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Where It All Began in the New Testament
Jul 22nd, 2007
Weekly Bible Study
Hugh Davidson
Categories: Commentary;Book Study;Inspirational

This week we begin a Bible Study on the Gospel of John.

John 1:1,2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”

This book was written by John who was one of the three who were chosen to accompany Jesus when He raised Jarius daughter from the dead. He was the one who leaned on Jesus breast at the last supper and found out about Judas before the others. He followed the Lord to the cross and stayed with Him throughout the crucifixion. He was the one who Jesus entrusted with His mother and we also see that he was a witness to the resurrection.

When we see John in the book of Acts it almost seems as though he’s gone through a personality change because he’s always with Peter and it seems like he allows Peter to do all the talking. When the lame man was healed in Acts 3 Peter does the healing. When John and Peter were imprisoned in Acts 4 Peter is the one who responds to the charge. And then when he went with Peter to see the results of Philip’s ministry in Acts 8 we notice that John never said a word. He seemed to learn the lesson that you only speak when you have something to say.

This gospel was probably written when the church was composed of second and third generation Christians and the third generation always brings particular problems for any movement. The first sees truth as a conviction, the second as a belief and the third as an opinion. And now it was the third generation of the church and Peter, Paul and Jude had all warned about the coming apostasy. And since all kinds of heresies had sprung up people needed accurate details about Jesus and his teaching so John wrote this book to take them all back where they came from.

This gospel also meets the spiritual needs of all those who had very little of the teaching from the Old Testament and may have had problems with false teachers. John explained his intention in writing in chapter 20:31 where he said, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

After Jesus death and resurrection we see a real transformation in John’s life and in the gospel which is called by his name he never uses his own name but constantly refers to himself as, “that disciple whom Jesus loved.” We are told that at the end of his life John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos which is a small rocky island off the coast of Asia Minor. He was sent there by the emperor for refusing to honor the state religion of Rome. He was away from the church and living in a cave and no doubt everyone thought his ministry was over and yet this was where he wrote the book of Revelation. From Patmos he was brought back to the area of Ephesus where he died. Tradition says he had to be carried to church and when they asked him if he had a word from the Lord he would always say, “Beloved, love one another, for love is of God.” He said this so often that one day some one asked him, Isn’t there more we have to do?” And he replied, “What more is there?”

John wasn’t someone who showed up for the special meetings and stayed for dessert but he was one who was one of the first disciples and stayed faithful until the day he died. And as he’s writing this book the assumption is he’s somewhere around ninety and one hundred years old. So, this is someone with real credibility.

And yet, I think John had a problem trying to communicate with the people living around him because there was such a mix of philosophical and religious backgrounds and they tell us that for every Jew in the church there were 100,000 Greeks. Since the Greeks never even heard of the Messiah and saw no need of one John had to communicate the gospel in a way that made sense to both the Jewish and Greek mind. And as he wrestled with God he was giving the words that would communicate to both groups.

The Jews already had the idea of a logos or the expression of God from the Old Testament. In Genesis 1:3,6 and 11 it says, “And God said” and each time God spoke something came into being. This of course is part of the creation account. And then in 560 BC there was an Ephesian philosopher named Heraclitus who taught that everything was in a state of flux. And yet, this flux was controlled and ordered by God or as he said it was the reason of God he referred to as the logos. And this was about 500 years before Jesus.

So, John used the term logos to communicate to both groups and in essence he was saying that if you want to know what God is like all you have to do is look at Jesus.

Jesus is called the word or the logos six times in scripture and all six times their found in three of John’s five books. The term word can mean either inner thought or the outward expression of that thought. Some believe Jesus was called the word of God because the expression is used over twelve hundred times in the Old Testament and each time it’s used to refer to either the revelation of God or God’s message to man. And basically, John is telling us that Jesus is not only God’s personal message but He’s also the last thing that God has to say to man.

So, basically, He says to us, what you do with Jesus will determine what I do with you. Someone once asked me what I thought God would say if He was physically present today? And I replied, “He’d probably just hand us a Bible because everything He wants to say He’s already said.”

John is both the simplest book but also the most profound. I remember when I first became a Christian the person who led me to faith gave me some good advice. He said, “Take the gospel of John and read it all the way through and as you go underline everything Jesus says. And then go back to the beginning of the book and read everything you underlined. This will give you a sense of who Jesus is and what He had to say.”

