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If I were to ask you the question: “If you were to die right now, are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven?” What would be your reply?
Many have said: “No one knows for sure.” or “I’m 95-99% sure.” “I don’t know.” I run into a few who say with surety: “I am sure I would go to heaven.”
I would like to share with you, from the Bible, God’s Word, how you can be 100% sure.
I John 5:13 says: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”. Notice the word “know.” When you know something you are 100% sure.
Now, how can you know? To simply determine this, one must know what the Bible says in regard to salvation. Some believe that their religion will save them …. But they are not sure of heaven either. Many will say that “I must do the best I can.” Others: “Keep the 10 commandments.” This all amounts to a system of good works.
I submit to you, that if our religion or good works would save our souls – then why did Jesus die on the cross? Let’s see what the Bible says about our good works.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
Galatians 3:1-3 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
In Romans 11:6 we read: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work”.
Now, I realize that if I put all of the verses on works from the Bible in this post – it would be very lengthy. Would you read it all? The verses above basically teach us that our good deeds do not save us – we cannot save ourselves – we need the salvation that the Lord provides for us.
Galatians 3:24-25 regarding the Law – reads as follows: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”.
Here we read that the Law was given to show us what sin is. The Law was our teacher, to teach us right from wrong. Why? So we could be saved by faith.
One day, someone took their Bible and shared with me how to be sure of heaven. Allow me to share it with you. It changed my life and my destiny.
First of all – in the Book of Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
Vserse 12 reads: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”. Then verse 23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” I thought “I’m in a bad spot. If I am not good or righteous and am a sinner, I have no hope. What will I do?”
The person went on to share with me the following. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He explained that God loved me so much that He sent Jesus to die for me. Jesus Christ paid for all my sins, He took the punishment for me, so that I wouldn’t have to.
The, he went to Romans 6:23 which reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Hmmmm I’m going to die one day, where will I go?
Being a sinner, I would surely go to hell. But I read and was told that God has a gift for me. That gift is eternal life and it comes from Jesus Christ. God’s gift does not come through me or my goodness or my keeping the 10 Commandments, but it is a GIFT.
O.K. How do I get God’s gift? Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” God’s gift is received by us when we acknowledge that we are a sinner;
and then we receive Christ into our hearts and lives.
Verse 13 reads: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Whosoever means ANYBODY can be saved and it by faith in what God did for us. Whosover means YOU.
In II Peter 3:9 we are told that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. You see, God’s will is for folks to be saved and NOT to perisy = spend eternity in hell. My friend, God loves us so much that He made a plan for mankind. That plan was for us to have eternal life – to be saved – to go to heaven. That plan was for God to come to this world as Jesus Christ – God’s “only begotten son.” He went to the Cross paying the price for every sin that you and I ever committed. He arose the third day, conquering death, hell and the grave fou you and for me. He offers us salvation, a FREE GIFT – forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven. He says that if we believe and receive, we shall be saved.
My friend, would you, now receive Jesus Gift of salvation? If so, the following prayer can be of a help to you. It is not just reciting some words, but it is belief in your heart.
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all my sins. I now ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save my soul. In Jesus name, A-men”.
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Jesus prays for special intercession for the believers. John 17:9-19
1. Vs 9: “I pray for them” Luke 22:32.
Every believer should have great joy in knowing that Jesus Christ prays for them.
2. Vs 9: Jesus prays for believers in contrast to the world = the unsaved.
Jesus died on the Cross to make salvation possible for all sinners; He lives to make intercession for the saved. Jesus does a special work for believers. He is our Mediator; our High priest. He intercedes for the saved in a special way that he does not for unbelievers. I Timothy 2:5
3. Vs 10: The people, who are saved, in Christ Jesus, also belong to God. Those who belong to God also belong to Jesus.
4. Vs 10: “I am glorified in them.” Christ’s glory here upon the earth was manifested by his disciples. It is also to be manifested by all believers. This is a great inspiration to serve the Saviour.
