DISSECTING THE SCRIPTURES No. 1

JOHN 1:1-18

BY:  DAVE GARNER

DECEMBER 14, 2007

At the very beginning was the Word and the Word was with 1God, and the Word was/is 1supreme, above all things.

The Word was with 1God in the beginning and all things were made through the Word.  There was nothing that was made (created), which was not made through the Word of God. 

In the Word was life and the life was the Light of men. 

The Light (Word) shined into the darkness but the darkness did not apprehend the Word (to perceive or take it as its own). 

God sent a man named John who came to be a witness, to testify of the Light so that all would believe through Him (the Word).  John was not the Light, but was a witness of the Light, which is the true Light that shines Light upon all men coming into the world. (Ps 33:4-7; 119:89-91; Eph 3:9; Col 1:12-16; Rev 4:11)

God – Supreme: The Greek word used for “God” is theos (theh’-os); it is descriptive of a deity, especially, but not necessarily restricted to Yahweh God as being supreme; figuratively, a magistrate or other gods (2Cor 4:4).

Therefore, the Word of God is supreme and reigns above all things.

The Greek word for theos is “θεός” and it is used 1,344 times in the KJV New Testament and is translated into: god 1,310, god’s 16, gods 8, godly 7, god-ward 2, exceeding 1.  The word can be used to describe God, god, gods, magistrates, or supreme or highest ruler or any other deity.                           

The Word (Jesus, anointed of God) was in the world, and the world came into being through Him (the Word), but the world did not know Him. 

He (the Word – Jesus) came to His own; the nation of Israel, but His own nation (people) did not receive Him (the Word – Jesus). 

But all who received Him (the Word – Jesus), He gave them who believe to (into) His name (authority) the power (right, privilege, ability and force) to become children of God, born not of blood neither from the will (desire) of flesh, nor from the will (desire) of man, but born (brought into existence) from God. (1John 3:1-3)

The Word became flesh (Jesus, the Messiah) and lived (resided) among us and we saw His glory, the glory even as the only-one Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

John the baptizer testified of Him and cried aloud and said, “He is the one of whom I said, He who comes after me has become foremost above me (in both position and authority) and out of His fullness we all receive grace because of grace.”  

The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came into being through Jesus, the Messiah (the anointed one). None clearly see (discern, perceives)  God at any time, except the only-one born Son of God abiding in the heart of His Father, He openly declares (to unfold, reveal) Him. (Rom 1:1-7; 5:15-21; Eph. 2:5-9)

FOR COMPARISON:  TRADITIONAL KJV

John 1:1-18, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 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: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 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. 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. 16 And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus. 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.”

THE LIVING WORD

“In the beginning” describes a clear starting point, a beginning.   I can accept this statement entirely upon its historical merit and relate it to the beginning of creation, all the way back to Adam and Eve, and I would not be in error, as the description of creation found in Genesis chapter one uses the term “and God said” ten times, which implies that He formed creation by His word. 

Ps. 33:6, “By the word of God (Yahweh) the heavens were made and all the host of them (content within) by the breath (spirit) of His mouth.”

Isa. 45:18, “For thus says Yahweh who created the heavens, the God (Elohiym) Himself who formed (to mold as a potter) the clay to make the earth.  I am Yahweh (God) and did not create it (the earth) to lie in waste (useless), but I formed and set it up (established) it to dwell in and to be nothing else.”

But, it must also be clarified here that He created both “the heavens” and “the earth,” which includes both the natural and spiritual and everything within and in between.  Therefore, with this thought in mind, we would not be in error if we accepted this on a spiritual level as well.   The Word of God was, is and will be first, above all, the highest authority, the reigning creative energy or power source and nothing was, is nor can ever come into being without the authoritative power of the Word of God.

It would be ludicrous to even attempt to separate “the Word of God” from “God,” for the Word was spoken, came forth from or birthed from the mouth of God, and therefore was joined to God at the beginning.  The word beginning was not in reference to God’s beginning, for God is eternal, therefore He has always been, is and always will be.  The beginning is in reference to man’s consciousness or awareness of the presence of God’s Word.  Ever since Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, man (adam) became separated from communion with God’s Word because of the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life, and man has been hiding from contact with His Word (Jesus) ever since.  Therefore, natural man (adam) remains trapped in the death realm, separated from the benefits of life contained within God’s Word.  Man cannot create or form anything living out of himself, for only the creative power, energy, force (the Word) of God can create or produce living substance.

