INTERNET BIBLE STUDIES                         12/25/09 07:05:46 PM   John01

 

John – Lesson 1  -  John Chapter 1

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Introduction:

We begin a new study this week on the book of John. John many times is referred to as one of the four gospels. There is only one true gospel, and John is one of the four accounts that God allowed man to pen of the life, death, and ultimate resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I believe you will really be blessed by this study. It is perhaps the greatest book in the bible when it comes to understanding the Love of God. The theme of John's account centers around the Deity of our Savior. Here, as nowhere else in the scripture the Godhead is clearly portrayed. (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.) One thing is clear with this fourth account of the Gospel… and that is the perfect Sonship of Jesus Christ.

I.  Christ the Eternal Word

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

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

We see in the start in verse 1 of this account of the Gospel, the words "In the Beginning". This is the same "In the beginning" that is mentioned in Genesis 1:1.

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

Jesus was there with God the Father and the Holy Spirit when all things were created. The Word, which is mentioned in verse one, is Jesus Christ. Note verse 14 makes that perfectly clear.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

II. The Work Christ Did before He was Incarnated

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

It is important that we catch that first word of verse 3. ALL things were created by Jesus. That means angels, the earth, man, the universe, etc. etc. This shows us how true and perfect Jesus was. His Deity is beyond question. The Creation was ascribed to Him, and only God can create.

Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

Heb 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Praise God that through Jesus we have life, and life that never ends. A full complete life here on earth, and an eternal life with the Father when our days end here on earth. (Or Jesus returns in the rapture.) Christ created all things, and one day He will the light in the new city of Jerusalem. There will be no need of the sun anymore, for Jesus will be the light. Jesus is the fountain of life.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

This life that Jesus gives is eternal life, and Jesus is the light of all men who come to the Father.

 

III. The Ministry of John the Baptist

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

We see that John was a man sent from God, one who was prophesied to come.

Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Isa 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Even John's birth was announced ahead of time, and his name was chosen by the Lord.

Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

Luke 1:57 Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.

Luke 1:58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had showed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.

Luke 1:59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.

Luke 1:60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John.

Luke 1:61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name.

Luke 1:62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.

Luke 1:63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.

John the Baptist's purpose was to bear witness of the light. (Christ) He came to bear witness that others might believe. He was the one that came preparing a people for the coming of the Son of God.

 

IV. Jesus Christ is the True Light

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Christ was and is the True Light. He came to give light to every man by paying the way to the Father by shedding His blood that through Him we might live. His purpose in life was to lead a sinless life and die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. All men could be saved if they would believe, but only a few will ever accept Christ as their Personal Savior.

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

Luke 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Luke 2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

Luke 2:28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

Luke 2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:

Luke 2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Luke 2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

Luke 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Simeon had waited for the Messiah, and after he saw Jesus, he said that he was ready to leave this world, for his eyes had seen the Lord's salvation.

In verse 10, it says that "He was in the world" which was his 33 years in the flesh.. yet the world truly did not know Him, God in the flesh.

 

V. The Believer is Born of God

John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of

man, but of God.

We see in verse 11 that Jesus came first to his own, the Jewish nation, and they refused to accept him. But those few who did believe and accept Him, to him he gave the power to become the sons of God. What an honor…. Do we comprehend the full meaning of this. Joint-Heir with Jesus Christ to the Father. Jesus was the only Begotten Son of God. You and I become sons of God by the new birth.

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The believer in Christ is not born of blood (of the human stock). The Jews thought that because they were descendents of Abraham they were not in bondage to sin… but Jesus made it clear that all men are guilty of sin.

John 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

John 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

John 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

John 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

Those that believe in Jesus Christ are born of God.

VI. The Incarnation of Christ

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

We see this verse speaking of the birth of Jesus Christ. This was the most miraculous birth that has ever taken place. Jesus was born of a virgin who knew no human man.

We see the first promise of a Messiah to come in Genesis Chapter 3:15.

 

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

We see that when the perfect time came that God had appointed, Christ was born.

 

VII. The Witness of John the Baptist

John 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

John 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John declared that Christ, who would come after him, born after him, was "before me." John understood the Deity of Jesus Christ. He declares that through Christ we have received grace. Thank the Lord for the time we now live in. The law was given by Moses it says in verse 17, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

 

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John 1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?

John 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

John 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

John 1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

John 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

John made it clear who he truly was. Many thought he was the prophet Elijah which was to come before the Messiah took His earthly throne. And John told them that he would have been Elijah had they received it, but they would not so he was only the voice crying in the wilderness. It should be noted that Elijah will come and stand on this earth again before Jesus takes his earthly throne of David. John made it clear that he was not the Christ, but after him was one coming that was the Son of God. He was the voice of one crying in the wilderness.

John 1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

John 1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

John 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

John 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

John 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

We see the Pharisees coming and questioning John's authority to baptize. It is sad that the very ones least believing Jesus were the so called "religious elite" of the day. Not many who were highly trained in the Mosaic Law recognized Jesus as the Son of God.

 

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

John 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

John 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

John 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

John 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

John saw Jesus for who He was, the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. Remember when Abraham took Isaac up on Mt. Moriah to offer him as a sin offering? He said that God would provide Himself a Lamb for the burnt offering. That had a two fold meaning, as the Angel stayed Abraham's hand as he raised the knife to slay Isaac. And in the bush was a ram that they offered in Isaac's place. But Jesus was the Lamb offered for the sins of all the world. Thank the Lord for our substitute.

Gen 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

That Lamb of course is the Lord Jesus Christ. John bare record that Jesus was the Son of God.

 

VIII. The Public Ministry of Jesus Christ

John 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

John 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

John 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

John 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

John 1:39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

We see that John's disciples begin to follow Jesus. They knew who He was, and they were ready to go and follow the Master.

John 1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.

John 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.

John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

We see that Andrew brought his own brother, Simon Peter to the Lord. And Jesus calls him to follow after Him.

 

John 1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

John 1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.

John 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

We see that Philip is called to follow the Lord, and he goes and finds Nathanael. He declares that they have found the one that Moses wrote about in the law.

John 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

John 1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

John 1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

John 1:50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.

John 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

See that Nathanael questions the morals of Jesus since he came from Nazareth. Philip's answer to the question is for him "to come and see." That is good advice when we look or need to prove something. God will reveal the truth if we will go and see and seek the Lord about the truth of a matter. And many spirits in the world today are not of God.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Jesus proved to Nathanael that he was God by His answer. Something that went on under the fig tree was only known by God and Nathanael. We see him calling Christ "the Son of God, the King of Israel.

 

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Prov 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

 

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