Jesus: The Word Made Flesh

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The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV

From the very beginning of creation, God has been making himself known to people by his revealed word. In Genesis 1 we read the account of God speaking the world into existence, then speaking relationally to Adam (Ge 1:27 – 30). In Exodus 3, God spoke to Moses from a burning bush, calling him to be his agent to liberate Israel from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the Torah (the first five books of the Bible), God gave instructions to his chosen people so that they would know the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love.

God taught his people how to worship through the words of the psalmists, and he reminded them of their coming hope through the words of the prophets. But God gave his greatest revelation when Jesus, the Son and the very “Word” of God, came to earth. The author of Hebrews explains this well (Heb 1:1 – 3).

From the beginning, Jesus the Word, was with God and was God (Jn 1:1). In this verse, John is making a very important Trinitarian statement: Jesus is not just like God; rather, Jesus actually is God. But Jesus is also with God, meaning that Jesus is separate from God. This mystery is explained through the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. This biblical doctrine explains that God exists in three persons, being of one substance, power and eternity. This doctrine is clear in Scripture, and without it, the message of the gospel falls apart. For example, in delivering the Great Commission, Jesus commands his church to baptize his disciples “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19), the three members of the Trinity. This doctrine has been affirmed throughout church history.

Jesus is the eternal “Word of the Father.” Therefore we understand his powerful role in creation, for “through him all things were made” (Jn 1:3). But the great mystery of the gospel is that Jesus came to live with us; he left his position as creator and ruler of the universe to become human and endure all of the miseries of this life. He came to earth to completely identify with us in order that we might in turn identify with him and receive him as our Savior and Lord. And to those who receive him, he gives the amazing promise that they will be the very children of God (v. 12), not simply permitted into the presence of God as servants or guests. Rather, they are eternally welcomed into the house of God as his own sons and daughters, heirs of all of God’s promised blessings (Gal 4:4 – 7).

 

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  • Harry Smith says:

    In the beginning was the Word. The Word became flesh in the form of Jesus at his birth. it’s simple.
    A designer has a design in his head before he puts pen to paper. When that design is made it becomes a reality not before.
    God had a plan in the beginning and that plan was that His creation would reflect Him in character and nature. Jesus was able to reveal that character even though he was flesh. And because he was able to live his life without sin he was resurrected from the dead.He became an acceptable sacrifice for others because of this. Blood had to be shed because that was a laid down requirement of God; “without the sheding of blood there is no remission of sin”. (flesh and blood cannot inherit eternal life)
    Make no mistake, God cannot die; God cannot sin; The doctine of the Trinity is a deception of the TRUTH.
    Think about it how would God dying take away sin? Romans 5 By man came sin, by man came the forgivness of sin.

  • Steve Fraser says:

    “The doctrine of The Trinity is a deception of the truth “. Please explain this statement with bible verses if you would.

  • Kimberly Coleman says:

    If Jesus was the “Word”, from the beginning, even before He became flesh, then He was already righteous, therefore living a sinless life on earth was not the basis of His resurrection. (Because He was able to live a life without sin he was resurrected from the dead.) The fact that you so easily overlooked that important truth, should alarm you. The truths of the Bible are spiritually discerned. The Holy Spirit, the promised helper to those who believe in Jesus Christ, is Who enlightens us to the truth of the Bible.” By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us: He has given us His Spirit. “ John 4:13 That verse actually proves another point about the validity of The Trinity, which is this: If God is in heaven, and He has given us His Spirit, and we know His Spirit to be Holy because God is Holy, then surely that third part of Himself is Who we receive when we trusts Jesus, for Who He really is. God the Father is still in Heaven, God the Holy Spirit dwells within believers, and God the Son is He Who came to earth in the flesh, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Please do search your heart, and ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you, because you want to know the real Jesus, the Jesus Who is a part of The Trinity. I pray that you do come to the knowledge of saving grace. God bless you

  • Steve Fraser says:

    Amen Kimberly! Well stated.

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