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How to Live Miraculously!  November 29, 2015  (04.29.13)

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Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

“. . . Now having set aside some myths, it is time for an adventure ― delving into biblical enlightenment: The dynamic working of what really happened that night on the Sea of Galilee with Jesus, his disciples, and the ship has eluded the Bible student for centuries, but we will elaborate with reference to what is magnificently written.

John 6:21 (above) continues: “and immediately the ship {ploion} was at the land whither they went {where the disciples were originally heading}.” Did you observe what just happened? They were immediately and therefore instantaneously transported over to where they were going!

When Jesus came to his disciples into the ship, he then took them over with him the best possible way he could, and we might also add: without any complaints.

The word immediately in John 6:21, is the Greek word euthōs, and means at once, or instantaneously (CLC pages 401-402; and VCD page 253, see the Bibliography page, below). In the Gospel of Matthew 8:3, we have this same Greek word used in the miracle of healing and cleansing of a leper, “And immediately {euthōs} his leprosy was cleansed.” The word immediately was used because a miracle had indeed transpired instantly, just as the miracle of the transported ship on the Sea of Galilee was immediate.

The word was in John 6:21 is the Greek word ginomai and means to come or bring into being (CLC page 855; and VCD page 665+1). This Greek word is used in the Gospel of John 1:3, “All things were made {ginomai} by him,” for the creation came into being by (or through) the Word of God. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). The word was (or came into being) is the word used to explain light coming into being from something that was not currently present to something that becomes instantly present ― it is the creating of a miracle! “IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

The word at in John 6:21 is the Greek preposition epi, and is in the genitive case answering from whence something or someone came and denotes superposition (TCB Apx. 104. ix.i.). Epi in the genitive case also has connotations relating to space and time, however, Jesus had done this miracle hundreds of years before Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity was envisioned.

One of Einstein’s teachers, Hermann Minkowski, began championing and defining the geometric theory and qualities of Einstein’s space-time continuum (AKA: Minkowski space or Minkowski spacetime). Nineteen hundred years earlier, Jesus was using the principles and laws of the universe to immediately and all at once come into being on the other side of the Sea of Galilee by using the fourth dimension of time travel for his practical advantage.

That night, Jesus not only instantly transported himself but he also believed to transport the entire ship with all its barnacles along with all the passengers, the tackle, the oars, the sails, the nets, even the snacks (the remaining twelve baskets of the bread,― John 6:13) ― everything on that ship. And do you know why they used baskets in those days? Well, lunchboxes or knapsacks were not yet invented. A wonderful lesson here is that one’s own personal believing can inspire other people, bringing others along with them, and benefiting those who desire to walk with God.

We have another interesting word gee, used in John 6:21 which is the word translated land; this is the Greek word meaning land as distinct from water, or land as land being the opposite of water (VCD page 352; and TCB Apx. 129.4). In other words, the ship did not simply arrive at the shoreline alongside a dock, but up on dry soil. Jesus literally “dry-docked” that ship, so as to make no mistake whatsoever in the minds and hearts of his disciples that a miracle did indeed transpire, and whenever the disciples would ponder on that wonderful night’s epoch, they would remember their miracle which moved them so physically and inspirationally.

Until the invention of the Hover-Craft in the mid-nineteen-fifties, moving ships over land was a physical impossibility without first digging a canal or dragging them, but Jesus miraculously achieved this by his own believing, the same believing faith we also have within us (Matthew 17:20,  21:21, Mark 11:23, and John 14:12).

So we are left with believing what the Word of God specifically reveals about the miracle of this transported ship, or believing that the Bible is somehow wrong. And personally, I am not willing to go down that road by either reading into or over the Word, nor would I dare to lay a doubting charge at the feet of Christ, my miraculous Savior, nor am I willing to throw aspersions at the Throne of my God.

God’s Word is perfectly and completely “tried” (or refined, Psalms 18:30), “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried {refined} in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” (Psalms 12:6). Silver refined over and again seven times removes all the impurities leaving purified silver, and this is the description of God’s wonderful Word.

John 6:22:
The day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat {ploiarion} there, save that one  whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat {ploiarion}, but that his disciples were gone away alone. 
The translators not seeing or realizing the great miracle Jesus performed that night on the sea assumed that Jesus and his disciples must have simply returned to the same shoreline on this boat. Therefore, when they were translating John 6:22 they literally revised the meaning, inflection, and implication of the spirit of the context to fit into this philosophy by stating, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered. This implies that this same boat that Jesus’ disciples took out to sea the night before was now returned back to the same place.

