18
Feb
2018

JOHN 1:14 JESUS CAME AS GOD IN A HUMAN BODY

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John 1:14 And the Word became 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.

 If you want to read a book of the Bible that will tell you about who Jesus really is and why He came, read this Book.  John 20:30-31 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (NKJV)  John wrote this book with no birth narrative, no manger scene, no geneology, but he went straight to the point in John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. He wants to let us know the Jesus is God in human flesh.  He is not God as some of the cults say, but He is THE ONE AND ONLY GOD.  John uses seven Key miracles, seven key people and the seven I AM statements of Jesus to make the point that Jesus is who He said He was and still is today.

 The Incarnation of Christ….Incarnation means in the flesh

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

 Matthew 1:17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. 18 ¶ This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  20  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  21  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23  "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" --which means, "God with us." 24  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

 Verse 14 – The Word became Flesh- This emphasizes that the eternal and uncreated Christ took on human form.  The Infinite became Finite.  The Eternal was conformed to time.  The Invisible became Visible.  The Supernatural One became Natural.  He was still all God and all man.

The benefits of this are:

  • He revealed the Father to us
  • He is our example
  • He is our sympathetic High Priest
  • Died to save sinners

Dwelt – means to pitch a tabernacle (some temporary structure or shelter) Or live in a tent

Exodus 33:11 – Tabernacle of witness- where God spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.  In the New Testament- God chose to dwell among his people in a far more personal way by becoming a man.

We Beheld His Glory – Although his deity was veiled, we still see glimpses of his Divine Majesty, Matthew 17:1-8 – Mount of Transfiguration – They also saw Christ’s glory in a spiritual way (grace, goodness, mercy, wisdom, truth) Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." 19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." 21 Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."

 Only begotten- has the idea of “the Only Beloved One” it emphasizes the character of the relationships between God and Jesus- giving Jesus a unique prominence (being first).

 Full of grace and truth- Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." 19 And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." 21 Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen."

 Exodus 34:5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD.  6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

LORD-Yahweh-The Self Existent One

Jesus as Yahweh of the OT displayed the same attributes as when he tabernacled among men in the NT

14
Feb
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL 1 JOHN 1.5 GOD IS HOLY

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1 John 1:5 tells us that the message the disciples heard from Jesus and that they are declaring to us is that God is light and in Him is found no darkness at all.  In the Bible light speaks of truth on an intellectual level and righteousness on a moral level.  Darkness on the other hand speaks of falsehood and sin.  This means that God is perfectly holy and is the only source of real truth.  It also means that He will never lie or do anything wrong.  In a day of whatever feels good do it, God sets a standard that we can never meet on our own.  This means that we can only approach God through the person of Jesus Christ. 

12
Feb
2018

JOHN 1:12-13 BUT AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM

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John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 In John 1:12-13 John begins to tell us how even though the world did not know Christ (cf: John 1:10-11) when He came into this world that He created and that His own special people the Jews did not know Him nor receive Him when He came into the world; that as many as received Him will be saved.  In other words, it is the ones who by faith alone ask God to forgive them on the basis of what Jesus did on the cross will be saved. He tells us how these who ask for forgiveness for their sins will become the children of God and the fact that man cannot be saved by any human effort of good works or mental effort of the will, but only by the grace of God (cf: Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.)  I hope you will listen to this message and explore this passage as it answers many questions about working and willing ourselves into Heaven, it just cannot be done.

  1. The Acceptance of Christ

            Verse 12 and 13 - We see stressed a believing remnant

Verse 12 - As many as received him/ to those who believe in his name the second phrase describes those in the first. 

To receive him who is the Word of God is to acknowledge his claims, place faith in him, and give allegiance to him.

            Gave- emphasizes the grace of god in Salvation.  Ephesians 2:8-10

The right- Those who receive Jesus (The Word), receive full authority to claim the exalted title of God’s Children.

            Verse 13 - Ultimately it is not mans will that produces salvation, but God’s will.

Verse 13, here we look into the very nature of God. “Who were born”--to be a child you have to be born; this is that new birth, regeneration. “Who were born not of blood.” Know what that means? Heritage, descent; it doesn’t come down from your ancestors. That’s not how you become a child of God, not because of your parents or your grandparents, or your family. “Nor of the will of the flesh.” Not because of personal effort, personal moral effort, personal spiritual effort, personal religious activity. “Nor of the will of man.” What does that mean? The acts of others, some sacramental system, some system of religion plied by so-called priests on your behalf. You’re not going to become a child of God by family heritage. You’re not going to become a child of God by personal effort. You’re not going to become a child of God by some man-made system--all impossible.

