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What John Says About Jesus - John 1:1-5
Jul 29th, 2007
Weekly Bible Study
Hugh Davidson
Categories: Commentary;Book Study;Inspirational

John 1:1-5 “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. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

In the very first verse of this book John begins by telling us that Jesus is God when he says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” And here he says, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” The all things refer to creation and to all of its individual parts. And that tell us that everything we can see through a telescope and everything we can look at through a microscope are all made by Him. Paul repeats this idea over in Colossians 1:16 where he writes, “For in 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.” Did you get that? Everything came from Jesus.

And having said that there’s no room for evolution or a big bang theory or any other kind of chance creation because the scripture is very clear, God created something out of nothing. I remember when I first got saved I had attended a charismatic fellowship that brought in a highly educated man to explain creation for us and he taught what was known as the gap theory and it really made sense. As a matter of fact, it took away the need to believe in a God who can create things with the appearance of age.

And basically, the gap theory taught that between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 there was a rebellion in the heavens that affected earth and God started creation all over again using the same materials as the original creation and that not only explained the fossil record but it also gave us helps us understand what happened to the lost city of Atlantis. The more I studied his ideas the more I realized the only gap was the one between his ears. Listen, God created the world with a sense of history.

Imagine if you will that you were in the garden of Eden on the first day of history. Would the ground be bare waiting for the plants to grow? Would there be any trees? Would Adam and Eve have to wait a couple of years to have something to eat?

If God created food for them to eat then the trees would have rings denoting growth even though they were a day old and they would also have fruit containing seeds.

We could even take this a step further and ask about Adam himself. On the day he was created how old did he look? In Genesis 2 God gave him some basic instructions and equipped him to live but said it was not good that he be alone and created a woman from one of his ribs. So, on the first day of his life God not only gave him basic dietary information, had him name all the animals and then married him to his wife and he was only one day old. He was created with a sense of history in that he could function as an adult and understand language.

Let me take you back to John 1 and ask you a simple question. It says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Now, look down the page to verse 18 and see where it says, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.” So, if no one has ever seen God the Father then who met with Adam in the garden? It had to be Jesus.

I believe that all men everywhere have life in them and this can open up into eternal life but only if they repent and surrender themselves to Jesus. It says, “In Him was life” and this tells us that the only true source of life is the God of the word and the word of God. We are told that men love darkness because their deeds are evil and hate the light because it exposes their sin. We know that Jesus exposes the sin of man and we come to Him because He reveals Himself to us.

Darkness is a key word in the book of John and he uses it seven times. The word implies a moral darkness and this darkness is like midnight rather than the darkness associated with evening. We tend to think of unsaved people from a human perspective and see them all as either very good right down to the evil but God sees all the unsaved for what they are as committed to sin whatever their preference happens to be because everyone has a different way of expressing their sin.

And then He tells us that “the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehend it not.” And literally this means that the darkness did not put out the light. And there are three ways of interpreting this. First, is that darkness never understood the light. And when you think about it, the words of Jesus make no sense to the world. Every once in a while someone will say to me, “Don’t talk to me about the Bible, I know all about it.” And I say, “Name five of the ten commandments.” And they can’t, they reject it because it’s the word of God. Second, it can also mean that darkness never overcame the light. Just think, the powers of darkness thought they were getting rid of Jesus on the cross and all they did is fulfill the plan of salvation. And then third, it could also mean ‘to put it out’ like extinguishing a flame. And the world has been trying since the beginning of time to get rid of the light of God but in every generation God has those who faithfully serve Him. I am here because someone was faithful and because of my faithfulness there will be those who serve God behind me. How about you? Are you saved? Are you faithfully doing your part for God?

I like how Warren Weirsbe said, “John did not write a book, He painted pictures and these pages are filled with images such as the lamb, the door, the shepherd, the new birth, the light and darkness, the water of life, bread, blindness, seeds and many more.”

The book of John seems so simple that even a little child can understand it and yet it can also be so deep that some of the smartest people in this world miss it completely. And the problem isn’t with the book. I’m afraid it’s with us because there are times when we hear a simple fact but try so hard to understand it that we miss it altogether. And all John is trying to say, is that Jesus is God and He came into this world by becoming one of us and He had one intention in mind and that was to pay the price for your sins and mine so when our time comes to leave this world we can go to the home He created for us. Are you ready?

John's Glorious View of Jesus (Part 3)
Jul 29th, 2007
Exploring Revelation
Art Sadlier
Categories: Commentary;Inspirational

I remind you that we are listening to John speaking about his view into Heaven of our Glorified Lord. John sees Christ walking up and down in the midst of His churches. We stated that there are at least seven things Christ is doing today as He walks up and down in the midst of the churches.

Last week we saw two of those things.

First - We see Him ever present with His church to empower and bless.

Second - We see Him interceding for His church as our Great High Priest.

Today we see a Third thing He is doing. He is in the midst of His church to purify it.

