Expository teaching on the first chapter of John.
SNT – 295
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Alright, take your Bibles and turn to the Gospel of John.
The Bible teaches that there is only one God. The Bible teaches that this God was in Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that God was from the beginning. If God was from the beginning and if God is what the Bible says he is, Spirit, God is spirit, John 4:24, then God cannot be born. God cannot be born. The Bible says God was in, whom? Christ. That's a lot different. But the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was born. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in a stable, laid in a manger. Jesus Christ was born. God cannot be born. God is eternal.
Now of course the argument has always been, and every commentary and among all the church groups, denominationally speaking, basically the large church groups, The National Council outfit, especially, that Jesus Christ was coexistent with God. That Jesus Christ was with God in the beginning.
Now they teach this, and use as their scripture, that one in Genesis, “Let us make man in our image and let them have dominion” and so forth. Now this is no proof of Jesus is being back there, because the US is simply used in the plural form to speak of the greatness of the incident to which God related Himself. Like the Queen of England, the Queen of England who is supposed to represent the British Empire… when she speaks for all the British Empire, she says “We, the Queen of England” and she isn't “we.” That’s right, but you see, it’s in the plural. She says the, Queen of England, us. This is the same sense grammatically, and English-wise, that the King James men used when they say “let us make man in our image, after our likeness” and so forth, in Genesis.
So, the first thing you must understand is that God is eternal. Jesus Christ was born.
Now, if you set this right, then you'll have to work the Word to fit in it, you don't have to: The Word has to fit in it, let's put it that way. They have read John 1:1 as follows, in the beginning was Jesus Christ—this is what they have read—and Jesus Christ was with God, and Jesus Christ was God. That is not what it says. It says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” I will need a set of my foundational notes to teach. Now, the problem in John 1:1, is naturally, who is the Word or what is the Word, right? That's the problem. In Genesis 1:1 what is it saying in the first line? In the beginning God. God. God. Now, it does not say in the beginning God and Jesus Christ. It says in the beginning God. Only one God, and that God was in the beginning, and God is spirit.
And it is God who is THE WORD, with a capital “W”, a capital “O”, a capital “R” and a capital “D”.
John 1:2-5; 5:36-38
John 1:13, 14, 18
Hebrews 1:1, 2