“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” Genesis 1:1-3.
LIGHT FOR NOW: In the beginning, life and light existed in Christ.
We’ve said that the statement “Let there be light” in verse 3 is not in reference to a literal light. The way the statement “Let there be light” is constructed in the Hebrew lexicon is “light be”, that is, “And God said, light be”. Now, to understand the statements “and the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon…”, let’s understand the light in verse 3. The light in that verse will help us understand the darkness in verse 2. In John chapter 1, John brings Genesis 1:1-3 to the fore, it reads “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:1-5). The word “in the beginning” in verse 1 of John is in reference to Genesis. So John is saying “In Genesis was the word, and the word was with…” The “word” (“logos” in Greek) there is a person, hence it was replaced with the pronoun “Him” in verses 3 and 4 pointing out to us that the “logos” in the beginning who was with God and who was God Himself is a person. The context reveals that the “logos” is a person, hence verse 14 says “And the word (logos) was made flesh…” and that’s the person of Jesus because Jesus is God who took on flesh. He took on flesh for the purpose of salvation.
Notice the phrase “made flesh” in verse 14, it means to change form, or shape, to exist as. So the word existed as flesh. That same phrase “made flesh” in verse 14 is the same phrase “were made” in verse 3 (they are both “ginomai” in Greek and it does not mean to create but it means to exist or change form as we said earlier). So verse 3 is “All things existed by him…”, and the “all things” in context could be rendered as “all these things” because the next verse shows these specific things, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men”. So light and life existed in Him. So, “All these things (life and light) existed in him”. Therefore, from the beginning (Genesis), what existed in Christ? Life and light existed in Him or as Him in Genesis. The life existing in Him will be eternal life and this life (the person of Jesus) is the light of men. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow through the study.
PRAYER: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Life and light existed in Christ from the beginning.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1