New life does not come because of physical desire either. No amount of wanting it and striving for it will bring it. The only thing that will is belief in Jesus.

"The term 'flesh' (sarx) is not used by John to convey the idea of sinfulness, as it often does in Paul's writings. . . . Rather, it is indicative of weakness and humiliation as seen in 1:14. It simply affirms that in the Incarnation Jesus became fully human."

Third,  new spiritual  life  does  not  come  because  of  a  human  decision either, specifically, the choice of a husband to produce a child. It comes as the result of a spiritual decision to trust in Jesus Christ. The Greek word for "man" here is andros meaning "male." The NIV interpreted it properly as "husband" here.

New spiritual life does not come from any of these sources but from God Himself. Ultimately it is the result of God's work in our life, not man's. Therefore the object of our faith must be God rather than our heritage or race, our works, or our own initiative.

7
Feb
2018

30 SECOND DEVOTIONAL HIS LOVE MINISTRIES IS AN OUTREACH MINISTRY LOCATED IN SAVANNAH, GA

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His Love Ministries is an outreach ministry located in Savannah, GA. We conduct church services in Nursing Homes, Correctional facilities, orphanages, and treatment centers in and around Chatham and Effingham. Jesus said in Matthew 25: ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ If you would like to have one of our representatives speak to you or any other group that you might be involved in about what we do and how you can be involved then call us at 912-398-0573 or visit the website at www.hisloveministries.net.

 

4
Feb
2018

JOHN 1:8-11 JESUS CHRIST IS THE TRUE LIGHT WHICH GIVES LIGHT TO EVERY MAN

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In John 1:8-11 we see that John is not the light, but he came to be a legal witness of the one who is the light, Jesus. Light always stands for truth, righteousness, purity, and holiness. Darkness stands for error, falsehood, and immorality. He begins to tell us how Jesus gives light which is His revealing of Himself to everyone who has been born or will ever be born.  This is a good section of scripture which shows us that everyone has an opportunity to hear the Word of God and be saved if they want to. We talk about the scriptures that show us that God has revealed Himself to everyone through creation and conscience and that we have enough knowledge to know there is a God. This makes us responsible and if we reject Him, then we go to hell because we made a choice to not know that God who has revealed Himself.  He also tells us the fact that Jesus created everything (see Colossians 1:15-17) and He came to earth, but the very people He created did not even know Him and recognize Him when He came.  Not even His special called people, the Jews didn’t even recognize Him or receive Him as their Lord and Savior.  What a shame.

  1. Rejection of the True Light Jesus Christ 1:9-11

Verse 9 - Or that was the true light which coming into the world gives light to every man.  Written backward for emphasis on light – remember light stands for Biblical truth, purity, and holiness

-Highlights the incarnation of Jesus Christ which gives light to every man – Through Gods sovereign power God has planted his knowledge in man through creation and mans conscience.  Enough to be responsible. – Romans 1:18-22, The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 ¶ since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-- his eternal power and divine nature-- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Romans 2:11  For God does not show favoritism. 12  All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13  For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14  (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15  since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) 16  This will take place on the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

  • This leads to either looking to the light or rejecting it.

-Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the light that God placed in man’s heart-

The world- John uses it 75 times in the gospel– invisible spiritual system of evil dominated by Satan and all that it offers is opposition to God, his people, and his world. 

            Verse 9 - most of the time John uses it in a negative manner.

 Verse 10 - World made through him- Proverbs8:22 ¶ "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; 23  I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. 24  When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; 25  before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, 26  before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.  27  I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 28  when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,  29  when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. 30  Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, 31  rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind. 32 ¶ "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. 33  Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. 34  Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. 35  For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. 36  But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."

 The world did not know him.

Verse 11 -He came unto his own and his own knew him not- Jews- a chosen people- most still looking for Messiah to come- Salvation first offered to Jews when rejected him- gave it to Gentiles or all people- Isaiah 65:2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations-- 3  a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick;

Jeremiah 7:25

  Cornelius- Acts 10,  Mark- looking for Jesus for Gentile at Sermon on the Mountain