The Gospel of John I - Lesson 3

                  Jesus Christ, the Word of God                                   John 1:1-18                                   (Continued)

  1. THE IDENTITY OF THE WORD (John 1:1-5)
    1. Seven Truths Concerning the Word (John 1:1-5)
      1. The creativity of the Word (John 1:3, 10)
        1. Jesus Christ, as the Word, is the person of the Godhead who directly created all things. See Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:15-16; Hebrews 1:2; Hebrews 2:9-10.
        2. Jesus Christ created all things by His word (Genesis 1:3; Psalm 33:6, 9; Hebrews 11:3).
        3. This verse (John 1:3) refutes the doctrine that makes Christ a created being.
      2. The vitality of the Word (John 1:4)
        1. The Word is life (John 11:25; John 14:6).
        2. The Word has life in Himself (John 5:26; John 10:18).
        3. The Word gives life to man (John 3:16; John 10:10).
      3. The luminosity of the Word (John 1:4-5)
        1. A light to men (John 1:4b; John 8:12; John 12:46)
        2. A light to shine in darkness (John 1:5a; John 12:35-36)
        3. A light rejected by darkness (John 1:5b; John 3:19-20)
    2. Both Christ and Scripture as the Word of God
      1. Both are called the word of God.
        1. Christ (John 1:1-2, 14; Revelation 19:13)
        2. Scripture (1 Thessalonians 2:11-13; Ephesians 6:17)
      2. Both are called wonderful.
        1. Christ (Isaiah 9:6)
        2. Scripture (Psalm 119:129)
      3. Both are called truth.
        1. Christ (John 14:6)
        2. Scripture (John 17:17)
      4. Both are called the light.
        1. Christ (John 1:6-9)
        2. Scripture (Psalm 119:105, 130)
      5. Both are called the life.
        1. Christ (John 11:25; John 14:6)
        2. Scripture (Philippians 2:14-16)
      6. Both have been tried.
        1. Christ (Isaiah 28:16)
        2. Scripture (Psalm 12:6; Psalm 18:30)
      7. Both are a stone of stumbling.
        1. Christ (1 Peter 2:6-8)
        2. Scripture (1 Peter 2:7-8)
      8. Both are called precious.
        1. Christ (1 Peter 2:6-7)
        2. Scripture (2 Peter 1:4)
      9. Both are essential to the new birth.
        1. Christ (1 John 5:1)
        2. Scripture (1 Peter 1:23, 25)
      10. Both are eternal.
        1. Christ (John 1:1)
        2. Scripture (Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:6-8)
      11. Notes:
        1. The living Word and the written word are inseparable.
        2. No one can reject the scriptures without rejecting Christ.
        3. Christ as the Word can be known only through scripture as the word of God.
    3. John Proves the Son to be Equal with the Father.
      1. Equal in creation (John 1:3; Genesis 1:1)
      2. Equal in His work (John 5:16-18)
      3. Equal in life (John 5:26)
      4. Equal in eternal existence (John 8:56-59; Exodus 3:14)
      5. Equal in power (John 10:27-33)
      6. Equal in glory (John 17:5)
      7. Equal in receiving worship (John 20:27-29)
  2. THE INTRODUCTION OF THE WORD BY JOHN THE BAPTIST (John 1:6-9)
    1. He Was Sent from God ( John 1:6-7).
      1. The man – John (John 1:6) “There was a man.”
        1. God uses men.
          1. He seeks for a man (Jeremiah 5:1; Ezekiel 22:30).
          2. Opening words of Power Through Prayer by E. M. Bounds: “We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the man or sink the man in the plan of organization. God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. ‘There was a man sent from God whose name was John.’”
        2. God takes note of certain men.
          1. Job (Job 1:1, 8)
          2. Simeon (Luke 2:25)
        3. God gave a special calling to John (Luke 1:13-17; Matthew 11:7-11).
      2. His Master – God (John 1:6) “sent from God”
        1. He is called the prophet of the Highest (Luke 1:76).
        2. He received the word of God (Luke 3:1-2).
        3. Our highest calling is to please God (2 Timothy 2:4).
      3. His mission – to witness (John 1:7) “came for a witness”
        1. The prophecies concerning John (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1)
        2. The practice of his work (John 1:15, 29; John 5:32-35)
      4. His message – to believe on the Light (John 1:7) “might believe”
    2. He Pointed to the Light (John 1:8-9).
      1. He was not that Light (John 1:8).
        1. He separated himself from the Light (John 1:19-20).
        2. He exalted the Light above himself (John 1:26-27, 30).
        3. He receded to the background in the presence of the Light (John 3:26-30).
      2. He bore witness to that Light (John 1:8, 29).
      3. He bore record of that Light (John 1:9).
        1. As the true Light
        2. As the universal Light – “which lighteth every man”
          1. Lighting every man that came into the world (Psalm 98:2; Titus 2:11)
            1. Through the crucifixion (John 12:32; Romans 1:16-17)
            2. Through the circumstances of history (Romans 1:18)
            3. Through the conscience (Romans 1:19)
            4. Through creation (Romans 1:20)
          2. This refutes the Calvinistic doctrines of unconditional election and irresistible grace.
  3. THE IMPACT OF THE WORD (John 1:10-13)
    1. He Was Refused by the World (John 1:10; Acts 4:26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:6-8; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 1 John 3:1).
      1. Despite His presence in the world (John 18:19-21)
      2. Despite His creation of the world (John 1:3)
    2. He Was Rejected by His Own (John 1:11).
      1. They were the object of His coming (Matthew 10:5-6; Matthew 15:24; Romans 15:8).
      2. He was the object of their scorn (John 11:47-53; John 19:14-15; Acts 3:13-15).
    3. He Was Received by the Few (John 1:12-13).
      1. Their belief (John 1:12)
        1. They believed on His name (John 3:18; Acts 4:12).
        2. They received Him as their Saviour (Colossians 2:6).
        3. They were enabled to become the sons of God (Galatians 3:26; 1 John 3:1-2).
          1. Notice that the power to become is given to those who believe and receive; they are not given power so that they can believe and receive.
          2. This, as the teaching of universal enlightenment in verse nine, refutes Calvinism. Christ draws all men to Him (John 12:32) and thereby enables them to trust in Him (John 6:44). But He only enables those who believe and receive to become the sons of God. This is how He can be the Saviour of all men, but “specially of those that believe” (1 Timothy 4:10).
      2. Their birth (John 1:13)
        1. Not by family association – “not of blood” (John 8:33-44)
        2. Not by fleshly motions – “nor of the will of the flesh” (Romans 7:5)
        3. Not by forceful decision – “nor of the will of man” (Romans 7:18)
      3. Note: Four ways by which men can be the sons of God:
        1. By creation (Luke 3:38)
        2. By redemption (Exodus 34:20); to redeem is to buy back – God bought us back from sin by the death of His Son on the cross.
        3. By regeneration (1John 5:1) – We are born into the family of God (John 3:5-7).
        4. By adoption (Galatians 4:5)
      4. The seven “I am’s” of Christ in the Gospel of John (John 8:58; John 18:5-6)
        1. The bread of life (John 6:35, 48, 51)
        2. The light of the world (John 8:12; John 9:5; John 12:46)
        3. The door of the sheep (John 10:7, 9)
        4. The good shepherd (John 10:11, 14)
        5. The resurrection and the life (John 11:25)
        6. The way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)
        7. The true vine (John 15:1, 5)
David Reagan

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Proverbs 27:2

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.