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“For We Are But Of Yesterday”

SIH STSTA ICON(The SIH 2016 New Year’s Devotional)

With the coming of each New Year, we are reminded of the quickly passing time and shortness of the physical life that we possess.

For some, the concept of a short lifespan on earth is a thing of dread and fear. They possess dread because they know that the pleasures, possessions and relationships of this world will quickly pass away; and fear, due to confusion and uncertainty about, and an unpreparedness for, a coming afterlife.

However, in comparison, there are those who recognize that life is only temporal and will be followed by an eternal existence that will offer a much better existence. These have prepared for its coming and joyously await its arrival.

As we come face to face with another New Year, I just wanted to take a few moments to review the Biblical teachings on the temporal nature of life on earth and the great need to prepare for a coming afterlife while the opportunity still exists for each one of us.

THE SCRIPTURE:

(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:) (Job 8:9 KJV)

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (Jas 4:14 KJV)

THE STUDY:

Job, in our text, describes the quickness of the passing of our life as “we are but of yesterday”. In other words, Job is simply saying that, as we look back to the past events of our life, from birth onward, they seem to have just taken place “yesterday”. How very true this is!

On this New Year’s Day, stop and think about the past events of the previous year. For most of us, these events seem like they took place just yesterday.

Now, stop and think about some of your major life events that have taken place throughout your lifetime: births and deaths; sicknesses; new jobs and residences; anniversaries and graduations; and, for the Christian, the moment the Lord brought you unto Himself, trusting in Him for salvation. As you think about all these events, do they not seem to have taken place just a short while ago? For many of us, even the events of life that took place 30, 40, or even 50 years ago, now seem to be fresh in our minds and hearts, as if only a few days have passed.

Job even goes further in emphasizing the brevity of life when he says… “our days upon earth are a shadow”. See also: (Job 7:6, 9:25, 14:2; Psa 78:39, 89:47, 102:11; Isa 40:6).

Understanding the two basic characteristics of a shadow help us to understand what Job was trying to teach us. First of all, a shadow lasts only a short period of time, much like our life in comparison with the eternity that is to follow. Secondly, a shadow is constantly changing (due to movement of the person casting the shadow and the orbiting of the sun)… this pictures for us our temporal life and the many changes that take place on a day by day basis.

Job is bringing to our minds a very basic principle of living that we experience with every new day… Because our lives are uncertain and experience changes every single day, we do not know what each new day will hold for us. James even implies that because our lives are brief, uncertain, and changing, we cannot be sure if we will live yet another day…

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (Jas 4:14 KJV) see also (Proverbs 27:1, 1 Sam 20:3)

Folks, looking back over this last year, we all know people who have passed on unexpectedly. Whether it be by accident, sickness, or the actions of another, every day people pass on before us suddenly with absolutely no prior warning. Perhaps, they expected to celebrate the coming of this New Year along with us but, sadly, they are no longer with us. In this fallen, sinful world unexpected deaths are a very common occurrence.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

With the passing of this, and every New Year, we are reminded of the changing, fleeting nature of our lives. The most important aspect of these life principles is the need to take advantage of the time we have been given on earth and use it wisely.

What is the wisest possible use of our time? It is living our lives in preparation for the eternity that is to come. Because our physical lives and the world in which we live are temporal in nature, only that which is done for eternity’s sake will be of lasting value…
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1Jn 2:17 KJV)

So how do we live for eternity? For the lost it means by coming to an understanding of the true God, our condition before Him, and our need of faith in Him, and the eternal blessings that await the people of God:

1. The Lord Jehovah is the true God over all men. God the Son, Jesus, is the only One through whom we can gain access to God the Father. (Psa 83:18, John 14:6; 1 John 5:20)

2. All men have committed sin and stand before God as guilty, unable to save themselves through their works of righteousness. (Rom 3:23, Rom 3:19, Titus 3:5)

3. It is by grace through the God-given gifts of repentance and faith that a sinful man can receive forgiveness and salvation from the punishment of their sins (Acts 3:19, Acts 11:18, Eph 2:5-8. 1 Thess 1:10).

