A Christ Filled Life
cont’d Matthew Henry Commentary – v1-5 Why the Son of God is called the Word, seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent in order to reveal His Father’s mind to the world. What the evangelist, John the Baptist says of Christ proves that He is God. He existed in the beginning and coexisted with the Father. The Word was with God, all things were made by Him. Without Him was not anything made that was made. This eternal Word, this true Light shines, but the darkness comprehends it not. Let us pray that we may walk in it and be made wise unto salvation, by faith in Jesus Christ. v12-14 Many say that they are Christ’s own, yet do not receive Him, because they will not part with their sins, nor have Him to reign over them. All the children of God are born again. This new birth is through the word of God as the means, 1 Peter 1:23, and by the Spirit of God as the Author. Christ always was in the world. But now that the fullness of time had come, He was God manifested in the flesh. Although He was in the form of a servant, as to outward circumstances, His form was like the Son of God. His Divine glory (magnificence) appeared in the holiness (Godliness) of His doctrine (teaching), and in His Miracles. v15-18 As to the order of time and entrance on His work, Christ came after John, but in every other way He was before him. All fullness dwells in Christ, from which fallen sinners have and shall receive, by faith, all that renders them wise, strong, holy, useful and happy. What we receive from Christ can be summed up in this one word, grace; we have received “His Grace”, a gift so great, so rich, so valuable; the good will of God towards us, and the good work of God in us. v14 Only through Christ Jesus can we receive God’s mercy. No man can come to the Father but by Him, Christ Jesus. No man can know God, except he believe in His only begotten and beloved Son.
John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ
19) And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 20) And he confessed, and denied no; but confessed, I am not the Christ (The Messiah). 21) And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? (Moses had predicted that a prophet like himself would come Deuteronomy 18:15) And he answered, no. 22) Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23) He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias ( Isaiah 40:3). 24) And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 25) And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26) John answered them, saying I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; (Malachi 3:1) 27) He, it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 28) These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. KJV
The Quest Study Bible Commentary – Jewish ceremonies included ritual washings, but normally only non Jews were baptized when they converted to Judaism. The Pharisees (religious experts) questioned John’s practice because he was baptizing Jews, in effect, he was treating Jews like Gentiles (non Jews). His baptism symbolized repentance, in preparation for the one to come who would forgive sins. John’s baptism prepared people to meet the Messiah.
To be continued. God Bless You.