Summary: It is the Word of God that keeps us and sustains us.
Rev. Wayne A. Lawson
Pastor, First Baptist Church
TITLE: GIVE ME SOME WORD
SCRIPTURE: ST. JOHN 1:1-5
St. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. 2. The same was in the beginning with
God. 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not
anything made that was made. 4. In him was life; and the life was
the light of men. 5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the
darkness comprehended it not.
Many times I am presented a question not only from children but every
now and then entertained by adults that I have the opportunity to
witness - they too present the same question. They ask during the
course of evangelizing - "HOW DID GOD GET TO BE?" We have a
mechanism that has been placed in us by society that causes us to
us about the beginning of things.
· In the Genesis account we are exposed to the HYMN OF CREATION or
the POEM OF THE DAWN - deals with COSMOLOGY
· INORGANIC ERA = Cosmic Light - The Firmament - Dry Land
· ORGANIC ERA = The Luminaries - the Lower Animals - Land Animals
· CULMINATED with the Creation of Man
In this we must understand God is not a THING, and He did not BEGIN.
He simply IS. He was already there when TIME began, and He will be
there when Time CEASES to be. John tells us in our text this morning
that the WORD, who took on human nature and lived among men as Jesus
of Nazareth was a part of the divine being ALWAYS. When all things
began, the Word (Jesus) already was. What I want to wake up in your
spirit this morning is the fact that the WORD is the expression of
God’s mind, and the way He communicates to the mind of men.
Verse 1 (Read) may literally be translated "THE WORD WAS FACE TO FACE
WITH GOD, AND GOD WAS THE WORD." To avoid any misunderstanding, Vs.
2 Repeats the declaration - "THE SAME WAS IN THE BEGINNING WITH GOD."
The New English Bible TRANSLATES -- "THE WORD DWELT WITH GOD, AND
WHAT GOD WAS, THE WORD WAS." Some of you are with me this morning,
but others are shaking their head, trying to digest and make sense
out of this text. We are going to take our time during this
preaching hour - somebody look at your Neighbor and say neighbor -
Give Me Some Word!
The GREEK term for WORD is "LOGOS." Logos means REASON or
REVELATION. In the Gospel of John it indicates Christ as "THE WORD"
the complete Revelation of God to man, yet eternally existent. Now
stay with me this morning, I will bring this together and make it
plain for us. We were taught in SEMINARY that when you introduce
your sermon the first two to three minutes is critical. It is during
that time that you will either capture the attention of the
congregation or they will tune you out, if the later happens it is
very difficult to bring you back into the message.
The principle is somewhat like reading a book or a novel. Have you
ever sat down and begun reading a new book and after three or four
chapters it just bored you and you closed the book and made another
selection that is to say you closed it, put it away and read
something else? You know how good writers try to select fascinating
items from their times as an opening. They do this to grab a
reader’s interest from the very first line. Well, JOHN did
precisely that. In his day there was a PHILOSOPHICAL TERM which was
popular with religious thinkers.
· They said the True God - the Absolute God was UNKNOWABLE
· There were evidences of His workings and interventions within
· Agreed that God personally revealed Himself through certain
· Personally revealed Himself through certain Manifestations or
(Angel of the Lord/Burning Bush)
It was about A.D. 50, some forty years before John wrote his Gospel,
PHILO, a Jew of Alexandria, COINED a word that lumped all the
knowable things of God into a single package. That word was LOGOS.
In this word "LOGOS" was compressed all that the JEWS and GREEKS knew
of the reasoning and manifestations of God. It was a useful term and
people soon began to refer to the "Logos" rather than go into detail
about the way God worked in human affairs. So the term "Logos" was
the common way of referring to God’s revelation of Himself. When