THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Chapter 1 – Part 2
Continuing with the Creation story, John gives Christ yet another name. He will do this a lot in his Gospel, he gives Him a lot of names. Here he calls Him Light. Specifically, John says Jesus is life and the Light of the world. John is establishing a chain of logic here as he moves through his opening (or prologue as some call it). Logically he is saying, if Jesus is the Creator and God, then He is also the source of all Life, by definition, since God is the Life-giver. Christ being the Creator, He is the life of men. But Christ gives men life, in two ways.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN Chapter 1
Leon Morris wrote that John’s Gospel is a pool in which both a child can wade and an elephant can swim. It’s a book of simple yet profound truth, relying on metaphor and symbols to reveal Christ to be the only begotten Son of God. And most Christians have at least read parts if not all of it. And in the case of one particular verse probably know something of it by heart.
God’s Election, in Christianity, involves God choosing a particular person or group of people to a particular task or relationship, especially eternal life. Election to eternal life is viewed by some as conditional on a person’s faith, and by others as unconditional. In other words, our free will does not save us.
In Part 1 of this post, there were a series of difficult questions concerning God’s program of election. It is understandable people can have an emotionally painful reaction to learning of God’s sovereignty in salvation so let’s attempt to offer some perspective from Scripture. Continue reading