John Lesson 1 Day 2
My answers to BSF Bible study questions on 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)
The word was with God — “…the Word was in fellowship with God the Father” (Wuest expanded translation)
The Word was God — “The Word’s essence was absolute deity.” (Wuest expanded translation)
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.
4. God created all things through Jesus.
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.
…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
“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 things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11 NIV
5. Colossians 1:16
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 studied last year, 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.
6. The meaning of light and darkness
I love Websters 1828 Dictionary definition of darkness. It 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.
Land of darkness the grave. Job 10:21.
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.
Jesus is the world’s light.
“The darkness is spiritual death and the sin it produces. When we follow Jesus, we are walking in light.” 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.
Examples of light
- Jesus called himself the light of the world. (See John 8:12.)
- Jesus called John the Baptist light. (See John 5:35.)
- Jesus called ALL believers light. (See Matthew 5:14.)
- Those who truly walk in fellowship with God.
- Fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] (Galatians 5:22 AMP)
Examples of darkness
- Wickedness (Proverbs 4:19)
- Imperfection (in the spiritual sense)
- Disrespectful toward parents (Proverbs 20:20) and others in authority
- Rioting and looting
The danger of embracing darkness—
“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive,” (AMP)