Studies In The Book Of John
The Text of John 1:15-18:
John 1:15 - “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”
A. John bare witness of Christ (John 5:33 and Romans 3:20-24).
1. Bearing witness of something means you have seen something (John 3:11, Acts 13:26-31, Acts 22:14-15, Acts 26:16, and I John 1:1-3).
2. John was a prophet (Luke 7:28).
3. Prophets had visions from God (Numbers 12:6 and II Peter 1:19-21).
B. He is preferred before John, because He was before John (Isaiah 9:6-7 and John 8:58).
1. Consider Micah 5:2 in light of Matthew 2:1-6.
2. Christ is before all things (John 17:5 and Colossians 1:17).
John 1:16 - “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
A. His fullness we have received is our being complete in Christ (Colossians 2:8-10).
1. The statement “have all we received” shows John the Apostle is writing to those who are in Christ (Romans 1:5).
2. We have to be in Christ to be new creatures (II Corinthians 5:17).
B. Consider Romans 5:15; 17; 21 and I Corinthians 1:4-5 in understanding “grace for grace”.
1. Christ is the graceful gift that bought grace (Hebrews 2:9).
2. We must understand that grace is not our doing (II Timothy 1:8-9 and Titus 3:3-8).
John 1:17 - “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
A. Moses gave the law (Deuteronomy 33:4 and Acts 28:23).
1. The law was truth, so this statement is not a denial of that fact (Psalms 119:142).
a. All of God’s word is the truth (Psalms 33:4 and Proverbs 30:5-6).
b. The Law of Moses was the word of God (Exodus 31:18 and II Timothy 3:15-17).
c. The Law of Moses was intended to be temporary (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
2. The law did not offer grace (Acts 13:39).
3. The law served a different purpose (Galatians 3:19-29).
B. Jesus brought grace into the world (Acts 15:11 and I John 4:14).
1. Grace has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11-14).
2. Grace came through the truth of the Gospel (Colossians 1:5-6).
John 1:18 - “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
A. No man has seen God (I John 4:12; 20).
1. No one could see God and live (Exodus 33:17-20).
2. Moses did not see the Lord (Deuteronomy 4:12).
B. Jesus is the eyewitness of the Father (John 6:46).
1. Jesus has revealed the Father to others (Matthew 11:27).
2. We know the Father through the only begotten Son (John 14:7-9).
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