(a) His Relationship to God. 1.In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
His Description. "The Word" Christ is the great revealer of God's thoughts
Hebrews 1:1, 2; God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 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;
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Alpha and Omega are the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet.
Christ is all the words to reveal God.
His Duration. "In the beginning was the Word" The beginning refers to the creation. Christ was in existence before the creation. He did not come into being at Bethlehem. The word "was" is in the imperfect tense meaning continuous action in past time.
This speaks of the eternity of Christ. He has always existed.
1. Jesus Is Eternally God
2. Jesus Is Equally God "In the beginning God [Elohim, a plural noun] created [a singular verb] the heaven and the earth."
3. Jesus Is Essentially God "And the Word was God."
His Dwelling. " and the Word was with God" He lived with God.
His Deity. "and The Word was God"
He walked as God, He worked as God, He willed as God, He was worshipped as God.
(b) His Relationship to Genesis
The Extent of His Creation.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Christ did it all. What power, what genius!
The Energy of the Creation. "Made" means "to be made or created from nothing"
The Exclusiveness of the Creation. "All things were made by him... without him"
There is no room for evolution in this statement. Christ did all the creating.
The world of unbelief hates this truth.
(c) His Relationship to the Gospel.
The Remedy in Christ. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Death and darkness are the product of sin. But life and light are a product of salvation, The Radiance of Christ.5 And the light shineth in darkness;
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
The Reaction to Christ. and the darkness comprehended it not. "comprehendeth" means
(1) rejection, Christ was not received well; He was not perceived as essential.
(2) rebellion to overtake and to conquer. The "not" means Christ will not be conquered II Thess 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2. The Revelation of Christ 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.
(a) The Mystery Of His Incarnation. "The Word was made flesh" This speaks of the duo-nature of Christ. He was very God "Word" and very man "flesh". He was Deity in human form.
(b) The Manifestation of His Incarnation. "Dwelt among us" The Nature of the Incarnation. "dwelt" means to tent or tabernacle. The Necessity of the Incarnation. Christ came into the world :- to reveal God 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.
and to redeem sinful man 1 Tim 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
(c) The Meditation on the Incarnation 14 (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
First, the devotion in the meditation. "beheld" means a continuous contemplation.
Second, the duty in the meditation. "Beheld." we have a duty to behold it.
Third, the delight in the meditation. the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
(d) The Manner of the Incarnation full of grace and truth.
Truth condemns the sinner; grace commends the Saviour.
Psalm 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
3. The Response to Christ 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
(a) The Redemption He was in the world,