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MY CONFESSION OF WHO I BELIEVE JESUS TO BE ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE; I BELIEVE HE IS GOD’S CHRIST

10 Oct

                            “May I Introduce You To My Lord And Savior Jesus Christ”
 
John 1:1-18
 
 
 
Intro.
 
1. Who was Jesus? This question has been asked & answered from the time of His days on earth (cf. Matt. 16:13-15).
 
2. Jesus has been introduced to us in Scripture.
 
3. John 1:1-18 – John’s Prologue introduces Jesus to the world (20:30-31).
 
 
 
I. JESUS IS DEITY – 1:1-3.
 
A. He Is Eternal – 1:1a.
 
1. Before Genesis 1:1 (beginning), the Word already was!
 
2. Without beginning, uncreated, eternal – Jno. 8:58 (Micah 5:2).
 
B. He Was With God – 1:1b.
 
1. With – Not merely co-existence, but in active intercourse & communion – Idea of the presence of one with another. (Participating to the fullest) – 1:2
 
2. Jno. 17:5 – Shared glory of Deity with the Father.
 
C. He Was God – 1:1c.
 
1. Not “a” god or “the” God…”was God.” (Deity)
 
2. “The Word was God in His nature & in His being, possessing the fullness of divine being, power & attributes.” -(That You May Believe, Hailey, p. 20)
 
3. Heb. 1:3 – The very image (impress) of the divine essence. (Phil. 2:6)
 
D. All Things Were Created Through Him – 1:2-3.
 
1. v. 2 – The Word was with God in beginning (Gen. 1:26).
 
-Creation was an expression of the eternal fellowship of God!
 
2. v. 3 – All things – Col. l:16 (Heb. 1:2; Jno. 1:10).
 
-Eternal (God) – Personal (with God) – Active (Creator).
 
 
 
II. JESUS WAS GOD INCARNATE – 1:14, 18.
 
A. God In The Flesh – 1:14.
 
1. Phil. 2:5-8 – God took the form or fashion of a man.
 
(His nature: cf. “form of a servant,” Phil. 2:7).
 
a. Form (morphe) – v. 6: “1) the form by which a person or thing strikes the vision…2) external appearance” (Thayer, 418).
 
b. Equal with God – v. 6: Possessed all glory with God – Jno. 17:5.
 
c. Emptied Himself (made Himself of no reputation) – v. 7: Of divine form (glory, appearance) & took on human form – “likeness of men” – 2:7 (flesh & blood, Heb. 2:14; Jno. 1:14).
 
d. Appearance (fashion) – v. 8: “the habitus, as comprising everything in a person which strikes the senses, the figure, bearing, discourse, actions, manner of life, etc.” (Thayer, 610)
 
2. 1:14 – God “tabernacled” (dwelt) among men.
 
3. 1:14 – “We” Beheld His glory (divine essence)! – 2 Pet. 1:16f
 
a. Only begotten from the Father – “Unique position, only one of His kind’…God incarnate!
 
b. 1:14 – Full of grace & truth (cf. Col. 2:9).
 
4. 1:18 – Here was Deity in the flesh, the manifestation of God in a visible & tangible form (Col. 1:15; Jno. 14:7-10).
 
B. As God Incarnate, Jesus Fulfilled Several Roles For Our Benefit:
 
1. 1:4-5. 7-9 – Brought life & light to morally dead & dark world (6:35, 63; 8:12 – Bread of life, Light of the world).
 
2. 1:16-17 – Brought grace & truth (14:6; Col. 2:9-10).
 
3. 1:29. 36 – Lamb of God for sin (Savior; “Jesus,” Matt. 1:21). -Heb. 2:14; 10:10
 
4. 1:41, 45 – The Christ (anointed One) (Psa. 45:7; Isa. 61:1).
 
5. 1:34, 49 – The Son of God / King (Psa. 2:6-7); Isa. 9:6-7; Lk. 1:32-33.
 
 
 
III. JESUS IS GOD’S AUTHORIZED SPOKESMAN – 1:17.
 
A. He Is Superior To Moses – cf. Acts 3:22-23 (Matt. 17:3-5); Heb. 3:3.
 
B. We Must Hear, Believe & Obey His Word (Truth) In Order To Receive Eternal Life (Grace) – Jno. 12:44-50.
 
1. v. 44-47 – Purpose & result of His work.
2. v. 48 – His word will judge us.
3. v. 49-50 – Obey God’s commands (words of Jesus – Truth) — Eternal life (grace)!
4. 1:11-12 – Believers given the right (power) to become children of God. How? – cf. 12:44, 47
 
a. Obeying the truth Jesus revealed! – Jno. 8:31-32.
 
b. Jno. 12:42-43 – Believers are not automatically saved!
 
5. Gal. 3:26-27 – Faith involves baptism into Christ!
 
6. Jno. 1:13 – “Born of God”!
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
1. Jesus is God. He came in the flesh as God’s spokesman of truth & giver of grace. Must believe & obey Him to be saved.
 
2. What will you do with Jesus?!
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