

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Matthew 6:30

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11

“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:31 This beautiful more and more principle is God’s plan for us. The Bible is full of emphatics. Never does the Word say “maybe” or “might”- God’s promises are always sure, certain and emphatic. And from the abundance that we receive, we are to impart to others that they may also receive. In fact, the more and more principle only really works if we are imparting it to others.

“We can impart only that which we receive from Christ; and we can receive only as we impart to others. As we continue imparting, we continue to receive, and the more we impart, the more we shall receive. Thus we may be constantly believing, trusting, receiving, and imparting. DA 370

Dear reader, are you experiencing God’s more and more principle in your life? If not, go to Him today and ask Him for more. Ask Him to apply “the law of God’s dealing with the children of faith” in your life. And then impart it to others that they may also receive, and that you may receive even more. The progressive upward ever-increasing ever-expanding principles of God’s kingdom can be yours every day.

Has life taken you into the valley of death or into a dark vale where you see no exit? Does the future look bleak and full of foreboding? Take God at His Word. Believe that God is applying the more and more principle to your life. Believe that the trials which you now suffer will provide you with a faith that is more precious than gold.

There can be no failure of supply.

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