5. Vs 11: Jesus is getting ready to leave this world. The hour is near for His crucifixion etc. As He prays, Jesus commits His disciples to the Father’s care. He also asks that they might be united in the purpose of getting the Gospel to the world. Acts 4:32; Acts 2:32; John 13:1.
6. Vs 11: “Holy Father” The word “Holy” points to and describes God’s character.
The root meaning of the word in the Greek means: separation. This signifies that God is completely removed from all evil. God is also removed from evil and elevated high above all evil and sin. James 1:13
7. Vs 12: All the saved are and have been kept by Jesus in God’s Name. None of them have ever been lost. Kept is used two times in this verse. 1st time, the meaning is: “preserved.” The 2nd time, the meaning is: “guarded.” Guarded as the shepherd guards his sheep or as a soldier guards a treasure.
Judas was never given to Jesus: John 6:70; John 13:27; Luke 22:3.
The word “but,” a conjunction. The meaning is: Among the company of disciples and believers, there was one who was lost; unsaved; never saved.
“Perdition,” Ruin or loss (physical, spiritual or eternal): damnable, perish, waste. John 6:37; John 10:27-29.
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The Corn of Wheat
Vs 24: Life springs forth out of death. It is the same in the vegetable kingdom as with the spiritual kingdom. Jesus must die in order to be glorified. A wheat corn dies when it is changed in the ground and becomes the root of a fruitful new plant.
Our Lord compares Himself to a grain of wheat: His death to a grain sown and decomposed in the ground; His resurrection to the blade which springs up from the dead grain. The dying grain brings forth an abundance of fruit.
If the corn of wheat does not die, it remains a single seed. It can remain for years and be preserved, but it is useless there. It neither reproduces nor is good for food.
Jesus had to die and be placed in the grave before He could spring up into life by the resurrection. This had to be done in order for Him to be the Savior, to give eternal life.
Though the body of our Lord died, there was still the germ, the quickening
power of the Divine, which re-animated that body and made salvation possibleby grace.
One died which produced untold numbers of people with eternal life.
Vs 25: To receive eternal life, there must be a death of the unbeliever; Galatians 2:20. This involves self-denial.
“he that loveth his life …” The self-centered person. He loves self more than the will of God.
Here is a Biblical principle that brings victory in the Christians life.
Jesus gave His life and was exalted. The grain gives its live a hundred-fold.
When the Christian dies to self, they will bring souls to Christ.
The law of growth multiplies itself thirty; sixty or a hundred fold and continuesits multiplication into untold numbers. Matthew 13:23
“… shall lose it.” Literally or figuratively: destroy, die, lose, mar, perish. I Corinthians 15:31
Vs 26: The union with Christ is personal and vital.
To serve means to be a disciple: a follower and a learner. Basically, Jesus is teaching: imitate me; do what I do; bear what I bear and love what I love.
To serve is to “follow” Jesus; this is done by being obedient to His Word. We must obey His doctrine and imitate His example.
At death, see Him as He is and be with Him where He is: “where I am there shall also my servant be.”
God will crown the faithful and obedient by honor: to value; prize; revere.
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Verse 2 & 14
Jesus as the Anti-Type Passover, sheds His blood, laying down His life to deliver man from death.
As the anti-type feast of Unleavened Bread, faith feeds upon Jesus here on this earth.
In this chapter, Jesus is presented as waiting to fulfill the hope of the Feast of Tabernacles.
He sends forth the Holy Spirit to nourish and bless those who should believe on Him to make them a channel of blessing to others. This is a prophecy of the Millennium.
The Feast of Tabernacles was held the 7th month (Jewish Calendar). It corresponds to our last half of September & 1st half of October. It was held as a thanksgiving for the harvest.
The “Harvest” refers to a harvest of souls: those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour, Messiah.
Leviticus 23:34-43, a booth is: hut or cottage, pavilion, tent.
The feast took its name from the tents which were erected about the temple; in public places; in courts and on the flat roofs of their houses and in gardens.
