Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Taking it From the Beginning

John 1:1-13 NLT
   1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,  and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
   6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 
   10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Eons before the solar system flashed into being, there was a triune entity that included The Father, The Word, and The Spirit as one entity. The Word--also called The Son, The Christ, The Lamb of God, the Sacrifice for our sins-- served the will of God as did the other two entities, each in perfect loving submission to the other so that they were of one single mind. When existence came about it was The Word that spoke it into being. When matter was formed it was The Word that formed it. When light or energy was created it was The Word that instilled it and managed it into all things. The very life of The Word became the source of light to the universe. The Word was the designer and architect of the creation that was conceived in the mind of God.

Our entire Old Testament was written to testify to God as supreme and alone the source of everything else. Our New Testament was written to reveal The Word as an incarnated human person and The Spirit who would inhabit all who would trust in The Word or Christ. Life came to all living things and persons from The Word. Nothing living could exist without the authority of The Word. The Word came to a people that God had created and managed for centuries but they rejected Him as God knew they would. His death became the price for salvation for the willful sins of created humanity across time. God paid it and the sins are atoned for. But still people reject atonement in favor of self-will. Those who do believe are, in fact reborn with a birth that can only come from God. Are you enjoying this new life today?

Your servant in Christ

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