The other writers of the New Testament stress Jesus’ conception, birth, reaction of both family and strangers to His arrival, the families flight into Egypt and the growth of Jesus as a boy but John introduces Him as God. So, here we have Jesus introduced as God in the very first verse of the book and now John is now going to take the next twenty chapters to show us why we should believe it.

John's Glorious View of Jesus (part 2)
Jul 22nd, 2007
Exploring Revelation
Art Sadlier
Categories: Commentary;Inspirational;Book Study

Let me remind you, the theme of Revelation is "CHRIST IN HIS GLORY," that is in contrast with the gospels where we see "CHRIST IN HIS HUMILIATION."

In these verses John is allowed to see the Glorified, Exhalted Son of God as He is in heaven after His ascension into heaven.

This view of Christ's Glory is only equaled by another view in Rev. 19:11-16.

These two views of Christ in His Glory, one at the beginning of the book, and the other at the end of the book are like brackets around which everything in the book happens.

These two revelations of Christ in His Glory must have been a great encouragement to those churches that were suffering tremendous persecution by Domitian, the Roman Emporer.

This vision of Christ is a present reality, that is what Christ is doing right now. It depicts Christ in His present ministry to His church. A ministry that was going on THEN and NOW and UNTIL He takes the church home.

As we look at this revelation of our Lord it will open our eyes to see Christ as He is, the LORD of the church.

We see at least seven things Christ is doing in the midst of the church.

FIRST - HE IS EVER PRESENT WITH HIS CHURCH

"And in the midst of the seven candlesticks (churches)" vs.13. What a comfort to know that Christ is ever present, not only in the believer's life, but in the local church. When the church comes together, Christ is in its midst, That is one terrific reason not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. Jesus said, "Lo I am with you always." He said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."

The church is unlike any group in the whole world. When you assemble with your fellow believers, catch a sense of the fact that Christ is there, and that He desires to bless, and that He takes great delight to be there!

Think about this one who is in the midst of the church, "one like the Son of Man" in spite of the glory of His appearance John still recognized Him to be a Man! The representative Man, the true Man, Man as God intended Man to be.

The term "Son of Man" was Christ's favorite term for Himself, He said it more than eighty times in the Gospels, he took delight in being one of us. "Made in the likeness of man" Phil. 2:7, made like unto His brethren" Heb. 2:17.

There is a man seated on the right hand of the throne of God in Heaven today. But, though He is a man, yet He is God the Son, He is divine as well as human. 1 Tim.3:16.

Christ is ever present with His church as a man, to feel our sorrows, pain, heartaches, joy and rejoicing. Heb.4:15. He is also ever-present with His church as the Almighty, Sovereign Lord of the universe. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to join the assembly of the saints to worship Christ and sing His praises, and to rejoice in His unseen presence.

SECOND - HE INTERCEDES FOR HIS CHURCH

"Clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle "vs.13.

We see the Lord of the church, in garments of the High Priest. Scripture says: "He ever liveth to make intercession for us," we have a Savior who is seated at the right hand of God making constant intercession for us.

Oh how the church needs such a High Priest! You have probably discovered that your church, your members,your deacons, your pastor are not perfect. You may have said, " Who wants to be a part of such a church?"

The answer is, our Lord is a part of your church, the head of your church! He doesn't leave it. He is constantly cleansing your church so that He can go on standing in the midst of it, so that He can go on loving it, so that He can go on delighting in it. He will discipline it, as we will later see, but you need to have the same spirit of Christ. You need to go on loving the church as Christ does. 1 John 4:7.

Read Heb. 4:14-16, what a Great, Wonderful High Priest we have. Perish the thought that we should have an unjust condemning spirit of the church, that is totally contrary to the Spirit of Christ.

The church is precious to Christ, He refers to them as His little children. Whatever you may do, Never, Never injure the church of Jesus Christ. If you do, and do not repent, you will pay an awful price. Mt.18:6

I have a burning question for you. We know that Christ loves the church with an infinite, passionate love. Could it be possible for someone who names the name of Christ to hold His church in light regard?

Next week we will consider five more things Christ is doing in the midst of His church. but perhaps He will come for us before next week?


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