The Jews dwelt in them for eight days, in commemoration of the forty years during which their fathers dwelt in the wilderness.
The last day of the feast is called the “Great day” of the feast. John 7:37.
Jesus Discourse at the Feast of Tabernacles: John 7:14-29
1. Vs 14-15: Jesus is not a “man of letters.” They knew that Jesus never learned at any rabbinical school, as Paul under Gamaliel. These rulers knew well enough that He had not studied under any human teacher
This shows that Jesus did not get His knowledge of scriptures from human sources.
2. Seven (7) times the expression is used: “My teaching.”
(1) John 7:16 (2) John 8:28 (3) John 8:47 (4) John 12:49 (5) John 14:10 (6)John 14:24
(7) John 17:8
3. Jesus declares that He is the Very Christ: John 7:26-29
Jesus Teaches On The Holy Spirit
1. Vs 37: The last day = the 8th day, was a Sabbath.
This was a day of ecstatic joy; loud jubilation; the loud sounding of trumpets.
The priests ( as on prior days of this feast) passed in solemn procession through the streets.
They passed from the Pool of Siloam, carrying (in a gold vessel), water.
The priest poured out that water upon the Altar in front of the temple.
While this was going on, the people sang Isaiah 12:3: “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
It was at that supreme moment that Jesus stood, in an elevated position, and shouted out:
(Vs 37) “….If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”
John 6:35; Revelation 22:17
2. This proclamation, made publicly in the streets, to the whole world, compels the hearer to chose between two alternatives.
(1) to say, with Caiaphas: “He is guilty of death.”
(2) to exclaim with Thomas: “My Lord and my God.”
Isaiah 55:1; Isaiah 58:11; Joel 3:11; Zechariah 13:1; Zechariah 14:8
3. The contrast here is between the lifeless water of ceremony. A mortal priest carries a golden vessel of water.
Then, we have the life-giving water that flows from the eternal Great High Priest. He has an inexhaustible fullness and supply.
The lesson to be learned is that: ceremonies, no matter how magnificent, beautiful and Scriptural, can never satisfy the deep thirst of the soul.
That thirst can only be satisfied by the personal union of a person with Jesus Christ and that is by faith.
Jesus is the smitten rock, who, in resurrection power, sends forth a stream of life to dying men and a thirsty world.
4. Vs 38: “… out of his belly. Out of his midst, or out of his heart. The word belly is often put for the midst of a thing, the center, and the heart. Proverbs 18:4
“rivers; this word is used to express abundance, or a full supply.
The believers shall be the instruments by which the Holy Spirit shall be poured down on the world.
“Living water” refers to fountains that are ever-flowing streams. The Gospel shall be constant and life-giving in its blessings.
5. Vs 39: The Holy Spirit was not given in such full and large measures as should be after Jesus had ascended to heaven. We have always had certain measures and influences of the Holy Spirit, but not in the abundance and as would be given after this.
The full force of the Holy Spirit is like living waters that move with force and supply the need of the dry and parched soul; Acts 2:1-2 & 17.
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Mary’s Alabaster Box Verse 3
Three times, in the Gospels, we read of Mary of Bethany. Each time, she is sitting at the Master’s feet.
1. Luke 10:38-39: Mary was at the feet of Jesus listening at what Jesus was teaching. Vs 42: Needful = demanded; required; necessary. Martha’s service which allowed Mary to hear the Word.
2. John 11:32: Mary fell at Jesus feet. This was when Lazarus had died.
3. John 12:1-3. Mary breaks the precious alabaster box, adoringly, at the feet of Jesus. Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3 & Luke 7:37 records it as the “alabaster” box. Alabaster = a perfume vase of any material.
John 12:3 calls the contents: “spikenard.” This was the oil or perfume of a very costly plant of East India. It was very fragrant. A pound, in that day & time, was 12 ounces. It was expensive.
From these three glimpses of Mary of Bethany, we can see a three-fold example to learn from.
