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A Parable in Two Miracles
Eternal life is like the miracle healings of two young ladies in the gospels (Mark 5:25-42). Jesus was on his way to the house of Jairus, a synagogue official, to heal his twelve year old daughter who lay dying, when a young lady who had been sick with internal bleeding for twelve years reached out to touch Jesus. Instantly she was healed. In the meantime, the daughter of Jairus had died; but Jesus arrived at the house, entered the room where the girl lay dead and restored life to her.
This is the meaning of the two miracles: The first young lady was ceremonially unclean by Jewish law (Lev.15:25-31) and represents a sinner who is sick with sin but is cleansed by the blood of Jesus upon reaching out to Him by faith (Rev.1:5). The resurrection of the second young lady represents the rebirth in Christ of the spiritually dead sinner (John 3:3). Together, these two miracles illustrate the two aspects of spiritual baptism---the washing away of sin by the death of Jesus and our new life by His resurrection (Rom.6:4).
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Themes of 1st John
New Life in Christ
(1Jn.2:20, 25, 3:24, 4:4, 13, 5:1, 4-5)
Holy One, Thy Gift Anoints Us
Holy One, Thy gift anoints us;
Cleansing wine and living oil
To Thy heart and mind now join us.
Lo new birth in man fulfilled!
In our heart lays God's foundation,
Strong and sure, through Calvary.
Shoots of life from Thy plantation
Seal us to God's family.
We in Thee are overcomers
Of this lost world's perishing;
Cursed to hell are all its members,
Save those who salvation brings
Up from death where sin did bind us;
Shedding darkness we now see,
Devils, who perfect man's blindness,
From Thy pow'r and light must flee.
Hearts of stone could never prosper,
Barred are they from bless-ed rest,
But in Thee mankind is offered
Living words in hearts of flesh.
Our new love of those begotten
Of the Father reassures,
We are born of God, and one in
Saving faith, sincere and pure.
By Thy breath the Holy Helper,
From the Father Thou received,
Comes to grow God's word within us
When we once that word believe.
May our hearts, O Vine, be forming,
Of Thy knowledge love displays,
Crowns of spirit wrought for glory,
To Thy everlasting praise.
words: 2016 by Stephen Popovich
music: 1824 by Beethoven from 9th symphony
And I will put my Spirit in you (Ezekiel 36:27)