This is one of my favorite passages. It was the first longer passage that I memorized. There is so much packed into these few verses. There is a clear statement of the divinity of Jesus. There is also a clear statement of the humanity of Jesus. The purpose of the ministry of Jesus is presented – those whose receive him are adopted by God.
Remember our purpose in spiritual disciplines. The purpose is to put ourselves in a position to have an encounter with God. Reading the Bible helps us to know about God, but we really want to know God. In verse 18, John tells us that it is Jesus who makes God known.
Jesus is linked to the Word of God. Jesus makes God known. You cannot know God apart from Jesus and you cannot know Jesus apart from the Word of God. As we read the Gospel, remember that our purpose is to know God, to encounter God, and to become more like Him. The purpose is godliness.
How does this passage lead to godliness?
Article originally posted Sunday, July 27, 2008