1. Mary sat at Jesus feet, to learn: Luke 10:39
2. Mary took her grief to the feet of Jesus: John 11:32 3. She gave her best while at the feet of Jesus: John 12:3
3. In this third example: John 12:3; we have an excellent example of consecration to Christ. In this story, we have five very prominent figures: Martha; Mary; Judas; Lazarus; Jesus.
Busy Martha typifies service. Lazarus eating, typifies communion with the Lord.
Mary typifies consecration to the Lord. Judas typifies the world’s attitude towards consecration.
Jesus represents the Divine attitude.
The act of Mary, bringing her precious ointment to the feet of Jesus, illustrates consecration in the following:
1. It was costly
2. It involved being broken
3. It was fragrant
4. It was discerning, verse 7.
5. It was misunderstood by others.
6. It was prized by the Lord and He blessed it. Judas represents the worldly attitude of condemnation: why the waste? Mark 14:4; John 12:5-6. Why not sell it & give it to the poor? This was a false and hypocritical statement. Judas stands condemned by history as well as by Christ.
The Lord represents the divine attitude. Jesus praised Mary’s sacrifice: Matthew 26:10. Good = valuable; virtuous; honest; worthy.
Consecration: True consecration to Christ makes the Christian life simple.
1. It leaves the management of it to the Lord.
2. It also unifies because it bends all our motives and activities in one aim (controlled by the Lord), to please Him.
3. It purifies life because it gets rid of all the things that He disapproves of in our lives.
4. It amplifies life because it gives the divine will a spacious fulfillment through the believer so that we will uplift Him.
5. It glorifies life because it makes the believer a blessing to others and a praise to the Lord.
Above all else, the consecration that the Lord desires of us; far more than our service; prayers; time; talents; money; is when we think of all the unsaved people around us. Recognize our need to be a witness; a light house; to give forth the Gospel; to endeavor to win the unsaved to Christ.
Are all Christians consecrated? The answer is no.
Do they desire to be consecrated? The answer is yes.
Why are not all Christians consecrated? For a Christian to completely hand over everything to the Lord, is a hard thing to do. It deals with the self centered ego in the life of the Christian. Some may give up certain sins is somewhat tolerable to many.
To give up self-management; self motives; grudges; plans; and self-everything is utterly unbearable to our Adam sin nature. The resistance by the devil and the world and even other Christians is the supporting factor in this.
John 12:3: the act of Mary pouring out this very expensive fragrance, was the form in which Mary’s love to Christ, at so much cost to herself, poured her love out. This was Mary’s grand testimonial of love. She thought that nothing was too good for her Lord. She brought him the best she had, for her love was generous.
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The Ministry and witness of John The Baptist
Vs 6 – “a man” = a mere man who came and told of Jesus who “was with God and that He was God. John was a great man, but he was a man, a son of man; he was sent from God, he was God’s messenger: Malachi 3:1. He was a witness, John 1:7-8.
John was not “that” light; he testified and gave witness to the only “true” light of the world.
John 1:9-10; Isaiah 49:6.
God gave John the Baptist both his mission and his message;
both his credentials and his instructions.
We do not find where John performed a miracle; had visions and revelations.
He was a man, sent from God: his name was John. “Sent from God” indicates the person and function of a prophet.
John The Baptist Gives Witness to and about Jesus Christ
John 1:15 – “My Successor is my Superior, for He was my Predecessor.”
John 1:16, “grace for grace,” This is where “joy” and “cross” are balanced against each other.
Hebrews 12:2: Here the picture is “grace” taking the place of “grace,” like the manna fresh each morning, new grace for the new day and the new service.
Grace for grace may mean much grace; superlative favors bestowed on man; favors superior to all that had been under the law: superior to all other things that God can confer on men. These favors consist in pardon, redemption, protection, sanctification, peace here, and heaven hereafter.
Ephesians 1:6-8; Ephesians 2:5-9
John 1:17 – The law was force; the grace and truth of Jesus Christ are love and light.
