Summary: John 1:3 answers the age old questions: Who is Jesus? How did the World get here? How did I get here?

“The Creator Word”

(10 19 14) John 1:3

Last week we looked at John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with (the) God, and the Word was God.”

I. “In the beginning was the Word,” Jesus’ Eternality (Structurally and grammatically, this is what God’s Word states clearly: Jesus already continually existed before time.)

II. “And the Word was with (the) God,” Jesus’ Person (Teaches that Jesus, the WORD, was in continuous intimate relationship with (THE) God the Father. No room for any other translation.)

III. “And the Word was God.” Jesus’ Deity (Again, we saw how the words written ABOUT THE WORD, teach us that Jesus WAS and IS God.)

John 1:2: “He (Jesus, the Word) was in the beginning with God.” The Word, this One and no other”: BOTH God and the WORD, JESUS, belong to eternity. “In the beginning He was with God; afterwards, in time, He came to be with man.” (Expositor's Greek Testament - Nicoll) It is important TO understand Jesus’ glorious position BEFORE ALL TIME if you will EVER understand the grace that will follow as revealed through THE WORD in the Gospel of John. John tells us this; That Jesus, “The Word, this One, THIS WORD, and no other” existed with God, and so BOTH God and the WORD, the Lord Jesus, together belong to eternity. (Col. 2:9: “For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.”

Today we look at John 1:3: “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him NOTHING came into being that has come into being.” John uses a unique technique in literature in order to make a huge statement: He states a positive proclamation first: “All things came into being through Him” (the WORD); he then immediately restates the proclamation negatively in order to achieve emphasis: “And apart from Him NOTHING came into being that has come into being.” John 1:1 answered the question, “Who is THE WORD?” The person of Jesus, who was eternally with God the Father. The second and third Verses answer the questions, “How did the world (all created things) come into being and how did I come into being?”

“All (things) through Him became…”

Jesus was not sitting idly by until He made His appearance in the flesh; Jesus was the very CAUSE and SOURCE of all life and activity. We looked at the Person of the Lord Jesus, His Deity, His Eternality and here we see the Creativity of Jesus: “All things came into being through Him”, or all things THROUGH HIM came into being. The translation might best be offered this way: “All (things) through Him became…”

“All things” (in the Greek, “panta”) includes every individual thing: each, every, any, all, every one, every single thing came into being through the WORD, through Jesus. The tense of the verb implies that it could read: ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM came into being totally and as a single event, in the ACTION OF CREATION. The verb denotes action as having simply occurred and the FACT of this action is what is emphasized, rather than a passage of time in action. This is what happened: The event of Creation occurred in past time in its totality as a single event. (egeneto) That IS the truth stated in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Psalm 33:6-9 also tells us: “6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth (the ruwach: wind, breath, mind, spirit, of His Mouth) all their host. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9 For He spoke,(amar) and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.”

“Amar” is what God did in Genesis 1: Listen: Verse 3: “Then God spoke (‘amar’),"Let there be light;” and there was light.” Verses 6-7: Then God said (amar), "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." 7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above * the expanse; and it was so.” Verse 9: Then God said (Spoke, amar), "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.”

Verse 11:“Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation:” AND IT DID. Verse 14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and it was so.” VERSE 20 Then God said (amar) (I’ll paraphrase), LET there be every kind of fish, foul and creeping thing… and it happened. Verses 26-27 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

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