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Lesson Text: John 1:1 / 1 John 1:1-3

Greek philosophy was a type of Gnosticism

  • They had gods that they named like Zeus or Poseidon
  • These Greek gods existed during the time of Jesus on earth
  • The Gospel of Christ started in the holy land of Israel Matt 4:23
  • Paul warned that a new form of Christianity would take place, an example today are the Greek Orthodox Churches 2 Cor 11:4
  • Then Catholicism started forming

The Gospel was combating against Gnosticism

  • Gospel of God is also called the Gospel of Christ Rom 1:1, 1:16
  • Some people have different opinions on who Jesus is Matt 16:13-15
  • The Gnostic faith desires knowledge in Christ rather than faith
  • John writes the gospel & epistles to show Christ is not a theory I John 1:1
  • Which we have heard refers to knowing Jesus from age 30-33 I John 1:3
  • John writes his books in the Bible about 90AD
  • John says Jesus existed before he became a baby in Mary’s arm John 1:1
  • In the beginning in 1 John 1:1 and John 1:1 refers to beginning of time
  • The Jews had a problem with Jesus because they saw Him grow up from birth to 30 years old, then He claims to be God’s Son Mark 6:2-4
  • They knew Jesus as a man, prophet, and a carpenter Mark 6:2-4
  • People in 2017 say Jesus is God

What we believe about Jesus’ life on earth

  • What you know about His life 0-30 years old will determine what you believe about Him from 30-33 years old
  • Jesus knew who His Father was at an early age Luke 2:49
  • Jesus had friends who saw Him grow up Mark 3:21
  • Jesus had brothers and sisters who saw Him grow up Mark 3:31
  • James (the Lord’s half brother) is one of many pieces of evidence that Jesus existed before age 30  Gal 1:19, Matt 13:55-56
  • After the resurrection, James becomes the head of the church Acts 15:1-29
  • James had the same mother (Mary) that Jesus had Matt 13:55-56

The life of Jesus shows us that He was like us (flesh and blood)

  • Jesus was sleepy everyday like us, he would rise to pray Mark 1:35
  • Jesus was sleeping through the stormy sea Mark 4:38
  • Jesus was hungry at times, so he ate John 4:31
  • Jesus wept John 11:35

Jesus & John the Baptist lived two different lifestyles

  • John the Baptist wore camel raiment and ate locust Matt 3:4
  • Jesus dressed & ate like most Galileans Matt 11:11-19
  • They both knew each other
  • They didn’t know each other much because they lived different lifestyles, but they were the same age Luke 1:36
  • John the Baptist’s mother and the mother of Jesus were “countrymen,” not cousins in the sense we use it  Luke 1:35-36, Dakes ref. e
  • Elizabeth was from the tribe of Levi, and Joseph and Mary from the tribe of Judah through David

John the Baptist knows Jesus by the Spirit

  • Because of their different lifestyles, this gave John the ability to know Jesus by the Spirit John 1:33-34
  • John says, “Behold the Lamb of God” John 1:29
  • He baptized Jesus to fulfill all righteousness Matt 3:15
  • Parents need to know their children by the Spirit I Cor 12:10
  • Then the parents will be able to read & discern whether or not their child is telling the truth Pro 7:7
  • Some children can fool their parents 1 Sam 13:4-17
  • Some parents are still in denial even after their child gets in trouble, they say their child was falsely accused
  • When Jesus was on earth He was not divine yet
  • Some theologians say he was human & divine (God & man)
  • Divine means immortal, which Jesus wasn’t till after the resurrection Matt 28:18
  • When we become divine or immortal we will live forever John 10:10
  • Jesus was human on his mother’s side, but His Father’s side Rom 8:3
  • He is God’s Son and He knew no sin  2 Cor 5:21
  • Sin is always passed down from the father Rom 5:12-14

Eyewitness accounts of Jesus after the resurrection

  • Jesus is the only one we know who was risen from the grave and who walked upon the earth, and the Gnostics refute this fact 1Cor. 15:20
  • John writes to prove that Jesus’ resurrection actually happened 1 John 1:1-3
  • Jesus says, “A spirit has not flesh and bones” Luke 24:39
  • Jesus tells Thomas to touch and believe John 20:25-29
  • Some saw Jesus on the road to Emmaus and in the room the next day Luke 24:13-36
  • Jesus blessed the food at the dinner table and vanished from them Luke 24:31
  • Jesus ate at the dinner table with family and friends oftentimes Mark 14:22
  • Today some families don’t eat together at home
  • Families should continue eating together at home because it unifies them, and gives them a strong foundation at home
Bishop Joseph White

Bishop Joseph White

Founder, Preside Prelate

Dr. Joseph White teaches biblical seminars throughout the year. The outlines are available for anyone to download and study from. When he is not traveling, Dr. White is teaching and preaching as pastor of Pool of Bethesda, CLGI located in Columbus, Ohio.