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NAMES OF GOD

October 22, 2014

Wednesday

 

John 1:1

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

LESSON

 

John began his Gospel by locating Jesus before the beginning of His ministry, before His virgin birth, and even before Creation. He identified Jesus as co-existent with God the Father and the Father’s agent in providing creation and salvation. The “beginning” that John spoke of was not really the beginning of something new at a particular time. It was rather the time before anything that has come into existence began. John is writing about a new beginning, a new creation, and he uses words that recall the first creation. John adopted this word “word,” and used it as a personification to express Jesus (“the Word”) as the ultimate divine self- revelation. John’s description of the Word as “with God” shows that Jesus was in one sense distinct from God. He was (and is) the second person of the Trinity, who is distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit in the form of His subsistence.

God in three persons, blessed Trinity,” The first Anglican Article of Religion states: “There is but one living and true God. There are three persons, of one substance, power and eternity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” How do we replenish our exhaustion? The world into which Jesus was born was spiritually weary. We too are worn out from conflict, moral uncertainty. God has acted to come among us and to give us power to overcome.

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 1:1

 

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