New International Version (NIV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of graceand truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah
19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John Testifies About Jesus
29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be calledCephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law,and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
THE GENESIS OF THE NEW COVENANT
by Scott Tavolacci
In Genesis 1, we read that God spoke “Light be", and Light was. This is not referring to the light of the sun in the sky, but the Light of His presence being released on earth. That Light of His presence transformed everything that was formless and void, and put everything in divine order. Then in Genesis 3, we get a little more detail on the creation of man. When God “breathed in man the breath (Spirt) of life”, that very light was breathed into us, and we became living beings - the offspring of God. The spoken word full of light, life and love of God was manifested in flesh (Adam). When man choose in Genesis 3 to go his own way and sin, that light and life died in man.
God had a plan to bring it back, and in John 1, we get a description of the person and plan of how God was going to do that. He Himself was going to come in the form of His Son, Jesus the Christ (the anointed one).
John 1 gives us a beautiful description of His manifestation. The same word that was spoken in Genesis 1 was spoken in John 1. John says the following statements:
- “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, The Word was God.” (1:1)
- “In Him was Life, and that Life was the light of men” (1:4)
- “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” (1:9)
- “And the Word became flesh and dwelt (tabernacled) among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (1:14)
- And of His fullness (deity – light and life) we have all received grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (1:16-17)
Read the scriptures in the above order and ask God to give you eyes to see the Word coming forth out of His mouth and the manifestation of the fullness of deity in bodily form in the person of Jesus. Ask God to help you see beyond the human form to the Glory of who He is, and see the light, love and life coming from Him as He tabernacles and shows forth His glory; first in this world as a man and now in us through the new birth. Then, ask God to help you see grace, meaning “God’s willingness to use His power and ability on our behalf to bring on us what we cannot on ourselves”, flowing from Him to us.
We can receive grace and truth for salvation and grace and truth for continual transformation into what He has created us to be, that we may experience in our daily life all that He has ordained us to be and do.
It is the truth that sets us free to be what God has made us, but we need grace to receive truth. We don’t receive grace and truth just because we want to or because we have memorized scriptures. We receive truth when we behold His glory, and we humble ourselves and receive that word and our own personal revelation of it. That revelation brings divine light and divine life.
God, we seek your face to behold Your glory, and we ask for grace to receive truth today to transform both ourselves and the world around us.
Our supreme value and mission in life is to host God’s presence, abide in Him, & live aware of who He is.