In the Tuesday morning group we are studying John. We were in John 1 this morning. The men in the study have been in the battle for a long time. By that I mean that they have been engaged in the ministry of disciple making each for over 40 years. They have served on college campuses, military bases, and in multiple countries. Additionally, this is not their first Bible study. They have been studying the Word, equipping others to study, and leading studies for all of that 40 years. So their observations are steeped not only with thousands of hours in the Word but with thousands of days applying the Word in their lives and ministry. It is a fun time.
I usually share next to last in the study. By the time it got to me most of the observations I had made had been shared by one of the other men. That is the richness of the study, they are all skilled, committed, and passionate about their time in the Word.
One thing that stood out in our conversation is the number of way John refers to Christ, the titles he gives Him. I saw nine:
- The Word
- The Light
- The Life
- The Christ
- The Lamb of God
- The only begotten God
- The Son of God
- The King of Israel
- The Son of Man
One of the guys also added creator. Though that title is not used, in John 1:3, John acknowledges that all things came into being through Him.
John starts with a bang. John immediately declares in nine certain terms that Jesus is God. It gets better from there.