July 13th, 2014

entering human flesh to redeem us

It is 7:44 AM Sunday morning in the divine flow. It is a cool morning weather wise so I turned off the central air and opened the windows. Last night it rained so everything is wet this morning.

I got up this morning around 6:43 AM. When I got up I made a pot of coffee and then messed with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. Last night I listened to music and watched television. I went to bed around 11 o'clock PM last night. Now it is another day and a new week.

I have been reading these books mainly lately.

"Johannine Discipleship as a Covenant Relationship" by Rekha M. Chennattu

"John 1-12" New Testament IV [Reformation Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Craig S. Farmer

I have no plans for the day ahead or the week ahead. Time just keeps speeding ahead. We can not stop time.

I will close to wait it out.

"[1] That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
[2] (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
[3] That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
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we have seen His glory

It is now in the flow 10:20 AM Sunday morning. My wife has come home from work and gone to bed for the day. I have been sitting in our dining room reading my Reformation Commentary On Scripture on The Gospel of John chapter 1 through 12. I found this interesting comment on John 1:14c "we have seen His glory" that I want to share.

"Evidence Of His Glory. Heinrich Bullinger: The apostle takes great care lest the Word of God be made vile because of its assumption of humanity. Therefore, by a kind of antithesis he opposes the weakness of the flesh with the divine glory. It is as if he is saying, "You have heard that the Word of God dwelt among us and was made similar to us in every way, excepting sin. But let no one hold the incarnate Word in contempt. For the same one who was exposed to abuse was also a partaker of divine glory, not as an honor but by his nature." To establish more authority, he adds kai etheasametha;we have seen him, not just in passing, but we have carefully considered, we have observed, and we have examined his glory. In his epistle to the apostle says the same thing: "That which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, that we announce to you. The apostle Peter also says, "Not by following artificial fables have we made known to you the power and advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we observed with our eyes his majesty. For he received from God the Father honor and glory, the voice coming down to him from the excellent glory, "This is my beloved son."" Therefore, glory is the divine majesty which revealed itself in the incarnate Word through miracles, through life-giving teaching, through death, through resurrection and ascension into heaven and through the miraculous sending of the Holy Spirit, but especially in that wondrous manifestation, when both at the Jordan and on Mount Tabor he was shown by a clear revelation from heaven to be the very Son of God. Thus, an interpretation is added here, "The glory as of the only begotten of the Father." And this means, "We have observed his glory, and not just any glory, but the glory exhibited by the Father, which makes him truly known as the only and natural Son of God. Moreover, the particle hos does not indicate similarity here but the exhibited appearance of truth. . ." Commentary On John 1:14" pg. 32
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Rudolf Schnackenburg

I am once again down in the lower level of our home writing on my newest lap top computer. We are now in the noontime hours of this day. Existence keeps zooming by! I came down here to look at a three volume commentary on the Gospel of John titled, "The Gospel according to St John" three volumes by Rudolf Schnackenburg. I do not remember when I bought this three volume commentary on the Gospel of John by Schnackenburg. This three volume commentary on the Gospel of John was published in 1987. I might have bought it when we were at Reformed Theological Semianry, Jackson Mississippi.

Over the years I have bought many commentaries on all four Gospels of the New Testament. I have many commentaries on the Gospel of John in our library. Some of these commentaries on the Gospel of John I have never read because they are massive. Also I bought these commentaries believing I would need them when I was in the Gospel Ministry. Now I am just a 61 year old man studying the Gospel of John. I have never used this three volume commentary on the Gospel of John by Schnackenburg. I got it out because this morning I was reading a commentary on the Gospel of John titled, "The Gospel of John: A Commentary" by Frederick Dale Bruner and he mentioned this massive commentary on the Gospel of John by Schnackenburg, so I came down here to look at volume one of Schnackenburg's commentary on the Gospel of John. This commentary on the Gospel of John is over one thousand pages! The commentary on the Gospel of John by Bruner is 1281 pages long! In my upstairs study I have a two volume commentary on the Gospel of John titled, "The Gospel Of John: A Commentary" by Craig S. Keener that is over 1000 pages long.

When we were students at Reformed Bible College, Grand Rapids Michigan many years ago I took a class on the Gospel of John. In that class we used a commentary on the Gospel of John titled, "The Gospel According To John" [The New International Commentary On The New Testament] by Leon Morris. When we were at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson Mississippi I used this commentary on the Gospel of John, "The Gospel of John" Two Volumes [The Anchor Bible] by Raymond Brown.

Well I will close to read my commentaries on the Gospel of John. I have been reading my commentaries on John 1:14 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

Before closing I should mention the last books I have bought on the Gospel of John for our library.

"John 1-10" New Testament IVa [Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Joel C. Elowsky

"John 11-21" New Testament IVb [Ancient Christian Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Joel C. Elowsky

"John" [Baker Exegetical Commentary On The New Testament] by Andreas J. Kostenberger

"A Theology Of John's Gospel And Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of God" by Andreas J. Kostenberger

"Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John's Gospel" by Andreas J. Kostenberger & Scott R. Swain

"The Gospel Of John: A Commentary" by Frederick Dale Bruner

"Johannine Discipleship as a Covenant Relationship" by Rekha M. Chennattu

"John 1-12" New Testament IV [Reformation Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Craig S. Farmer

I recently pre-ordered this book coming out in Fall 2014, "Johannine Theology: The Gospel, the Epistles and the Apocalyse" by Paul A. Rainbow.

"[30] And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
[31] But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." John 20:30,31
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