4. The newly forgiven individual is adopted into God’s family, made a citizen of the eternal, spiritual nation of Israel, and made heirs of an eternal existence with God. This forgiveness, and the blessings that accompany forgiveness, are eternal in nature, can never be lost, based upon the completed work of Christ on the cross (Gals 4:5, Eph 2:19, Roms 8:16-17, Heb 10:10).

For the saved, it means to take advantage of the opportunities we have to show Christ to others around us, by living a Christ-like life through our words, actions, and lifestyles. (Roms 8:28-30, Eph 1:4)

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Hallelujah! Christ Has Come And Revealed His Father To Us….

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Joh 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4oS

John 1:18b – “The Word Declared God”

 

(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Joh 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

 

…he hath declared him

 

Although God is unable to be seen with our physical eyes, (18a – “No man hath seen God at any time”), The Word, Jesus, can reveal God to us.

The Word shares a very close, intimate relation with His Father (18a – “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father”), which allows Him to perfectly know His Father. This allows The Word to “declare” (reveal, unfold) the Father for all of us to see…

Mat 11:27 KJV – “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”

The Word declared that He was revealing His Father to us in three ways…

1. The works of The Word were the works of the Father (John 5:36)

2. The Word declared the identity of the True God (John 17:26)

3. The Word’s words are the words of God (John 14:10)

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, do we want to enjoy an intimate relationship with God Himself? Then look to The Word, Jesus Christ, His birth, His life, His death and His resurrection.

In Christ, we will not only be able to learn about the Father, but we will find the way to a relationship with God, forgiveness of sin and the possession of eternal life…

Joh 14:6 KJV – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1Pe 3:18 KJV – “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

For those of us who have come to a living relationship with God through Jesus Christ… may we use this holiday season as an opportunity to share Christ with those around us. It is during this time of year that the lost world seems to be the most open and receptive to listen and receive our testimony of Christ and all He has done for us.

Let all of us hold forth the testimony of the Christians of John’s day…

1Jn 4:14 KJV – “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”

May we all have a blessed holiday season knowing our sins have been forgiven and we are enjoying a close relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Christ Has A Perfectly Intimate Relation With His Father…

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Joh 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father,…”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4oM

 

John 1:18a – “The Word Is In His Father’s Bosom”

 

(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Joh 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father,…”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

No man hath seen God at any time;

The Bible is clear that God cannot be seen…

Col 1:15 KJV – “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”

 

1Ti 1:17 KJV – “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

 

 

Why is God invisible? It is because He is a spirit being with no material body…

 

Joh 4:24 KJV – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 

During Biblical times, God has shown representations of Himself to His people in visions and dreams (ie: Exo 33:23, 2 Chron 18:18, Isa 6:1, Rev 4:2). Although men saw these similitudes (representations, likenesses) of God, they did not actually see God, Himself…

Num 12:7-8 KJV – “My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”

No one can, or will, see the actual being of God.

 

 

the only begotten Son,

 

 

The Word, Jesus, is the only begotten Son of God. He is the only One that came forth directly from God the Father being born of a virgin in Bethlehem (Isa 7:14)…

1Jn 4:9 KJV – “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

Joh 3:16-18 KJV – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

 

 

 

The Word is the One that is the sole, exclusive, Son of God that clearly showed God to man by being sent in human flesh….

 

1Ti 3:16 KJV – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

 

 

 

which is in the bosom of the Father,

The Word, being God, continually exists in the closest possible communion with His Father…

Joh 10:30 KJV – “I and my Father are one.”

Joh 17:11 KJV – “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”

Joh 17:21 KJV – “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

1Jn 5:7 KJV – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

 

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

The Word, Jesus Christ, possesses a very special relationship with the invisible God…

He is the only One that proceeded directly from His Father to a sinful, lost, and dying world while retaining the closest possible, unhindered, relationship with His Father.

