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John 1:1-5
Jesus is the word (logos - intelligence, word as the expression of that intelligence).
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2010-11-06 22:40:58
2010-11-08 19:03:48
Jesus is the word (logos - intelligence, word as the expression of that intelligence). This is saying to Jew and Greek that Jesus is God. Jesus is the intelligence and power that formed the universe. This thought is fleshed out in the following verses. Jesus is with God and is God. Jesus is the creator of all things. In Jesus is life, and the life of Jesus is a light to mankind who dwell in darkness. Life = Zoe - referring to the principle of life in the spirit and soul. expressing all of the highest and best which Christ is and which He gives to the saints. The highest blessedness of the creature. The life that is in Jesus is light to mankind who live without God in darkness. Jesus gives understanding and hope and life to people living in a dark world. "In the Old Testament it was the word of God by which God created the universe. The universe was created by the word of God's mouth, see, and everything that God did, His power, His will, His mind was directed toward men and it was always called his word. And the word of God came into so and so, and the word of God spake, and all that which emanated from God in terms of His power and His will and His mind and that means anything that came from God and contacted man was called the word. And so the Jew was very familiar with that concept because all through the Old Testament there was that reality of the word. Now Christ comes into the scene and John says to the Jew, listen, if you wonder who that Word is just look at Jesus Christ. I mean if you want to see that Word, that creative, divine, reason and mind and will and power of God that you've seen all through the Old Testament era, if you want to see all that power gathered up and put in a body look at Jesus. That's who He is. Jesus Christ was the embodiment of the Old Testament concept of the Word. If you want to see the Word that brought the universe into existence, if you want to see the Word that gives the mind of God to men, if you want to see the Word that transmits life and light to the soul look at Christ, He is the embodiment of all that God is. And in the Old Testament all the power and the mind and the will of God that came from God was called His Word, but that which comes from God in the New Testament is His Son embodying that same thing. Now Greeks were hung up on philosophy and philosophy, of course, has its problems. If there are a million philosophies in the world the chances are there are a million wrong ones, but nevertheless people go on philosophizing. There's only one truth. But the Greeks had an interesting concept. Let me just put it to you very simply. They believed in a super power. We'll call it God. They had to; it was obvious. And they believed that, that God had power and had a mind and had reason, and you know why they believed that, because men had a mind, had reason, and had power. So they believed it had to come from somewhere. So Greek philosophers like Heraclides, Philo, Stoics, etc. they believed that God's mind and will was existing somewhere in space floating around and it gave man the ability to reason, and it gave man the ability to act and respond intelligently and have some kind of power. God's mind, then was alive and moving around somewhere. It was impersonal; in no way was it a person, it was just the instrument through which God made the world. It was sort of a philosophical power. In fact I'll quote Philo. Philo said, "The power of creation, the tiller by which God steers all things, the intermediary between the world and God, the priest, which sets the soul before God is this power that's floating around." Now what is it? You could say the wonderful blank of God that's floating around. The wonderful blip, blip, blip of God, that's doing all these things. Now what is this blip, blip, blip or this blank? Well they gave it a name. The Greeks called it something. You know what the called it? The Word. Interesting. They called it the Logos. And Logos is a Greek philosophical term expressing the identity of this power of God that makes things do what they do and creates and thinks and reasons. So when John says in the beginning is the Word, you know what he's saying to the Greeks? He's saying, listen you're always talking about all this power of God and this mind of God and this reason of God and all this stuff floating around there it is in a body, Jesus Christ. You see, so he's saying to the Greeks Christ is the answer to what you're looking for. He's saying to the Jews Christ is the embodiment of all that God was for you in the Old Testament, so when he says in the beginning was the Word, he's gathering the whole world in his arms to express the reality of Christ. Fantastic thought! Simple word, profound thoughts!" John Macarthur
