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John 1

April 19, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

30 thoughts on “John 1”

  1. Alison C

    John….What a great book!
    The Word Became Flesh….how could my small mind understand that?
    Only by the power of my teacher; the Holy Spirit!
    v5;
    The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
    When I was born-again; I received ….lightness from the light….and the heavyness of darkness was removed, replaced….Oh what joy!
    v 12-13
    Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe 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.
    A new DNA….born of God!
    Some Christians friends continue to tell me they need to go to ‘man’ to be delivered of their ‘past history’!
    This is not my understanding….
    God’s word tells me ‘ all old things are passed away, all things become new’…………
    My old DNA has been replaced by God’s perfect DNA…….I am a new creature…
    No more excuses….like “I got that from my Dad and Mum”!
    v 14
    The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
    AMEN.

  2. Alison C

    John….What a great book!
    The Word Became Flesh….how could my small mind understand that?
    Only by the power of my teacher; the Holy Spirit!
    v5;
    The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
    When I was born-again; I received ….lightness from the light….and the heavyness of darkness was removed, replaced….Oh what joy!
    v 12-13
    Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe 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.
    A new DNA….born of God!
    Some Christians friends continue to tell me they need to go to ‘man’ to be delivered of their ‘past history’!
    This is not my understanding….
    God’s word tells me ‘ all old things are passed away, all things become new’…………
    My old DNA has been replaced by God’s perfect DNA…….I am a new creature…
    No more excuses….like “I got that from my Dad and Mum”!
    v 14
    The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
    AMEN.

  3. Wow! There’s a lot in this first chapter.

    Alison, I think this quote (you sent me) fits in well with your comments on v.12-13: “And He doesn’t just replant you, He ‘re-parents’ you. That means you no longer draw your value from your family of origin.”

    Another thing I find quite curious is John the Baptist didn’t know he was the “Elijah” who would come before the Messiah as prophesied. In Matthew 17:11-13 we find Jesus revealing that John the Baptist was “Elijah”. Sometimes you can be doing exactly what God wants without even realizing it.

  4. Wow! There’s a lot in this first chapter.

    Alison, I think this quote (you sent me) fits in well with your comments on v.12-13: “And He doesn’t just replant you, He ‘re-parents’ you. That means you no longer draw your value from your family of origin.”

    Another thing I find quite curious is John the Baptist didn’t know he was the “Elijah” who would come before the Messiah as prophesied. In Matthew 17:11-13 we find Jesus revealing that John the Baptist was “Elijah”. Sometimes you can be doing exactly what God wants without even realizing it.

  5. v.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

    Amazing the son of God on earth and no one recognized Him, not even John (v.33). A sinless life can go unnoticed.

  6. v.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

    Amazing the son of God on earth and no one recognized Him, not even John (v.33). A sinless life can go unnoticed.

  7. Alison C

    v 41-42
    The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ” We have found the Messiah”
    [that is, the Christ]. And he brought him to Jesus……
    I feel Andrew would have been so excited to bring his brother to meet Jesus
    I pray for a more ‘excited heart’ to share my love of Jesus with others.
    Jesus simply said “Follow me”….and they did
    Praise Him

  8. Alison C

    v 41-42
    The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ” We have found the Messiah”
    [that is, the Christ]. And he brought him to Jesus……
    I feel Andrew would have been so excited to bring his brother to meet Jesus
    I pray for a more ‘excited heart’ to share my love of Jesus with others.
    Jesus simply said “Follow me”….and they did
    Praise Him

  9. I hope you don’t mind a Mormon perspective here.

    This is a particularly interesting passage in that it is a fulfillment of prophecies made in the Old Testament. The words that both John and Jesus spoke, were direct quotations of scripture that the Jews knew about that prophecied the coming of the Messiah. They testified to the Jews, that these scriptures were being fulfilled. But sadly, the Jews could not accept that Jesus was that Messiah who would come.

    It is also interesting to me that when the Jews heard that John was baptizing, they came to him and asked who he was. They asked if he was Elias. The Jews still set a chair at their passover for Elijah (also known as Elias). He was the great Old Testament prophet who was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire. They still wait for him.

