There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Jn 1:6–13). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
This is the intro into John the author of the book as his bio. The first thing that we will notice is that there is an insight to the message of John is that not He but God has ordained him to be sent to man. So, we can deduce from this that God is still involved in mankind and its lives. There is love shown to us.
Next we see that John has been transformed by something. He is a witness. He is a witness to ‘the’ Light. He was to testify to this so that ‘all’ might believe through his testimony to the light. There is disclaimer in this proclamation, John is not the subject matter of his announcement. He is the messenger.
Verse 9 tells us that there is a light, the true light, that has always been the light. By saying that He was coming into the world, tells us that He was not presently in the world, but was far off somewhere. Light has always been, but was not shown to the world because of something. God’s light(himself) will enlighten every man in his creation.
The word ‘enlighten’ here in the passage is a curious one. Enlighten-‘give (someone) greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation’. Coming from the source of this text we must ‘know’ that this ‘enlightenment’ is coming from God. This is key to the revelation by John. God is making the statement that His ‘being known’ by all of humanity is now being made by John’s proclamation.
The next verse is a good one or could be looked at as a sad one. God first tells us that He is in the world, because He was the creator of the earth. But the sad part of the verse is that the people of the world did not recognize him as God. Why do you think that this is so? Could this be happening to the world still today? I think this is probably even more true today because of how far we are from him, by doing,and by taken on the role of ‘a’ God ourselves.
To piggyback off of this text, the next verse is exclaiming is authorship of His kingdom and His people. God’s sovereignty of the creation is doubling up on his claiming all of the humanity in this kingdom. This was and is Truth. God was what I can only imagine heartbroken to find out that none of humanity would claim Him as their God. But it is with this that the thing to realize that Humanity was all of God’s creation.
In the next verse, verse 12 God tells us that those that some of his people did believed in Him and gave them their identity in the ‘sons of God’. They could be called in fact a ‘first fruit’ of God’s ministry. This ‘fruit’ was not of the fleshly kind but of a new identity, to be known as in the spirit, the same spirit as the Messiah and of God.
God is taking our understanding of our past decision in the ‘real’ beginning’ that we would ‘know of good and evil’, we were of a different paradigm of Living in the New Kingdom of eternal life. This life is one to be ‘made’ of something new and mightier than the one in garden of eden, living as the life in the clay of this earth. We have been created in the New Kingdom by God’s Spirit and Life.