The Word is life and by accepting it into our being, it becomes living substance, the energy that allows us to flow into and with the creative energy of life, or God Himself.  The creative life that flows out from our being shines outwardly as an energizing substance, and causes us to become a beacon of living light energy which drives away the darkness, both inwardly and outwardly by its very presence.   A light does not light unless it is turned on and made visible to everyone.

Jesus was the energizing, creative Word displayed in the form of flesh covered natural man.  The creative Word of God shined or manifested Himself to men, as a man, in their darkness.  But natural man did not perceive (accept) Jesus the man, as being the living manifestation of God’s Word.  They were so separated from the life of God, they could not believe because their understanding was darkened, therefore they were unable to accept His presence living among them in the flesh. They were unable to receive from God because they denied Him access into their hearts and rejected His Word because they could not conceive in their minds the Word being able to walk and dwell among them.  They were unable to take the words of life contained within the law and the prophets, and apply it to themselves, and because they rejected Him, the Word of God could not become actively living energizing life within them.

John the baptizer came baptizing in the river of Jordan prior to and before the coming of the presence of Jesus, the Living Word of God.  He was the voice of the one crying in the wilderness, preparing the pathway for Jesus.  How can we prepare the pathway for Jesus, except we believe, repent and be baptized into His Word and accept Him into our hearts as the Living Word of Truth?  Immerse yourself into the river of Life that His Word is.  Cross over into the promise land and receive your inheritance, for His Word has already declared that it is yours and all you have to do is believe in the authority (name) of His Word.

The world (the kosmos) came into being by the Word of God, and the Word of God (Jesus the man) was in the world, but they did not perceive or know (experience relationally) that He was the Word of God walking in flesh man.  He (the Living Word of God) came to His own nation of people in the form of the man Jesus of Nazareth, but they did not receive (accept) Him as their Messiah or Savior, but saw Him only as the son of Joseph, the carpenter’s son.

But, anyone (everyone, all) who did, does and will receive the Word of God (The Spirit of Truth) into their heart, He gave them the ability to become SONS OF GOD.  It is only by receiving, becoming reborn by the Holy Spirit and believing into the Word that we are able to become sons, with all of the privileges and benefits which comes with entering into that honorable place of intimate relationship.  It is only by accepting into our heart the Holy Spirit of Truth, that we are able to hear His Word.   It is by believing in His Word that we are able to possess the authoritative power to become birth children of God, to become the beacons of light which shine brightly into the darkness of humanity, declaring to the world around us that we are more than just servants, but sons of God.             

The Word became flesh and lived among the people of the Jewish nation, in the form of Jesus the man.  John the disciple declares that He saw His glory, the glory of being the firstborn and only Son of God at that time, full of grace and truth.  John the baptizer testified Jesus was the one of whom he said he was not even worthy to unlatch His shoe latches.  We receive grace from the fullness of His grace, not because we earn it by our own efforts through religious activities or works.  When we enter into relationship with Him by believing into and living by His Word, we receive the gift of grace, the Holy Spirit of Truth. 

Rom. 10:1-10, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer toward God on behalf of (concerning) Israel, that they be saved. For they have the testimony that they are zealous of God, but not according to knowledge. For being ignorant of the righteousness of God, they seek to stand on their own righteousness and do not submit themselves to the righteousness of God.  For the anointing (Messiah, Christ) is the conclusion (the point aimed for) of the law into righteousness to all who believe.  For Moses described the righteousness which is from the law, in that the man who does these things (the law) lives by them. But righteousness from faith says it this way, “Do not say in your heart, who will go up (ascend) into the heavens? (That is to bring down the anointing) Or, who descends into the deep (abyss), (that is, to bring up the anointing from the dead). Rather what it says is, “The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart (thoughts, feelings), that is the word of faith, which we preach. For if you acknowledge (recognize) the Lord Jesus with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you are saved (delivered, protected). For the heart (thoughts, feelings) believes into righteousness, and the mouth acknowledges into salvation.”

The law was given through Moses.  Understand, John used the word “through,” not “by,” as it is translated into in the King James Version.  These two words have two entirely different meanings. 

BY: The New Testament Greek Word; en (en). The English equivalent “by” is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as being: method, manner, way

THROUGH: The New Testament Greek Word; dia (dee-ah’). The English equivalent “through” is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as being: to continue on without requiring stops or changes from beginning to end, to completion.