It is this same Word that was given by His Father to be sacrificed for the salvation to His people. From His birth in Bethlehem, through His ascension to the right hand of the Father, we have the love of the Father clearly revealed to all of us. What great love!

 

 

1Jn 4:9 KJV – “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

May the love of the Father be constantly in our minds as we celebrate the birth of Christ into this world!

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Christ: The Source of All Grace And Truth…

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Joh 1:16-17 KJV – “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4oH

John 1:16-17b – “The Word Gave Grace For Grace”

SIH TOTT ICON(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

 

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”? 

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God”  (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

 

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

 

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”? 

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man.  Through Christ we have God revealed to us.  This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others.  This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Joh 1:16-17 KJV – “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

And of his fulness have all we received, 

Christ, the Word, revealed the fullness of the Godhead clearly to mankind. (see previous devotion on John 1:16-17a)

 

and grace for grace.

Please keep in mind the word “for” in this verse refers to “for the purpose of”.

An illustration of this usage would be the sentence “I gave them the money for the car”.  In other words, “I gave them the money for the purpose of the car” … (giving money for buying a car or repairing a car based on the context of the sentence).

 

First grace:

In the context, The first “grace” God gave to man… This was the revelation of the fullness of the Godhead in Christ was an act of God’s grace being given to fallen mankind.

This first act of grace was given by God for a specific purpose, for man to receive the second “grace” God gave to man…

 

Second grace:

In the context, the second “grace” God gave to man…is mankind coming to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and receive salvation for their sins and the many blessings that go along with their salvation experience.

In other words, God gave us the grace of the knowledge of Christ as the fullness of the Godhead “for the purpose of” receiving the grace of faith in Christ and the receipt of His many blessings in our lives.

This is grace (His fullness shown to all mankind) for grace (faith in Him).

 

The first grace is an absolute necessity for the second grace to be received.  Until we come to a knowledge of Christ, His person and His work, we can never come to a saving faith in Him…

Rom 10:14-17 KJV – “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

 

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

The law was given to show us our need of salvation, whereas knowledge of the person and work of the Savior is shown to us by Christ, the fullness of the Godhead.  He is the source of grace and truth that will lead a man to salvation.

The law shows us our need, whereas Christ shows us the remedy for that need.

Gal 3:24-25 KJV – “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, may we praise and honor the Father for sending His Son to reveal himself to us.  And may we also, praise and honor the Son for willingly humbling Himself and coming to the earth to reveal Himself to us as the true God and Savior of His people.  Without His first coming, and his revelation of Himself and His work to us, we could never be saved.

For those who are saved, may we share Christ with others over this holiday season, realizing that without a knowledge of Christ, no man can be saved.

For those who have never come to a knowledge of their sin and need of forgiveness, please consider the law of Moses and the revelation of Christ.  In the law you will find your sinful condition and need of forgiveness, while in Christ you will find the way of forgiveness and the receipt of eternal life.

2 Th 2:13-14 KJV – “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

May the Lord’s name, person and works be glorified in our lives this holiday season.

 

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Christ Clearly Revealed In Himself the Fullness Of The Godhead!

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Joh 1:16-17a KJV – “And of his fulness have all we received,…”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4oD

John 1:16-17a – “The Word Gave His Fulness”

 

(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Joh 1:16-17a KJV – “And of his fulness have all we received,…”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

And of his fulness have all we received,

 

When The Word came to the earth and dwelled with sinful mankind, He revealed Himself in all of His fullness. Jesus, through His teachings, lifestyle and works clearly revealed Himself as God, Perfect Man, Creator, Lord, and Savior… the list goes on and on.

Those who were true followers of Him, came to an understanding of His true person and nature. They came to see Him for who He truly is…

Col 1:14-20 KJV – “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Col 2:1-9 KJV – “For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge….

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”

This the our Lord in all His fullness. This is the One that presented Himself to all of mankind, yet sadly, many despised and rejected Him by denying His rightful place in their lives.

