The Word Was God
Brothers, In Genesis ch. 1 we are told that In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. Look now at John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John tells us the same thing that Moses was telling the Jews in Genesis ch. 1. Here John is telling those of us who would believe, upon the name of Jesus, the exact same thing.
Some people of God who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, try to only study the New Testament because it is about Jesus Christ. They don't see any reason for the Old Testament teachings because they say that those are God's promises to the Jewish people and that the New Testament is promises to both the Gentiles and the Jews who would believe on Jesus as Lord and Savior.
The first verse of ch. 1 of John is letting us know that since the beginning God is the Word and the Word is God and Jesus is God incarnate who came to this earth to die for our sins.
The Old Testament is a witness of the New Testament. Consider the following statement. 'The Old Testament is The New Testament concealed and The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed'. This will not only help you to keep the two Testaments in perspective, but also to see the value of both Testaments to both Jew and Gentile.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
The Word was God, and God is the Word. You can not speak, read, or see the Word of God without seeing both Jesus and God. They are all one.
John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John came as a witness, to bear witness of the true Light, Jesus Christ. He lights every man that comes into salvation by grace through faith.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Jesus was in this world , and the world knew him not, even though the world was made by Him. Jesus came unto his own, and they did not receive him.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Brothers, we are told here in verse 12-14 of John that as many as receive and believe Jesus, to them He will give power to become the sons of God. He goes on to say at the end of verse 12, even to them that believe on his name in both cases power will be given to them. You have power, for Jesus gave it to you, it is yours!
Those who believe in the name of Jesus will be given the power to have their sins forgiven and to spend eternity with God, and Jesus, as well as all of our brothers in Christ who will be in heaven with us. This is a wonderful promise from God our Father.
However, those who receive Jesus, meaning that Jesus is alive and working through you to accomplish the things that He accomplished on this earth. These God will consider the sons of God because we will be doing His work here on earth. Jesus was our teacher not only literally teaching us God's Word as well as his promises, but also teaching us God's Word that we might continue the teaching that Jesus started.
Brothers, we as sons of God are to busy our selves about doing His work.
We should not take this lightly, because Jesus did not take lightly his assignment from God. Neither should we take our assignment lightly. Love your brothers as we have been commanded to do.
'Jesus died on a cross made of wood, and He made the hill on which it stood'!
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