Light, Wisdom & the Word

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word:

The Old Testament speaks of the Word of God, and of His wisdom, present with God before the world was made,

Proverbs 8:22-31 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth;
While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primal dust of the world.
When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.

From the book of Wisdom 7:22- 8:1 For within her [Wisdom] is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, active, incisive, unsullied, lucid, invulnerable, benevolent, sharp, irresistible, beneficent, loving to man, steadfast, dependable, unperturbed, almighty, all-surveying, penetrating all intelligent, pure and most subtle spirits; for Wisdom is quicker to move than any motion; she is so pure, she pervades and permeates all things. She is a breath of the power of God, pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; hence nothing impure can find a way into her. She is a reflection of the eternal light, untarnished mirror of Yah/God’s active power, image of His goodness.

Although alone, she can do all; herself unchanging, she makes all things new. In each generation she passes into holy souls, she makes them friends of God and prophets; for God loves only the man who lives with Wisdom. She is indeed more splendid than the sun, she outshines all the constellations; compared with light, she takes first place, for light must yield to night, but over Wisdom evil can never triumph. She deploys her strength from one end of the earth to the other, ordering all things for good. 

Solomon in the passage above describes Wisdom (the knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment), in the range of his vocabulary (he uses, though not technically, terms taken from Greek philosophy), but more significantly in his greater emphasis on the divine character of Wisdom. Thereby the divine character of Yah/God the Father.

John 1:1-5 …the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through Him.
All that came to be had life in Him, and that life was the light of men,
alight that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower.

The Light (Goodness; the Word) cannot be imprisoned by Darkness (Evil; the power of evil). For both are opposites of one another, one leads to life where the other leads to death. These are the two extremes that man ultimately must decide to choose from. Although evil is not always noticeable, for the father of lies disguises himself as an angel of light. But when tested by the fruits he leaves behind one realizes he is a sham. Everything that destroys not builds up is a fraud from everything God ordained. Man included has become corrupted by the spirit of deception. But God’s infinite love for humanity tells a different tale. The law He Himself wrote on two stone tablets and gave to Moses to be followed, man had corupted its simplicity and made it a chore. And so the ‘plan of redemption’ before the world was form came to existence…

John 1:6-10 A man came, sent by God.
His name was John, (the Baptist). He came as a witness, as a witness to speak for the light, as that everyone might believe through Him.
He was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light.

The Word was the true light that enlightens all men;
and He was coming into the world.
He was in the world that had its being through Him, and the world did not know Him.

The ‘world’ variously means: the cosmos, this earth, the human race, those hostile to God who hate Christ and His disciples, ( John 7:7; 15:18-19; [17:14 see below] ).

John 17:14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

This last sense coincides with the contemporary Jewish distinction between ‘this world’, (8:23) dominated by Satan (12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 1Jn 5:19), and ‘the world to come’, which corresponds to John’s eternal life (12:25 [see below] ).

John 12:25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

In this world there is good and evil, what one choose to say or demonstrate through one’s actions on a daily basis is one’s choice, it can edify or destroy. Words do have consequences if applied with wrong intentions, a negative attitude. Or words said can have the power to lift someone out of their misery. One either chooses to do right and live by God’s principles in mind, body and soul which reflect in deeds. Not that deeds itself saves but living the Word in faith one echos Jesus’ essence in our lives. And therefore gain life. Or one can choose to rebel against God and His sovereign Word (disbelieve), and loose self and the relationship that could have been. The will of man eventually destroys if not superimposed by God’s will.

John 1:11-18                He (Jesus) came to His own domain and His own people did not accept Him. But to all who did accept Him He gave power to become (be called) children of God, to all who believe in the Name of Him (‘to those who believe in His Name’), who was born not out of human stock or urge of the flesh or will of man but of God Himself.

The Word was made flesh, He lived among us, and we saw His glory, the glory that is His as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John appears as His witness. He proclaims:
‘This is the One of whom I said:
He who comes after me ranked before me because He existed before me’.

Indeed, from His fullness we have, all of us, received– yes, grace in return for grace, since, though the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach.
No one has ever seen God; 
it is the only Son, who is nearest to the Father’s heart, who has made Him known.

