The Word was in the beginning. Today, I think is a really special passage to go over. It is a complicated one for some. Before understanding what John was proclaiming in the desert, as prophesied, it is important to understand Christ. We are given a clear picture of God’s love and Christ’s existence in chapter one of John.
Today’s Reading: John 1:01-18
The Word (Christ) Existed From The Beginning
Scripture- John 1:01-05, 1: 09-13
This is why people believe in the Trinity. Aside from Genesis showing how God uses the term “Us” (Genesis 1:26) In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (v.01-02)
The Word is Christ. Read this as- in the beginning, was Christ, and Christ was with God, and Christ was God.
(v.3) In Christ, we are created, and without Christ, nothing is created. (Proverbs 16:04)
In Christ, there is life. And this life (Christ) is our light (v.09). The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.(v.5)
Christ was among us, God was among us, yet, we did not understand. (v.10) God came to His people, and His people did not want Him. But there were others who did receive Him, some who were not His people, and through Him, He made them children of God (v.12-13). We see this in the Old Testament. People who were not God’s selected, He still chose and allowed to be considered in His eyes.
God wanted everyone to be able to believe in Him. (v.13)
The Word Became Flesh
Scripture- John 1:14-18
(NHEB) Proverbs 16:06 – “By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for. By the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.”
(v.14) The Word became flesh, Christ was born in the flesh. He dwelled among the people. They saw His glory, and it was the glory of God. God’s glory is shown through, and full of, grace and truth.
It is only in the fullness of Christ we have received grace, for the grace He gave to us. (v.16)
The law came through Moses (v.17) but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The only time God was physically seen by man, was when Christ walked among them, and God declared it so.
The purpose of this man was prophecied about which was discussed in these two posts as well if you missed them.
Scripture- John 1:06-08, 1: 15 (In the book of John, in the beginning, it is not specified he is John the Baptist but through reading the scriptures, we know this is the who is being spoken of, not the disciple.)
John the Baptist was prophecied to come before Christ. He was to bear witness of Christ, which you will soon see.
What To Take Away– Christ is our mercy, truth, and grace. He opened the doors for everyone to be able to receive this grace because He gave us grace (His death). The birth of Christ was when God came to us in the flesh for the first time ever. He walked among us. He loved us deeply even though we were wicked and did not desire Him, yet, He desired us. He wants us to have the opportunity to choose Him.
If you would like to learn more about salvation I recommend reading these two posts.
What does Christ being the Word mean to you?
Monthly Scripture – (NLT) 1 Timothy 1:19, “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their conscience and as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”
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