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John 1:3-4

June 9, 2013 We started a study last week with the first two verses of the Gospel of John. We saw the Word as God-Man and focused mostly on His preexistence. Now were going to look at verses 3-4 and see His preeminence and how that relates to our hope of everlasting life: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. The Creator is greater than the creation And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail (Heb. 1:10-12). [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; (Col. 1:15-19). Colossians ties Christs preeminence to the fact that He created all things. He is firstborn with preeminence. We already know the Word was (imperfect, indicative verb) with God in the beginning, so firstborn doesnt mean He has a beginning. Rather, this speaks of His position or rank. 1 As the firstborn Hes the greatest of all and holds first place. 2

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

He possesses life within Himself and gives it to men

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First, God is self-sustaining: He says, "I am that I am" (Ex. 3:14; Jn. 8:58) or literally, I be or I exist. Many times Hes called the "living God." Second, the Son has life within Himself from the Father: For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself (Jn. 5:26). Third, He gives life to all men, but here we specifically mean eternal life: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us) (I Jn. 1:1-2). This life is according to our union with Him Consider how Christ is contrasted to Adam: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adams transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17For if by one mans offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19For as by one mans disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 20Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: 21That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom. 5:12-21). For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Cor. 15:21-22). Just as we died in Adam so we live in Christ. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).

How is this possible? For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones (Eph. 5:30). I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (Gal. 2:20). This union is an eternal bond that cant be broken Gods plan, according to the everlasting covenant, has always been to have fellowship with us through His Son: I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word (Jn. 17:6). Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love (Eph. 1:3-4). God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth (II Thess. 2:13). By nature were the children of wrath, but in Christ we are "not appointed to wrath, but to obtain salvation by Jesus Christ our Lord (I Thess. 5:9). The everlasting covenant was made before creation, and Adams sin couldnt change one line of it. We belonged to God before we were born in Adam. He has loved us with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3). The blessings of this bond are peace with God, assurance of life, and spiritual fruit When we understand the origin of our spiritual life we can fully rest in these things! newgracebaptistchurch.wordpress.com