Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Bible Study: The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

Today, I’m repeating verse 51 because the third footnote is so important and would have made last weeks post too long. I wanted to give all of you a chance to really read this footnote. It’s that important.

John 1:51

v. 51 And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.

Footnotes:
1: 51 (Truly, truly means). In Greek, Amen, amen. So throughout the book.
1:51 (heaven opened), This is the fulfillment of Jacob’s dream (Gen. 28:11 – 22). Christ as the Son of Man, with His humanity, is the ladder set up on the earth and leading to heaven, keeping heaven open to earth and joining earth to heaven for the house of God, Bethel. Jacob poured oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the ultimate expression of the Triune God reaching man) upon the stone (a symbol of the transformed man) that it might be the house of God. Here in this chapter are the Spirit (v. 32) and the stone (v. 42) for the house of God with Christ in His humanity. Where this is, there is an open heaven.

1:51 (Son of Man). This chapter, as the introduction to this Gospel, introduces Christ as both the Son of God (vv. 34, 49) and the Son of Man, Nathanael recognized Him as the Son of God and addressed Him as such (v. 49), but Christ said to Nathanael that He was the Son of Man. The Son of God is God; as such, He has the divine nature. The Son of Man is man; as such, He possesses the human nature. For the declaring of God (v. 18) and for the bringing of God to man, He is the only begotten Son of God. But for the building of God’s habitation on earth among men, He is the Son of Man. God’s building needs His humanity. In eternity past Christ was only God, only the Son of God, and had only divinity; but in eternity future Christ, as God and man and as the Son of God and the Son of Man, will have both divinity and humanity forever.

(He is the sinless God Man).

Nancy

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6 comments:

Dominic de Mattos said...

You are so right about the importance of this truth. It is also one of those concepts that our poor human minds cannot fully grasp, like infinity and eternity. How can someone be FULLY human and FULLY divine at the same time? This is something we must accept on faith alone, but the effects - that Jesus absolutely knows and understands our human condition, and at the same time reigns as King in heaven - underpin our faith in him.

Once again, thanks for sharing this wonderful study of John.

Have a great Sunday. I have a little Sunday reflection posted if you are interested!

:Dom

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Dom, nice to see you. I will check out your Sunday post as well.
NR

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

John is my favorite chapter of the Bible.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Like Alex, the Gospel of John is my favorite book in the Bible. Psalms is the second.

Whenever I am down, I read the 14th chapter of John and the 23rd Psalm. Your post helped me today. Thanks, Roland

Not So Simply Single said...

Nice!

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Alex and Roland. After John my favorite is Hebrews.

Thank you Not.
NR