Wednesday, December 16, 2009
12/17/09- John 1:1 The Word is Jesus
Devotional using scripture, quote from John Calvin and thoughts for the day each day- on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth.
John 1:1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Calvin Abridged: In this introduction he brings out the Divinity of Christ, in order to inform us that he is the eternal God, who was shown in the flesh (1 Tim 4:16). The purpose of this passage is to show that it was necessary that the restoration of humankind be accomplished by the Son of God. By his power all things were created; by his breath all creatures are given life and energy. He is the Word or Speech of God, because 1) He is the eternal wisdom and will o God; and 2) He is the image of his purpose. He does not ascribe to the Word a beginning of time, but says that he was from the beginning. Augustine says this beginning has no beginning; It would have been absurd for the Evangelist to say the Speech was always with God, if he had not some kind of subsistence peculiar to himself in God.
That there may be no remaining doubt, the Evangelist asserts that he is God. If the Word/Speech is God, then we do not need to call into question His eternal existence.
Thoughts: Jesus is the Word of God. This tells us about Jesus, and about the Word. The Word comes from God eternally. The Word of God is not false or deviating from Him. Human words can betray and be false, but God’s Word, like His promises are true, certain, and reliable. This passage tells us Jesus is eternal, and He is the God-man.