The Law was a shadow of what was coming: Colossians 2:16-17; Hebrews 10:1.
The Law condemns while God’s grace saves: Galatians 3:24.
The authority of John The Baptist’s Testimony, John 1:19-22
Vs 23- John said that he was “the voice.” Isaiah 40:3-5, Matthew 3:3.
The word “Voice” gives the idea of disclosure. John “disclosed” that Jesus was the Christ.
John’s baptism, John 1:25-28
Vs 25 – they demand: What right do you have to baptize? The Jews knew there should be some change in religion under the Messiah.
Vs 25: NOTE: Their perplexity shows that the baptismal rite was new to them. There is no proof that Jewish proselyte baptism of Gentile converts existed at this period, save the assertion of the Talmud, written two or three centuries after this. Josephus, who wrote in the time of the apostles, is silent about it.
John 1:29 – Jesus, The Lamb of God is what takes away the sin; it was not the baptism.
Baptism is symbolic of what took place when a believer repents and receives Jesus as Savior.
Matthew 3:16 Jesus is baptized: He is God, without sin.
This was symbolic of His death, burial & resurrection; John 1:32-33.
Matthew 3:11, the word “unto.” The Greek word “eis” is used here.
It is figurative indicating that John baptized people because their sins had already been forgiven. The ordinance of baptism is symbolic as to what the new believer had done with Christ.
Same word is used in Acts 2:38: ‘for” = “eis.” Romans 6:3-5.
John preached repentance, Matthew 3:8; Jesus preached the same message, Matthew 9:13.
John baptized Christ
John 3:22, Jesus was baptizing
John 3:23, John the Baptist was also baptizing there.
John gives his last testimony of Jesus.
Vs 28, 30, 34-36.
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The modern system of dividing chapters and verses in the Bible was: chapters in the mid 13th century A.D. and verses in 1551 A.D.
John chapter 14 is a part of the discourse which began in John 13:33 with the expression: “Little children.”
John 14:1-6 has been referred to as the 23rd Psalm of the New Testament.
The following are some points of similarity:
1. Perfect satisfaction; John 14:1 & Psalm 23:1
2. Both tell of the Father’s House, John 14:2 & Psalm 23:6
3. Both tell of a personal fellowship with the Chief Shepherd, John 14:3 & Psalm 23:2-4
4. Both tell of the vital communion with the Lord, John 14:6 & Psalm 23:5
Seven Reasons Why The Heart Should Not Be Troubled
1. Vs 1 – “Ye believe in God,”
2. Vs 1 – “believe also in me.”
3. Vs 2 – “In my Father’s house are many mansions:” The word “house” means “home.” “mansions:” a Home, dwelling place, a residence, it has many rooms.
4. Vs 2 – “I go to prepare a place for you.
5. Vs 3 – “I will come again,”
6. Vs 3 – “where I am, there ye may be also.”
7. Vs 5 – “how can we know the way?” Jesus gives the only answer to the age-long question.
Jesus and the Father are one.
John 14:8-11 and John 10:30
The world has always sought an expression, image, likeness of Deity. This is why there are and have been pagan idols.
God did not choose an angel but a perfect man. Only the God-man can reveal to us the only true God. Hebrews 2:14-18. Verse 18, the word “succor” means: to come to the aid of; to relieve.
John 14:12: How can the Apostles do greater works than the Lord?
Answer: Not in power nor in magnitude, but in the fact that God would use them to do great things for the Lord. Their power came from God the father and the Holy Spirit who indwells the saved.
No miracle is little. Christ had healed with the hem of his garment, but Peter with his shadow Acts 5:15. The Apostle Paul used the handkerchief that had touched him, Acts 19:12.
Christ wrought miracles for two or three years in one country, but his followers wrought miracles in his name for many ages in different countries.
The Lord’s ministry was confined to Palestine but the Apostles and disciples went throughout the entire known world.
John 14:13-15, the promise and condition of prayer.
