Summary: 1 of 2. The apostle John demonstrated that Jesus is the perfect expression of God to man. God perfectly expresses Himself to mankind thru Jesus. But why thru Jesus alone? God’s perfect expression for mankind is...
GOD’s PERFECT EXPRESSION-I—John 1:1-5
Decision to marry.
Not a mere Event but is a reality of Total commitment.
Those who simply ‘live together’ never experience the security of commitment inherent to actual marriage. That is because Marriage is the ultimate expression of a husband’s love to his wife & vice versa.
The apostle John demonstrated that Jesus is the perfect expression of God to man.
God perfectly expresses Himself to mankind thru Jesus.
Why does God express Himself to mankind thru Jesus?
Thru God’s perfect manifestation, He submits Himself to your ability to know & apprehend of these truths.
*6 capacities/governors of God’s Perfect Expression.
John shares with his audience, the intricacies of Jesus’ Divine nature as experienced thru/by humanity. These truths are stated thusly so we will recognize Jesus as the Christ & Son of God. It is the introduction to reaching John’s overall purpose for writing, as stated in 20:31—“but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, & that believing you may have life in His name.”
Job’s lament—that he could be fully understood & heard by God:
Job 16:21—“Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!”
Job 13:3—“But I would speak to the Almighty, And I desire to reason with God.”
Job 23:2-7—““Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning. Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat! I would present my case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which He would answer me, And understand what He would say to me. Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me. There the upright could reason with Him, And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.”
1—God’s perfect expression for mankind is...
:1—“In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, & the Word was God.”
John is introducing Jesus as the embodiment of God’s revelation—of both Himself & creation.
Jn. 1:14—And the Word became flesh & dwelt among us, & we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace & truth.
Rev. 19:13—He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, & His name is called The Word of God.
1Jn. 1:1—That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, & our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life--
“Three times in this sentence John uses this imperfect of eimi ‘to be’[“was”] which conveys no idea of origin for God or for the Logos, simply continuous existence. Quite a different verb (egeneto—‘became’) appears in verse 14 for the beginning of the Incarnation of the Logos.”—RWP
God merely speaks, & by His word, there exists when nothing existed previously.
“Word”—Greek has four words which designate a “word.” Three of them refer to the use of words as they are used in sentence structures. A fourth word, logov, used here, refers to, not the outward form of the word but refers to the connection of the word with the thought that made it. It’s not just a part of speech but is what is spoken. When you give your word that you will do something, you don’t hand them a piece of paper with a word written on it but you express a thought that you have both agreed on. Your word is what binds you to each other. You express your thought in words but your “word” is what people know you by. And your “word” is either true or false. The strength of the words you use is dependent on your keeping that word. The relationship between the words you use & how you behave toward those words, reveals the intentions of your heart. Your “word” in that sense, is your self-revelation to others.
That is what God’s Word is. “The Word” is God’s self-revelation or the way He makes Himself known to us. “The Word” spoken of in John is the full expression of God’s thoughts & intentions toward man & of what He wants to say to the world. But there is much more to God than speaking words. The Word here, is given personality. God’s Word is a person.
In the OT, the “word of the LORD” was responsible for, 1) Creation(Ps. 33:6; Gen.1); 2)Revelation(Jer.1:4, Eze. 33:7; Amos 3:1,8).
Ps.33:6—“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; & all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”
Gen. 1, states, “God said” & “& it was so.”
Jer. 1:4-5—“Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.””