BSF Study Questions John Lesson 1, Day 5: John 1:14-18

Summary of passage:  The Word (Jesus) became flesh and was sent by the Father to us.  John testifies for Jesus, saying Jesus is greater than him.  Jesus is the source of our blessings.  Jesus has made God known to all of us.

Questions:

12a)  God has blessed us out of faith through Jesus.

b)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Way too many to choose but a recent one is God has given me a job to help support my family and continue His financial blessings upon us AND it’s a job He picked for me because it fits me and the people and company I work for are fantastic.

13)  “The law was given through Moses”:  God sent His law (the rules for livings) through Moses.

“Grace came through Jesus Christ”:  Because of Jesus, God gives us grace (forgiveness, etc).

“Truth came through Jesus Christ”:  Jesus brought the Truth which is there’s only one way to God and that’s through him (Jesus).

In essence, this entire phrase together (separated is confusing) means Christ is replacing the law brought by Moses and only Jesus is grace and truth and life.

14)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Incredible and heart-wrenching.

Conclusions:  Based on this first lesson of John, I’m gonna say that BSF has stopped marking questions as challenge questions and personal questions.  Now, BSF provides the reference verses for us to look up (which I think is a good thing especially for new believers who have no clue where to look in the Bible for such things).  And I’m assuming the personal nature of BSF questions is here to stay, especially after Revelation where it seemed every question had a personal twist on it.  I’ll leave it up to you whether you think this is a good thing or not.  I’m ambivalent.  I think it’s a good thing except where it gets repetitive i.e. the same question worded slightly different for each lesson.  We do need to apply the Word (note the pun) to our daily lives and I love that.  However, there’s only so many ways to apply the same subject to my life at any given time.  I just can’t take in big changes.  Small steps and let’s focus on those.

End Notes:  Verse 16 should say:  “Of his fullness we have all received, and grace for grace”.  John means here grace is never-ending with God.

Verse 18:  In the Greek, “God” here is missing the definite article which indicates a person.  Here, John is speaking of God’s deity or his nature of being.  “At the Father’s side” is better translated as “who is in the bosom of the Father”.  This is how children are to parents–connected and one.  Jesus and God are one.

“God the One and Only” is Jesus here. “Made him known” can be read as “declared”.  Jesus has declared the nature of the unseen God and IS the unseen God.

Because no one can look upon God and live (Exodus 33:20), God became human and sent Jesus in order to make Him known.

Final Conclusions to Lesson 1:  Admittedly, my Bible had dust on it when I pulled it out after the study of Revelation ended.  I’m so glad BSF has started because I need that push to know God and I need the structure of a bible study to make me do so.  Great opening verses to dive right into God and Jesus and who they are.  This is the essence of the book of John and what he’s trying to convey and what we as believers need to know.  We got a nice introduction to John the Baptist and we’ll see him again next week.  Knowing God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one and have been since before time began and all God asks of us is to believe that statement should lift the heart of any struggling with doubts of worthiness or shame or any other lies from Satan.  We are worthy.  We are His.  And He is ours.

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6 comments on “BSF Study Questions John Lesson 1, Day 5: John 1:14-18

  1. Judi says:

    I’m SOOO glad you are posting this. I’m not thrilled with the multiple personal quotations. .I think a lot of the details are missed in the new study questions. I look forward to studying with you this year. Your insights and comments are a delight and blessing.

  2. Julia says:

    Couple of extra thoughts on today’s questions. In question 12a (v.16), I took God’s fullness of His grace as being “super-abundant grace” which He showers upon both unbelievers (such as health, talents & gifts, good weather, the greatest country in the world to live, etc. etc.) and even greater grace to believers as He has given us undeserved kindness, mercy, and His free gift of salvation when we were all hell-bound sinners!

    Regarding Question 13 (v.17): The law was given thru Moses in the Old Covenant as a mirror to reveal to us our faults & sins, so we could see our need for a Savior. The law pointed to the later New Covenant of Grace thru Jesus, that only in Him could we get the true forgiveness, mercy, and undeserved grace as the free gift of salvation. Jesus came to give us what the Law of Moses could never do! The Law gave us a big list of do’s and don’ts for us to accomplish with no human power to do it. BUT Jesus give us His Grace which was done by Him for us. All we do is accept and receive His freely given gift. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and will set us free from the bondage of sin and the wrath and condemnation of God.

    • Susan says:

      I like the comment of yours that God’s fullness of grace is showered upon unbelievers and believers as shown with those examples. I’ve think of hard times as falling on believers as well as unbelievers as unfair (why do good people get sick and die but scumbags live on) . Guess that points out my tendency to see the glass as “half empty”!

  3. VictoriaVB@aol.com says:

    To Whom It May Concern: If possible and at your convenience, I would appreciat receiving a second time: John Lesson 1 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 With sincere appreciation. Victoria

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