John 1:1-18 The Word
I. The Existence of the Word – 1 In the beginning was the Word.
"was" means “always has been.”
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John, "was" means “to become, or come into existence.”
Jesus didn’t have a beginning. He was not a created being John was.
John.8:58 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
II. The Essence of the Word – the Word. He is the:-
A. Divine Communication Heb 1:1 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
B. Divine Co-equal - Word was with God, and the Word was God.
C. Divine Creator - 3 All things were made by him;
He is the Sovereign One, Sent One, Sufficient One, the Saving One.
III. The Eminence of the Word – and the Word was with God.
1 John.5:7 – For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
IV. The Excellence of the Word – and the Word was God.
John.14:9 Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
John 10:30 I and my Father are one. Philippians. 2:6 – Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
"form" “an essential, unchanging character.” Jesus was and is God.
"equal" “the same in size, quantity, quality, character, and number.”
Col.2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
V. The Entrance of the Word
14 – And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
"dwelt" means “to pitch a tabernacle or to live in a tent.”
Philip.2:7-8 – But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
"made himself of no reputation" He emptied Himself of His glory.
Not ceasing to be God, but veiling His glory in a body of flesh.
VI. The Expression of the Word - 14 – (And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
VII. The Enmity to the Word -
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
A. The Light shining in a dark world - The Word
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.
B. The Light shown to a dark world - The Witness -
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
C. The light shunned by a dark world - The World - 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
VIII. The Entreaty of the Word - 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
A. The Possibility of receiving Jesus “…as many as received Him…”
B. The Profit - "to them gave he power to become the sons of God"
C. The Process - “even to them that believe on his name”