Saturday, July 18, 2015

John 1:4-5

Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
In him was life . . .

This life is not life as we have it. Our life comes from God, not ourselves, and not from any energy or source in the universe. Acts 17:28 says, For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. We would have no life if it were not for Jesus Christ. He is the life-giver, and we are the recipients of that life.

This life was "the light of men." That means that we as living beings would not have any light of life if it were not for Him. We must never forget that. Read here John 8:12.

This light shines in darkness, the darkness of this world, of men blinded with sin and cannot know nor understand the virtues of God and of the spiritual world.

This world did not comprehend that Light, Jesus. They resisted Him, as we will see later. The word comprehend has the meaning of "to lay hold on." The people of the world could not lay hold on the superiority, the transcendence of Christ. Neither could they lay hold on Him with their minds; they could not understand Him. They neither understood His words nor followed his teachings.

Neither could they take hold of him physically until it was God's will that they do so. It was God, then, that "put him to grief" (Isaiah 53:10). It was God who "bruised him." It was by the hands of Romans and Jews but by the execution of God that they killed Him.   

Neither do people today comprehend Him. They cannot in any way capture him to crucify Him afresh; neither can they take mental knowledge of Him, Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be (Romans 8:7).

The disciples said to Jesus in John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. This, of course, would not suffice their understanding, because "No man hath seen God at any time," John 1:18; 1 John 4:12.

And yet the pure in heart shall see God (Matt. 5:8). This is a wonderful mystery. How shall we see Him? I don't know, but I believe the Bible is true. I can hardly wait to see Him as He is.

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