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Lesson # John 1:6-8
Study Material - John 1:6-8
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6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came for a witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.
God sends His messenger to prepare the way of the savior, Mal. 3:1. In the first few verses John spoke of Christ who was in the beginning with God and was God. But now he shifts to the prophecy of the predecessor, John the Baptist, who is a mere man, sent from God, to announce the arrival of the Lord incarnate in this world. John is said to be the voice calling in the desert, while Christ is said to be the word.
John the Baptist is identified as the witness spoken of by the prophet Malachi. John is spoken of as being filled with the Spirit from a very young age. John is not spoken of as one having dreams or visions from God, but is merely a man who was extremely positive toward God and was driven by his own volition to learn the maximum he could about God through the scriptures. For 30 years he grew up and was held in silence by God until he went out into the desert to begin his evangelizing of whomever would listen, and God led a great many people to him despite his isolated location.
John's purpose was to be the first witness of Christ. To baptize Him fulfilling the ritual requirements of the Old Testament and to witness the anointing of Christ by God. Christ is said to be the light. Light needs no witness since everyone can see light simply by looking. But this is spiritual light and this light is not revealed to any who reject it. Throughout history God has performed many things and has provided a witness of some kind in every case.
Certainly members of the trinity, the Father, Son, and Spirit are witnesses for each other, but also the angels were witness to the creation of the universe and everything else in history. Yet 1/3 of them with their vastly superior IQ, mobility and so forth, rejected God. Now God uses a man with far less talent and knowledge than the angels, to be the appointed witness of the anointing of Jesus Christ by God the Father. For this purpose was John the Baptist born. We, each of us might think that we should have something meaningful in our lives everyday of our lives, but often times God has raised people up for perhaps only one task. Maybe a mother to guide a child to some kind of greatness or discovery. Perhaps a general to tilt the battles in a war for one side or the other, so that history will follow the course that God has set.
Here John the Baptist grew up perhaps a days walk from where Christ grew up, knowing all the time that the Messiah was close by and that his task was to be that witness and that God would select the time and place, not John. God selects the time and place for us all, but most of us get in a hurry and we let our impatience drive us to mistakes.
1 John 5:9, if we would accept the witness of man, then how much greater is the witness of God. God designed for us to believe in Him, based on the written word. Words which men wrote, but which God dictated. Faith is a non-meritorious function in our thinking ability. God demonstrates even to the angels, that the low creation of man can find God through faith alone, apart from the miracles and direct interaction they, the angels witnessed. This has been the pattern for the last nearly 2000 years. We have had only the written word to rely upon.
John further clarifies that John the Baptist is not the light, but merely the witness to the light who is soon to come. People are not to look to John or Mary, or any of the prophets, or any person in history for their intermediary to God. Some rest on John's baptism, some pray to Mary, others to various saints. They may as well pray to a rock for all the good it will do. Jesus Christ alone is our intermediary, and through Him alone is salvation and spiritual growth. Remember that Christ is the incarnation of Gods Word. We believe in Christ for our salvation. We do not work for our salvation. We offer prayer to God the Father, the only authorized member of the Godhead who receives prayer, in the name of Christ. Prayer offered in any other name is not heard by God. So prayers through 'Allah' won't gain you any points.
John thus far in his book has clarified several points. That Jesus Christ is God and has always existed. That He created everything and with the power of His Word, not through evolution or chance. That God is capable of fulfilling His plan for our lives through our use of faith alone and by no other human resource. Thus God gets all the credit because He does all the work. We get no credit because we merely express our faith through our thoughts, and thinking does not gain one any credit or brownie points in this world and so far as human works or human righteousness is concerned.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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