"In today’s reading, in John chapter 1, versus 1-18, we learn something about the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. John refers to Jesus as the Word who was in the beginning in intimate fellowship with God. The Word was himself divine. In due course something wonderful happened and the divine word became human. After the Word had become incarnate we were able to see the glory of God displayed in human form, full of grace and truth. Now all who receive the Word can become just like Jesus." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.This is one of those passages that shows the big picture of God's plan. The mystery of the Trinity is made known, in part, with the first verse of this Gospel account of Jesus. This passage connects everything together, both Testaments, from the creation of the world in the first chapter, the law and Moses, and right into the message of grace found in Christ.
... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only [Son], who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
... to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
... For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The Law came to man through Moses and is recorded in the Old Testament. It established God's standard for all people. Israel failed to keep it and if we are honest we all fall short of God's standard. God sent his Son Jesus, as recorded in the New Testament, to pay the price for all of our failings so we can come near to God and enjoy his presence forever. Paul, an apostle of Jesus, puts it this way in one of his letters written to the people in Rome, probably 50 or 60 years or so after Jesus lived on this earth.
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Righteousness Through Faith
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:19-24)
"HE WAS, HE IS, HE IS TO COME"
I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.
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