Studies In The Book Of John
The Text of John 1:9-14:
John 1:9 - “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
A. Jesus is the true light (John 8:12 and II Corinthians 4:5-6).
1. By saying Jesus is the true light, we can infer that there are false [imposter] “lights” (Mark 13:21-23).
a. Imposters would come claiming to carry the light as an apostle as well (II Corinthians 11:12-15).
b. There will continue to be those who falsely claim to represent the light today (Matthew 7:15, Colossians 2:8, and II Peter 2:1-3).
c. We can test those claiming to bring the light to find out who is a fake and who is true (Isaiah 8:20 and I John 4:1).
2. Christ is the truth (John 1:17; 14:6).
B. True, Jesus is the light for all men (John 12:46, Titus 2:11-14, and I John 2:1-2).
1. However, all men have to want that light to be able to see Him (John 14:21). (This is shown in John 1:10-11 as well.)
2. One can reject Christ (Luke 9:22, John 6:60-66, and John 12:48).
3. Most people reject Christ (Luke 13:23-24).
John 1:10-11 - “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”
A. The world rejected the creator, which is nothing new (Romans 1:16-32).
1. The Lord becomes hidden from those who use worldly wisdom (I Corinthians 1:21-24; 2:7-8).
2. The world did not receive Him for a reason (John 3:19-21).
B. The Jews rejected Jesus too (John 5:17-18 and John 7:1).
1. He was here for them (Matthew 15:24, Acts 3:25-26, and Galatians 4:1-5) and because of them (Hebrews 7:14), but they didn’t see it (John 8:30-47).
2. Isaiah foretold of this rejection (Isaiah 53:1-3).
John 1:12-13 - “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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
A. He gave power [authority] to become sons of God to those who received and believed on Him (Galatians 3:26-27 and I John 5:12-13).
1. “Receiving Christ” is not all one must do (Colossians 2:6).
2. Believing in Christ is only a step towards becoming a child of God (Mark 16:15-16, Acts 18:8, and Titus 3:8).
B. That birth into the Lord is not a physical birth (John 3:1-5).
1. We are baptized into Christ (Romans 6:3).
2. Our spiritual birth is required to gain the victory (I John 5:4).
3. Being born of God requires a true conversion (I John 2:29; 3:9).
John 1:14 - “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 word (we’ve learned in studying verses 1-5 that this is Christ) became flesh (Philippians 2:5-8, I Timothy 3:16, and II John 7).
1. Jesus dwelt among men, therefore understanding the life of us in the flesh (Hebrews 4:14-16).
2. They beheld [looked upon] the glory as of the only begotten of the Father (John 2:11 and II Peter 1:16-17).
B. Christ was full of grace (Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24, Hebrews 2:9, and I Peter 5:10) and truth (John 18:37).
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