John Lesson 1 Day 2

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John Lesson 1 Day 2

John 1:1-5

3.  John 1:1 Jesus (Yeshua) existed and is an equal member of the triune God.

It was in the beginning — “In the beginning, the Word was existing.” (Wuest expanded translation) God is eternal. He already existed before the beginning of the earth.

The word [logos] was with God — “…the Word was in fellowship with God the Father” (Wuest expanded translation)

The Word [logos] was God — “The Word’s essence was absolute deity.” (Wuest expanded translation)

“. . . ancient Hebrew editions of the Old Testament change Exodus 19:17 (Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God) to “Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet the word of God.” In the mind of the ancient Jews, the phrase “the word of God” could be used to refer to God Himself.

The Greek philosophers saw the logos as the power that puts sense into the world, making the world orderly instead of chaotic. The logos was the power that set the world in perfect order and kept it going in perfect order. They saw the logos as the “Ultimate Reason” that controlled all things. (Dods, Morris, Barclay, Bruce, and others)”

Therefore in this opening John said to both Jews and Greeks: “For centuries you’ve been talking, thinking, and writing about the Word [the logos]. Now I will tell you who He is.” John met both Jews and Greeks where they were at, and explained Jesus in terms they already understood. Enduring Word.com

This brings to mind a theological argument that arose in the past century—the idea that the Son of God is subservient to God the Father—that the three members of the trinity are not equal in status. John’s gospel dispels this fallacy from its beginning. The Greek word perichoresis describes the binding of the trinity, the two natures of Jesus Christ, and God’s omnipresence. Andrew Wommack

4.  God created all things through Jesus.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning

At the beginning of creation, God [Elohim, a plural Hebrew word] existed. John shows us that Jesus was there and participated in creation. The Spirit of God also hovered over the face of the waters.

Colossians 1:15-17

“…the being and perfections of God are accurately and fully represented by Christ.” Albert Barnes

“God’s Word is the binding power that holds all creation together. So, when we speak God’s Word in faith, that power is released. Under the old covenant, God’s communication with man was “incomplete and sporadic. But in contrast, the Father has now revealed Himself perfectly through His Son, Jesus, in the New Covenant…We have a better revelation.” Andrew Wommack

Hebrews 1:1-3

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” Psalm 33:6 NKJV

“He (Christ) was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.” John 1:10 AMP

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all thingsand by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11 NIV

5. Light and darkness

a. Meanings

Light

“That ethereal agent or matter which makes objects perceptible to the sense of seeing, but the particles of which are separately invisible. It is now generally believed that light is a fluid, or real matter, existing independent of other substances, with properties peculiar to itself. Its velocity is astonishing, as it passes through a space of nearly twelve millions of miles in a minute. light when decomposed, is found to consist of rays differently colored; as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The sun is the principal source of light in the solar system; but light is also emitted from bodies ignited, or in combustion, and is reflected from enlightened bodies, as the moon. Light is also emitted from certain putrefying substances. It is usually united with heat, but it exists also independent of it.” Websters 1828 Dictionary, Public Domain

Darkness

Websters 1828 Dictionary definition of darkness includes scripture references.

“1. Absence of light.

And darkness was on the face of the deep. Genesis 1:2.

2. Obscurity; want of clearness or perspicuity; that quality or state which renders any thing difficult to be understood; as the darkness of counsels.

3. A state of being intellectually clouded; ignorance.

Men loved darkness rather than light. John 3:19.

4. A private place; secrecy; privacy.

What I tell in darkness that speak ye in light. Matthew 10:27.

5. Infernal gloom; hell; as utter darkness Matthew 22:13.

6. Great trouble and distress; calamities; perplexities.

A day of clouds and thick darkness Joel 2:2.

7. Empire of Satan.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness Colossians 1:13.

8. Opaqueness.

Land of darkness the grave. Job 10:21.”

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

Speaks of spiritual and natural light. Jesus doesn’t just contain light, he is light.

Strong’s definition: Greek pronounced phos, foce; to shine or make manifest, especially by rays. In the KJV, this Greek word is translated as light 68 times, and fire 2 times.

This term is used concerning something that emits light rather than appearing to emit light because it reflects light. For example, our moon reflects light. Our sun emits light.

Shines in verse 5 Greek Strongs phaino, fah’-ee-no: to lighten (shine)

John 3:19-21 “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

John again refers to Jesus as the light and people of the world loved and preferred to remain in darkness because of their evil works. Things haven’t changed.

Evil-doers prefer secrecy and/or darkness to hide their actions and avoid condemnation or punishment. Today, evil deeds are increasingly performed in broad daylight with cameras rolling.

John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ ”

Jesus taught this concept that he is the life and light of the world. Those who follow him will not remain in darkness and have life.

“The darkness is spiritual death and the sin it produces. When we follow Jesus, we are walking in light.” Andrew Wommack

David Guzik points out, “Therefore, without Jesus, we are dead and in darkness. We are lost. Significantly, man has an inborn fear towards both death and darkness.”

John 12:46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”

God sent Jesus calling us out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

1 John 1:5-6 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

“Light here stands for everything that is good and holy. Just as life can’t exist without light, so everything good and right can’t exist without God. God is to good as light is to our eyes. We can’t see without light, and we can’t perceive good without God. There is nothing evil or wrong in God. He is pure light and goodness. Evil or bad doesn’t exist in Him.” (Andrew Wommack)

God is light; there is no trace of darkness in Him. Those of us who truly walk in fellowship with God, walk in the light of our forgiveness.

Colossians 1:15-17

ALL of creation in the universe whether visible or invisible to our physical eyes had its origin and purpose in God’s son. This includes all the ranks of angels and other beings, thrones, powers, and principalities. (my paraphrase)

Jesus Christ is the image of God. He is our creator—THE creator. The Word made flesh.

As we read in Revelation, Jesus, the Lamb of God, was the only one found worthy to open the seals. He wasn’t just a good man—or as the crowds said—“Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” (Matthew 16:14 MSG) He is God! That makes ALL the difference.

b. Examples

Examples of light

  • Jesus called himself the light of the world. (See John 8:12.)
  • He called John the Baptist a burning and shining lamp. (See John 5:35.)
  • Jesus called ALL believers the light of the world. (See Matthew 5:14.)
  • Those who truly walk in fellowship with God.
  • Forgiveness
  • Fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] (Galatians 5:22 AMP)
    • Pure love unselfish concern for others (Galatians 5:22 AMP)
    • Joy
    • Inner peace
    • Patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting] (Galatians 5:22 AMP)
    • Kindness
    • Gentleness
    • Faithfulness
    • Self-control

Current examples of Light – unconventional revival.

Sean Feucht is a fearless source of light in the world. He has held open air concerts throughout the US for the past three years. Thousands show up, give their lives to Jesus, and when water is nearby, they get baptized.

Christian movies have shocked the industry in 2023. Sound of Freedom, a faith-based movie with $11.5 million in pre-sales, beat out Indian Jones at the box office.

The Chosen series about Jesus has done amazingly well in theaters and streaming. People are accepting Jesus after watching it.

Examples of darkness

  • Sin
  • Wickedness (Proverbs 4:19)
  • Imperfection (in the spiritual sense)
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Worry
  • Sickness
  • Bondage
  • Disrespectful toward parents (Proverbs 20:20) and others in authority
  • Perversion
  • Lying
  • Rioting and looting
  • Slander
  • Murder

Current examples of darkness

Denial of God’s creation of male and female.

Schools teaching perversion to children, even the very young.

Government, media, corporations, advertisers condoning ungodly lifestyles.


Unless otherwise noted, scripture references are taken from ESV.