Luk 19:12-14 KJV – “He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.”

May we all see Jesus not only as the babe in the manger but also the King of Kings and Lord of Lords of our lives, the God over us!

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Christ Is To Be Chosen Over John…. Christ Existed As God Long Before John Was Born Into The World!

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Joh 1:15 KJV – “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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John 1:15 – “The Word Was Before John”

 

 

(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

 

Joh 1:15 KJV – “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake,

John the Baptist, gives testimony on behalf of The Word, identifying Jesus, as the One that he was speaking about as he ministered to the Jews. John the Baptist’s ministry was to prepare the way for Jesus to come to the earth…

Mat 3:3-4 KJV – “For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.”

How did he do this? By identifying Jesus as the true Messiah and appealing to Jews to accept and follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Joh 1:33-37 KJV – “And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.”

 

 

He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”

 

 

John the Baptist was born before The Word’s birth in Bethlehem and he began his ministry before The Word’s ministry began. It is in both of these senses that Jesus, The Word, “cometh after” John.

This is whom John is referring to in this verse. John goes on and says that this same Word “is preferred before me, for He was before me”. In other words, Jesus would take precedence over John the Baptist because, as God, Jesus existed before John.

John claims The Word “cometh after” him and then states that The Word was “before” him.

What a seeming contradiction! But is it really a contradiction?

1. On one hand, John said he came before Jesus, meaning that his physical birth and the beginning of his ministry took place before that of Jesus.

2. While in the next breath, he says that in reality, as God, Jesus existed long before him, as Jesus has existed from eternity past.

As long as we recognize that Jesus is God Himself, sent to the earth as a man, we can understand these sayings of John as making perfect sense with no contradiction. It is only if we mistakenly see Christ as only a man who was born into this world, that we must believe John’s sayings are contradictory.

What does Christ say about this truth?

Jesus explains that He existed before and of God’s creation existed…

Joh 17:5 KJV – “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

And He clearly states that He is One with God the Father…

Joh 10:30 KJV – “I and my Father are one.”

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Christ, The Word, when He came into the world was given the title “Immanuel” which means “God with us”…

Isa 7:14 KJV – “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Mat 1:23 KJV – “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

Folks, God Himself came down to man in the person of Jesus Christ, The Word, that was sent from heaven. May we all bow down to, worship and serve Him!

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Christ Is The Origin Of All Grace and Truth That Enters Our World

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Joh 1:14c KJV – “And the Word was…full of grace and truth.”

 

 

For the SIH Devotional on this subject:

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John 1:14c – “The Word Is Full of Grace and Truth”

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(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Joh 1:14c KJV – “And the Word was…full of grace and truth.”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“And the Word was…full of grace and truth.”

 

The Word is full of grace and truth. In other words, Jesus is the overflowing source of all the grace and truth that enters into our world… Joh 1:17 KJV – “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

He cleared exhibited this when He came to the earth at His first coming:

1. “full of grace” – During His earthly ministry we saw Him set the example of perfect loving graciousness towards others. But more importantly, when He died on the cross, He completed all the work that was necessary to bring grace into this fallen sinful world.

1Ti 1:14-16 KJV – “And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

2. “full of truth” – During His earthly ministry, Christ presented the truth to mankind in many differing forms. He presented the truth about His Father and Himself through His teachings, His actions, and His person. In Christ we see absolute, undisputable Divine truth being presented to all whom His life had touched.

 

Col 2:2-3 KJV – “…and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

When the Word was sent by the Father and became flesh for us, He came with the express purpose of saving us from our sins….

Luk 2:11 KJV – “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

1Jn 4:14 KJV – “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”

May we all remember this is the true message of Christmas… it is God sending His Son to be the Savior of the world. To accomplish this task the Lord Jesus came and ministered unto man bringing to them both grace and truth.

