Saturday, July 11, 2015

John 1:1-14 and Some More Thoughts

     Like I mentioned, I am going through the Bible systematically. I started with Daniel, then John, and now Acts. I am in Acts 20 right not. It has taken me a while to get into this chapter with all that is going on. New baby and all. 

     I usually read and listen to associated sermons while I study.  I have done some topics as well. In December I went through a lot of Christmas related studies while breaking from Daniel. I've been through other topics like Being Born Again and the Strange Fire Conference. I have gotten into the habit of reading more at home and on breaks at work. Then I listen to associated sermons on the GTY Sermons app while I drive home. My drive is about 45 minutes, so I can go through two sermons a day some days. 

     This system of studying has given back to me so much. Our family has grown through regular studying. Taking time to read and listen God's Word often is something that I am so excited with. It should have been obvious to me. I have been casually Christian for too long. The last year has been so exciting. I just desire to study and share with other believers and non-believers all of the time.

     So these are some more of my favorite versus. John 1:1-14 along with other trinity related versus that deal with our Triune God. That is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as one. Along with the last post, these also contributed to my conversion. Soon I'll start posting what I am going through in Acts, but for now I want to hit some high point, the areas that I have leaned on for a while.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

  • Jesus is the Word. The Word is God. Jesus was in the beginning, before time began, before creation. He always existed. We see God and Jesus given credit for creation as one entity. Again, the Word became flesh, Jesus, and He was with God and was God at the same time.
This was from Sunday School recently. I need to study more on Christophanies.  I think that's how you spell it.
Genesis 31:11Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, 'Jacob.' And I said, 'Here I am.'
12 And He said, 'Lift your eyes now and see, all the rams which leap on the flocks are streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted; for I have seen all that Laban is doing to you.
13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family.' "
Genesis 32:24, 27-30
24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
27 So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob."
28 And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed." (only God names Man)
29 Then Jacob asked, saying, "Tell me Your name, I pray." And He said, "Why is it that you ask about My name?" And He blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." 
  • Jesus here is identified as the "Angel of God." Angels do not rename humans; only God does that. 
Acts 20:28 pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with his own blood.
  • Paul here displays the Triune God. God obtained with His own blood. We know he is talking about Jesus.

Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 
10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
  • The Holy Spirit here and elsewhere is the Spirit of God and Christ. And the Spirit is in you and Christ is in you at the same time, because they are the same.

2 Peter 1:1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ

  • "The Greek construction has only one article before this phrase making the entire phrase refer to the same person. Thus Peter is identifying Jesus Christ as both Savior and God." -John MacArthur
Mark 2:5 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
7 "Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
8 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question these things in your hearts? 

  • Jesus here has power over sin. The scribes accurately think Jesus is claiming oneness with God. As well as Jesus not rebuking them.
John 14:9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 
  • Further you see his oneness with the Spirit as well. As the Father/Spirit dwells in Jesus.
John 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
30 I and the Father are one."

We see again the Trinity as the Triune God. God the Father, Jesus, and the Spirit in one. They are treated this way throughout all of scripture. It is the only way to view God, otherwise you do not know God and can not receive the new birth, salvation. The Gospel of John is a great place for new believers and those seeking truth to begin. This is one of my favorite sermons on the subject. And here. You get the idea. 

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