In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.....And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.(John 1:1-5,14)
As you read the above scripture and what I am writing thoughts are entering your head. In fact I am putting them there. That is the power of the written word and the spoken word. If I say "Oreo Ice cream Pie;" suddenly you have "Oreo Ice cream Pie" in your mind.
Perhaps you were not hungry before, but now you maybe; even your mouth starts watering. The picture does seem to help things. If I were to speak to you in conversation I would literally be giving you a piece of my mind. What I have in my mind I transfer to you. Unfortunately it may not always be pleasant or uplifting.
Now imagine for a moment God's mind. It says in Ephesians 1:4 that God chose us before the foundations of the world. Did you catch that? Before He created the world God had you and me in His mind. You are standing here today because God thought of you. So then when we read the accounts in Genesis, God spoke the world into existence. What was in God's mind became reality in what we see today. Powerful! With that in your mind (I put that there) reread the first verses of John that you read at the beginning.
God had Jesus there in the beginning, and Jesus was God. Then Jesus became flesh. As you read through the Bible from the beginning we see that God has been revealing Himself to us. God lays out for us many things about who He is. When we read His word we get a piece of His mind. Then when we come to Jesus' birth we get the full revelation of who God is in the man Jesus.
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. (Hebrews 1:1-3a)
Jesus was the "radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature" and He is refereed to us as the Word. God speaks to us and He communicates His mind; and what we hear is the Word, Jesus!
It gets really exciting when we camp out in the gospel of John and hear what God's teaches us about the Word. The Greek word for "word" is LOGOS and the biblical definition is: An expression of thought, not the mere name of an object.
As John expresses the thoughts of God we see in John 5:18-24 that Jesus is declaring that He can do nothing unless it is something He (Jesus) sees the Father (God) doing. God shows Jesus all that He is doing. Then is verse 24 Jesus states that "who hears my word (Logos), and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life." Further down in the text Jesus declares to the Jews: "You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent." (John 5:38) Disclaimer: Please do not just take my word for it, I have summarized a lot of the scripture addressed in this section, so please read the verse quoted to understand the full context.
So to reiterate the passage just discussed. Jesus communicates only what God does, and requires belief in that to have eternal life. Jesus communicates the word. If a person does not believe in Jesus, God's word does not abide in him.
John has much more to say in these matters concerning the word, but for the sake of not loosing you, I encouraged to to continue to look at what John says. Read and meditate on the verses listed below to discover more.
John 13:10 (Understand where Jesus said this, 15:3 clarifies this)
1 John 1-2:14
To close I am going to summarize what Jesus prayed to the father in John 17 about the word. Jesus declares that He has glorified the Lord by accomplishing the work God has given Him. Jesus has manifested God to His disciples. Jesus has given them the word and they have kept the word. Jesus, states "Sanctify them in the truth: Your word is truth." (John 17:17). Jesus also states, "Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which you have given Me." (John 17:11).
The next time you open God's word understand you are reaching into the mind of God. If you are believing you should clearly see Jesus, the Word.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (Revelation 19:11-13)
|Our representation of The Word becoming flesh|
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