DIG for Saturday the 14th of February…..this time I do agree with the theologians…..John 1 v 1

If you read my DIG s regularly you’ll not be surprised that I quite often disagree with theologians or with traditional teaching.

For once however I am in complete agreement with the theologians; the Logos (or Word) that John talks about at the start of his gospel is indeed Jesus.

The start of this book is clearly talking about Jesus, the light, the One who made all things, the Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1 v 3 and 4, 10 and 14).

This word “Logos” is one that would have been understood by both the Jews and the Gentiles, the two cultural groups of the time when this gospel was written.

The Greek word logos had been used for centuries and described among other things “the principle that gave the universe order” and “the bond of everything that held all created things together”.

The Jews also were aware of this concept of logos, for example in Psalm 33 v 6 where the earth and heavens were made by His Word (or Logos).

So both cultures of the day would have been well aware of what John was saying with regards to Jesus as the Logos.

He was the Creator and Sustainer; the Divine Being by which all things were made and held together.

We of course have confirmation of these truths when we read verses like Hebrews 1 v 3 and Colossians 1 v 16 and 17.

In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God, and He was the agent of creation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus, the Creator and Sustainer, and He who became flesh and dwelt among us”.

John 1 v 1…..And in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

DIG for Friday the 13th of February…..unconditional forgiveness, there can be no argument…..Ephesians 1 v 7

In my message on Sunday I spoke about believers getting offended when I preached about unconditional forgiveness, mainly due to the fact that they did not love and understand the Word of God.

There are prophecies in the Old Testament telling us of a day when our sins will be forgiven (Psalm 103 v 12, Isaiah 43 v 25 and Isaiah 38 v 17).

In the Gospels we see Jesus displaying the forgiveness that comes from Father God (with the woman at the well and the woman taken in adultery for example).

At the crucifixion we see Jesus displaying forgiveness towards the thief who recognises Him as Lord (Luke 23 v 42 and 43).

In the epistles we see that forgiveness has been given through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We also see that Jesus has paid for all the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2) therefore brought forgiveness and reconciliation to all (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19).

In the epistles we also read that the flow of forgiveness came first from God so that we could then forgive others (Ephesians 4 v 32 and Colossians 3 v 13).

In Hebrews we read that Jesus dealt with all our sins and that God has chosen to remember them no more (Hebrews 1 v 3, 8 v 12 and 10 v 17).

The Old Testament prophesied what Jesus would do, the Gospels shows Him doing it and the New Testament confirms what He has done; sin has been dealt with and unconditional forgiveness has been showered upon all men.

Unfortunately all men do not receive the blessings and benefits of forgiveness, this only comes through salvation once a man has trusted and believed upon Jesus and His finished work.

But Scripture is very clear; forgiveness from God is unconditional for all men.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for your unconditional forgiveness”.

Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace