1 John 1:1–2:2
When Genesis says that God creating everything it does not say that God made it with his hands. Yet that’s what we would usually expect when saying that somebody made something. You would expect the Creator to have worked like a builder constructing a house or a cook preparing a meal. But no, God spoke it into existence. This means that everything that exists is an expression of God. Note the repeated, “And God said,” in Genesis 1. If we have the faith that receives it, all creation speaks to us of God. Any and every part of creation can become God’s address to us. But the Christian Gospel announces that the word of God embedded in creation was expressed personally in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. To say that Jesus is the Word of God is to say that he is God’s clearest and fullest expression. As God brings life into existence by his word, so God brings a new form of existence into being through the life of Jesus. It was through actual events that took place, it was through a real person, one of us, that God spoke eternal life into our existence (1 John 1:1-2). But knowing this new life in Christ, we are not just passive recipients of God’s grace, we are also sent to be the word of God to others: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you,” Jesus said to his disciples. And the way to be the word of God to others is by responding to God’s word ourselves. God’s word brings enlightenment. It opens our eyes to see what we could not see otherwise. It enables us to walk in the light as he himself is in the light (1 John 1:5-7).
- If creation is an expression of God how should we treat it?
- Has God spoken to you through creation? When? How?
- How can we be the word of God to others?
- What is meant by saying that God is light (1 John 1:5-10)?