May the Lord grant you His saving mercies this holiday season. My desire for you is the same as the Apostle John, who said…

2Jn 1:3 KJV – “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”

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Christ Revealed His Father To Us In All His Glory…

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Joh 1:14 KJV – “…(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)…”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4om

John 1:14b – “The Word Possesses God’s Glory”

 

(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Joh 1:14 KJV – “…(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)…”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

and we beheld his glory,

 

Those who accompanied The Word during His first coming clearly saw His glory.

What is meant by the term “glory”? In the Bible the term “glory (when it refers to the glory of God), refers to one of three ideas.

All of these three were present in the life of Jesus:

Meaning Of Term Term Definition Reference One Example From The Life of Christ Life Of Christ Reference
Literal Illumination Radiating From God’s Presence Revelation 21:23 Mount of Transfiguration John 17:1-2
Honoring God Through Words, Deeds and Thoughts Philippians 1:11 Christ’s Miracles Performed John 11:4
Perfection Of God’s Person, Attributes, and Works Romans 3:23 God Seen In Christ John 14:9

All three Biblical aspects of God’s glory were clearly revealed through Christ’s life. All who accompanied Christ during His first coming to the earth were graced to see God’s glory revealed in Christ.

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,

 

The glory that Christ possessed in His life was the same type of glory that is possessed by God. the type of glory shared by The Word and the Father is the glory of Godliness …

1Ti 3:16 KJV – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

 

1. God was manifest in the flesh, – Christ’s birth as a man.

2. justified in the Spirit, – The testimony of the Spirit revealing Christ as the sinless God.

3. seen of angels, – The presence of the angels at His birth, temptation, prayer in Gethsemane, resurrection

4. preached unto the Gentiles, – The ministry of Peter, Paul and their companions in the Gentile world

5. believed on in the world, – Those coming to faith in Christ

6. received up into glory. – The ascension of Christ to the right hand of the Father.

 

Christ is described as “the only begotten of the Father” because Christ is the Only One that was brought into this world with the same divine nature as God which is proven via His miraculous, virgin birth….

1Co 15:47 KJV – “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”

 

Adam, the first man, and all his descendants find their origin in this fallen earth brought about through male/female human conception. The second man, Christ, stands apart from Adam and his descendants. As God, He finds His origin in heaven being sent to the earth via a virgin birth.

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In Christ, the Word, we find a clear understanding of the True God and the source and way of eternal life…

1Jn 5:20 KJV – “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

During this holiday season, may we all bring honor and glory to Christ, the One born of a virgin, sent by God to reveal to us the way of life found in the True God of the Universe.

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Hallelujah! Christ Came As A Man To Live Among Us!

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Joh 1:14a KJV – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,…”

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4oi

John 1:14a – “The Word Was Made Flesh”

 

(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Joh 1:14a KJV – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,…”

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

 

And the Word was made flesh,

 

Rom 8:3-4 KJV – “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

 

God the Father sent His son, Jesus (the Word),“ in the likeness of sinful flesh”. This teaches us two great truths about the first coming of Jesus to the world:

1. in the likeness of sinful flesh” – Jesus was given a fleshly body.

2. “in the likeness of sinful flesh” – Jesus’ body looked like any other human, sinful, fleshly body; however, in reality, Jesus’ body was not tainted by sin.

Christ possessed a truly human body, one that was made of human flesh. However, His body was absolutely perfect in every way, not possessing a fallen nature, nor being touched by sin.

 

 

and dwelt among us,

Not only did Jesus come to Bethlehem in a human fleshly body, but He also came and lived His in the midst of sinful mankind. He was not “too good” to live among the poor, sick, or unlawful, He willing came and lived His life among His created ones.

Php 2:6-8 KJV – “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

 

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Why did The Father send Christ into the world as man? Why did Christ willingly humble Himself when He came to the earth as a perfect, sinless man?

