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John 6:16-21

“Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.”

“So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.”

John 6:16-21

And the sea arose, swelled, and was tumultuous and raging; the waves mounted up, and tossed the ship to and fro by reason of a great wind that blew; which agitated the waters of the sea, and lifted up the waves;

The storm seems to have arose after they had set sail and were out in the midst of the sea.

Their vessel was a small one, something of a boat: as to sails, if they had any, they could not now use them, because of the storm.

Jesus walking on the sea, thus suspending the laws of gravitation with a manifestation of unlimited power. Jesus did this by His own power; therefore Jesus showed forth his Godhood. In this one miracle we discover His power from these 3 things:

1. Though at a distance from his disciples, he knew their distress.

2. He found them out on the lake, and probably in the midst of darkness.

3. He walked upon the water.

Job, speaking of those things whereby the omnipotence of God was demonstrated, says particularly in Job 9:8, “He walketh upon the waves of the sea:” Implying that this was impossible to anything other than Omnipotence.

And drawing nigh unto the ship; though Mark says, He “would have passed by them” Mark 6:48; that is, He seemed as if He would. But His intention was to come to them and save them from perishing, which Jesus did do.

Jesus says “It is I; be not afraid.” This is the gospel message of peace. Christ’s presence is peace to the soul.

Then once they knew who He was; and especially then He was all the more welcome, as they were in distress; and Jesus was able as they well knew, to help them:

Immediately the ship was at the land where they were headed; which was done, as Nonnus the poetjesus_walks_water-1 observes, by a divine motion; because not only did the wind cease, but another miracle was performed. The ship was in an instant at the place where they intended to go.

 

 

Eternal Life

“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
 
2 Peter 3:13
 
We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth. The promise which is found in Isaiah 65:17: “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” …
 
… and Isaiah 66:22: “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed”
It does appear from these promises that the apostle says here and what is also said in Revelation 21:27, Revelation 22:14, and Revelation 22:15, that the present earth, though destined to be burned up, will not be destroyed, but be renewed and refined, purged from all moral and natural imperfection, and made the endless abode of blessed spirits.
But this state is certainly to be expected after the day of judgment. For on this the apostle is very clear, who says the burning and renovation are to take place at the judgment of the great day.
 
2 Peter 3:7,
2 Peter 3:8,
2 Peter 3:10,
2 Peter 3:12.
The heavens and the earth are not to be blotted out, but changed, purified, and made better for the home of the righteous.
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Hosea 2:19

I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy;

Hosea 2:19

After these judgments the Lord would deal with Israel more gently. By the promise of rest in Jesus we are invited to take His yoke upon us so the work of conversion can be forwarded by comforts as well as by convictions.

Nowadays we are more concerned with conversion rates and costs than we are with the betterment of our self and the cost of our souls …

But usually the Lord drives us to despair of earthly joy and help from ourselves, that, being shut from every other door, we will knock at Mercy’s gate. In too many cases today, we see people turning a blind eye to God’s calling and they seek other methods of distraction and satisfaction …

From that time Israel would be more truly attached to the Lord; no longer calling him Baali, or My lord and master, alluding to authority rather than love, but Ishi, an address of affection.

This may foretell the restoration from the Babylonian captivity; and also be applied to the conversion of the Jews to Christ in the days of the apostles and the future general conversion of that nation.

Genuine believers are able to expect infinitely more tenderness and kindness from their holy God, than a beloved wife can expect from even the kindest husband.

When the people were weaned from idols and loved the Lord, no creature could do them any harm.

This should be understood of the blessings and privileges of the spiritual Israel, of the true believer, and the partaking of God’s righteousness.

Here is an argument for us to walk so that God may not be dishonored by us: “Thou art My people.” God calls us His children …

If a man’s family walks disorderly, it is a dishonor to the Master.

Hosea 2:19

I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy;

Hosea 2:19

After these judgments the Lord would deal with Israel more gently. By the promise of rest in Jesus we are invited to take His yoke upon us so the work of conversion can be forwarded by comforts as well as by convictions.

Nowadays we are more concerned with conversion rates and costs than we are with the betterment of our self and the cost of our souls …

But usually the Lord drives us to despair of earthly joy and help from ourselves, that, being shut from every other door, we will knock at Mercy’s gate. In too many cases today, we see people turning a blind eye to God’s calling and they seek other methods of distraction and satisfaction …

From that time Israel would be more truly attached to the Lord; no longer calling him Baali, or My lord and master, alluding to authority rather than love, but Ishi, an address of affection.

This may foretell the restoration from the Babylonian captivity; and also be applied to the conversion of the Jews to Christ in the days of the apostles and the future general conversion of that nation.

Genuine believers are able to expect infinitely more tenderness and kindness from their holy God, than a beloved wife can expect from even the kindest husband.

When the people were weaned from idols and loved the Lord, no creature could do them any harm.

This should be understood of the blessings and privileges of the spiritual Israel, of the true believer, and the partaking of God’s righteousness.

Here is an argument for us to walk so that God may not be dishonored by us: “Thou art My people.” God calls us His children …

If a man’s family walks disorderly, it is a dishonor to the Master.