Thursday, December 17, 2009

12/18/09 John 1:2,3

(square in Bethlehem- with Ben and Kay)

Devotional using scripture, quote from John Calvin and thoughts for the day each day- on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth.


2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:2,3)

Calvin Abridged: The Speech always was and he was with God; so that it may be understood that the beginning was before all time. He now proved the Divinity of the Speech from his works. The Father made all things by the Son, and that all things are by God through the Son. Nothing can be taken away from the credit of Christ. He has made all things without exception.

Thoughts: If Jesus is eternal and Jesus created the world, then Jesus is certainly God. Jesus once said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” For that people picked up rocks to stone him because as they saw it a mere mortal claimed to be God. To claim to be eternal, in itself was a claim to be God. Yet there is also a distinction made between the Father and the Son. Being with God means you were there, but it also implies you are different from the other person. It makes no sense to be with yourself. Jesus is God, but He is separate from the Father. These verses give us a glimpse into the most powerful being in the universe: his eternity, his power to create, and how He operates in cooperation with the Son.

Prayer: You are worthy of our worship and adoration. You are from forever and have made all things form eternity.

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