The word ship back up in verses 17, 19, and 21 (the ship that Jesus’ disciples took out), is the Greek word ploion and means a ship, a sailing vessel (TCB page 1529; and YAC pages 880-881). However, the Greek word ploiarion used in verse 22 is the word for a small dinghy or small boat (TCB page 1529; and YAC page 102), which no fisherman worth his salt would have taken out during a storm as there was the night before. Therefore, the ship, the ploion that Jesus’ disciples were on, which is the one and the same ship Jesus boarded and transported CANNOT BE the small boat, the ploiarion that verse 22 is referencing to, and still the King James is covertly implying that both the ship and the boat are one in the same, yet they are not.

We have studied that God’s Word uses words with utmost precision, but never haphazardly to sow confusion and uncertainty. The translators of the Amplified Bible have done a tremendous work on verse 22, as they had no agenda other than to express the spirit of the true meaning of the Greek words used in the Text as follows:

John 6:22 (The Amplified Bible): *
The next day the crowd [that still remained] standing on the other side of the sea realized that there had been only one small boat {ploiarion} there, and that Jesus had not gone {NOT GONE} into it with His disciples, but that His disciples had gone away by themselves. {His disciples had gone away by themselves the night before on the ploion (ship), this is a different and much larger ship than that remaining small rowboat, that ploiarion

The Word of God is so marvelous, so precise, and so wonderful when we allow His inherent truth to surface. Verse 22 is actually stating some of the reasons why all the people were still looking for and wondering where Jesus and his party had disappeared. You see, there was no way they could have gone out to sea on that little dingy the previous night (especially during the storm of the “great wind”), as this little rowboat was the only extra vessel still left on the shore that morning.

This also explains why the next morning the people at the shoreline (fishermen and others) could not find Jesus or his disciples or the ship (ploion) he had transported the previous night to land. The ship (ploion) was not docked at the shore, or they surely would have seen it there, and so they supposed that Jesus must be on the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

Then came other mariners from Tiberias (John 6:23), also looking for Jesus, and when they found that he was not there, they got into their ships and boats and crossed over to Capernaum (John 6:24).

Can you just see them scratching their heads, befuddled, and wondering what was going on, and where he, his disciples, the ship, and “the remaining food” might have disappeared off to in the night? Unfortunately, their underlying motivation was “where in the world did that food-creating, miracle worker, Jesus go”? This inspired their diligent search because when you can get fed for free and the giver does not expect anything in return, welfare runs rampant.

Finally, they found Jesus in a synagogue at Capernaum (John 6:26-59), and they asked Jesus, “Rabbi, when camest though hither {i.e., how in the world did you get on this side of the sea}” (John 6:25)? You see, they did not know how Jesus arrived at the other side because there was no ship anywhere to be found. He then taught them about believing on him as the bread of life and as being God’s Son and representative (though he did not specifically explain the miracle to them ― that miracle was for the benefit of the disciples who had accompanied him). Also, recall that they were mainly concerned about the free food Jesus gave them the day before, enhancing his unwillingness to express the miraculous way in which they were whisked away to Capernaum.

Jesus was able to transport that ship because he believed God’s Word and that God created the universe along with all its laws and principles. Jesus taught his disciples in Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Jesus understood, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23), “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). And since all things are possible, then with God nothing shall be impossible!

It does not matter if the ship (ploion) on that blustery night on the Sea of Galilee immediately transported two inches or two miles; the words of Jesus to consider are, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12), and so he has, and so we can ― do!

Philippians 4:13 (The Amplified Bible): *
I have strength for all things {the King James Bible reads: “I can do all things”} in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

I really think that in the end, when we are in Heaven, that the awe for most of us will be to finally realize all the power we actually had down here and yet did not utilize to its fullest capacity to enjoy our lives. . .”

Part Two: Continues with details about “How to Live Miraculously!And “What Would Jesus Do” (WWJD) & “What Will You Do” (WWYD).


*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

(CLC) Bullinger, E.W. A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament.
Reprint, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1980.

(VCD) Vine W.E. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.
Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, 1996.

(TCB) Companion Bible, The. Reprint, Grand Rapids:
Zondervan, 1974.

(YAC) Young, Robert. Analytical Concordance to the Bible.  Reprint, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1979.

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