Salvation In Christ – John 1:1-2


Isaiah 43:13

Salvation In Christ – The Book Of John – 1:1-1:2

I. Introduction.

A. A Personal Thought. To me, the Book of John is a source document of “hard and fast” details of Scriptural Truth that relate to salvation and eternal life. It is my “go to” place when I want to find out something about the details of the person of Christ. The Book of John gives the definition of “eternal security,” which is found in John 17:3: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” In this passage, the word, “know,” is key.

1. The meaning of “know” (1097. ginṓskō”) relates to a personal relationship with someone. 1097 ginṓskō – properly, to know, especially through personal experience (first-hand acquaintance). 1097 /ginṓskō (“experientially know”) is used for example in Lk 1:34, “And Mary [a virgin] said to the angel, ‘How will this be since I do not know (1097 /ginṓskō = sexual intimacy) a man?’” (https://biblehub.com/greek/1097.htm).

2. In John 17:3 Christ is saying that eternal life comes from having a personal relationship with “God the Father,” through “God the Son,” being empowered by “God the Holy Spirit.” Such a relationship of intimacy comes from the new birth (John 3:3, 8), with the Spirit of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) dwelling within the spirit of the person whom has been born again (John 14:10-11, 16-17, 20; 16:13-14). To be born again means “to be born from above,” which is not a physical birth, but a spiritual “rebirth.”

3. In John 3:16, we see the words, “everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” Belief in Christ is described as, “4100. pisteuó,” “I believe, have faith in, trust in.” (https://biblehub.com/greek/4100.htm).

4. The Words of Christ add assurity to a believer having eternal life, “for eternity.” Consider John 5:24: ““Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

5. In John 10:28 we see even more assurance of eternal life for believers in Christ: “and I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (no one can walk to salvation, and no one can walk away from salvation).

6. A purpose statement of the Book of John is found in John 20:31: “but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that by believing you may have life in His name.”

7. The Book of John is a book of undeniable assurance of eternal life for those whom have come to a trusting belief in Christ as Lord and Savior. The message of the Book of John is, “hard and fast,” in its teaching of the Words of Christ continually saying that such believers are “eternally secure in Him.”

8. The following details will strengthen our understanding of the deity of Christ. It is important for us to know as much as we can about Christ; but, it is more important for us to have a John 17:3 “knowledge” of Christ, which is deep, personal, intimate. Much of that which we are learning from these studies is highly “academic.” But, we must never lose sight of the “spiritual” emphasis that our Lord desires of us.

B. Discernment And Application. 1

1. Discerning the Meaning | John 1:1

“Word.” Word can mean either words that are spoken (a statement or subject of discussion), an account or motive (Rom. 14:12), or Jesus Himself. When it refers to Jesus, it means either Jesus as the content of God’s revelation or Jesus as the reason behind the universe (John 1:1). In either case, it conveys the idea that Jesus is the living voice of God who communicates the full wisdom of God. He is God speaking, the breathing out of all God is and thinks so that mankind can understand and be saved.

2. Applying the Message | John 1

“God Came Down.” The Gospel of John presents Jesus Christ coming into this world from the bosom of His heavenly Father: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). The first three Gospels present Jesus coming to earth from an earthly perspective. But the Gospel of John describes Jesus Christ coming into this world from a heavenly perspective.

II. Text. 2.

A. John 1:1-2 – New American Standard Bible – 26 A.D.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

B. Commentary. 3

1. 1:1

a. In the beginning. In contrast to 1 John 1:1 where John used a similar phrase (“from the beginning”) to refer to the starting point of Jesus’ ministry and gospel preaching, this phrase parallels Gen. 1:1 where the same phrase is used. John used the phrase in an absolute sense to refer to the beginning of the time-space-material universe.

b. was. The verb highlights the eternal preexistence of the Word, i.e., Jesus Christ. Before the universe began, the Second Person of the Trinity always existed; i.e., He always was (cf. 8:58). This word is used in contrast with the verb “was made” (or “were made”) in v. 3 which indicates a beginning in time. Because of John’s theme that Jesus Christ is the eternal God, the Second Person of the Trinity, he did not include a genealogy as Matthew and Luke did. While in terms of Jesus’ humanity, He had a human genealogy; in terms of His deity, He has no genealogy.

c. the Word. John borrowed the use of the term “Word” not only from the vocabulary of the OT but also from Gr. philosophy, in which the term was essentially impersonal, signifying the rational principle of “divine reason,” “mind,” or even “wisdom.” John, however, imbued the term entirely with OT and Christian meaning (e.g., Gen. 1:3 where God’s Word brought the world into being; Pss. 33:6; 107:20; Prov. 8:27 where God’s Word is His powerful self-expression in creation, wisdom, revelation, and salvation) and made it refer to a person, i.e., Jesus Christ. Greek philosophical usage, therefore, is not the exclusive background of John’s thought. Strategically, the term “Word” serves as a bridge-word to reach not only Jews but also the unsaved Greeks. John chose this concept because both Jews and Greeks were familiar with it.

d. the Word was with God. The Word, as the Second Person of the Trinity, was in intimate fellowship with God the Father throughout all eternity. Yet, although the Word enjoyed the splendors of heaven and eternity with the Father (Is. 6:1–13; cf. 12:41; 17:5), He willingly gave up His heavenly status, taking the form of a man, and became subject to the death of the cross (see notes on Phil. 2:6–8).

e. was God. The Gr. construction emphasizes that the Word had all the essence or attributes of deity, i.e., Jesus the Messiah was fully God (cf. Col. 2:9). Even in His incarnation when He emptied Himself, He did not cease to be God but took on a genuine human nature/body and voluntarily refrained from the independent exercise of the attributes of deity.

