John 1:4 – In Him was life, and the life was the light of men – In John’s writings, life represents salvation and deliverance through Jesus Christ. Light denotes Jesus’ revelation of God which call men to accountability. Why is the life that was in Christ “the light of men”? Because death brings eternal darkness, and only Christ’s eternal life planted in us will keep us alive in His new kingdom for eternity. Jesus Christ is eternally alive because He is God. He came to earth to offer mankind the hope and light of His eternal life. It can’t be bought, only received as a gift. Jesus gives it only to those who want it, those who want to live the way God’s citizens will live in His future eternal kingdom.

From the beginning of time God had a desire to a have people who would delight themselves in Him, a people who would love Him with their entire beings. He desired sons who would bear His image and His likeness. As He cherished this great desire within His heart, He developed a plan that would be born into His family. He sent Jesus into the world to destroy the works of Satan, to redeem us from sin and to bring us into a position as His own sons, with His life flowing through us. When we respond to the drawing of the Holy Spirit and surrender our entire being to Jesus Christ, we are given the power and the rightful claim to become a son of God. Humans are dependent on God for life. Our existence, physically and spiritually depends on God’s sustaining power. In contrast, the Son has life in Himself from all eternity. The life Jesus Christ is also the light of men. This image conveys the concept of revelation. As the light, Jesus Christ reveals both sin and God to humans.

John 1:5 – And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended (apprehended) it not – “The darkness comprehended it not” means the darkness of evil never has and never will overcome or extinguish God’s light. Jesus Christ was the Creator of life, and His life brings light to mankind. In His light, we see ourselves as we really are, sinners in need of a Savior. When we follow Jesus, the Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the paths ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness of sin from our lives. Christ entered this dark world to give it spiritual light. The word comprehend can mean to take hold of or to overpower, to understand. Therefore, this verse means that darkness did not positively take hold of our understand the light, or that darkness did not negatively take over the light. Humans did not appropriate or understand the light, nor did they overtake or overpower it. Although Satan, his forces as well as those that doesn’t believe cannot thwart its power. Jesus is life and light; those who accept Him are “sons” of light. As the creation of light was the beginning of the original creation, so when believers receive the light, they become part of the new creation.

John 1:6 – There was a man sent from God, whose name was John – This is John the Baptist, who was the cousin of Jesus. John the Baptist was the son of Zacharias, and Elisabeth. His birth was foretold in their old age by an angel. He preceded our Lord’s by six month’s. He dwelt alone in barren region west of the Dead Sea. His dress was that of woven camel’s hair, his food was locusts and wild honey. When he emerged to preach the baptism of repentance for the remissions of sins, crowds gathered because of his preternatural birth.

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Golden Text:  But this man,  because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him – Hebrews 7:24-25.

Hebrews 7:1 – For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him. Melchizedek was the priest of the most high God, his name means “King of righteousness” and Salem (Jerusalem) means “Peace”. Melchizedek was a king and priest of God who blessed Abraham after he won a battle with kings. In return, Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe of the spoils, showing that Abraham recognized Melchizedek as a superior. The author previously asserted that Christ’s priesthood is like that of Melchizedek, now he speaks of Melchizedek of who he is and where’s he’s from.

Hebrews 7:2 – To whom also Abraham gave  tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is King of peace.  It begins with Abraham returning from battling with eastern kings who had taken Sodom and Gomorrah by force and also had taken captives, including Abraham’s nephew, Lot.  Abraham and his servants defeated them and rescued the captives, recovered the goods and returned to Canaan. At Abraham’s return is when he was met by the king of Salem, Melchizedek. Abraham gives Melchizedek a tenth of all the spoils of the battle. His reverence for Melchizedek shows his greatness by the title of his name King of righteousness, and King of Salem meaning “King of peace” which symbolizes the nature of Christ who combines these two virtues in His Person and rule. Melchizedek priesthood was similar to Jesus’ priesthood righteousness and peace, Jesus’ Priesthood is forever, Melchizedek’s priesthood is presented as if it were forever, since the Bible says nothing about any successors.

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For in many things we offend (stumble) all. If any man offend (stumble) not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body – James 3:2.

Perfect means to be mature, maturity indicates when we have offended someone, we’re quick to say I’m sorry for what actions or words we have spoken that offended them, rather than saying ” if I did something to offend you, I’m sorry”. The majority of the time when we have offended someone, the Holy Spirit will make us aware of what we have done, and who we done it to.

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