1. A condition of our praying; ask in Jesus name.
a. This honors the Lord.
b. Matthew 21:22, another condition is faith.
c. Matthew 6:14, the condition of forgiving others
d. We must obey the commandments of God 1Jo 3:22
The promise of the Comforter – John 14:16-26
The Holy Spirit appears in 15 ways in this discourse:
The word “comforter” means: intercessor, consoler, advocate.
One called along side to help. I john 2:1
He helps by interceding for us: Romans 8:26-27
He helps by guiding us into all truth: John 16:13
He helps by teaching us and bringing the things of God to our memory: John 14:26
He is the “Spirit of truth” John 14:17
Verse 16, the Holy Spirit lives in the saved forever. Verse 17; to enlighten our minds, purify our hearts, show us what we should do, and enable us to do it.
He reveals, testifies, and defends the truth as it is in Jesus.
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The 21 chapters of John are the most profound of Scriptures. They are like the fathomless sea; they are described in Romans 11:35-36 & Isaiah 11:9.
In the first three Gospels, the Holy Spirit teaches us: “Behold your King” (Matthew).
In Mark, He teaches us to “Behold your Prophet” and Luke is “Behold your Priest.” In this fourth Gospel, the Holy Spirit cries out: “Behold your God.”
The Book of Genesis and the Gospel of John begins with the same words. : “In the beginning God,” “In the beginning was the Word.”
The purpose of John’s Gospel is to present Jesus as God.
John goes before Genesis: Psalms 90:2.
The theme of this Gospel is: The Deity of Christ.
The purpose is found in John 20:21.
Key Words Of The Gospel Of John
1. “Believe” occurs 101 times
2. “Life” 36 times
3. “Light” 23 times
4. “Son of God” 43 times
5. “My Father” 212 times
The Prologue – John 1:1-2
An old Latin Theologian said “The first two verses of the Gospel of John are worthy to be written in letters of Gold.”
There are Five Great Eternal and Indefinable Divine Truths In this Gospel.
1. In the beginning
2. The eternal existence of the Word
3. The equality of the Word, “with God.”
4. “The Word” is God
5. The eternity of the Word, “with God.”
Twelve beginnings in the first chapter of John
1. The beginning of the Word, John 1:1
2. The beginning of creation, John 1:3
3. The beginning of life, John 1:4
4. The beginning of John the Baptist ministry, John 1:6
5. The beginning of the New Birth, John 1:12
6. The beginning of the Incarnation, John 1:14
7. The beginning of Grace, John 1:17
8. The beginning of the administration of the Holy Spirit, John 1:32
9. The beginning of baptism, John 1:25
10. The beginning of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, John 1:33
11. The beginning of disciples, John 1:37
12. The beginning of the Kingdom, John 1:49
The Deity of Christ, John 1:1-2
1. “The Word” = the expression of the fullness of Deity (God).
I Corinthians 1:24; Ephesians 3:9-11; Colossians 2:2-3
2. The Word is from eternity; “and the Word was with God.” John 17:5
3. “The Word was God.” John 14:9; Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:9-10; Hebrews 1:1-3
4. John 1:2, equal with God in eternal co-existence.
The Word reveals God because He is God. Only God could reveal God.
John 1:1, the verb “was” means: “ever existing” as the personal God.
Therefore, His existence is eternal; His person is separate and distinct,
His nature is Divine. His personality is not subject to time.
He is before all creation: Colossians 1:17.
5. He is the Creator: John 1:3, all things were made by the Word: Colossians 1:16.
6. The Word is the source of all life: John 10:10 & 28
The word “Life,” here, means ALL life: Eternal life, natural life, plant & animal
life. Genesis 2:7; I Cor. 15:20 & 38.
7. The “Word” is the light of men; John 1:4-5; John 8:12 & 9:5; Genesis 1:3
“the darkness comprehended it not” John 1:5. This basically means two things:
1. the darkness cannot understand it; seize, obtain or overtake the light
2. the darkness is not able to overcome or to destroy the light.