The Study of John – Chapter 1, Verses 1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

The context of these passages states that the Word is our redeemer; the presence of the Word shines a bright light in dark places casting away the darkness. This is wonderful news. We are given a glimpse of God’s redemption in these short five verses.

However, is your dwelling in the light or in darkness? Will you be able to comprehend this redeeming light or be utterly destroyed when God’s light is upon us all? The real question to ask yourself is, ‘Are you righteous before God?’

This Word that John eludes to is our savior, Jesus Christ.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.1 John 1:1-5

When these two passages of scripture are paralleled, it becomes clear that Jesus Christ is the Word. He molded us from the dirt and breathed life into our nostrils. He existed since the beginning and created the heavens and the earth; even all the angels of heaven (Psalms 33:6; Ephesians 3:9). Jesus Christ, who dwelled amongst us, who gave us an example whereby to follow, and who died for our sake when He didn’t have to.

As I stated earlier, this is but a glimpse of God the Son. You can understand more about who Christ is by reading John 1:14, John 17:5, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:1-2, 1 John 5:20, and Revelation 19:13.

The most sobering verse I found to be John 1:4. Jesus is light, our light. We need Him if we are to live. John later gives us more context in 1 John 5:11.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

God has given each one of us eternal life. I tell you today that you can live forever, however, you must dwell in Jesus Christ, the only begotten of the Father, to obtain it. This goes a step further than simply believing, we must walk in the light and have no darkness within us, just as Jesus Christ who is light and have no darkness within Him. Jesus, our savior, is with us always, we must choose to also be with Him.

I encourage you to learn these biblical truths for yourself and follow Jesus Christ. I write these words while inspired by the Word of life: Matthew 28:20, John 8:12, John 9:5, and John 12:46.

You are a fool if you think that you, on your own strength, can follow God; this is impossible.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

How can any of us dwell in the light when the world around us is sunk in darkness? We are descendants of sinners and we carry their corrupted genes. Despite our condemning nature, there is hope. Like Jesus Christ, who was raised in the Galilean town of Nazareth, we must keep our focus on God who prevaileth over darkness. While overcoming darkness is impossible for us to do alone, through God all things are possible. Amen.