John the Apostle penned five books of the New Testament: The Gospel according to John; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd John; and the Book of Revelation.
The Holy Spirit used the Apostle John to reveal the person of Jesus Christ in all His glory to man. In fact, this is his sole purpose in writing as is evident that the theme in each of his books center around the Deity and humanity of Christ.
In this book, John begins with the most profound statements found in any one book of the Bible. He makes his point with no room for argument or discussion. This is truth and we as the recipients have a choice to make. Will we believe and follow, or will we accept the consequence of disbelief? This theme runs throughout the entire book.
I don't believe one can summarize such teaching with any kind of justice. However, I pray by the grace of God, that these series of summary style teachings will peak the interest of others who have never studied the Bible. I pray they will encourage and challenge every reader to draw closer to God in a way he or she has never done before - perhaps even draw a heart or two which has strayed to return to the beauty, wonder, and power of the word of God.
READ JOHN CHAPTER ONE 1:-14
Who is Jesus?
The Word - Jesus is the very word of God expressed in human form. This means everything Jesus says is truth and a picture of the nature of God. He can and should be trusted. (Revelation 19:13)
He was with God - Jesus was with God (the Father) from the beginning. This means everything He said about the kingdom of heaven and how to get there is true. It also means He has always existed. Jesus is not a created being. (Genesis 1:26; 11:7)
He was God - Jesus was (and is) God. (God the Son - the second person of the triune Godhead.)
Creator - All things were made through Jesus. (Colossians chapters 1 & 2.)
Life and Light - Not "a" life or "a" light, but THE Life and Light. He is our only source for real life - both physical and eternal.
Mediator - Jesus is the only one qualified to give man the right to become children of God through faith in Him. This means salvation (entrance to heaven) cannot be attained through any other means accept through faith in Jesus. We cannot hang on the faith of others, and no one else dead or alive can convince God to let us into heaven. We are not automatically God's child. Through faith, we are adopted as sons and daughters. (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Galatians 4:4: Romans 8:14-15)
Man - God became flesh and blood. This means He can relate to us in every way. He left His place of glory to come and live as man and die for man. (Hebrews 4:15)
Other words used to describe Jesus are: Fullness. Grace. Truth.
Jesus - the God/Man is the source of all things. Everything we study from here on out in this book has its foundation of these important truths.
Jesus is the word; God; Life; Light; Creator; Man; Truth; Fullness; Grace.
How then can we ignore or merely believe He was just a good man? How then can we not trust Him with our lives and hearts?
There are many other passages of Scripture to bring added depth and meaning to these truths. I encourage you to share what you know and dig for a few more.
Stay tuned. Next week we will look a little deeper into the differences between the Law brought through Moses, and grace and truth brought through Jesus as John turns his narrative from how things were in the beginning - That is before Jesus was born - and leads us into the life of Christ with those incredible words...
" And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..." John 1:14
What's on your mind?
Blessings in the name of Jesus.
» left by Lance Ponder(57) (3 years 93 days ago.)
This is great. I've been working on memorizing 1 Jn 1. It also begins with a reference to the Christ as Creator and THE life eternal. Good stuff. I'm really looking forward to more on this gospel book. Thanks for posting.» left by Teresa(1,257) (3 years 93 days ago.)
1 John is such a powerful book as well. I recommended to my class to read that while we are studying John. I'll test you soon :-)
I have been thinking about posting the in-depth study I wrote on 1 John about 4 years ago. I would just have to figure out how to break it down into smaller junks similar to what I am going to do with John.
Thanks for the support. I am so glad to be teaching again. Your input is welcomed!
» left by Ken McCreless from Event Horizon (3 years 93 days ago.)
Wonderful stuff here, Sis!» left by Teresa(1,257) (3 years 93 days ago.)
Thanks, I hope you follow along and add your thoughts and insights.
I am thanking God for the opportunity to be teaching again. This series is going to be a little summary of what we went over in detail in class. I hope it serves a good purpose posting it here.
» left by Linda DeWitt (3 years 93 days ago.)
I am glad I received notice of this series. I had told my husband to read John since he is a nonbeliever ( I won't answer him anymore because he wants to argue and I refuse to do that) so I'm hoping I can print this out and maybe someday he will read it. Looking forward to more. Linda D» left by Anonymous (3 years 92 days ago.)
Hello Linda. I am so glad that you will find this useful and I pray he will read as well one day.
Lord save him!
Thank you for the encouragement. Hugs, Teresa
» left by Marijo Phelps (3 years 92 days ago.)
First John is little but mighty! thanks for turning on the lights on this one!» left by Teresa(1,257) (3 years 92 days ago.)
Hi there. You are welcome. I am blessed that God is revealing Himself in deeper and fresh was this time around. The group I am leading is such a blessing to me. Keeping me connected in prayer to be ready to answer the questions and insights coming my way.
» left by Bart(16) (3 years 92 days ago.)
Hello Teresa,Interestingly we are going through the Gospel of John at homegroup. It's such a majestic book, one which leaves no doubt who Jesus Christ truly is; the Son of God. I look forward to more of your study. Every blessing!» left by Teresa(1,257) (3 years 92 days ago.)
Nice to hear from you. This is great news! I would love to have you share your insights and tidbits of information from your group. I do pray this series bears much fruit in the way of discussion. Tomorrow night we pick up in verse 14 - 18. Next week I will share a bit more. Thanks for following along. And may the Lord bless your study group!
» left by Anita Fox(2) (3 years 91 days ago.)
Good stuff, love John. I am reading it now. So good hearing from you. Love ya Anita
» left by Emily Root from Sonora (3 years 90 days ago.)
Love this Teresa!
» left by Joel Hendon (3 years 32 days ago.)
Hi Teresa, I found them right where you said they would be. I've read this one and I have to give you an A+. Seriously, it is a great lesson. I'll go through the others as I get a few moments. But I already see that I can't help you any.
» left by gary rigenhagen from gallup nm. (2 years 114 days ago.)We appreciate your comments!
man, created from dust, given the breath of life. noah leaving the ark told to eat creatures in which is THE BREATH OF life, both MAN AND ANIMAL HAVE THE BREATH OF LIFE OR SOUL. THE REAL HUMAN DOES, AND HAS JOHN 14:26.`and is becomming a new creature, this is the opposite of iniquity or lawnessness. Do John 14