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Jesus Christ my Lord and my Savior: John 1:1-18

Jesus Christ my Lord and my Savior

Friday, October 19, 2007

John 1:1-18

John 1:1-18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'" 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him


1. Jesus Christ, who is called "the Word," is the eternal God.
John 1:1-3, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being."
The main thing to see here is the statement at the end of verse 1: "The Word was God." Here Jesus Christ is called "the Word." We will see that in just a moment from verses 14 and 17. Verse 3 clarifies what it means for "the Word" to be God. "All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." In other words, he did not come into being. All that did come into being came into being through him. He has always existed.
This clarifies what is meant by "in the beginning." Not just "at the time of creation," but at the time before anything came into being. The Word was with God and the Word was God because the Word never had a beginning. The Word is co-eternal with God the Father. He is not the Father, because he was "with God" the Father. But he is equally God with God the Father because "the Word was God."
That is the first observation.
2. The Word became flesh; that is, God was united with a human nature in one Person, and was truly man and truly God who lived in history as Jesus Christ.
Verse 14: "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." Then in verse 17 this Person called "the Word" is named: "For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ." So Jesus Christ is "the Word" who was in the beginning with God and who was God.
3. If you receive him, you become a child of God and enjoy everlasting waves of grace.
Combine verses 12 and 16: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. . .. For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace." If you receive him for who he really is, you are granted to be a child of God and that means receiving "grace upon grace" that corresponds to his fullness -which is an infinite fullness. And so the waves never cease. And so our exultation in Jesus Christ will never cease. His fullness is inexhaustible and it will overflow with waves of grace forever and ever and never run dry or become stagnant.
This is because, as Colossians 2:9 says, "In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form." His fullness is the fullness of "deity". Therefore, it is an infinite fullness, and the grace that flows from infinite fullness is infinite grace. Therefore, we will exult in Jesus Christ with ever-new and ever-increasing joy forever and ever.


Please add your comments and more information on John 1:1-18, so that we can learn more and more.

God bless you.

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