And given us hope. Yet the flesh (the spirit within), rebels against this simple truth..

The ‘flesh’ is man considered as frail and mortal being (Jn 3:6; 17:2; Gn 6:3; Ps 56:4; Is 40:6; see also Rm 7:5 [see below]).

Romans 7:58  Before our conversion our sinful passions, quite unsubdued by the Law, fertilised our bodies to make them give birth to death. But now we are rid of the Law, freed by death from our imprisonment, free to serve in the new spiritual way and not the old way of a written law. Does it follow that the Law itself is sin?

Of course not. What I mean is that I should not have known what sin was except for the Law. I should not for instance have known what it means to covet if the Law had not said ‘You shall not covet’. But it was this commandment that sin took advantage of to produce all kinds of covetousness in me, for when there is no Law, sin is dead.

Romans 7:12-25  The Law is sacred, and what it commands is sacred, just and good. Does that mean that something good killed me?  Of course not. But sin, to show itself in its true colors, used that good thing to kill me; and thus sin, thanks to the commandments, was able to exercise all its sinful power. The Law, of course, as we all know, is spiritual; but I am unspiritual; I have been sold as a slave to sin. I cannot understand my own behaviour. I fail to carry out the things I want to do, and I find myself doing the very things I hate. When I act against my own will, that means I have a self that acknowledges that the Law is good, and so the thing behaving in that way is not my self but sin living in me. The fact is, I know of nothing good living in me–living, that is, in my unspiritual self–for though the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is not, with the result that instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want. When I act against my will, then, it is not my true self doing it, but sin which lives in me.

Paul is speaking in the person of mankind still under the empire of sin and not yet justified. Sin personified takes the place of the serpent in Gn 3:1 and thereby the influence of the fallen angel, a.k.a. the deceiver, the liar, the rebelled one, the dragon, the devil. The one who has no qualms to disguise himself as a source of light. Our un-spiritual self is the flesh not being connected to the real source of life.

Romans 7:21-25 In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand. In my inmost self I dearly love God’s Law, but I can see that my body follows a different law that battles against the law which my reason dictates. This is what makes me a prisoner of that law of sin which lives inside my body.

Paul is not denying man’s personal responsibility for the evil he does, any more than for the good. We all have ‘free will’ to choose.

What a Wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! 

He ‘pitched His tent among us‘. The incarnation of the Word makes God personally and visibly present to mankind; it is no longer a Presence unseen and awe-inspiring as in the Tent and Temple of the old regime (Ex 25:8+; Nb 35:34), nor merely the Presence of divine Wisdom enshrined in Israel’s Mosaic Law.

The ‘glory’ is the manifestation of God’s presence (Ex 2:16+). No one could see its brilliance and live (Ex 33:20+), but the human nature of the Word now screens this glory as the cloud once did. Yet at times it pierces the veil, at the transfiguration, for instance (Lk 9:32, 35) and when Jesus works miracles– ‘signs’ that God is active in Him (Lk 2:14+; Lk 11:40; cross-reference it with Ex 14:24-27 and Ex 15:7). God is always there for His children in sincere prayer. He has not left us. Jesus always found time to pray to the Father, for all His needs as an example for us to follow and The resurrection reveals the glory fully (Jn 17:5+ [below] ),

John 17 Jesus speaking:  ‘Father, the hour has come: glorify Your Son so that Your Son may glorify You; and, through the power over all mankind that You have given Him give eternal life to all those You have entrusted to Him. And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on earth and finished the work that You gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, it is time for You to glorify Me with that glory I had with You before ever the world was. I have made Your name known to the men You took from the world to give me. They were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now at last they know that all You have given Me comes indeed from You; for I have given them the teaching You gave to Me, and they have truly accepted this, that I came from You, and have believed that it was You who sent me. I pray for them; I am not praying for the world but for those You have given me, because they belong to You: all I have is Yours and all You have is mind, and in them I am glorified. I am not in the world any longer, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You.

