Truth Versus Misinformation: If you want to start a rumor, and make it a good one, it needs to have a ring of truth to it. That means it just has to sound true. Truth has nothing to do with it, just the illusion of truth.
That is why conspiracy theories often flourish. They sound plausible even though they are complete distortions of the truth. Conspiracy theories appeal to what people want to hear.
They don’t want truth. They want something they agree with. Misinformation and self-interest have destroyed the art of politics and for centuries they have also eroded Christian truth.
John’s Gospel Explains Jesus as God
The Gospel according to John goes right after misinformation and a form of conspiracy theory of its time.
John’s Gospel stands alone in it’s purpose. It centers mostly on what Jesus did in Jerusalem, while the other three center on his ministry in Galilee.
Matthew shows Jesus’ heritage and lays out a case for Him being the Messiah. Mark tells us that Jesus was from Nazareth and came as a servant. Luke points to Jesus being descendant from Adam and was the perfect man.
John demonstrates that Jesus came from heaven and is, therefore, God.
Gnostics: Truth Versus Misinformation
But there have always been people who want to ignore the truth in favor of an alternative reality. As John was doing his writings, his Gospel, his letters and Revelation, he was attacking an alternative reality, Gnosticism that was prevalent at his time .
Gnostics believed in a radial dualism, simply described as that which is spirit is good and that which is flesh is evil. Therefore, the idea of God with us was absurd. They did not believe the Messiah could be fully man and fully God.
John Explains Jesus As God and Man
Observe the first 14 verses of John’s Gospel.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-14)
Jesus Can Be Both God and Man
He clearly takes aim at the Gnostic position. The Greek word logos is translated Word in English, but interestingly it fits perfectly because God created the universe just by speaking it into existence.
Logos, or reason, implies order and God clearly had a plan in mind when He created Man. Some might call this “intelligent design,” but God’s word clearly illustrates a per-meditated, well thought-out and loving intentionality.
God created us, and when we turned away from Him and sinned against Him, He had from the very beginning a plan of salvation. He would send His Son to pay the price.
Gnostics Would Not Accept This Truth
Gnostics cringe at this truth. In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul talks about the sin within himself and not doing what he wants, but what he hates.
Paul is grateful to God for the Lord Jesus, who did what Paul and all of us could not do—meet the righteous requirements of the Law. God with us, Emanuel, did that.
Knowledge Cannot Replace Grace
There was no secret knowledge. There was the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. No amount of knowledge could replace the grace of God. No self-respecting Gnostic would ever accept that God would stoop to the level of a servant in order to accomplish His ends.
John’s Gospel is a love letter to man. It is not intended to be a journalistic effort, but it does paint a beautiful, theological portrait of Christ. Jesus is undeniably God.