John Bible study notes

 John chapter 1 v1-2

John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

 

The book of John gives us the clearest example of the deity of Jesus Christ in all of the Gospels. Here in verse two of the book of John we get a reminder of what John has been trying to express. We can almost see this verse as a review for those who “didn’t get it” before.

 

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

Here John is telling us just Who and What this book is about. John seemed to be counteracting the gnosticism of the times in each one of the books that he wrote through the leading of the Spirit of God. In each he seems to take us back to the beginning.

 

In the beginning was the Word

Right off the bat, John shows us that Jesus is God. “In the beginning” takes us all the way back to Genesis 1:1. From this ones gets the argument that if you don’t believe that Jesus is God then you are calling Moses a liar.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

In the beginning of time as we know it we see God creating. But He was not alone

 

and the Word was with God

In this part of the verse we find that “The Word” was there, but just who is the Word?

John tells us in Revelation and 1John

 

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

 

1John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 

We now have the challenge that if we do not believe that Jesus is God, we are not only calling Moses a liar but we are calling John a liar as well.

 

 

and the Word was God

Now John takes us to a new aspect in this passage and we see the relationship between God and the Word. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, but He is also One with God

1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

We find that Jesus was not only with God but that He was actively working with God in creation

Colossians 1:12-20 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

 

 

Now if we don’t believe that Jesus is God we are not only calling Moses and John a liar, but we would be calling Paul a liar as well.

 

 

John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

Here John gives us another indication as to the point he is trying to get across to the readers of his day. Sadly this idea has fallen on deaf ears even in our times. The fact that Jesus is the Son of God and the same as God has confused men since even during this time period in which John writes. The Christian faith is seen as a pluralistic faith in the many see us as having more than one God to whom we give worship. Now while I will admit, I can not simplify it for you any better than any other pastor or preacher but I am far from either. The outside world denotes the love of Jesus but wonders at the wrath of God. Rabbis claim we have 3 separate Gods in our theology. Cults either bring Jesus down to either fallen man or bodiless spirit. The equation of 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 is the hardest thing for our shallow and finite minds to wrap around and this is where faith comes into play. I might not completely understand it but I must have faith that the Lord is true to His Word. This brings me to the fact that if I don’t believe this passage as true – then I am not only calling Moses, John, and Paul a liar but that I am also calling Jesus a liar as well

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 

 

He is the Son of God

He is the Image of God

He is the Form of God

He is equal with God

He is God in the flesh

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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