The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing a Man Born Blind (Part Two)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The episode of the healing of the man born blind takes up an entire chapter of the book of John, signalling its importance in understanding the work of Christ. Martin Collins discusses the blind man's response to Jesus, the part the Sabbath plays in the healing, and the ubiquity of opposition to true Christians.


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing a Man Born Blind (Part One)

Article by Martin G. Collins

Only the apostle John records Jesus' healing of the man born blind, found in John 9, which shows Christ calling a people for Himself despite the efforts of the Jewish authorities to deter Him. Martin Collins covers a few major themes woven throughout this account.


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing a Man Born Blind (Part One)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Only John records Jesus' healing of the man born blind, which shows Christ calling a people for Himself despite the efforts of the Jewish leaders to deter Him.


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing a Man Born Blind (Part Three)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

In the healing of the blind man in John 9, knowledge is a significant theme. What those in the scene know and do not know reveals a great deal about them.


The Healing of a Man Born Blind (Part Two)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, continuing in his exposition of the healing of the man blind from birth, reiterates that a spiritual analogy can be derived from this episode, suggesting that all of us have been born spiritually blind and have spent a great deal of our early lives in total darkness, oblivious to our need for salvation. Like the …


The Healing of a Man Born Blind (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, after citing the alarming statistics of people blind or visually impaired, focusing upon the miracle of the healing of the man born blind, draws some comparisons between physical and spiritual blindness. The man born blind in John 9 was not because a sin had been committed, but because God's power could be seen …


The Healing of a Man Born Blind (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, expounding on the miracle of the healing of the man born blind, suggests that the physical impairments, including blindness, have spiritual counterparts. Jesus Christ represents the coming of light into the world, a metaphorical representation of truth and righteousness, a light which was rejected by His own …


The Miracles of Jesus Christ: Healing the Blind Man from Bethsaida

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

Only Mark contains the healing of the blind man from Bethsaida, highlighting several important spiritual truths. The miracle's location is part of its unique teaching.


The Blind See

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging the premature death of Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, and his accomplishments, reports he had a darker side, dying as a Zen Buddhist and displaying the characteristic of a tyrant. Though he was highly successful by worldly standards, he was not called, and had no concept of God's plan. This 8th Day, …


Sight to the Blind

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on an article about the widely prevalent condition of congenital blindness in India, mainly developing from untreated cataracts, and on an effort led by Dr. Pawan Sinha to supply inexpensive lenses to alleviate the problem, reports that after restoring sight to thousands of patients, Sinha came to …


Faith and Healing (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes the necessity of work (dressing and keeping our life, our health, our possessions, our calling, etc.). God has called us to a lifetime of productive work. We cannot allow Satan to cause us to resent working or to feel victimized, slighted, bitter, or lazy, rejecting God's ordained purpose for …


Maintaining Good Health (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, using Paul's metaphor of the human body as the temple of God's Spirit (II Corinthians 6:16) insists that stewardship of our bodies or keeping ourselves healthy is (like the Levitical maintenance of the literal tabernacle) an aspect of holiness, promoting the strengthening of our relationship with Jesus Christ. …


The Light of the World

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Christ's teachings on the Eighth Day revolved around light and darkness, and twice on that Holy Day He proclaimed that He is the Light of the World.


John (Part 16)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The closer we get to God, the more likely we will have persecution, but also the greater and more real He becomes and the more likely we will serve Him correctly.


Who Is the 'God of This World'? (Part One)

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Translators use a lowercase "g" in "god of this age [or, world]" in II Corinthians 4:4, yet it is the true God who blinds; He alone opens and closes eyes.


Facing Times of Stress: Lack of Clarity

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins asks whether we have tried to make decisions without having sufficient facts. All of Christ's actions were done with full knowledge of the facts. Christ's healing of the blind man could have had the ancillary purpose of teaching the disciples the extent of their spiritual blindness, who had become hindered by …


Four Views of Christ (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Christ provides a model of how to live a godly life in the flesh, living life the way God lives it. Using His light, we can navigate our way in this world.


John 7:37 Examined (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that the scene does not change between John 7 and 8, but the location changes in chapter 9, a location where He heals a man who had been blind from his birth. This stirred up another controversy with the Pharisees. All of the events occurring in John 8-10 occurred on the Last Great Day, six months …


The Fourth Commandment (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus magnified the Sabbath, giving principles by which to judge our activities. Each time Jesus taught about the Sabbath, He emphasized some form of redemption.


The Fourth Commandment (Part Two): Christ's Attitude Toward the Sabbath

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

In the Gospels, questions about the Sabbath center on how to keep it, not whether it should be kept. The way Jesus approached the Sabbath gives us an example.


Acts (Part 5)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh highlights how the witness of the apostles, particularly miraculous healings performed in the name of Jesus Christ, brought them into conflict with the established Jewish leaders, the entrenched Sadducees and the Sanhedrin. Peter used the startling impact of these healings to draw attention to the fulfilled …


In Search of a Clear World View (Part Four)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Satan can fine-tune the course of this world (Zeitgeist), customizing it depending on whom he may seek to murder. We need to be thinking and vigilant.


The Commandments (Part 7)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

The work required on the Sabbath is to prepare for the Kingdom of God, fellowshipping with our brethren, serving where possible, and relieving burdens.