John 1:6-13

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.[John 1:6-13]

Since this is a larger selection there is plenty to discuss here. As I read this, the part that jumps off the page [screen] at me is the last sentence. It is among the more 'controversial' texts in the Bible. It sparks debate because its meaning gives us great insight into how we are saved. Many, including myself, would argue that when this passage says, "born, not...of the will of man" John is saying that it isn't making a decision for Christ (walking a aisle, praying a prayer) that saves us. It is God's will, his desire.

At first glance, this sounds great, but what does it really mean if God saves us and not our decision? The crux of the issue is this: If God saves you, then who doesn't save you? You.

Think about it and let us hear what you have to say.

John 1:3-5

Monday, June 23, 2008

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.][John 1:3-5]

This section is a continuation of yesterday's passage. John is describing "The Word" in more detail, clarifying that this "Word" that was with God, and that was God, also was the agent by which the world was made. Notice that John doesn't say, "all things were made by him," but rather "through him." He was the method of creation, so to speak. And, how did God create the world in Genesis 1? He spoke it into existence. He used "words."

Wow. Think about that for a while. It blows my mind.

There is so much here to discuss, but I'll add just one more note. The word "overcome" at the end of this section is really the Greek word for "grasped." Of course, the proper translation of that word here is, in fact, overcome, but when you understand the meaning behind it, it adds more color to this reading, doesn't it?