John Lesson 29 Day 2

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John Lesson 29 Day 2

John’s Prologue—John 1:1-18

3. John purpose is that we might believe.

 “But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31) ESV.

Unlike the other gospels that focused on what Jesus did in Galilee, John focused on what Jesus did in Jerusalem.

John’s prologue outlines and introduces the themes he presents: “the identity of the Word, life, light, regeneration, grace, truth, and the revelation of God the Father in Jesus the Son.” (EnduringWord)

“In the beginning” “John essentially wrote, “When the beginning began, the Word was already there.” (EnduringWord)

Word (Logos) — Logos was important to both the Jews and the Greeks.

“John was using a term which, with various shades of meaning, was in common use everywhere. He could reckon on all men catching his essential meaning.” (Morris)

There is a Being known as the Word. And this Being is God, because He is eternal. (Guzik)

  • Flesh
  • Life
  • Light
  • Darkness
  • Witness
  • Light of the world
  • Believe
  • Children of God
  • Glory
  • Grace
  • Truth

4. Jesus, the Word, is God.

Right away, John establishes that Jesus is God. He was there at creation and “created all things.”

“In Genesis 1:1, GOD is said to have created all things: in this verse, Christ is said to have created all things: the same unerring Spirit spoke in Moses and in the evangelists: therefore Christ and the Father are ONE.” (Adam Clarke)

5. a. Jesus, the true light.

John the Baptizer, the forerunner of the Word, was sent from God to bear witness of that Light. He cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.”

The world did not know him and rejected him, even though the world was made through him.

His Own “It is said of ‘His own’ that they did not ‘know’ Him, but that they did not receive Him. And in the parable of the Wicked Husbandman our Lord represents them as killing the heir not in ignorance but because they knew him.” (Marcus Dods)

All who did receive him—Those who believe in His name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born . . . of God.” “Faith is described as ‘receiving’ Jesus. It is the empty cup placed under the flowing stream; the penniless hand held out for heavenly alms.” (Spurgeon)

b. Reactions today

Some believers still bear witness that Jesus is the Messiah.

The world at large still rejects him and denies he is God.

The Jehovah Witnesses Bible called New World Translation reads like this: “In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.” Their translation is used to deny the teaching that Jesus is God, and is a wrong and misleading translation.” (David Guzik)

Very few of his own, the Jews, accept that Jesus is the Messiah sent from God.

6. He was in the beginning.

The Father and the Son are distinct from each other, yet they are both fully God.

Jesus is God’s only-begotten Son, the Word of God, took on human form and lived among us.

This is a fundamental belief in Christianity. If Jesus was not fully God and fully man, he could not be our sacrificial lamb who died for our sin.

 

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