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Rev. Thomas E. Walker

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Understanding His Love

John 1:4-5 Part 1

Introduction:

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

In order to understand this text we, must first understand that God is Life, All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In God was Life and still is Life and will always be Life. And if God is Life and Light is a form of Life and the Light was in man, than we can say truly God is in us.  In which way is God in us, for sure we are not Gods but what is it that lives in us that we Know God.  The Light that we speak of in this passage is the Holy sprit, that is present with us all the time. Every man has light in him, The Jews had the light of law, the Gentile which is you and me have the light of hearing the Gospel and the sinner has the light of creation. When God breath into mans nostril and gave him life the was the light of creation.  But even thought that the Jew had the light of the law they still did not understand the light of the world when he came who is called Jesus.  Even thought the Gospel is preached in almost every country in the world and people are excepting Jesus the Christ.  Even thought when God made man, he put a special kind of Love in him that when he saw the light he would know it.  But through all this we still don’t understand the Love of God.  What is it that we don’t understand about God? it seems so easy to Love someone who Loves you.

Points:

1.    Is it His Life?

2.    Is it His Light?

3.    Is it His Love?

The Life in Christ is continually it never runs out.

        a. Life is not only having energy, power and felling good.

        b. Life does not just mean I do good works.

        c. Life is not just saying kind words to people/

        d. Life is a loving God first and love you neighbor
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

2222 ζωή [zoe /dzo·ay/] n f. From 2198; TDNT 2:832; TDNTA 290; GK 2437; 134 occurrences; AV translates as “life” 133 times, and “lifetime” once. 1 life. 1a the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate. 1b every living soul. 2 life. 2a of the absolute fullness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic “logos” and to Christ in whom the “logos” put on human nature. 2b life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever. Additional Information: For synonyms see entry 979, bios.See entry 5821 for comparison of synonyms.

2198 ζάω [zao /dzah·o/] v. A primary verb; TDNT 2:832; TDNTA 290; GK 2409; 143 occurrences; AV translates as “live” 117 times, “be alive” nine times, “alive” six times, “quick” four times, “lively” three times, not translated once, translated miscellaneously twice, and “vr live” once. 1 to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead). 2 to enjoy real life. 2a to have true life and worthy of the name. 2b active, blessed, endless in the kingdom of God. 3 to live i.e. pass life, in the manner of the living and acting. 3a of mortals or character. 4 living water, having vital power in itself and exerting the same upon the soul. 5 metaph. to be in full vigour. 5a to be fresh, strong, efficient,. 5b as adj. active, powerful, efficacious.

4.    Is it His Light?

a.    Maybe the Light of the Lord is to bright

b.    Maybe the Light is too hot

c.     Maybe it is too piercing

d.    The Light of the Lord is soft, kind, suddel and easy to approach.

e.    "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23, KJV)

f.      all light is not good,  "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." (2 Corinthians 11:13-14, KJV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.    Is it His Love?

 

 

Shineth

1.                           The present tense represents a simple statement of fact or reality viewed as occurring in actual time. In most cases this corresponds directly with the English present tense.

2.                           The active voice represents the subject as the doer or performer of the action.

3.                           The indicative mood is a simple statement of fact. If an action really occurs or has occurred or will occur, it will be rendered in the indicative mood.

4.                            

a.     

b.    5316 φαίνω [phaino /fah·ee·no/] v. Prolongation for the base of 5457; TDNT 9:1; TDNTA 1244; GK 5743; 31 occurrences; AV translates as “appear” 17 times, “shine” 10 times, “be seen” twice, “seem” once, and “think” once. 1 to bring forth into the light, cause to shine, shed light. 2 shine. 2a to shine, be bright or resplendent. 2b to become evident, to be brought forth into the light, come to view, appear. 2b1 of growing vegetation, to come to light. 2b2 to appear, be seen. 2b3 exposed to view. 2c to meet the eyes, strike the sight, become clear or manifest. 2c1 to be seen, appear. 2d to

Jesus was made evident to me when God said: that he so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believith on his name shall have ever lasting life.