  10. I hope you don’t mind a Mormon perspective here.

    This is a particularly interesting passage in that it is a fulfillment of prophecies made in the Old Testament. The words that both John and Jesus spoke, were direct quotations of scripture that the Jews knew about that prophecied the coming of the Messiah. They testified to the Jews, that these scriptures were being fulfilled. But sadly, the Jews could not accept that Jesus was that Messiah who would come.

    It is also interesting to me that when the Jews heard that John was baptizing, they came to him and asked who he was. They asked if he was Elias. The Jews still set a chair at their passover for Elijah (also known as Elias). He was the great Old Testament prophet who was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire. They still wait for him.

  11. jON

    john! what an undertaking.

    there WAS a lot in the first chapter so i actually pared my part down to one verse that sticks out most, and influences me a great deal in my personal life.

    JN 1:4 “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”

  12. jON

    john! what an undertaking.

    there WAS a lot in the first chapter so i actually pared my part down to one verse that sticks out most, and influences me a great deal in my personal life.

    JN 1:4 “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”

  13. jON

    and this one…

    JN 1:9 “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.”

    but that’s where i’ll stop. i love john. thanks for being willing to tackle something that big in this format!

  14. jON

    and this one…

    JN 1:9 “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.”

    but that’s where i’ll stop. i love john. thanks for being willing to tackle something that big in this format!

  15. John the Baptist did not recognize the earthly form of the Messiah but He knew exactly why he was baptizing and he knew he came before Him. He had already been told that the dove would settle on him when they finally met. John may not have known he was Elijah but he knew what he was born for. A voice crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord.

    I find most interesting the things He promised Nathanael. That he would see heaven opened and the angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man… and this is the only book where Nathanael is mentioned as far as my search has taken me. He is mentioned once again among the seven that went fishing when Jesus again visited them after His death and resurrection.
    Wasn’t that great of Him to come back and comfort them and let them know He was still around?

  16. John the Baptist did not recognize the earthly form of the Messiah but He knew exactly why he was baptizing and he knew he came before Him. He had already been told that the dove would settle on him when they finally met. John may not have known he was Elijah but he knew what he was born for. A voice crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord.

    I find most interesting the things He promised Nathanael. That he would see heaven opened and the angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man… and this is the only book where Nathanael is mentioned as far as my search has taken me. He is mentioned once again among the seven that went fishing when Jesus again visited them after His death and resurrection.
    Wasn’t that great of Him to come back and comfort them and let them know He was still around?

  17. John’s gospel doesn’t record a list of disciples but as you say Wendy, mentions Nathanael with the disciples. Many commentators feel that since Bartholomew was listed as a disciple in the other gospels and was a common surname Nathanael was actually Bartholomew’s first name. Many of the other disciples are known by more than one name. For instance lists of disciples in Luke and Acts mentions Judas son of James instead of Thaddaeus so it is felt Judas son of James is Thaddaeus. Peter, of course, had been called Simon. Matthew had been known as Levi and Thomas was called Didymus.

  18. John’s gospel doesn’t record a list of disciples but as you say Wendy, mentions Nathanael with the disciples. Many commentators feel that since Bartholomew was listed as a disciple in the other gospels and was a common surname Nathanael was actually Bartholomew’s first name. Many of the other disciples are known by more than one name. For instance lists of disciples in Luke and Acts mentions Judas son of James instead of Thaddaeus so it is felt Judas son of James is Thaddaeus. Peter, of course, had been called Simon. Matthew had been known as Levi and Thomas was called Didymus.

  19. v.12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

    “Believing in his name” – his name represents all that he is including his deity. “receive him” – our response. This is not good works or earning our salvation, it is a response.

  20. v.12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

    “Believing in his name” – his name represents all that he is including his deity. “receive him” – our response. This is not good works or earning our salvation, it is a response.

  21. v.16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

    Even the law was grace.

  22. v.16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

    Even the law was grace.

  23. v.31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.

    John was faithful in the job God gave him, even when he "did not know him".

    His job was to baptize people in preparation for Jesus' ministry.

  24. v.31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.

    John was faithful in the job God gave him, even when he "did not know him".

    His job was to baptize people in preparation for Jesus' ministry.

  25. v.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…v.14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

    John starts his gospel the same way Genesis starts, In the beginning…

    John's plan is to show that Jesus is God.

  26. v.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…v.14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

    John starts his gospel the same way Genesis starts, In the beginning…

    John's plan is to show that Jesus is God.

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