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Interpreting the Bible the Gospel of John 1 814 Lesson
8. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
Which is what I just explained.
9. That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.
Yes, eventually when God’s work in the world is finished, the light of God that came through Jesus will touch every soul in the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Well it is easy to understand, how the author and the theologians could make this mistake, just as most pastors and Christians do today. The soul that was placed in Jesus’ physical body was present at the beginning of the world and was part of God, and may have played some unknown part in creating the world as we know it, but we cannot assume that Jesus created the world, because at that time every soul in the world was part of God, as He existed at that time. When Jesus’ soul was Sanctified through Justification, just as every soul in the world eventually will be, He became part of God and therefore became God, but He had not been part of God since the time of Noah’s flood. The world knew Him not, because they had not been through Justification which remakes souls into spiritual images of Jesus. No one knows Him, until God prepares them through Justification to receive that knowledge. Stretching the history of Jesus back to include the creating of the world is not possible, nor needed, once the concept of eternal life and the reality of the soul is understood, the fact that God did create the world is easily accepted, and the fact that Jesus is part of God. If we say God, we’re talking about Jesus, if we say Jesus, we’re talking about God, but that only came to be after His death on the cross.
11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
His own were the Hebrew people, and yes, most of them rejected Him, but again, that was the will of God, each soul had to be prepared through Justification in order to receive Him.
12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
A few were prepared to receive Him prior to His coming, with final preparations being made during His early life, and they became His Disciples or followers. No one can come to God unless they are prepared by God through Justification. Their soul has to be cleansed of enough “desire to sin,” in order to face final Justification, which is what we see when Christians sin, which they do. The further back in time you go, looking at the history of the church, the sins become more evil and more bloody, like the catholic church’s persecution of the reformed church, and the notorious inquisition, plus the continuation of slavery, and of course the Crusades. Those who reach a point of cleansing where they are ready to accept God and strive to follow Him, will one day realized that they are sons and daughters of God.
13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Eventually, but it takes quite a bit of Justification before they reach this point.
14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
In the Bible, normally when we come across scripture in parentheses it indicates that this is a clarification inserted by a scribe or Bible printer during the early days of Bibles being translated into English, and do not come from the author, so the original verse would read: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. The “word was made flesh” only means that Jesus was the prophesied messiah, David returned, that God through the pen of Isaiah and other prophets, had promised to send. Meaning only, that when God speaks, His words become reality, His promises come true, and that is all it means. Many centuries ago some “leader” who firmly believed in the literal truth of every word of the Bible, who did not understand that most of what is written is true, but it is a true parable, not true literally, for instance everybody easily understands that the good Samaritan was not a real person, but they will picture Jesus as the “word” of God and never understand the parable.
With knowledge on loan from God