Who is this Jesus?

Who is this Jesus?

 
 

John 1:1-5

 
 

In the Bible, the Book of John is significant. John claims to be the disciple that Jesus loved, but he is also the son of Salome, Mary’s sister, making him Jesus’ cousin.

 
 

John tells the story of Jesus from the perspective of the God-man that was Jesus, 100% God and 100% man. It is through this hypostatic union of God and man that Jesus could be the propitiation for our sin.

 
 

John tells us here that Jesus existed before the beginning. This lets us know that he was with and part of God before creation and in fact, was the creator of the world. 

 
 

Jesus (God the Son) is the second part of the Godhead, the first being God the Father, the third being God the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the Godhead as a whole. As we look at verses 1-5, we see who Jesus was, where he came from, and what His purpose was here. 

 
 

In verse 1-2

 
 

1  [a] In the beginning was [b] the Word, and [c] the Word was with God, and [d] the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

John 1:1-2 (ESV)

 
 

 
 

We see here that Jesus was not only there in the beginning, and not only that He was with God, but that in fact, He was God. He is not separate from God, nor a created being; He is part of the Godhead. In the Greek its meaning is of the same exact nature and essence. This is the claim that sets Christianity apart from all world religions, Jesus’ claim to be God in the flesh.

 
 

In verse 3, We see that not only is Christ with God and God Himself, but also that He is God, the Creator of all things. He is so much a part of God that there was nothing made without His help.

 
 

In verse 4, we see that Christ is the very life that comprises people. He is the light and life of men. His light shines in darkness, and darkness cannot overcome it. Christ’s life and light are the very heartbeat of the universe. He is what makes it exist.

 
 

These unique claims by Christ are what make Him different. While other religions have a spiritual leader, they are all created, and they all die.

Christ was before the beginning. His incarnation had Him put on human flesh and come to Earth in the form of a man so that He could be the redemption of humankind.

 
 

He illuminated sin in the world; His death and resurrection paid for that sin. All can have the everlasting life He offers if they wish. One just has to acknowledge Him as who He claims to be.

 
 

The Word, Word of God, Jesus the Christ came to Earth to pay the penalty of our sin so that in accepting Him we could live forever with Him. No one could ever earn the perfection that is required for humans to EARN their way to heaven. Because He loves us, God paid it all for us.

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, a Living Truth Ministry, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 
 

 
 

Questions:

 
 

Read John 1:1-5

 
 

Look up the following verses :

 
 

Gen. 1:1; Col 1:17; 1John 1:1; Rev 1:4;8,  17; 3:14; 21:6; 22:13Rev 19:13; Heb. 4:12; 1Jn. 1:1; 1Jn 1:2; John 17:5; Phil. 2:6;

 
 

1. What do these verses say about Christ in the beginning?

2. Where, if anywhere, does it separate Christ from God?

3. What does this imply about Jesus the Christ?

 
 

Look up the following verses:

 
 

John 1:10; PS 33:6; 1Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2;

 
 

4. What do these verses say about Jesus’ creative power?

5. What does it say as to why all things were made?

6. How does this speak to the claims that Jesus was just a prophet?

7. How does this answer the claims that Jesus was just a man?

 
 

8. What does this say about the oneness of God?

9. Can you see how this shows there is only one God?

10. Who does it say this God is?

 
 

Read John 5:26; 11:25; 1John 1:2; 5:11.

 
 

11. What does Jesus promise as the Life?

12. What does it mean to be the light of the world?

13. What are the promises Jesus makes upon acceptance of Him?

14. What will you do with this information?

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, a Living Truth Ministry, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

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