Testimony of God and man only have a meaningful conversation on the basis of faith. It is a language not taught according to the wisdom of man but learnt by example from the manner God chose to reveal. He sent his only begotten Son whom we understand as the Word made flesh. With whom God created everything. We have the testimony, ’The world was made by him’(Jn.1:10,3) so the question for man is simple: do we take the testimony of God or of man who does not know Him really?
The marriage in Cana (Jn.2:1-11)is an illustration for those who does not know God. During the banquet the wine had run out and Jesus because his mother had looked to him for help he demonstrated the power of God. He commanded those who were in charge of wine to fill up water from the pots and serve. The servants did accordingly and the master of ceremonies tasted it and had to observe, “Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse” Such is human wisdom that is not difficult if man has common sense to learn from experience. The MC naturally had no idea from whence the wine had come. Such is the quality of faith and it can add to our lives. We are, for a casual eye, the same old stone jars but holding something surpassing and what we hold, also good for the life hereafter. “That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom…(Lk.22:30)”. Here we have Christian Living in a nutshell.
Christian Living for us would mean a life abiding in Christ. Our abundance is not of outward superfluities but fruits of the spirit and that of service. Abiding in Christ would for us mean that we are present doing as our Saviour Lord bid the servants at the marriage in Cana, as at the end of the passage, ‘manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.’If the Christian West has become looked upon as corrupted by materialism what are the evangelicals in the US doing? Is it not shameful at the corrupt consumerism that they wave as though it would lead to godliness?
The world looks on pomp and circumstance of persons and is awed what their eyes behold. “And the people gave a shout saying, It is the voice of God, and not of man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him(Herod), because he gave not God the glory… (Ac.12:23)”There is nothing that can rationally explain where does this supposedly glory of man originate. Even the pagans being impressed by the oration of Herod and his person said, ‘It is the voice of God,’ but Herod believed the glory was all his. Doesn’t this sound all too familiar? The man who occupies the highest office in the realm says, ‘I have much better apartment and I’m richer than they are, more money than others, I’m smarter than they are…I became president, and they didn’t.”
’Remember what God did to Herod? The prince of the world had drawn wool over his eyes and he was deceived. It is this with man who relies on his reason and concludes that glory rightly belongs to him. Herod was struck down and probably appendicitis or sepsis and the worms made a meal of him. When God warns what happened to those who were irreverent we ought to take heed. These applies to all humans. When a proverb says, ’Pride goes before a fall’ human wisdom applies from experience and it s also borne out true. In our case we would apply it as coming from God. That is the difference between applying our reason and believing in the word of God. The Psalmist of Israel predicted the fall of Judas Iscariot a millennia earlier and in the Acts of the Apostles Simon Peter mentions the passage and exhorts his audience (Ps.41:9). Such predictive passages also inform time element of such passages to be fulfilled is kept by God. In short man’s wisdom has many good features but wisdom of God is perfect. This is what makes the Bible unique as God document.,,(Selected)