Thursday, April 17, 2008

John 1:10 Bible Study

John 1:10 (English Standard Version)
10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.

Jesus was here, the One whom the world was made, and nobody recognized Him!

1 John 3

1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

People don't believe us about Christ because they don't recognize Him at all.

John 16:3
3And they will do these things(A) because they have not known the Father, nor me.

People act the way they act because they have no clue who Jesus is and they can only naturally act the way they act.

John 8:39-40
They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

The One who is the Word, the Life, and the Light
The Creator, the Redeemer and the Way...
had come into the world.
God came down to earth and dwelt among us.

Jesus said in John 16:28,
I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

He shined His light into the dark, sinful (sin-filled) world and remained sinless and Holy.

John 8:42-59
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  Why do ye not understand my speech? [even] because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.   And because I tell [you] the truth, ye believe me not.  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?   He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.  Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?   Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.  And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.  Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.   Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?  Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:  Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad.  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Jesus was in the world, but they did not know Him.  Jesus was showing the Jews that they did not truly worship God, because if they did, they would recognize Jesus as having come from God.

Why did Jesus come down to our level?
John 12:44-50
Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.  And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 3:16-21
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.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  What a wonderful God we serve!

Jesus was in the world and overcame the world.  His light exposed the dark sinful world.

The world was made through Him and the world was made by Him.  Both ideas express the same idea of creation here.

Creation was effected by the Word, or the Son of God in Genesis 1:1,  it is said that the Being who created the heavens and the earth was God.

Psalm 102:25-28
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens [are] the work of thy hands.  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:   But thou [art] the same, and thy years shall have no end.  The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

This work is ascribed to Jehovah.  The Word or the Son of god, is therefore, appropriately called God.  The work of creation is uniformly ascribed in the Scriptures to the second person of the Trinity.

Colossians 1:16
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:

Hebrews 1:2, 10
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; And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

He was the agent( or cause) by which the universe was made.

Hebrews 11:3
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

It is through faith that we understand!

And the world knew Him not...
think about it...
While Jesus was in the world -- down here at our level -- He performed miracles, spoke as one having authority and the world did not know Him.
So, does the word "knew" mean they did not actually "know" Jesus?  NO!  They saw Him, they heard Him.  The word "knew" is used in the sense of "approving" or "loving."

Psalm 1:6
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Matthew 7:21-23
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Jesus said, Depart from me, ye that work iniquity... I never knew you!
The world did not love or approve Him, but rejected Him and put Him to death.  They did not understand or know that He was the Messiah; for had they "known and believed" that He was the Messiah, they would not have put Him to death.

1 Corinthians 2:8
Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 John 3:1
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Let us remember that the lesson today is not speaking of Him just as the Word -- who created everything there is.  This is speaking of His actual "being in the world when He took our nature upon Him, and dwelt among us."

The Son of the Highest was here in this lower world.  That light was in this dark world, that Holy One was in this sinful polluted world.  He left a world of bliss and glory, and was here in this melancholy miserable world.

Why did He come to this world?
He undertook to reconcile the world to God, and therefore was in the world, to treat about it, and settle that affair, to satisfy God's justice for the world, and discover God's favour to the world.

He was in the world but was not of the world.  He is able to speak triumphantly when He says in John 17:11
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].

The greatest honor we can know is that the Son of God, the God of the Universe was once "in the world."  He was in the world that He made.  We are currently in this world but we look forward to the day when we may be where Christ is!

The Great Maker, Ruler, and Redeemer of the world was in it, and yet, most of the inhabitants of the world were not aware of it.  the ox knows his owner, but the world did not.

They did not own Him, did not bid Him welcome, because they did not know Him, and they did not know Him because He did not make Himself known in a way that they expected in external glory and majesty.

When Jesus shall come as a Judge -- THE WORLD WILL KNOW HIM!


Chris Kratzer said...

Brian, thanks for all your hard work to equip people with the scriptures and their meaning!

BlessIngs to you!

pastorbrianculver said...

Thank you! It is nice to hear from a Christian brother! I hope you have a great day!

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