Now John moves from the priestly clothing of Christ, "And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle" (Verse13), to the Person of Christ, "His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters" (verse.14,15). In these verses we see the Lord of the church, purifying and purging His church.

The Lord of the church is serious about a pure church. He is totally committed to making His church pure. "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Eph.5:26,27). You can view that process underway in 1Cor. 11:30-32, "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world."

The Lord is merciful, gracious, patient and long suffering, but He will not allow unconfessed sin to continue in the life of a believer, nor in the life of the church.

Peter said, "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17). Before a church can preach against sin, it must be pure itself. Before a church can preach repentance it must repent of its sin. That is a principle for both individual believers and for local churches.

Notice, the judge of the church is the Lord Himself. We see the purity and holiness of Christ in verse 14, this white of course speaks of His sinlessness, His absolute Holiness. "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look upon iniquity" (Hab. 1:13). Our Lord cannot, and will not tolerate sin, the unsaved will be consigned to Hell forever because of their sin.

The Lord will not tolerate unconfessed sin in the lives of His people, nor in His church. We are told in 1 Jn. 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

In 1 Cor. 11:30-31, we see the believer's very life is in jeopardy if he continues in unconfessed sin, "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

"His eyes were as a flame of fire", (vs.14). Sin cannot escape the all-seeing eye of Christ. He sees the secrets of the heart, He sees behind closed doors and the fire of Christ's judgment will fall on unconfessed sin. Both the individual believer and the church collectively will not escape the Lord's chastening for failure to deal with sin. We see in chapters two and three that some churches lose their candlestick. (their status as a church) because of unrepented sin.

"And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace". The Lord is in the midst of your church, walking up and down in your midst, ready to trample on unconfessed sin. He will spare neither you nor your church any stroke, no trouble, no heartache, no sickness or distress to bring you to the place of repentance. Do you see how serious Christ is about a pure church?

Why is it so important? Unconfessed sin comes between Christ and His people, it prevents His love and His mercy and grace and His presence from being our portion. How quickly and completely he will cleanse and forgive our every sin if only we will turn from it.

I would like us to observe something important before we leave these verses. We have here a description of our Glorified Lord. No one knows what our Lord looked like during His physical presence on earth, the Bible gives no details whatsoever. We know our Lord did not have long hair. Paul said, "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him" (1 Cor.12:14). Paul would not have said that if Christ had long hair, remember Christ appeared unto Paul.

By the way, all of the Roman statues of men dating back to that era, had short hair.

Every picture of Jesus is a fraud and a misrepresentation of Him. Those pictures must grieve our Lord, if you want to be pleasing to the Lord, you might want to remove from your walls any pictures you may have of Him.

Fourth - We see Christ speaking authoritatively to the church. "And His voice as the sound of many waters" verse 15. I believe John is implying that the voice of the Lord was like the pounding of the surf on the rocks of Patmos.

His voice is the voice of authority, the voice of power. The same voice that will one day speak and the graves of all the ages will open up and thrust out their victims. It is the voice of Christ speaking to His church, speaking through His Word, speaking by His Spirit, speaking with authority.

The great tragedy of the hour is that much of the Evangelical Church no longer hears the Word of God as its final authority. Sound Doctrine (the teachings of Christ) is no longer of primary importance, in many churches it has little or no place, this is the rejection of the Words of Christ.

The seeker friendly, purpose driven church, is following a man-made program for the church that is nothing less than the rejection of the purpose and pattern of Christ for the church, as found in His Word.

Churches are FILLED TO OVERFLOWING, easy believism is welcomed by the natural man. Salvation without repentance and a change of life, is the desire of every unregenerate heart at some point in their lives, you can build a church on that, but it will not be the church of Jesus Christ. The end result is that those churches will lose their candlestick, and will cease to be the Church of Jesus Christ.

When we get to Revelation 2 and 3, we will see Christ removing the candlesticks of those church that depart from His Word. We go back constantly to Mt.7:21-23.

The church is called out of the world, it is called to be separate from the world, to go outside the camp bearing His reproach. It is warned not to love the world, the church is not to bring the world into the fellowship of the church.

The church is to go out into the world and preach the Gospel, win men and women toChrist, baptize them and bring them into the fellowship to be discipled. To reverse that plan of our Lord is to bring the tares in among the wheat and to bring leaven into the loaf, it will destroy the church.

Today, I believe much of the Evangelical Church is in the late stages of apostasy. The problem began some years ago when the Word of God began to be marginalized, the church stopped listening to her Lord. Entertainment took the place of teaching sound doctrine, pragmatism took the place of our Lord's plan for the church. Bigness became more important than orthodoxy and faithfulness.

If we are to have any hope of experiencing the blessing of God in our churches and our lives, we must once again make the Word of God our only rule of faith and practice. It must return to the center of our lives and church and everything we do. John 14:21, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."

Do not look for revival without preparing the ground, and paying the price that revival requires. Genuine revival is not a short-cut to a church getting thoroughly right with God and His Word.

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