Inductive Bible Study: John 1:6-11

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Christian Beliefs

This time as we continue out Inductive bible Study of John we’ll be looking a little bit at John the Baptist and of course more about our

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Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. (ESV)

Let’s take a closer look at verse 6:

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

There are three things we must note in this verse:

  1. It’s talking about a man,
  2. This man was sent from God.
  3. This man’s name was John

So God sent before Himself a man named John. He’d have to be pretty important if God sent him before Himself, so who is this John and what was he sent in advance to do?

7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.

Here we have answers to the questions I asked above that came to mind naturally from the last question:

  1. He came as a witness.
  2. To bear witness to the light.
  3. He witnessed so that all might believe through him.

This person named John was a witness that came before the light (Jesus) so it’s obvious that he is not John the disciple but John the Baptist. John the Baptist warned about the soon coming of the light, the Lamb slain since before the beginning of the world. He told the people that they needed to repent of their sin and be baptized and to prepare for the coming of the light. He did this witness not to win people to himself but so that those who were repenting and being baptized would believe into the light to come. That they would believe in Christ through his witness to Christ…which was prepared in advance for him to do by God.

8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

John wants to make this perfectly clear. John the Baptist was NOT the light of the world- but was himself to bear/bring/share the witness about the coming light.

9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

There are a lot of great truths about the light here are the first three:

  1. It is the true light.
  2. The true light enlightens everyone.
  3. The true light was coming into the world.

The light, is the true light this means out of necessity that there is a false light. However since the true light is God the Son, the Word, Incarnate the true light is always going to be stronger than the false light.

The true light enlightens everyone. In other words Christ has made himself known to everyone: Acts 17:22-31, Romans Chapter One take special note of verses 18-32. All people have been more than made aware of who the true light is- the true light does enlighten everyone.

The true light, God the Son who is an eternal member of the Trinity was being incarnated as man. God who created the universe, and had witnessed the ravages of sin on the universe, who lived out of time- was coming into time…into a fallen creation to bring light and truth into the broken sin stained world. He would live as a human, full god and fully man, …”being tempted just as we are yet without sin”. To bring true life, which only he could give, into a fallen creation.

That right there amazes me. He gave up the glory to prepare a way for mankind to be reunited with Him as Adam and Eve were before the Fall.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.

And yet as is clarified in this verse:

  1. He was in the world.
  2. The world was indeed made through Him.
  3. The world did not know him.

God the Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah was in the world. The one who spoke the universe into existence, had become the God-Man and was walking and talking and teaching and loving on the earth. And despite all that the world did not know Him, in fact the vast majority then refused to accept Him. This is the kind of knowing that is being referred to here not just a knowledge of Jesus.

“Yes Jesus, I know of him.”

But a deep understanding a fellowship with him:

“Jesus? I know and understand Him, I follow Him. I am His disciple.”

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

I hate to leave things on such a sad verse but not all inductive studies can end on a happy verse, look at what a deep sadness is invoked here by John:

  1. He came to his people.
  2. His own people did not receive him.

God created the Nation of Israel Himself, for Himself. They had been set apart as a Holy Nation. The Messiah was prophesied to come from the lineage of David and the Tribe of Judah. And yet when God in man, the Messiah came onto the scene and He came to His people the vast majority of Israelite’s did not receive Him and the light he brought into the world.

In Conclusion

Here is what we learned from verses 6-11 of the Gospel of John.

  1. John the Baptist was sent by God to prepare the way for the true Light.
  2. He did this by teaching the people that they needed to repent of their sins and be baptized.
  3. He did this because it was the work god planned for him to do since before the world was even created.
  4. He was not a light but a witness to the light.
  5. There is a True Light and a false/dark light. The True Light is always stronger than the false light.
  6. The True Light enlightens everyone, this is especially true in this day and age. However even in Jesus time He gave plenteous evidence to prove that He was the Son of God.
  7. The True Light was coming into this world. The Creator was entering into a fallen Creation to save Humankind for its sin.
  8. He was in the World, the creator of the Universe, but the vast majority of people did not enter into a knowledge of Him that would lead to Salvation. They knew Him intellectually but not personally.
  9. He came first of all to the Nation of Israel, the nation He created for Himself. He was prophesied to come out of the Lineage of David and the Tribe of Judah…and yet His own people did not receive Him. In fact they despised Him as He hung on the cross making final, complete, forever- the only way to salvation.

The greatest danger is that despite all the evidence that we have now, people still flaunt with eternity. With all the certainty that Christ is who who claimed to be, people still are afraid to come to the end of themselves and give their lives to God…through the sacrifice of the God-Man Jesus Christ the Messiah! It grieves me in my Spirit that people are so flippant, that not another minute is promised to them- and they still refuse to com to their knees.

To the Lost: It is my prayer that you come to a realization that Jesus is God. Jesus is the only way to Salvation. You should crumble to your knees because the only way to be saved is to be sinless and the only way to be sinless is to Repent and be saved into the family of God by God’s Grace through God’s Faith! I implore you- don’t put it off another moment, for you may not have another moment.

To the Christian: It is our duty to be witnesses of the True Light. We are called to be Ambassadors of Heaven and to show God’s great mercy and love to Sinners through the Gospel. We must share the Gospel completely, for one will think a cure laughable if one doesn’t know of the terminal illness. God through us must break them on the Commandments before they’ll realize their need for the Cross. The people you see may be one footstep away from eternal damnation- don’t leave them in the dark, share with them the True Light.

In Christ,

Ross.

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