John 1:1-5: The Divine Son

It’s been a real long time since I’ve posted anything up here on my site.  I have been reading and studying through the book of John for quite some time now and I am going to try and make a goal of putting up at least one post per week working my way through the book of John.  I hope that it is edifying to you and leads you to believe in and know Christ in a greater way…God Bless, Paul S. NOTE: THE STUDY BEGINS DOWN BELOW THE VIDEO…

John 20:31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

“I wish that I could describe Him to you…”  ~S.M. Lockridge

ESV: John Chapter 1
[1] 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. [3] All things were made through 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] The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
ESV: Genesis Chapter 1
[1] In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. [2] The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. [3] And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. [4] And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. [5] God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Echoes of Genesis reverberate in the opening verses of John’s Gospel.  John is obviously drawing parallels from the book of Genesis to his own book.  But, why does he do this?  What do we know about and what can we learn from the first few verses of the Bible that will help us see the connection that John is trying to make?  Though there are some major themes introduced in the opening verses of both Genesis and John, today, we’ll just going give a brief overview of a few of them and then focus in on the divinity, or Godhood, of Jesus Christ.  Some of the mega-themes related primarily to the Doctrine of God found in Genesis are that:

  • God exists and He is central.  He is the main Character initiating, creating, beginning everything that exists.  What we see and think to be real would not exist had God not created it.  He is ultimate reality.
  • God is immensely, terrifyingly all-powerful.  He simply speaks the word and all things spring into existence from nothing.
  • God is sovereign.  All the things that He creates come into existence not because they chose to or because they cooperated with Him somehow in the process.  God simply speaks the word and all things simply are.
  • God is creating something new as Genesis opens.  He is creating a world filled with light where once there was nothing but emptiness, nothingness, and darkness.
  • God is personal and personable in the sense that He speaks, He makes, He creates, He observes and evaluates what He has made.  He enjoys His work of making good things and takes great satisfaction in seeing it completed.

The Divine Son

Though the opening verses of Genesis do speak about the creation of the world, they fundamentally serve to teach us about God and to reveal to us Him and His nature.  So, how does this relate to what John wants to tell us about Jesus?

For those that claim that the Bible neither teaches that Jesus is God nor mentions the doctrines of the Trinity, these verses serve to obliterate that objection.  God, the Almighty, is revealed as the Maker of all things and God alone in the opening verses of Genesis.  And then, mysteriously, in Genesis chapter 1 verse 26, God refers to Himself using the plural pronoun “us.”  (see also Genesis 3:22; Genesis 11:5-8; Isaiah 6:1-8)

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  ~Genesis 1:26

Surely aware of this, John puts all the pieces together, understands and is awestruck!  The mystery of God, God the Spirit, and God the Son now come together with full force as John articulates the full revelation of the nature of the God of the Bible.  We get the sense that John is mustering all the logic and vocabulary he can as he ties his thoughts to the most unmistakable and well-known passage of the Old Testament showing that the God of the Bible is God alone in order to reveal that the One whom he had “seen with [his] eyes, which [he] looked upon and [has] touched with [his] hands” (1 John 1:1), the Word of life, is indeed God come in the flesh.  John confesses that Jesus, who was in the beginning with God and somehow mysteriously distinct from God in person, is nevertheless, one with God and fully God.  Any doubt that the Bible teaches that Jesus is God can be permanently laid to rest after reading the words of this faithful eyewitness to Jesus’ sinless life, vicarious death in the place of lost, sinful humanity, and resurrection from the dead.  John purposefully connects the opening of his book to Genesis in order to reveal to the world that Jesus Christ is indeed, “Emmanuel…the Mighty God…and God with us” (Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).

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3 thoughts on “John 1:1-5: The Divine Son

  1. Hey, brother, I’m very happy to see some Sanders originals, and this is excellent. (Small note: with you’re new layout, “comment” link is not as prominent. I had to search a little to find it.)

    I love John for many reasons, not least of which is his hangin’ out in the background for most of the Gospels and just listening. So wise. But he among the others is for me the most poetic, too. Plus, The Beatles “All You Need is Love” comes to mind when reading thinking of him. How’s this for scriptural feedback?

    This is a great post.

    • Thanks! You know, I always appreciate you taking the time to check things out and give some feedback, I really do. This is probably the most simple layout I’ve ever used. I thought it would be good to focus on content, bring it to the forefront and keep the design simple. Again, I really do appreciate the feedback and thanks for checking things out!

    • Also, I’ll have to check out the comment thing, I think there’s a way of editing it in the CSS, but I haven’t really tried to tinker with it…

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