And when he said: "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." (Romans 10:9, KJV)

"Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped." (Isaiah 35:4-5, KJV)

Rev. Thomas E. Walker

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

       MISUNDERSTANDING HIS LOVE

John 1:4-5 Part 2

Introduction:

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

The Bible declares that:

John 8:12 (NKJV)
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 3:19 (NKJV)
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

John 12:46 (NKJV)
46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.

1 John 1:6 (NKJV)
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

 

 

The Light

The Darkness

The Confusion

 

 

 

 

The Light

Shineth

5.                           The present tense represents a simple statement of fact or reality viewed as occurring in actual time. In most cases this corresponds directly with the English present tense.

6.                           The active voice represents the subject as the doer or performer of the action.

7.                           The indicative mood is a simple statement of fact. If an action really occurs or has occurred or will occur, it will be rendered in the indicative mood.

c.     5316 φαίνω [phaino /fah·ee·no/] v. Prolongation for the base of 5457; TDNT 9:1; TDNTA 1244; GK 5743; 31 occurrences; AV translates as “appear” 17 times, “shine” 10 times, “be seen” twice, “seem” once, and “think” once. 1 to bring forth into the light, cause to shine, shed light. 2 shine. 2a to shine, be bright or resplendent. 2b to become evident, to be brought forth into the light, come to view, appear. 2b1 of growing vegetation, to come to light. 2b2 to appear, be seen. 2b3 exposed to view. 2c to meet the eyes, strike the sight, become clear or manifest. 2c1 to be seen, appear. 2d to

Jesus was made evident to me when God said: that he so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believith on his name shall have ever lasting life.

And when he said: "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." (Romans 10:9, KJV)

"Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped." (Isaiah 35:4-5, KJV)

 

The Darkness

4653 σκοτία sco-sha n f. From 4655; TDNT 7:423; TDNTA 1049; GK 5028; 16 occurrences; AV translates as “darkness” 14 times, and “dark” twice. 1 darkness. 2 the darkness due to want of light.  3 metaph. used of ignorance of divine things, and its associated wickedness, and the resultant misery in hell.

4655 σκότος sco-toos [skotos /skot·os/] n n. From the base of 4639; TDNT 7:423; TDNTA 1049; GK 5030; 32 occurrences; AV translates as “darkness” 32 times. 1 darkness. 1a of night darkness. 1b of darkened eyesight or blindness. 2 metaph. 2a of ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality, together with their consequent misery in hell. 2b persons in whom darkness becomes visible and holds sway.

4639 σκιά sky-a[skia /skee·ah/] n f. Apparently a primary word; TDNT 7:394; TDNTA 1044; GK 5014; Seven occurrences; AV translates as “shadow” seven times. 1 shadow. 1a shade caused by the interception of light. 1b an image cast by an object and representing the form of that object. 1c a sketch, outline, adumbration.

1.  darkness is a result of lake of light.

2.  Dark side

3. shady, shade tree Mechanic

4. When God shines down and there is evil there is a shadow

                   a. When light hits light there is light

                   b. That that’s in darkness shall be brought to light.

2638 καταλαμβάνω [katalambano /kat·al·am·ban·o/] v. From 2596 and 2983; TDNT 4:9; TDNTA 495; GK 2898; 15 occurrences; AV translates as “take” three times, “apprehend” three times, “comprehend” twice, “come upon” once, “attain” once, “find” once, “overtake” once, and “obtain” once. 1 to lay hold of. 1a to lay hold of so as to make one’s own, to obtain, attain to, to make one’s own, to take into one’s self, appropriate. 1b to seize upon, take possession of. 1b1 of evils overtaking one, of the last day overtaking the wicked with destruction, of a demon about to torment one. 1b2 in a good sense, of Christ by his holy power and influence laying hold of the human mind and will, in order to prompt and govern it. 1c to detect, catch. 1d to lay hold of with the mind. 1d1 to understand, perceive, learn, comprehend.

1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:19 (NKJV)
19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Hebrews 6:18 (NKJV)
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Confusion

1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)
33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

James 3:16 (NKJV)
16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

 


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