Accept God's Promised Savior
December 23, 2007
v. 1 - "In the beginning was the Word" - He "was" -
He was not "created" - there never was a time
when Christ was not!
Rev. 13:8 - "the Lamb slain from the foundation of
I Peter 1:18-20
Christ's testimony - John 17:5,24
v. 3 - "All things were made by Him" - there is a
Person great enough to create matter and
from nothing to something - this is one
impassible chasm which neither history,
nor science, nor philosophy can span -
that between nothing and something.
Romans 11:36 - man's origin, man's destiny.
"In Him we live and move and have our being"
"without Him not even one thing came into being!"
From eternity to time - from creation to the preservation
and providence of the world.
v. 4 - "In Him was life" - life that was, always has been,
is now and will ever be "the light of men"
It was in the beginning and can never cease to be - our
hope - we are and will always be!
"and the life was the light of men" - the conscience,
reason and the eye of the soul by which the human
race comes into contact with truth, right & beauty.
v. 5 - "This is the condemnation, that light is come into the
world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil" - ch. 3:19
the light shines into darkness - the darkness did not
scatter, suppress, absorb or neutralize the light -
even during times of moral collapse - corruption
in the world for the most part is impervious to
light, conscience and revelation!
Rom. 1:16,17, 19-21
II Tim. 3:1,6a, 7, 8, 9 - "they shall proceed no further"
Wed. night Bro. Kenneth Smith led in the singing of
"Joy to the World" - the fourth verse says " He rules
the world with truth and grace and makes the nations
prove the glories of His righteousness"
Page H of current notes on Genesis -
If I willfully keep my conscience in darkness and continue
in errors which I might easily know to be such by a little
thought and searching of God's Word, then my conscience
can offer me no excuse for I am guilty of blindfolding the
guide which I have chosen and then knowing him to be
blindfolded, I am guilty of the folly of letting him lead me
into rebellion against God.
v. 9 - illuminates every individual man in all time -
the light of higher reason and conscience - the
eye for heavenly light and the sphere for the
operation of grace - v. 17b
No man is left without some direct communication of
light from the Father of lights - that light may be quenched,
the eye of the soul may be blinded , the folly of the world
may obscure it (II Cor. 4:4,6-7), but the fundamental fact
remains - the veritable Light illumines every man - "the
grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared to all
men" - Titus 2:11
v. 10 - "the world knew Him not" - How could this be
The world is a synonym is the adverse power and order
of humanity - the organized resistance to the will of God -
and until it is illumined and regenerated by the
Spirit of God.
v. 11 -
v. 12 - all might believe - all might become sons by faith, but
alas, through darkness, prejudice, depravity, corruption.
they did not "apprehend"
v. 13 - this Divine begetting is explained and differentiated
from ordinary human life - this is the first place in
scripture in which the new birth is spoken of by name.
"born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the
will of man"
"but of God"
All believers know tht grace does not run in the blood, like
the seeds of health or disease - every godly parent who has
ungodly children, has sad knowledge of the fact - "that
which is born of the flesh is flesh"
There is no material origin of the new birth!
v. 14 - God became flesh - has set up His tabernacle among
us - the nature of the Godhead and the nature of
manhood are blended in one personality - like man
He was born, learned, tempted, suffered all the
human frailities and privations and finally, the
death on the cross!
Though Christ "emptied Himself" - Phil 2:7 - He did not
cease to be God - since He hath not ceased to be man - a
doctrine of great mystery!
v. 16 - A perennial supply of grace and truth (abundance)-
it is from this fount that we draw for the needs of
We have all received - He is the vine - we the branches -
except we abide in Him, we can do nothing!
The only adequate response to Divine truth is faith!
v. 17 - "through Jesus Christ" - the highest manifestation
of Divine thought and love came through Jesus Christ!