John 1 … Consider His Identity

Identity:

  • the state or fact of remaining the same, as under varying aspects or conditions.
  • the condition of being oneself, and not another.
  • condition or character as to who a person is.
  • the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person.
  • the state or fact of being the same one as described.

He is and remains the same. He is God and there is no other, set apart and distinguished from all creation.

His Identity, so descriptively and beautifully revealed in John 1, offers a panoramic view, an invitation to all of mankind to come and take in His eternal majesty; a view that will require all of eternity to behold.

Consider His Identity

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men, (1:1-4).

    • The Word
    • God
    • Eternal
    • Creator
    • The Life
    • The Light of Men

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God, (1:9-12).

    • The True Light
    • Unrecognized
    • Rejected
    • Divine Savior

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him, (1:14-18).

    • Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us
    • The Glory of the Father
    • Full of Grace and Truth
    • Has the Higher Rank
    • Existed Before Man
    • The Realization of Grace and Truth
    • The Only Begotten God
    • Has Explained the Father

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, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said,” (1:19-23).

    • The LORD, as the Prophet Isaiah said

Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 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 baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know. 27 It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie,” (1:24-27).

    • The Only Worthy One

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ 31 I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” 32 John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God,” (1:29-34).

    • The Lamb of God Who Takes Away the Sin of the World
    • Confirmed by the Holy Spirit
    • The One Who Baptizes in the Holy Spirit
    • The Son of God

And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they came and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ), (1:38-41).

    • Rabbi
    • Teacher
    • The Messiah
    • The Christ

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph,” (1:45).

    • Him of Whom Moses and the Prophets Wrote

Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man,” (1:49-51).

    • Rabbi
    • The Son of God
    • The King of Israel
    • The Son of Man

How do we respond to His Identity?

He is not revealed so we can merely sit back and enjoy the view; how can we see Him in the truth of His Identity and not respond in faith and obedience?

As we consider His Identity, may we be so filled with awe as to respond, without hesitation, according to His Word!

  • Receive Him, believe on His Name and be born again.
    • But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God, (1:12-13).
  • Find others, tell them and bring them to Jesus.
    •  One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus…45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph,” (1:40-41, 45).

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