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Gospel of John - Chapter 1 - Lesson 1

Posted on February 19, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

John 1 (ESV) 1 In the beginning was the Word3056, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.


3056 – lŏgŏs – from 3004: something said (incl. the thought), by impl. A topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extens. A computation: spec. (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ): - account, cause, communication, x concerning, doctrine, fame, x have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say (-ing), shew, speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible


The term logos was familiar to both Jews and Greeks and therefore would resonate with both cultures. According to the John MacArthur Study Bible, the Greeks used the term as “signifying the rational principle of ‘divine reason,’ ‘mind,’ or even ‘wisdom.’” For the Jews, creation occurred due to God’s spoken word. John specifically used it to refer to the person of Jesus Christ. The Voice Bible translates the word logos as “The Voice.” Jesus was God’s Voice on the earth.

 

Hebrews 11:3 (ESV) “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

 

By stating that the Word was with God in the beginning, John was asserting that the pre-incarnate Jesus existed with God the Father prior to the creation of the world. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have ALL always been. Jesus was not created BY God; He IS God. The Word, Jesus, was with God and WAS God. The Trinity is such a difficult concept for our minds to grasp, the idea that three distinct persons can be one God. I’ve seen several analogies but none of them fully explain it (the egg, the apple, water-steam-ice for example). Even though the word trinity does not appear in the Bible, the fact that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is clearly expressed in many passages such as Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14, Eph. 4:4-7, and Jude 20-21.


John 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.


From the cosmos to the seas, from mankind to fleas, Jesus created it all, even the amoebas! This is expressed elsewhere in the Bible as well:


Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”


Hebrews 1:2 “…but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”


As a child, I always thought of God the Father as the creator. You know, the elderly gentleman with the white beard. Maybe I had Him confused with Charlton Heston’s portrayal of Moses. But Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus, the Son, was the one through whom the world came into being. Even as Jesus created the world, He and the Father already knew that He would become the sacrifice for His created ones. In God’s economy it was considered “done” at that moment even though it did not happen in “time” until centuries later.


Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

Q – Have you ever thought about the fact that Jesus and the Father created us even though they knew we would rebel?

 

John 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


Just had to check this one out in the Amplified Version:


John 1:4-5 (AMP) In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].


Jesus was life in Himself. Life was not given to Him but instead emanated from Him. The idea of Jesus being Life and Light is a recurring theme in the book of John. Watch for it in the weeks to come. The footnotes in the Amplified Version define “darkness” as “the world immersed in sin: all that stands in opposition to God and biblical truth.” The darkness cannot overwhelm the Light. If you light a single candle in a darkened room, the darkness does not hide the candle. The darkness cannot overpower or overtake the Light. Some days it seems this world is out of control and all is doom and gloom. But Susan and I have read the end of the story, and the Light WILL triumph. Take heart, the Light of the World, Jesus, cannot and will not be extinguished.

 

Q – In what or whom do you trust? Are you trusting in the only true source of light in a darkened world?