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JESUS – THE LIVING WORD!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Evening, July 28, 2019

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).


In the beginning, before time began, Christ was in existence with God. Christ is called “the Word” here. “Word” is from the Greek “Logos.” It means the revelation of God. Dr. Ryrie said, “‘Logos’ means word, thought...and the expression thereof... Revelation is the keynote idea in the Logos.” Jesus is the Word of God. Hebrews 1:2 says that God has “spoken unto us by his Son...” Jesus is called “The Word of God” in Revelation 19:13.

“In the beginning was the Word.” Jesus was no ordinary man. He was the “Word” of God who was with God the Father from before the creation of the world. Before the world was created Christ existed.

“And the Word was with God.” God the Father and Christ the Son were always together. They never existed separately.

And yet there is a difference. God the Father and Christ the Son are two distinct Persons in the Trinity. “The Word was with God” the Father.

“And the Word was God.” Christ is of the same “essence” with the Father. That is why Jesus said, “I am in the Father, and the Father in me” (John 14:11).

Now look at verses two and three.

“The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:2, 3).

Christ created all things in the world and in the universe. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

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The Apostle Paul said, “By him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible...all things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16).

“All things” means every element, and thing – whether material or spiritual – was created by Jesus Christ, the eternal Logos!

Listen to the end of verse 17. “And by him all things consist.” The NASB translates that as “In Him all things hold together.” The atoms themselves are held together by Christ, who created them! Christ, the Word, created everything in the universe out of nothing (ex nihilo).

Now look at verses four and five.

“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (the darkness has not overcome it, ESV), John 1:5.

“Darkness” refers to the blindness of an unconverted person, who is called a “natural man.”

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him” (I Corinthians 2:14).

“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:18).

I remember the time when my own heart was darkened, when I myself was blinded in my heart. I would have rejected everything I taught to you tonight. I believed in evolution. I thought my pastor (Dr. Music) was a fool to reject evolution. After all, my mother taught me to believe in evolution! And Mother was the smartest person I knew in my young life. I believed in evolution so strongly that I dreamed of the day that I would write a book proving that evolution was true, that Christ did not create all things out of nothing (ex nihilo). Why, the very idea was foolish and untrue. I would prove it some day by writing a great book against the absurd idea that Christ created all things. – But I had no peace. I loved darkness rather than light. Jesus Himself described me. Turn to John 3:19-20. Stand as I read it.

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:19-20).

I did not want the light. I wanted to disprove the light. I literally hated the light. – But I had no peace. I was torn in two. Half of me wanted to be a real Christian. But the other half of me hated the light of Jesus. I had no peace! I was attending church every Sunday. I tried to be a Christian, but I could not do it!!! The preacher told me how to be saved, but I would not yield to the light of Christ. But I had no peace.

“The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5).

Then one day I sang a song that I had never sung before,

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
   Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
   I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
   I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
Amazing love! how can it be
   That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
   My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
   Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me.
   (“And Can It Be?” by Charles Wesley, 1707-1788).

Fill all my vision, Saviour, I pray,
   Let me see only Jesus today;
Though through the valley Thou leadest me,
   Thy fadeless glory encompasseth me.
Fill all my vision, Saviour divine,
   Till with Thy glory my spirit shall shine.
Fill all my vision, that all may see
   Thy Holy Image reflected in me.

Fill all my vision, every desire
   Keep for Thy glory; my soul inspire,
With Thy perfection, Thy holy love,
   Flooding my pathway with light from above.
Fill all my vision, Saviour divine,
   Till with Thy glory my spirit shall shine.
Fill all my vision, that all may see
   Thy Holy Image reflected in me.

Fill all my vision, let naught of sin
   Shadow the brightness shining within.
Let me see only Thy blessed face,
   Feasting my soul on Thy infinite grace.
Fill all my vision, Saviour divine,
   Till with Thy glory my spirit shall shine.
Fill all my vision, that all may see
   Thy Holy Image reflected in me.
(“Fill All My Vision” by Avis Burgeson Christiansen, 1895-1985).