Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Theandric action manifested mean what to the disciples? Why is it Jesus will save the best for last?
Martin Luther = “If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except that little point which the world and the Devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
In this verse, JOH 2:6, the Lord uses the original Greek language noun Hudria which is translated waterpots or water vessels, to describe the Lord uses waterpots or water vessels according to the Greek Scholar Joseph Thayer.
And so, the six waterpots represented six followers or disciples of our Lord, some from disciples who were following John the Baptist along with some disciples our Lord chose before He went to the wedding.
Also, the number six is usually the number of man, but at times, it represents the work of God as in Genesis when in six days God worked and the 7th day, God rested.
No longer were the Jews to be cleansed by the ceremony of pouring clean water in the vessels or waterpots and wash them and then empty out all of the water and pour new water in the vessel.
They were just to fill the vessel to the brim then pour the pure clean water into the waterpot vessels, but now they could be cleansed by believing upon the Lord and enjoy the life that He gave you.
So, He tells the servants to draw water and fill the jars or the empty vessels who had believed in the Lord as their Savior and now they are also believing the Lord’s will as empty waterpots or the empty vessels for the Jewish custom of purification.
Instead, our Lord told them to bring the water to the headwaiter and let him drink it so He can taste it to see if it was good enough to drink, which he drank it and found it to be heavenly wine.
And notice what he said, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”
This action removed all doubt that this was a miracle performed by the Messiah to manifest His glory and it was also a glimpse of the Hypostatic Union in our Lord and the Theandric action that was about to be manifested to His disciples.
Since the beginning of the Church-age, Christians have struggled with the dilemma of representing the infinite God to finite mankind through vessels of clay.
The process of Theandric Action is the only provision whereby Christians are able to manifest the true nature of God in their mortal bodies within the Body of Christ and to a lost and dying world.
The word “theandric” comes from two Greek words, theos–God, and anthropos–man.
In JOB 10:9 ‘Remember now, that Thou hast made me as clay; And wouldst Thou turn me into dust again?
ISA 64:8 But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father, We are the clay, and Thou our potter; And all of us are the work of Thy hand.
Most Christians never experience Theandric Action, because they ignorantly live in the effects of the Fall of man, expressing the character of the old adamic nature in the mentality, fulfilling selfish and vain pursuits.
When the life of God the Father is operational in the believer’s life, through the filling of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, which is the mind of Christ, the possibilities of experiencing Christ’s victory are limitless.
Concerning the Father, Jesus said, “For I do always those things that please Him” (John 8:29b).
Therefore, the Father’s disposition was totally manifested to the world through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “He that hath seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), because Jesus, in His humanity, was the exact reproduction of the image of God (Heb 1:3).
Describing His disposition, Jesus said, “I am meek and lowly in heart,” (Mat 11:29).
This sheds light on the heart attitude of Jesus as He prayed, “That they all may be one; as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (Joh 17:21).
It is the desire of the Father that all men would know Christ and experience the very same life that He derived from His Father, through the provision of recovery for their growing process (1Jo 1:9).
It is my intention herein to present to you the practical but devastating results of failing to live in Theandric Action because of ignoring the miraculous power of God.
It must be emphasized that Theandric Action does not mean losing our individuality or creative capacity, nor does it imply that our sin nature can ever be eradicated.
In 1Co 15:l0b Paul said, “I labored more abundantly than them all, yet not I, but the grace of God that was in me.”
Truth concerning the invisible God can only be imparted to natural men by those Christians who understand and live in the appropriation of the principle of Theandric Action.
As the Christian faces every situation in life in the power of Theandric Action, the nature of God will be revealed to the world.
And through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, all human problems and failures can be transformed into victories for the believer who, in courage and faith, applies this principle.
And so, back to the miracle, with its limitless power to change us, our Lord demonstrated His marvelous ability to master the processes of nature realizing what the apostle John said when he said in Joh 1:3, “All things came into being by Him.”
Now, in spite of the fact that God begins the work and completes it, we do have a part in the work that He began.
The word large is the adjective megale which means a great house.
Therefore, in context, the large house refers to the church or the body of Christ and the vessels in the house refer to born again believers.