John 1:1-5, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Deity of Jesus Christ
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 [a]He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [b]comprehend it.
My note. The Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) was present in the beginning (Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”) Jesus, the Life, is the Light of men. The Light of Jesus shines into the darkness (unsaved man) of the world. Darkness can not penetrate light, but light penetrates darkness. Unsaved man does not receive the Light of God, in and of, himself. Light relates to the Holiness of God. Darkness relates to the unholiness of unsaved man. God is proactive in aiming that “beam of the truth of the Light of Jesus” into those of the world who are called “darkness,” and are unsaved. Luke 19:10 says,”For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Jesus is the seeker; all of us were lost until Jesus saved us. Darkness is in total opposition to light. There is no interest in darkness seeking out light. But, you can see that if you go into a totally dark room and turn on a flash light, that darkness will disappear and light will appear. When the Light of Jesus shines “into us,” we are no longer “darkness.” We have become “light,” with that light being as bright as the Light of Jesus. To show the importance of our being “light,” consider 1 John 1:5, where we read, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” Until we receive the Light of Jesus into our lives, we will never be with God, or in God. We receive the Light of God into our lives by being born again. It is an act of God, per John 3:8. It is an inside job, because God’s Spirit must get inside of our spirit, or “indwell” our spirit, where He will place that Light, the Light of Jesus. (Colossians 1:27). Until the Spirit of God takes an interest in us, we have no interest in God. We are like a bunch of hogs, “slopping in the mud.” The hogs are very contented with their “slop mud filled life,” and we were happy with our “darkness filled life”, until we were born again. See 1 Corinthians 1:18, and 2:14.
John 3:8, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Colossians 1:27, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1 Corinthians 1:18, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who [a]are perishing, but to us who [b]are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18 Or perish
1 Corinthians 1:18 Or are saved
1 Corinthians 2:14, New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 But [a]a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually [b]appraised.
1 Corinthians 2:14 Or an unspiritual
1 Corinthians 2:14 Or examined
Following are thoughts of Dr. C.I.Scofield, and Dr. R.C. Sproul. A worship and praise video by the choir and orchestra of Prestonwood Baptist Church will conclude this post.
John 1:2 Lit This one
John 1:5 Or overpower
Scofield’s Reference Notes
Book Introduction – John
WRITER: The fourth Gospel was written by the Apostle John John 21:24. This has been questioned on critical grounds, but on the same grounds and with equal scholarship, the early date and Johanean authorship have been maintained.
DATE: The date of John’s Gospel falls between A.D. 85 and 90. Probably the latter.
THEME: This is indicated both in the Prologue (John 1:1-14), and in the last verse of the Gospel proper (John 20:31), and is: The incarnation of the eternal Word, and Son of life; (2) that as many as believe on Him as “the Christ, the Son of God” (John 20:31) may have eternal life. The prominent words are, “believed” and “life.”
The book is in seven natural divisions:
1. Prologue: The eternal Word incarnate in Jesus the Christ, John 1:1-14.
2. The witness of John the Baptist, John 1:15-34.
3. The public ministry of Christ, John 1:35 to John 12:50.
4. The private ministry of Christ to His own, John 13:1 to John 17:26.
5. The sacrifice of Christ, John 18:1 to John 19:42.
6. The manifestation of Christ in resurrection, John 20:1-31.
7. Epilogue: Christ the Master of life and service, John 21:1-25.
The events recorded in this book cover a period of 7 years.
Gr. “Logos” (arm. “Memra,” used in the Targums, or Heb. paraphrases, for God). The Greek term means,
(1) a thought or concept;
(2) the expression or utterance of that thought. As a designation of Christ, therefore, Logos is peculiarly felicitous because,
(1) in Him are embodied all the treasures of the divine wisdom, the collective “thought” of God 1 Corinthians 1:24; Ephesians 3:11;Colossians 2:2; Colossians 2:3 and,
(2) He is from eternity, but especially in His incarnation, the utterance or expression of the Person, and “thought” of Deity John 1:3-5; John 1:9;John 1:14-18; John 14:9-11; Colossians 2:9.
In the Being, Person, and work of Christ, Deity is told out.
Or, apprehended; lit. “laid not hold of it.”
Reformation Study Bible, Dr. R.C. Sproul
1:1–18 This “Prologue” to the Gospel is a preface to the narrative beginning at v. 19.
Reformation Study Bible
1:1 the Word. The term “Word” (Greek logos) designates God the Son with respect to His deity; “Jesus” and “Christ” refer to His incarnation and saving work. During the first three centuries, doctrines of the Person of Christ focused intensely on His position as the Logos. In Greek philosophy, the Logos was “reason” or “logic” as an abstract force that brought order and harmony to the universe. But in John’s writings such qualities of the Logos are gathered in the Person of Christ. In Neo-Platonic philosophy and the Gnostic heresy (second and third centuries a.d.), the Logos was seen as one of many intermediate powers between God and the world. Such notions are far removed from the simplicity of John’s Gospel.
In this verse the Word is expressly affirmed to be God. The Word existed already “in the beginning” (a clear reference to the opening words of the Bible), which is a way of denoting the eternity that is unique to God. John states clearly, “the Word was God.” Some have observed that the word translated “God” here has no definite article, and argued on this basis that it means “a god” rather than “God.” This is a misunderstanding; the article is omitted because of the word order in the Greek sentence (the predicate “God” has been placed first for emphasis). The New Testament never endorses the idea of “a god,” an expression that implies polytheism and is in sharp conflict with the consistent monotheism of the Bible. In the New Testament, the Greek word for “God” occurs often without the definite article, depending on the requirements of Greek grammar.
That “the Word was with God,” indicates a distinction of Persons within the unity of the Godhead. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not successive forms of appearance of one Person, but are eternal Persons present from “the beginning” (v. 2). “With” suggests a relationship of close personal intimacy. See “One and Three: The Trinity” at Is. 44:6.
1:3 All things were made through him. This verse also emphasizes the deity of the Word, since creation belongs to God alone. See also v. 10; Col. 1:16–17; “God the Creator” at Ps. 148:5.
1:4 In him was life. Another affirmation of deity: the Son as well as the Father has “life in himself” (5:26).
1:5 has not overcome it. It is characteristic of the style of this Gospel to emphasize contrasting concepts (see Introduction). The plot of this Gospel could be seen in terms of a struggle between the forces of faith and unbelief.
Before you play the following video of worship and praise, please let me say that I am so excited about Jesus that I feel like falling flat on my back, and “SHOUTING!!!!!!!”
The End Of The Beginning
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Southern Baptist Convention
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Senior Pastor, Dr. Jack Graham