My Answers to BSF study questions for John Lesson 1 Day 5 Day 6
12. Apostle John’s testimony of Jesus Christ
a. Grace upon grace
For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)
For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]. (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
b. We have all received
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!
13. Phrase by phrase
“The law was given through Moses” — The law was given to the Jews by God through Moses, not directly. Moses was an intermediate agent of God. The law was an entirely different way of relating to God.
“Grace 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.
“Truth came through Jesus Christ”— 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)
14. Jesus came to make God the Father known to us.
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)
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 a golden scepter. (see Esther 5:2) We are always welcome. We have a new and living way to enter. (Excuse me while I enjoy His presence for a moment or two.)
It’s not part of this question, but I wonder when I read, “No one has seen God at any time”. I’ve heard that quoted as a fact. But there are many people in scripture who saw God, including John. So, this phrase must mean 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 Even if we discount His words, surely the transfiguration 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