Tuesday, June 28, 2011

John 1:5

John 1:5
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

That the darkness did not comprehend the light (or overcome it) as the margin reading gives it, is that it is of the Sovereign God that all those who do not believe and receive the love of the truth will neither prevail or prosper against the truth. For though the Lord Jesus Christ’s light shines everywhere and upon every person, there are those who simply do not comprehend it, as neither the Jews, chief priests or the Roman governor Pilate who acquiesced to their desire to crucify Jesus did not (see John 18:28-38; Acts 13:26-41). And thus they do not believe the revelation of the Living Word of God Jesus Christ, neither receiving God's gospel nor His redemption work done through it, for them, and us all. Yet that is exactly what God desires for everyone, to personally know Him, by receiving the love of the truth, the glorious gospel, the only Good News and hope for humanity, to mentally and emotionally grasp all that is about His Son Jesus Christ sent to save and redeem us all from our sins and death. To take firm hold of it like a thirsting man would a pitcher of water; or a starving man a loaf of bread. For only in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is found the grace of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes (Titus 3:4-7). That profound reality that God loves us all and has already atoned for our sins by Jesus' death on a cross, and now wants to restore His life back into us all (John 3:3-5), and thus by doing so restore us back to Himself, and thus save us all from the judgment to come, must never be lost on us (John 3:16-21). For the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is not some “mystery” that one acquires by observing religious rites and rituals; nor is the gospel a message for only a select “obedient” few who think themselves worthy of it (Mark 2:15-17). The gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is for everyone who sees their need for the salvation of God and believes in His Son Jesus Christ as the sole means and Person charged with bringing it to us all. For it is the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ who came down from heaven to earth as a Man to redeem us from our sins (Isaiah 59:2). And by doing so restore us to a right relationship with God the Father, by what He has done, not by what we have done (Eph. 2:8-9). Therefore By His own birth, life, crucifixion death, then resurrection from the dead and finally His ascension back to God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God has made the way to God the Father possible for everyone and anyone who simply believes in His Person (John 6:29). For that is the light of Christ God shines on all of His creation, to come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ as the sole means of being reconciled back to Himself (John 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:21). To do so while the hour of grace is upon us all. For when you do, new and everlasting Life, Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Life will come within you, and thus the Holy Spirit by whom this life comes to us all who believe in Jesus, will seal you for all eternity (Eph 1:13-14). And thus Jesus having secured you forever (John 6:39), you have both physical life now, but also Spirit life by which one enters the Kingdom of heaven (John 3:3-5). No longer then separated from God by sin and death; and thus under the wrath of God, which is now reserved only for those who don’t believe in, nor obey His Son (John 3:35-36; 2 Thess 1:8). Instead having been born-again by the Spirit of the Living God, you and I are the children of God, because we believe and received the love of truth about Jesus, God’s only Son. For "...as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13

Scripture Quotations
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

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