Holy Father, keep those You have given Me true to Your name, so that they may be one like us. While I was with them, I kept those You had given me true to Your name. I have watched over them and not one is lost except the one who chose to be lost, and this was to fulfil the scriptures. But now I am coming to You and while still in the world I say these things to share my joy with them to the full. I passed Your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world. I am not asking You to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world anymore than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth, (in spirit and truth). I pray not only for these, but for those also who through their words will believe in ME. May they all be one.

Father, may they be one in us, as You are in Me and I am in You, so that the world may believe it was You who sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave to Me, that they may be one as we are one. With Me in them and You in me, may they be so completely one that the world will realise that it was You who sent Me and that I have loved them as much as You loved Me.

We are to act as children of God, reflecting His Light.

Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, so that they may always see the glory You have given Me because You loved me before the foundation of the world. Father, Righteous One, the world has not known You, but I have known You, and these have known that You have sent Me. I have made Your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and so that I may be in them.’

‘Grace and truth’ recalls the ‘grace’ or ‘love’ and ‘faithfulness’ of God’s self-revelation to Moses (Ex 34:6+; Ho 2:16-22).

Exodus 34:6-9   And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

Grace upon grace or ‘one grace (that of the New Covenant) in place of (another) grace (that of the Old Covenant)’. ‘God, only-begotten Son gave us freedom from sin. Through the knowledge and acceptance of His gospel, through the repentance of our sins and His Spirit in us helping us to ‘sin no more’; because we want to, because we choose to please The Father, Creator of all things, rather than man. We are unspiritual til we become spiritual in the name of Christ who loved us so much to take upon Himself our sins, and give us His Spirit. Although at times we might fall we can count on Him to be faithful with sincere prayer of repentance He is just in forgiving us. What an awesome promise!

The Old Testament speaks of the Word of God, and of His Wisdom, present with God before the world was made. By it all things were created; the Word is sent to earth to reveal the hidden designs of God in the man – Jesus Christ, who lived among us, felt our pain and agony, felt our joy and laughter, felt our humanity yet God with us, ‘Emmanuel’, showed by His character God the Father. It (His Wisdom, His Word, His Son) returns to Him with its work done, on its creative role, on its mission of salvation, a gift to return to The Father.
For John, too, the Word existed before the world, in God. It has come on earth, being sent by the Father, to perform a task, namely, to deliver a message of salvation to the world; of the kingdom of God. With its mission accomplished, the Word made flesh returns to the Father. The incarnation enabled the New Testament, and especially John, to see this separately and eternally existent Word – Wisdom as a person. The man-God, Jesus Christ, who once home sent His Holy Spirit to everyone who believes with their hearts and opens their heart to Him. He has and always will be with those who faithfully follow Him.

He knocks on the door of everyone’s heart, to accept His saving grace, accept His love. He gives everyone the opportunity to turn away from the world’s deception to the truth of life.

Everyone is known by the fruit they produce who they follow, believe in. The spirit within manifests itself in the character one exhibits.

Ephesians 5:8-10  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth)finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

Now is the time to get right with God the Father, through the saving grace He offers through His Son who loves us so much. He died for us and gave us His Spirit and the choice to accept life with Him or not. Choose wisely whom you follow/obey your eternal life is at stake.

Thank you for visiting 🙂

May our Lord open your eyes to the truth of the Gospel in the New Testament. And from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation know that it speaks of His infinite wisdom, of Yeshua/Jesus’ forgiveness and Their redemptive plan to save humanity. Be part of His household through faith of Who He is, what He’s done in reaching our hearts with love.. always looking up.

Let’s spread some cheer, we all have a part to take, a part to complete in God’s plan.

God bless!

resources and my gratitude: TJB ~ The Jerusalem Bible & some of its notes mixed in with my own (emphasis given thoughout);  https://www.biblegateway.com ~NKJV ; http://biblehub.net ; https://www.dictionary.com/ ; and to you.

 

8 comments

    1. Thank you so much 🙂
      Although not commonly known and even though the church does not recognize these extra books from the Septuagint ( The Greek Bible [of the Seventy] ), they regard them as spiritually inspired as the Hebrew Bible. The extra books gives us a deeper understanding of the times and events and prophecies. As I’m sure you already know in your own research. And because you’re such a historian in your own right and a truth seeker as I, I appreciated your feedback. God bless you wholeheartedly.

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