By THE REV. LOU TISCIONE
I appreciate clarity. It is good to hear a communicator who clearly says what he means. The human authors of Scripture wrote with clarity. Even when using figurative and apocalyptic language (describing prophetic revelations), they can be understood. The underlying reason for their clarity is the intent of the ultimate author of Scripture, the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit of God. God intends for us to understand what He has said.
One such example of extreme clarity is the Gospel of John. John’s Gospel is unique from the other three Gospels in that he details not only the life and ministry of Jesus but His human and divine nature and the implications that follow.
The beginning of John’s Gospel declares the absolute sovereignty of the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word.” John 1:1 is parallel to Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God made everything out of nothing and John wrote of the One who spoke and all Creation came into being.
“And God said,” Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26 and 29 declares that the world was created at the command of God. John identified the divine Word as a person. He wrote that the Word of God took upon Himself human nature. He set aside His glory and became like one of His creatures.
John confronted the entire world with this miraculous truth. He wrote that even though the world was made through Him the world rejected Him. Further, John declared that not only the world but also God’s chosen nation, Israel, rejected Him.
With clarity, John revealed the implication of the Incarnate Word of God. He said that only those who received the person and work of Christ were given the right to be called God’s children. Further he specified those who were able to receive Him and how they would receive Him. John wrote that only those who were born of God’s will could receive the truth of the Incarnate Word, Jesus.