Ex 24:12-13, “And Yahweh said to Moses, “Come up to the mount, in order to give you there the tablets of stone, “the law” and commandments which I will instruct you to write. And Moses and his attendant Joshua ascended and Moses went up into the mount of God.” 

Ex. 34:1, And Yahweh said to Moses, “Hew (carve, shape) two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke.”

Ex. 34:27-29, And Yahweh said to Moses, “You write these words according to the words of my mouth. I make a covenant with you and with Israel.”  And he was there with Yahweh forty days and forty nights and did not eat bread nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.” 

There are many other verses which I could quote, that declare that Moses did not make up and dictate the laws/commandments from his own mind.  It was Yahweh (God) Himself who gave Moses His Laws by which he (Moses) was to govern His (God) people.  Moses, God’s servant, was the administrator of His laws and the instrument which God used to represent His law/commandments. God called Moses to stand as His representative to govern over the people, and it was through the administration of His servant (Moses) the laws were established and carried out.

In the natural, even after Moses was dead, the laws of God, which he had been given as leader over the people, continued to govern over the people for several hundred years. Moses, the law, took them from Egypt, which is symbolic of bondage, all of the way through the wilderness. The law was given to bring discipline, order, and direction, but it only took them through to within view of the promise land. Moses, nor the administration he represented, could enter into the promise, for the law was not meant to take them into the fulfillment of the promise, for Jesus Christ alone is the completion, the fulfillment of the law.  No servant, angel or messenger in the house can ever take us into the promises.    Only the seed (Jesus Christ), through grace and truth, has, does and will take us over into the promise land.  The people, because of their unbelief, did not deserve to go into their inheritance.  As far as He was concerned they were a rebellious and stiff necked people.  As a nation collectively, they never stayed obedient to God’s word long enough to merit receiving their inheritance, so it was not by their works, but by God’s grace, they received anything. 

Gal. 3:8-24, “The scriptures, foreseeing that God justifies the nations (Gentiles, heathen) through faith, announced the good news (the Gospel) to Abraham, that, “By you, all of the nations benefit (are blessed).”  So they too are blessed (benefit) from faith with faithful Abraham.  As many as are under the law are cursed from their works (works of sin, disobedience), for it is written, ‘Cursed is every one who does not continue (persevere) in doing all which is written in the book of the law.’  But, it is evident that no man is justified (made innocent) before God by the law, for the just (righteous) live from out of faith.  The law is not from out of faith, but He who lives by the law, must do the law.  The Anointed One (Messiah, Jesus) redeemed (paid the price, rescued) us from the curse of the law, becoming a curse over (on our behalf) us. (The law was not the curse; the curse was the results of man’s inability to measure up to it.) For it is written, ‘Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree,’ so that the blessing of Abraham comes upon the Gentiles by Jesus the Anointed in order to receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Nevertheless brethren, I speak as a man, it is man’s covenant that no man can ratify (change), add to or disannul.  Moreover, the promises were made to Abraham and his seed and He did not say seeds, as being many, but as of one, to your seed, which is the Anointed One (Messiah).  And this I say, the law which God confirmed (administrated through Moses), that came into being four hundred and thirty years after (the blessing of Abraham), does not disannul (invalidate) or make the promise to Abraham invalid (to become inactive). God granted it to Abraham through promise, but it is no longer from the promise if the inheritance is from the law. What (Why) then was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions (violations), till the seed (Jesus the Anointed) who was promised, comes, which was instituted through messengers (angels) by the hand of a mediator.  The mediator is not one, but God is one.  Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid, for if there was a law given which could give life, verily righteousness would come forth from out of the law.  But the scripture concluded (included) all under sin; so that it is from out of faith of those who believe that Jesus the Anointed gives the promise.  But before faith came, they were kept (guarded), shut up (closed in) under the law to the faith which would be revealed. Therefore, the law became our schoolmaster (instructor) toward (leading to) the Anointed, so that we are made innocent (to render just) by faith.”

None clearly see (discern, perceives)  God at any time, except the only-one born Son of God abiding in the heart of His Father.  He (as the Word) alone is the only one that can reveal His Father to us.  Jesus is the only doorway into the heavens and without Him we cannot enter in, for He alone, as the Living Word of Truth, is the way, the truth and the life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN No. 1 [Dave Garner] 12-14-07 ~ BIBLE STUDY          1

 

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