I. The Eternal Word Incarnated Coming to Bring God into Man
A. Introduction to Life and Building
1. The Word in Eternity Past, Who Was God, through Creation
Coming as Life and Light to Bring Forth the Children of God
1 1aIn the beginning was the 2bWord, and the Word was 3with God, and the 4Word was 5cGod.
2 1He was 2in the beginning with God.
3 aAll things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not one thing came into being which has come into being.
4 In Him was 1alife, and the life was the 2blight of men.
5 And the alight shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There came a man 1sent from God, whose name was John.
7 1He came for a testimony that he might testify concerning the light, that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came that he might testify concerning the light.
9 This was the atrue light which, coming into the world, benlightens every man.
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through Him, yet the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, yet those who were His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as 1areceived Him, to them He gave the authority to become 2children of God, to those who 1believe into His name,
13 Who were begotten not 1of 2blood, nor 1of the 2will of the flesh, nor 1of the 2will of man, but 1of God.
2. The Word Becoming Flesh,
with Grace in Fullness and with Reality,
to Declare God in the Only Begotten Son of God
14 And the 1Word became 2aflesh and 3btabernacled among us (and 4cwe beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten 5from the Father), full of 6dgrace and 6ereality.
15 John testified concerning Him and cried out, saying, This was He of whom I said, aHe who is coming after me has become ahead of me, because He was before me.
16 For 1of His afullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
17 For the 1law was given through Moses; 1agrace and 1reality 2came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God; the 1only begotten Son, who is 2in the bosom of the Father, He has 3adeclared Him.
3. Jesus as the Lamb of God,
with the Holy Spirit as the Dove,
Making the Believers Stones for the Building
of the House of God with the Son of Man
a. Religion Looking for a Great Leader
19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you?
20 And he confessed and did not deny, and he confessed, I am not the aChrist.
21 And they asked him, What then? Are you aElijah? And he said, I am not. Are you the bProphet? And he answered, No.
22 They said then to him, Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?
23 He said, I am a avoice of one crying in the wilderness, "Make straight the way of the Lord!'' as Isaiah the prophet said.
24 And those who had been sent were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him and said to him, Why then are you baptizing if you are not the Christ nor Elijah nor the Prophet?
26 John answered them, saying, I abaptize in water; but among you stands One whom you do not know,
27 He who is coming after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.
28 These things took place in 1Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
b. Jesus Introduced as a Lamb with a Dove
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the 1aLamb of God, who takes away the bsin of the 2world!
30 This is He of whom I said, aA man is coming after me who has become ahead of me, because He was before me.
31 And I did not know Him, but in order that He might be manifested to Israel, for this reason I came baptizing in water.
32 And John testified, saying, I beheld the Spirit descending as a 1adove out of heaven, and He abode upon Him.
33 And I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water, He said to me, He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and abiding upon Him, this is He who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.
34 And I have seen and have testified that this is the aSon of God.
c. Bringing Forth Stones for God's Building
35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples,
36 And looking at Jesus walking, he said, Behold, the aLamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak this, and they followed Jesus.
38 And Jesus, turning and beholding them following, said to them, What are you seeking? And they said to Him, Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?
39 He said to them, Come, and you will see. They went therefore and saw where He was staying, and they stayed with Him that day; it was about the 1tenth hour.
40 One of the two who heard this from John and followed Him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, We have found the 1Messiah (which translated means 1Christ).
42 He led him to Jesus. Looking at him, Jesus said, You are Simon, the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is interpreted, 1aPeter).
43 The next day He wanted to go forth into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, Follow Me.
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote, Jesus, the 1son of Joseph, from Nazareth.
46 And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good be from Nazareth? Philip said to him, aCome and see.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and said concerning him, Behold, truly an Israelite, in whom there is no guile!
48 Nathanael said to Him, How do You know me? Jesus answered and said to him, Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.
49 Nathanael answered Him, Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the 1aKing of Israel.
50 Jesus answered and said to him, Is it because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree that you believe? You shall see agreater things than these.
51 And He said to him, 1Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see 2aheaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the 3Son of Man.
