Formations Lesson for December 27- Of the Father-s Love Begotten
December 15 2009 by Victor Lyons, Academic Dean, Foothills Christian College, Wilkesboro; Pastor, Union Cross Baptist Church, Elkin

Focal Passage: John 1:1-18

John’s gospel begins with the theological heart of the Christmas message: “And the Word became flesh” (v.18). With these startling words, the incarnation is reality.

The beginning point for this amazing discussion echoes the words and the content of Genesis 1:1 as translated in the Septuagint, the Greek scriptures of the Old Testament.

It states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

In John 1:1-3 we discover that not only was the Word, the logos, with God but that the Word was the direct agent of all creation.

“All things came into being through Him” is the positive statement.

The negative statement affirms the same truth: “And apart from Him nothing came into being that has now come into being.”

Existence itself is due to the work of Jesus Christ the logos.

This work of Christ is revealed in two metaphors that will reoccur throughout John’s gospel: life and light.

These metaphors highlight the primal words of God, “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3-19) and underscore its relationship to all that came into being (Gen. 1:20-31).

Life and light go together as creation unfolds.

Through it all, the Creative Word of God acts as the direct agent giving life and light even in the midst of the “darkness.”

The “darkness” holds no power over the Word of God, the incarnate Christ. He is Light and the darkness is dispelled.

In God there is no darkness (1 John 1:5) and so too in Christ there is no darkness (1 John 1:7). The darkness is sin and those who refuse to acknowledge and deal with their own sin only achieve self-deception (1 John 1:8-10).

The light of the Incarnate Word represents moral integrity (John 1:5). 

It is a light that can “enlighten” every person. It has the capacity to give the person a new heart, a new mind, a new perspective, and a new future.

The focal passage, however, points out the rejection of this Incarnate Word.

The phrases of rejection are found in the statements “the world did not know Him” (v. 10) and “His own did not receive Him” (v. 11).

By “receiving” the Incarnate Word and “believing” on Him, receivers/believers are empowered to “become (the) children of God” (v. 12-13).

Hence the only-begotten Son of God becomes the agent through which others become the adopted children of God.

The witness given of this Light is none other than John the Baptist who testifies of the Light and declares that one mightier than he will come, one who existed, in fact, prior to John himself: “for He existed before me” (v. 15).  
12/15/2009 5:58:00 AM by Victor Lyons, Academic Dean, Foothills Christian College, Wilkesboro; Pastor, Union Cross Baptist Church, Elkin | with 0 comments

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