Daily Devotions

In Christ was life, and the life was the Light of men!

John 1:4-18

‘In the beginning…, the Word was God…. In Him was life…, the Light of men…. The darkness could not put it out…. John…came…to bear witness of the Light, so that all men through Him might believe…. That was the true Light, which enlightens every man that comes into the world…. The world was made by Him…. The Word was made flesh…and we beheld His glory, the glory of the Only-begotten of the Father…. No man has seen God at any time. The Only-begotten God Who is in the bosom of the Father…has declared Him!’ John 1:1-18.

Calvin comments, declaring “Christ’s eternal divinity…. He is the (Logos or eternal Word)…. Christ…was always united with God, before the world existed…. He clearly declares that He is God….

“‘In Him was life…. The life was the Light of men’…. Life given to men…united with the Light…. Men…were not created in the likeness of beasts, but endowed with reason (or logos)…. ‘The Light shines in the darkness’…. The Son of God had always called men to Himself, by this…Light still left in us…. ‘John…came…to bear witness of the Light’….

“Christ is Light, reflecting from Himself and through Himself, and thence shining brightly upon the whole world…. Christ makes us all partakers of His brightness…. Beams from this Light are shed upon the whole race of men…. There is no man to whom some awareness of the Eternal Light does not penetrate….

“(‘The world was made by Him…. The Word was made flesh…and we beheld His glory, the glory of the Only-begotten of the Father.’) Christ…, clothed in our flesh…, showed Himself openly to the world…. ‘Flesh’ here is…used…for mortal man….

“The unity of His Person, does not prevent His natures from remaining distinct — so that the divinity retains whatever is proper to it, and the humanity likewise has separately what belongs to it…. He Who is now man…was always very God…. He says that none has seen God…. God dwells in inaccessible Light. He cannot be known, except in Christ…. God, Who was formerly invisible, has now appeared in Christ….

“The Son is in the bosom of the Father…. The breast is the seat of counsel…. The Son knew the most hidden secrets of His Father…. The breast of God (is) laid open to us in the Gospel!”

Calvin also says in his Institutes I:13:11 & I:15:4 & II:2:12: “The Word was God (John 1:14)…. John…says that the Light which was from the beginning in the Eternal Word of God, was the Light of man (John 1:4)…. John 1:5…expresses…that in the perverted…nature of man, there are still some sparks which show that he is a rational animal and differs from the brutes.”

In Christ was life, and the life was the Light of men! Is that also your belief?