B. Life's Principle and Life's Purpose
1. Life's Principle -- To Change Death into Life
a. Christ Coming in Resurrection
to the People in Their Enjoyment
1 And the 1athird day a 2wedding took place in 3bCana of 4cGalilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
2 And Jesus also was invited, as well as His disciples, to the wedding.
b. Their Human Life Running Out and Their Being Filled with Death
3 And when the 1wine 2ran out, the 3mother of Jesus said to Him, They have no wine.
4 And Jesus said to her, 1Woman, 2what do I have in this that concerns you? aMy hour has not yet come.
5 His mother said to the servants, Whatever He says to you, do.
6 Now there were 1six stone waterpots lying there, according to the 2Jews' rite of purification, holding 3two or three measures each.
7 Jesus said to them, Fill the waterpots with 1water. And they filled them up to the brim.
c. Christ Changing Their Death into Life Eternal
8 And He said to them, Draw some out now and take it to the master of the feast. And they took it to him.
9 And when the master of the feast tasted the 1awater which had become wine and did not know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew, the master of the feast called the bridegroom
10 And said to him, Every man sets out the good wine first, and when they have drunk freely, then that which is worse; you have kept the good wine until now.
11 This 1beginning of 2asigns Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee and 3manifested His glory, and His disciples believed into Him.
2. Life's Purpose -- To Build the House of God
a. Christ Cleansing the Temple
12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they remained there not many days.
13 And the aPassover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And aHe found in the 1btemple those selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the moneychangers sitting there.
15 And 1having made a whip out of 2cords, He drove them all out of the temple, as well as the sheep and the oxen, and He poured out the money of the moneychangers and overturned their tables.
16 And to those who were selling the doves He said, Take these things away from here; do not make aMy Father's house a house of merchandise.
17 His disciples remembered that it was written, a"The zeal of Your house shall devour Me.''
b. The Body of Jesus, the Temple, Destroyed
and Raised Up in Resurrection
18 The Jews then answered and said to Him, What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things?
19 Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this 1temple, and in 2three days I will araise it up.
20 Then the Jews said, This temple was built in forty-six years, and You will raise it up in three days?
21 But He spoke of the atemple of His body.
22 When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this, and they believed the aScripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
C. Life Meeting the Need of Man's Every Case
1. The Need of the Moral -- Life's Regenerating
a. The Lord's Commitment Not in Miracles but in Life
23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed into His name when they saw the signs which He did.
24 But Jesus Himself did not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men,
25 And because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for aHe Himself knew what was in man.
1 1But there was a man of the Pharisees named aNicodemus, a ruler of the JEWS.
b. Regeneration by the Divine Spirit in the Human Spirit
2 This one came to Him by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a 1teacher, for no one can do these asigns that You do unless bGod is with him.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is 1aborn anew, he cannot 2see the 3bkingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?
5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is aborn 1of 2water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is aborn 1of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born 1of the 2Spirit is 2spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 1You must be born anew.
8 The 1awind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it goes; so is everyone who is born 2of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said to him, You are a teacher of Israel, and you do not know these things?
11 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that which we know and atestify of that which we have seen, and yet you do not receive our testimony.
12 If I told you of the 1things on earth and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you of the 1things in heaven?
13 And ano one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended out of heaven, the bSon of Man, 1who is in heaven.
c. Satan's Evil Nature in Man's Flesh Being Judged on the Cross through the Death of Christ in the Form of the Serpent
That the Believers May Have Eternal Life
14 And as aMoses blifted up the 1serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15 That every one who believes into Him may have 1eternal life.
16 For God so aloved the 1world that He bgave His conly begotten Son, that every one who 2dbelieves into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
17 For God did not send the Son into the world to 1condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
18 He who believes into Him is not 1condemned; but he who does not believe has been 1condemned already, because he has not believed into the name of athe only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the 1condemnation, that the alight has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil.
20 For every one who 1practices evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his works be 2reproved.
21 But he who does the 1truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they are wrought in God.
d. The Regenerated People
Becoming the Bride of Christ as His Increase
22 After these things, Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He spent some time with them and abaptized.
23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized;
24 For aJohn had not yet been thrown into prison.
25 There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about apurification.