The Apostle John is the only New Testament writer who uses the title “Word” in referring to Jesus, which fits so perfectly with the reason why John wrote this Gospel. “These are 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” (John 20:31). His focus on Jesus was to lift up His Person above everything in this world.
John wants to make sure we do not miss the point that the “Word was with God, and the Word was God” (1:1). There has always been a great attempt to weaken this truth – the deity of Jesus, even in the Church. Paul confirms this truth as Jesus being “in the form of God…equal with God” (Philippians 2:6) and “in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:19).
The title “Word” or “logos” means “the complete content of God’s revelation” and it came to us in human form; “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (1:14). In “dwelling among us,” He actually took up “residence” here on earth so that the revelation could be clearly seen. Thirty-three years is not temporary by any human standards. John goes on to say, “and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” – there was no other “Son” (see also 3:16)!
There is a responsibility on our part to receive this revelation. Jesus came in human form with the full revelation of God to His own people, the Jews, but they did not receive Him (1:11). There were some who received Him; “for from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (1:16).
As we do in all our training material, we ask the students to “APPLY” what they have learned from Scripture in their own lives. It is appropriate to ask you, my reader; what change does this truth make in your life? If this revelation makes no change in your life, then you have not seen His glory!
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