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sermon on john 1:1:12

Not only God loved from eternity, but He thought from eternity; He thought as intensely as He loved.(J. John, speaking of Jesus, says, 'This is the true God and eternal life. 53. With the perfect thinker the perfect Word reflects back the perfect thought. THE LOGOS OF PHILO IS ESSENTIALLY DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF JOHN.1. That is not entirely inappropriate, because the scriptures are a powerful word from God. Although the Scriptures are explained to blind teachers so that they may apprehend the truth, yet they do not apprehend it, and the fact remains that the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness apprehends it not. We have a great God, the maker of heaven and earth, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given us all we have. 1. They do say that all things were known, elected, and even ready and living in the sight of God, as though creation bad already taken place, as Christ says of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in Luke 20,38: "He (God) is not the God of the dead, but of the living; for all live unto him." Mary says: "He hath filled the hungry with good things," Luke 1, 53. For it can not be denied that through him natural life also exists, which even unbelievers have from him, as St. Paul says: "In him we live, and move, and have our being; for we are also his offspring." 114. Christ is now what the world once was, and more than the world was — God's love, God's truth, audible to men. And if we are not naturally lured to deify our friends, neither was St. John. But in the text Jesus Christ is presented, not as the Son, but as the Word; accordingly the main idea is not God as love, but God as mind. That this Gospel may be clearer and more easily understood, we must go back to the passages in the Old Testament upon which it is founded, namely, the beginning of the first chapter of Genesis. And if Jesus was merely human, St. John's statements about Him are among the most preposterous fictions which have imposed on the world. B. Christ was the light that shineth in the darkness. This promise is handed over to Abraham in an enlarged and expanded form (Genesis 12:3). The Revealer of God being eternal, He is competent to give the world an eternal revelation — a re, elation of eternal truth, a revelation of the eternal God. The statement that drew the germs of his doctrine from an Alexandrian source. 56. He had a Word with Him, equal to Himself, the reflex image of His own person. Thus we say: This is a glorious thing, a glorious manner, a glorious deed, "gloriosa res". We ought not to stop that. He, as the Word of God, came unto the prophets. This language is sufficiently plain and he who has faith understands very well what is the nature and character of this Light. 87. Once this orb was a bright mirror which reflected God's image, but sin darkened it, and it is dim. But can we conceive it possible that after any lapse of time we should express our reverence and love by saying that our friend was superhuman? In Isaiah 48, 1 God himself answers: "Hear ye this, who swear by the name of Jehovah, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness." Jer. The word monogenous is made up of two Greek words—mono, which means one or only—and genos, which means offspring. In the beginning God, Elohim. “full of grace (Greek: charis) and truth” (Greek: aletheia) (v. 14e). How entire the proof of their conformity to the will of God!2. Again: "Thou gavest him authority over all flesh, that to all whom thou hast given him, he should give eternal life," John 17, 2. This surely is real darkness. He lived and did shine; yet there was nothing but darkness, and the darkness did not perceive him. He has gone; but you cling to him more earnestly in thought and affection than while he was here. Even though he was God, he became a citizen of Nazareth and Capernaum, and conducted himself as other men did. The narrator seems impatient to get into the very heart of his subject. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. Moses and others might serve as organs of the Old Testament revelation, for the religion they established was temporal, designed to last only "till the time of reformation." 61. St. John was convinced as profoundly as we are of the truth of the unity of God, and of the interval which separates the highest of creatures from the Creator. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1991). 4. We enter God’s house to worship and we depart to serve. ), • The struggle between light and darkness (1:5; see also 3:19-21), • The power of the light over darkness (1:5; see also 12:35), • The relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist (1:6-8; 1:15; see also 1:19-34), • The miracle of our being able to see God’s glory (1:14; see also 12:41), • Jesus as the only Son of God (1:18; see also 3:16). 136. That God from everlasting loved is an idea with which we are all familiar enough; it is the prominent idea in the correlates Father and Son. It was Abraham’s faith that set him apart (Hebrews 11:17-19), and those who embrace faith in God are his natural heirs. His words, haunts, phrases, handwriting, likeness, are for you precious and sacred. “In the beginning” (en arche) (v. 1a). This they said from their own imagination without any authority. It was He whom Moses and the seventy elders saw, for "no man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son which is in the bosom of the Father He hath declared Him. All that exists owes its existence to him. Whitelaw, D. D.)Christ the Word of GodJ. THE LOGOS OF PHILO IS ESSENTIALLY DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF JOHN. 4. For even the natural life is surely quickened by the divine life, just as much as the light of reason is kindled by the divine light. The Gospel resists reason and leads it away from its own light and fancy to faith, through which it can apprehend this living and eternal Light. and Pelagians, who find something outside of Christ, which they claim is good and true; and yet in Christ alone is grace and truth. But here he says, there must be more than mere blood, else there is no sonship of God. It is not necessary for him to be God and man. A strange method was employed if Christ were a mere creature.4. John, speaking of Jesus, says, 'This is the true God and eternal life. The former is not Divine in the sense that the latter is. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. He seems to have become man in vain, and all things written about him seem to be to no purpose, because we have ourselves found a way by which we may by our own works come to the grace of God! 92. Therefore, 0 Lord God, these words, "He was not the Light," are truly worthy to be capitalized and to be well remembered against the men who set themselves up as the light and give to men doctrines and laws of their own fabrication. ( Log Out /  72. What more would I need? 43. He cried out, saying, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me”‘” (v. 15). Where the Word was — in the beginning. We should give our best to God. 19-34). The language of the Scriptures must be taken in its obvious signification, just as the Jews took John 10:30; John 15:13. 1. But he who believes me to be only man, is not profited by the flesh, for to him it is not my flesh or God's flesh. No transference of words from a general to a special signification could be more easy and even. It was dearly bought. He had a Word with Him, equal to Himself, the reflex image of His own person. She came back in a week, as she had promised. They were advanced with a full knowledge of what they involved. Therefore the heavens above you have withheld their dew (5)Divine worship is demanded by and paid to Him. From this text evidently come the words: "In the beginning was the Word." and could the whole compass of language supply us with a second term in all respects so suitable as this — the Word?(G. This has been amply explained heretofore in the sermon on the second Epistle for this day. When now Christ, the light of grace, comes and also teaches that we are to be pious and serve God, he does not extinguish this natural light, but opposes the way and manner of becoming pious and serving God as taught by reason. The truth is, I found I had to cross out the whole of the first chapter, and I began to think, 'If it's like this, what'll become of the beautiful promises and sayings?' Some years ago I interviewed at one of the largest congregations in North Dakota. The statement that drew the germs of his doctrine from an Alexandrian source. A sermon by Martin Luther from his Church Postil, 1521-1522, [The following sermon is taken from volume I:171-223 of The Sermons of Martin Luther, published by Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI). THE NEW TESTAMENT WORD ON THE OLD TESTAMENT BASIS.(Lange.)I. and could the whole compass of language supply us with a second term in all respects so suitable as this — the Word?(G. Prov. Again what is certain to be of God, the simple accept at once, but the arrogant persecute it. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. -------------------- THE MAJESTY OF THESE PERSONS IS CO-ETERNAL. 2. What more would I want? But if reason is called on to say exactly who this God is, it is startled and says: "This is not God," and so makes a God according to its fancy. At last he could contain himself no longer, and burst out with the question, "Who is this Man about whom I am reading — this Jesus? Such an one might also be styled the word, as standing in a mid-position between the person holding supreme command and those set under authority.

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