April 8, 2013
The Gospel According to John
I am studying through John simply because I want to know Jesus more, to love him more, to follow him more closely, and to deepen my relationship with him. After years of formal study in seminary, preparing lessons, and sitting through conferences, sermons, small groups, etc., I fear that I have allowed my Savior to become too academic for me. While I want to know all about Jesus, I also desperately need to know Him. I would hate to miss out on a relationship with Him no matter how much knowledge I have of Him.
Being a task oriented person, I know my tendency to want to finish things. I have for several years done various versions of reading through the Bible in one year or less, even in just 90 days. Such things are wonderful, but I realized that I wasn’t taking everything in and retaining it. I am quite familiar with Scripture and know much of its content, but I wonder about my affection for God and His Word. I have never been one for journaling, so only time will tell how fruitful this venture will be. My desire is to simply move through Scripture relationally with the Spirit God has given me in order to build a deeper relationship with the Tri-une God whose image I am so blessed to bear so that I can resemble Him more and more. I want my love and affection for Him to grow. I pray that the Spirit will keep from being concerned with the amounts of Scripture I take in or how soon I complete the task, but rather be concerned only with the depth of relationship and life transformation that flows from it.
1-5: John really is eloquent. It seems that he gets Jesus in a way that others can’t explain. Without John I don’t know how well we could understand the Trinity. I am reminded of the call I received at FBC several years ago from the guy who wanted to debate the Trinity. These 5 verses (and others) do present Christ as God, one with God very distinctly. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on this passage notes that Jews of old knew the Word of God to be equal with God. He also notes the meaning of Word as having to do with even thought, showing Jesus as the very wisdom and thought of God. There is a beautiful picture painted by John of unity among the God-head. My Savior is my God. They are One. It is as if the perfection of the Godhead is such that the only chance we have at understanding is by the terminology of Father and Son and Spirit. I look forward to having a perfect understanding when I am eternally in His presence.