John 1:1-18 Bible Study
Write down everything this text says about the Word...
Regarding who or what he is:
Regarding what he does:
2. Who is the Word, according to verse 17? What do you think John is implying about this person by calling him, “the Word”?
Which of your observations from these first two questions most helps you understand who Jesus is?
3. How can the Word both be with God and be God?
4. Light and darkness are major symbols in John’s Gospel. What do they refer to and symbolize in the Bible? Consider the following texts...
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
5. How would you explain to someone both the meaning and the results of receiving Jesus (vv. 12-13)?
6. Therefore, what does it imply about Jesus to call him the light (, ; )?
7. Think about what you observed in question 1 about who the Word is and what he does. Write down as many implications for your priorities, actions, and decisions as you can think of. For example what difference does it make to you that Jesus...
is the Word?
was the means by which God created all things?
became flesh and dwelt among us?
gives certain people the right to become God’s children?
8. What can you do this week by God’s grace to let one truth from question 7 more fully affect your character and habits? (Be as specific as possible about the prayer and other action you want to pursue.)