2. 1:2. 4

a. Verse 2 would appear to be a mere repetition of what has been said, but actually it is not. This verse teaches that Christ’s personality and deity were without beginning.

b. Christ did not become a person for the first time as the Babe of Bethlehem. Nor did He somehow become a god after His resurrection, as some teach today. He is God from all eternity.

III. Messiah, “God With Us.”

The Jews of Israel, during the time of the ministry of Jesus, should have known that Jesus was “Messiah.” They had been taught that the Messiah would be “God with us” (Isa 7:14). Joseph received angelic confirmation that Messiah would be “God with us” (Matt 1:20-23). The message of Christ to the Jews was, “I am God with you” (John 10:30, “I and the Father are one”). (John 14:7, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him”).

IV. Video Details.

A. Gaither Vocal Band – The Florida Boys – When He Was On the Cross (I Was On His Mind) [Official Live]

B. Gaither Music TV. Dec 13, 2012.

V. Sources Of Information. I will put this statement of sources of information on each of my articles.

A. Credential information on named individuals in this article can be found on my website Page, “About Theologians.”

B. Footnotes. The following sources of information provide great teaching ideas; I encourage everyone to purchase these materials. Of the footnoted sources, I have been blessed by each of the sources of information.

1. Vines Expository Bible.

2. Bible Gateway.

3. MacArthur Study Bible.

4. Believer’s Bible Commentary.

C. Everyone reads something that someone else has written. Therefore, it is important to choose authors whom have proven to be knowledgeable of the things that they have written, and also have a high degree of acceptance from their peers. In addition to the sources of information that are footnoted in the above paragraph, there are many other theologians for whom I greatly respect, and whose works I use for reference in the articles that I write. A list of such theologians, along with their credentials, can be found on this website’s Page of my sources of information. On that sources page you can also find linked information that tells of ministry works of many of those trusted theologians.

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Parents! Teach Your Children – The Declaration Of Independence – July 4, 1776

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood. May we never forget the details of 911.

No one should have more interest in the education of children, than should the parents of their children. In our nation, there is a great deal of discussion that is going on that relates to our country and its governing processes. In order for parents to be able to teach their children about the formation of our nation, and the government that represents its citizens, those parents need to have an understanding of such facts, themselves.

The thirteen colonies, which became the original thirteen states of the United States Of America declared their independence from the tyrannical government of Great Britain. The Declaration Of Independence states, in detail, the reasons for their exit from the oppressive British government. There are people in the United States Of America which say that those colonies were wrong in starting a nation that was abased on Divine Providence but, the case is made very clearly as to the reasons for declaring the United States Of America to be free from Great Britain, and its design being Divinely inspired and and established.

The Bill of Rights was written to establish individual rights of America’s citizens from the government that they had established, and was not a document that gave certain rights to the citizens of our country, “from our government.” The Bill of Rights came as a result of the horrible experiences that the writers of our Constitution had suffered at the hands of Great Britain. It was from those experiences of government overreach that the Bill of Rights, being the first ten amendments to our Constitution, was added to our Constitution. Stated again, the Bill of Rights provides freedoms for the citizens of the United States of America, “from the government” of the United States of America.

As a child, I was taught Civics, which explained the formation of our country. During the Carter administration, the Department of Education was established, which made education a political matter. Since then, Civics is no longer taught, without putting a presidential political spin on the subject of the greatness of our country, or lack thereof. Cursive writing and sentence diagramming are gone. The “Three Rs” of education (reading, writing, arithmetic) have suffered greatly, as have other subjects of instruction. Instead, with a liberal president’s cabinet, our children can be expected to receive an education that reflects a mindset of homosexuality and abortion on demand, with no emphasis being placed on the colonial formation of the United States of America, with the resulting greatness of the greatest nation that has ever been formed in our world.

The constitution of the United States of America is not a “living and breathing document,” to be changed “at whim.” There are steps that allow for changes to be made. The Supreme Court’s mission is to interpret the Constitution in cases that are brought before it, and is not to create laws. Prospective Supreme Court candidates should be judged on whether they have shown a history of interpreting the Constitution, as opposed to making judicial decisions that are based on their own personal opinions.

Consider the words of Max McLean in the following video on the Declaration Of Independence. Children need to know the facts of the forming of our country. It is up to parents to ensure that their children receive correct teaching on this subject.

The Declaration of Independence (as read by Max McLean)

Consider the Bill of Rights, which are the rights of citizens to protect us from our government.

http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/

THE BILL OF RIGHTS – FULL TEXT

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Consider the Supreme Court, and its mission of interpreting the Constitution.

https://www.supremecourt.gov/about/about.aspx

As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution.

Consider the following video which explains the makeup of our government.

How to Understand the 3 Branches of Government

Consider how the President of the United States is elected. The first thirteen states elected a president of those thirteen states; each state had a say in this process. No one state could be the sole determining state in this election process. The Electoral College prevents elections from being hacked and stolen. In the Presidential elections of 1992 and 1996, Bill Clinton did not receive a majority of the popular vote in either of those elections. It was the Electoral College vote that decided the winner in each of those elections. The constitution was found to be sound in its design and purpose.

Do You Understand the Electoral College?

By the way, “I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

A final word, I am proud to be an American, and proud to be:

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