Monday, April 20,2020
As we dive into our study of the Gospel of John, let me forewarn you that there is a lot to consider, and that these brief devotional thoughts are meant to stimulate your own study, not to completely unpack every subject. It is my desire each day to bring you one trickle of truth that will spring forth into streams of living water, like an artesian well in your mind.
You have heard it said that “actions speak louder than words.” However, actions alone are not able to define a person unless words have been spoken to which the actions can be compared. When actions alone are considered, there can be no context of motivation or purpose, and the potential for false assumptions is high.
When the world was created, everything in it declared the glory of God.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
However, man’s observations of the activity of God were not sufficient to understand the His relational attributes, and without such understanding man made false assumptions about God and became lost in sin.
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:19-20,28)
By simply seeing the activity of God’s power and Deity in creation, mankind was not sufficiently informed about God to become believers in God. Instead, people became gods unto themselves. It was vital that God reveal Himself fully to mankind. He needed to speak to us in a way that would reveal who He is.
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God.”
John identifies Jesus as the WORD. According to the author of Hebrews, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:1-3a)
Jesus is God’s spoken WORD to us. He is the One who reveals to us the fullness of God. He is the exact representation of God’s nature so that we can know God and relate to Him. When God wanted to speak to us, He gave us His WORD.
People desire to know God, and God has made it possible by revealing himself to us in His eternal Son Jesus. When the activity of God became visible in the WORD of God, then we were privileged to see the fullness of God.
In Christ Jesus, the Word of God and the activity of God are always in agreement. God always says what He means, and does what He says. Sounds like a good goal for our lives.