John Lesson 1 Day 5 Day 6

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John Lesson 1 Day 5 Day 6

John 1:14, 16-18

12. John 1:14 what John is saying about Jesus

The Word became flesh

Jesus, the Word, became a flesh and bone human when He was born of a virgin. “1 Peter 1:23 calls God’s Word an incorruptible “seed” (Greek “SPORA,” which means “a sowing, i.e. (by implication) parentage” [Strong’s Concordance]) When Mary humbled herself and received the Word of God here, she received Jesus into her womb, and that’s how she conceived. God’s Word became the sperm instead of the sperm of a man.” (Andrew Wommack)

and made his dwelling among us.

Several Bible scholars say the meaning of the word dwelling is “to pitch one’s tent.”

“John connected the coming of Jesus to humanity with God’s coming to and living with Israel in the tent of the tabernacle. It could be stated, and tabernacled among us.” (Enduring Word) as God’s tent was in the center of Israel’s camp in the wilderness.

We have seen his glory

The Greek word translated as “seen” or “beheld” “is stronger than the words “saw” or “looked.” John tells us that he and the other disciples carefully studied the glory of the Word made flesh. (Enduring Word) “It is not used of visions. John is speaking of that glory that was seen in the literal, physical Jesus of Nazareth.” (Morris)

The glory as of the only begotten of the Father

The glory they saw was the glory belonging to the only begotten of the Father. Jesus is the glory of the Father. (Hebrews 1:3)

Full of grace and truth

The glory wasn’t just an amazing sight to behold, it was full of grace and truth.

“Before Jesus, the truth was that all have sinned and come short of Jesus, the glory of God (Romans 3:23). But Jesus bore our judgment, so now grace and truth can exist together.” (Andrew Wommack Living Commentary)

13. John 1:16-18

a. Verse 16

Through the overflow of His abundance, we received grace heaped upon even more grace.

b. God’s inexhaustible grace

Since I was about age three or four (perhaps before, but based on my earliest memory), the Lord has made me aware of his existence and his presence through hearing his voice, quickening scriptures, dreams, visions, and many other ways. Only recently, while a friend asked me questions about my spiritual life, she pointed out that I have had an out-of-the-ordinary life of spiritual experiences. I don’t have any explanation for it other than it’s only by his grace.

c. John 1:17-18

“The law was given through Moses” — The law was given to the Jews by God through Moses, not directly. Moses was an intermediary agent of God. The law was an entirely different way of relating to God.

“Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”— “

“grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God]…through Jesus Christ.” (AMP) Unlike the law, grace came to all mankind directly through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And Jesus Christ embodied and revealed truth.

“The covenant of Law and the Gospel of grace are not the same thing. They are opposite ways of relating to God.” (Andrew Wommack)

For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ. (AMP)

the one and only Son, who is himself God . . . has made him known.

“No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father]. John 1:18 (AMP)

John is speaking to believers.

“This is an awesome statement. Jesus had the fullness of the Godhead in Him (Colossians 2:9), and to those of us who receive Jesus into our lives, we also have the fullness of God in us. We are complete in Jesus (Colossians 2:10). The rest of the Christian life is not trying to obtain more from God but rather renewing our minds to what we have already received through Christ.”  (Andrew Wommack)

My greatest revelation about grace—”we have all received”—not will receive; not will earn; not will qualify if and when we measure up. ALL means all—every believer from the newly reborn to those who have believed for decades. It’s already ours!

14. Jesus came to make God the Father known to us.

The word intimacy jumps out at me because my greatest desire is an intimate relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. What a beautiful picture of the Trinity relationship. He created us in His image. We are co-included. We are children of God, invited to come boldly as little children. Without formality. We don’t have to fear He won’t hold out his golden scepter. (see Esther 5:2) We are always welcome. We have a new and living way to enter.

I wonder when I read, “No one has seen God at any time.” But Genesis 17:1 says the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I am God Almighty.” While Exodus 33:18-23 describes God appearing to Moses.” (link)

So, perhaps this phrase means that no one has seen God in the way that Jesus revealed Him, or maybe Moses and the others didn’t see the full representation of Him as Jesus manifested. Wuest translates John 1:18 this way: “Absolute deity in its essence no one has ever yet seen. God’s uniquely begotten, He who is in the bosom of the Father, that One fully explained deity.”  (emphasis added)

Jesus also said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” (John 14:7) Surely the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9) displayed Jesus radiating His glory and divine nature.”

Day 6: Review John 1:1-18

15. What I learned from this passage —

Rather than record Jesus’ human genealogy like Matthew, John focuses on Jesus’ divine identity and intimate union with His heavenly Father.

I came across the following reference to Zechariah 9:9 AMP:

Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O Daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King (Messianic King) is coming to you;
He is righteous and endowed with salvation,
Humble and unassuming [in submission to the will of the Father] and riding on a donkey,
Upon a colt, the foal of a donkey.

In Christ is “all power to enrich, strengthen, teach, enlarge, and raise to glory and happiness, them who trust in him. Man by nature is in want and poverty: in abjectness and weakness: in darkness and ignorance: in straits and captivity: in wretchedness and infamy. His Redeemer is called ‏ישועה‎ Jesus—he who looses, enlarges, and endows with salvation.” Adam Clarke

Father, Thank You for sending Your only Son to show us Your heart.

Thank You for His example of humility, love, obedience to Your will, and His deep love for You. Lead me into deeper intimacy with You this day and every day. Amen

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