10000000056108 56108 Notes 2010-11-06 22:40:58 2010-11-08 19:03:48 Jesus is the word (logos - intelligence, word as the expression of that intelligence). This is saying to Jew and Greek that Jesus is God. Jesus is the intelligence and power that formed the universe. This thought is fleshed out in the following verses. Jesus is with God and is God. Jesus is the creator of all things. In Jesus is life, and the life of Jesus is a light to mankind who dwell in darkness. Life = Zoe - referring to the principle of life in the spirit and soul. expressing all of the highest and best which Christ is and which He gives to the saints. The highest blessedness of the creature. The life that is in Jesus is light to mankind who live without God in darkness. Jesus gives understanding and hope and life to people living in a dark world. "In the Old Testament it was the word of God by which God created the universe. The universe was created by the word of God's mouth, see, and everything that God did, His power, His will, His mind was directed toward men and it was always called his word. And the word of God came into so and so, and the word of God spake, and all that which emanated from God in terms of His power and His will and His mind and that means anything that came from God and contacted man was called the word. And so the Jew was very familiar with that concept because all through the Old Testament there was that reality of the word. Now Christ comes into the scene and John says to the Jew, listen, if you wonder who that Word is just look at Jesus Christ. I mean if you want to see that Word, that creative, divine, reason and mind and will and power of God that you've seen all through the Old Testament era, if you want to see all that power gathered up and put in a body look at Jesus. That's who He is. Jesus Christ was the embodiment of the Old Testament concept of the Word. If you want to see the Word that brought the universe into existence, if you want to see the Word that gives the mind of God to men, if you want to see the Word that transmits life and light to the soul look at Christ, He is the embodiment of all that God is. And in the Old Testament all the power and the mind and the will of God that came from God was called His Word, but that which comes from God in the New Testament is His Son embodying that same thing. Now Greeks were hung up on philosophy and philosophy, of course, has its problems. If there are a million philosophies in the world the chances are there are a million wrong ones, but nevertheless people go on philosophizing. There's only one truth. But the Greeks had an interesting concept. Let me just put it to you very simply. They believed in a super power. We'll call it God. They had to; it was obvious. And they believed that, that God had power and had a mind and had reason, and you know why they believed that, because men had a mind, had reason, and had power. So they believed it had to come from somewhere. So Greek philosophers like Heraclides, Philo, Stoics, etc. they believed that God's mind and will was existing somewhere in space floating around and it gave man the ability to reason, and it gave man the ability to act and respond intelligently and have some kind of power. God's mind, then was alive and moving around somewhere. It was impersonal; in no way was it a person, it was just the instrument through which God made the world. It was sort of a philosophical power. In fact I'll quote Philo. Philo said, "The power of creation, the tiller by which God steers all things, the intermediary between the world and God, the priest, which sets the soul before God is this power that's floating around." Now what is it? You could say the wonderful blank of God that's floating around. The wonderful blip, blip, blip of God, that's doing all these things. Now what is this blip, blip, blip or this blank? Well they gave it a name. The Greeks called it something. You know what the called it? The Word. Interesting. They called it the Logos. And Logos is a Greek philosophical term expressing the identity of this power of God that makes things do what they do and creates and thinks and reasons. So when John says in the beginning is the Word, you know what he's saying to the Greeks? He's saying, listen you're always talking about all this power of God and this mind of God and this reason of God and all this stuff floating around there it is in a body, Jesus Christ. You see, so he's saying to the Greeks Christ is the answer to what you're looking for. He's saying to the Jews Christ is the embodiment of all that God was for you in the Old Testament, so when he says in the beginning was the Word, he's gathering the whole world in his arms to express the reality of Christ. Fantastic thought! Simple word, profound thoughts!" John Macarthur notes
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John 1:1-5
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In the beginning was the Word,
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him,
All things came into being through Him,
and without him was not any thing made that was made.
and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
ideaexplanation
In him was life,
In Him was life,
and the life was the light of men.
and the life was the Light of men.
The light shines in the darkness,
The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
and the darkness did not comprehend it.
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10000000056108 56108 Arc 2010-11-06 22:40:58 2010-11-08 19:03:48 editing John 1 1 1 5 John 1:1-5 43 NT esv nasb i487127 i487117 In the beginning was the Word, In the beginning was the Word, i487128 i487129 i487118 and the Word was with God, and the Word was with God, i487119 and the Word was God. and the Word was God. i487120 He was in the beginning with God. He was in the beginning with God. i487130 i487121 All things were made through him, All things came into being through Him, i487122 and without him was not any thing made that was made. and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. ideaexplanation 1 i487131 i487123 In him was life, In Him was life, i487132 i487124 and the life was the light of men. and the life was the Light of men. i487133 i487125 The light shines in the darkness, The Light shines in the darkness, i487126 and the darkness has not overcome it. and the darkness did not comprehend it. series ideaexplanation 1 1 1 1 esv 25 nasb 25 a 50 discourse
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