God Revealed John 1:1-18 Sept. 1, 2013
In the United States today we have many opinions and belief systems. Some believe in God and some do not. We have some groups of scientist who are Christians and some who are atheist but those who are Christians seem to me to be more logical. Of course you might guess I would say that. We went with our daughter’s family to the museum near Cincinnati. It is a great help to any interested in the facts, Truly God has been revealed.
1. God Revealed In Christ’s . . Creation. 1:1-5
A. We Have God Revealed As Christ Came as . . Creator. 1:1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.
B. We Have God Revealed As Christ Brought . . Converting Light. 1:4-5
4 Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.
5 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
Jesus as the pre-existing Word is part of the dateless past. As Micah says He is from everlasting. Jesus uniquely chose His earthly mother and father and the town in which He would be born. All of creation came through and because of Him. Life was resident in Him and He came to give His life so mankind could have an eternal quality of life. This quality of life is like light. It shines and sparkles and makes a difference in everyone who receives Him. Even in the darkness He shines brightly and transforms all who yield to Him.
2. God Revealed In Christ As People Become . . Children of God. John 1:9-14
A. Some People Become Children of God As They . . Receive Christ. 1:9-12
9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him.11 He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.12 But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,
B. Some People Become Children of God As Christ Becomes . . Resident. 1:13-14
13 who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
When a person receives Christ they are yielding control to Him. They receive Him into their life and acknowledge Him as Lord. When Jesus is inside the life as Lord He gives the authority for individuals to known they belong to Him and they possess the quality of life that can only be true for one who knows they have become the child of God. Paul said he knew he had believed and was persuaded of His abilities to keep him. Part of the reason for confidence resides in the fact that Christ became a resident and lived among the people. He was tempted in all points like us but without sin. He is a great example and so much more.
3. God Revealed In Christ As The . . Conveyor of Grace. John 1:16-18
A. We Have Grace Conveyed through Christ the . . Fulness of the Father. 1:16-17
16 Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness,17 for although the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
B. We Have Grace Conveyed Through the One From the . . Father’s Side 1:18
18 No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son — the One who is at the Father's side — He has
reveled Him. HCSB
The law came through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus. He conveys grace to us. The only way to get all the grace God wants us to have is through Jesus. We can only receive God’s fullness through Christ. Jesus left the Father’s side in order to accomplish the plan of salvation whereby we can become the children of God and be taken to heaven and be permanently by the Father’s side through the work of Christ.
All of this is true because Jesus provided the truth of God Revealed. Amen? Amen!