“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” – John 1:1-3
Over the past couple of weeks, my focus with our students has been centered on the meaning and importance of context. Specifically, to understand the context within particular passages. If we are to know God as He has revealed Himself to be, we must pursue a deeper understanding of His word.
Often times when we look to the Bible our first response is to ask, “What is this telling me about myself?” This is a good question but I would argue that it should not be our first. Rather let us ask, “What is this telling me about God?” If we are to see ourselves rightly, we must first know God rightly.
The first three verses in the Gospel of John paint a perfect example of why context matters! Without it, we will miss the revelation. God has revealed to us that Jesus is the Word, that he was with God in the beginning, that he was God, and that all things were made through him! In Jesus’ name, let us hold fast to these mysteries revealed.