Heb 2:14-17 KJV – “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

It was so that Christ could become our Great High Priest (Redeemer and Intercessor)…

1. Christ became man so that He could die on the cross thereby destroying Satan, his power and his works among men.

2. Christ had to be man to intercede before God on behalf of sinful mankind.

3. Christ had to be made under the law so that He could bear the sins of those who were under in the bondage of sin.

4. Christ had to be a man to make reconciliation for the sins of His chosen people.

Folks, when we see Jesus and think about His birth in a manger, His humble life, His suffering and death, His resurrection and His ascension, may we always remember that He was a man. He humbled Himself willingly and came as a man so that He could become our great High Priest and Redeemer.

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Christmas Themed Lessons and Devotionals

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{Postings of Settled In Heaven’s Daily Devotionals and Bible Studies will resume, Lord willing, on January 2nd 2015}

 

Bible Lessons / Small Group Studies:

Miscellaneous Subjects Concerning Christmas:

Christ Or Santa Claus? Man Am I Confused!

Should Christians Participate In The Christmas Celebration?

Tis The Season To Deny The Existence Of God

“Bethlehem”

He Hath Sent Christ” (Why The Father Sent Christ To Sinful Man)

“A Christian’s Guide To Having A Merry Christmas”

The Christmas Story:

The Christmas Story In Matthew Part #1

The Christmas Story In Matthew Part #2

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #1

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #2

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #3

The Christmas Story In Luke Part #4

The Christmas Story In Chronological Order

Devotionals:

Think On These Things Devotional Luke 2:10-11 Part #1

Think On These Things Devotional Luke 2:10-11 Part #2

The Word Became Flesh Devotional John 1:1-18 (18 Parts)

Because Christ Came To The Earth, We Can Become His Children!

SIH HALTAL ICONJoh 1:12-13 KJV – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4oe

John 1:12-13 – “The Word Gave Power”

 

(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.

Who was “the Word”?

This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:

In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…

John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)

John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)

John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)

John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)

John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)

John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)

John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)

John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)

Etc. etc.

We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.

Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?

The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.

In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.

This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…

John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Joh 1:12-13 KJV – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

 

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

 

Based entirely upon the person and work of Christ, He gives sinners the right of entrance into God’s family, becoming His child…

Gal 3:26 KJV – “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Not all sinners gain entrance into God’s family. It is only those who exhibit the characteristics of:

1. “as many as received Him” – those who have accepted Christ.

2. “to them that believe on His name” – those who have placed their faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior.

If sinners do not accept Christ, by exercising faith in Him as their Lord and Savior, they will not be adopted into the family of God. This is why all who are saved make up the spiritual family of God which is called the “household of faith”…

Gal 6:10 KJV – “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

Those who are given spiritual life are adopted into His family. The receipt of spiritual life comes upon those who are spiritually dead not because they willed themselves to life, but only because the Lord chose to give them life.

They are not given spiritual life due to:

1. “of blood” – not due to their physical ancestry nor nationality.

2. “the will of the flesh” – not due to their natural fleshly desires (like hunger, thirst, sexual desires etc)

3. “the will of man”- not due to an exercise of their higher intellect (purposefully choosing spiritual life based upon our intelligence or reasoning)

None of these are the basis of our receipt of spiritual life and adoption into the family of God.

Joh 5:39-40 KJV – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

Rom 8:7-8 KJV – “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

 

 

What caused these wonderful blessings to enter our life?…

“of God” – the will of God is what brought these things to come to pass our lives. It is because God chose to give us these wonderful blessings and then intervened in our lives and brought us to Him!

Joh 6:44 KJV – “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Eph 1:5 KJV – “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

To make certain we understand that our salvation and adoption into the family of God is not merited by the works of man, John reminds us that those who come to Christ by faith, do so only because the Lord has chosen to bring them to Himself and enables them to come to Him.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

This same baby that was born in Bethlehem, is the same God and Creator, that brings those that accept Him as their Lord and Savior into the family of God…

Gal 4:4-5 KJV – “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

May we all celebrate this holiday season with a recognition that God Himself came to the earth for His people; choosing to love them, enable them and bring them to Himself; making them members of His family…. the family of God!

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