Weekly Devotional – July 24, 2021

The Word is Born

John 1:1-18

All four Gospels begin by placing Jesus within a historical setting, but the Gospel of John is unique in the way it opens. The Book of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus that connects Him to David and Abraham. Mark starts with the preaching of John the Baptist. Luke has a dedication of his work to Theophilus and follows that with a prediction of the birth of John the Baptist. But John begins with a theological insight.

It is almost as if John had said, “I want you to consider Jesus in His teaching and the good deeds He performed through His miracles. But you will not understand the good news of Jesus in its fullest sense unless you view Him from this point of view. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh of a man, and His words and deeds are those performed by the Holy Spirit who lived in Jesus” (Matthew 3:16-17).

The simple and earnest reason why the Son of God is called the Word seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent to reveal his Father’s mind to the world.

What the Apostle John says of Christ proves that he is God. He asserts His existence in the beginning; His coexistence with the Father. The Word was with God. All things were spoken into existence by him, but not as an instrument. Without him, there was nothing made from the universe to the smallest mammal. This shows how well qualified he was for the work of our redemption and salvation. The light of reason, as well as the life of magnificence, is derived from him and depends on him. This eternal Word, this true Light shines, but the darkness, the world,  comprehends nothing. Let us pray without ceasing, that our eyes may be opened to behold this Light, that we may walk in it; and thus be made wise, from belief to salvation conceived by faith in Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist came to bear witness concerning Jesus. Nothing more fully shows the darkness of men’s minds, that when the Light appeared, there needed to be a witness to call attention to it. Christ was the true Light; that great Light which deserves to be called so.

 By his Spirit and grace he enlightens all that are enlightened to salvation; and those that are not enlightened by him, perish in darkness. Christ was in the world when he took the nature of man was upon him and He dwelt among us. The Son of the Highest was here in this lower world. He was in the world, but not of the world. He came to save a lost world because it was a world of his own making. Yet the world didn’t know Him.

When he comes as a Judge in the end times, for He is the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8) the world will surely know him.

Many say that they are Christ’s own, yet they don’t receive him, because they won’t part with their sins, nor will they allow him to reign over them. All the children of God are born again. This new birth is because Jesus, the word of God, is the means (1Pe 1:23). and by the Holy Spirit of God as the Author.

By his Divine presence, Christ always was in the world. But now that the fulness of time had come, he was God in the flesh of a man.

Men disclose their weaknesses to those most familiar with them, but it was not so with Christ; those most intimate with him saw all of his glory

Though Jesus was in the form of man, He had the same Holy Spirit that is given to man through spiritual baptism. This same Holy Spirit will lead and guide the lives of all who allow Jesus to control their lives.

Do you have the Spirit of God in you? Are you part of the Divine Nature, thus a part of God? You should be!! Why Aren’t You?!

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