Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Logos the Word

John 1:1-18 (NKJV) The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

The Eternal Word

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 were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

John’s Witness: The True Light

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
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 His own[d] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, 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.

The Word Becomes Flesh

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.
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
My Comments: The original Greek literal translation is “God was The Word” and in many passages in the Old Testament and the New we see God revealing Himself as The Word and The Word was in the beginning and The Word was God and was with God so by these statements we understand Jesus is one with the Father and is God as God the Father is God. Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness that all might believe through Him. John the Prophet bore witness to Him being the light.
Jesus created the world and all that is in it and yet He chose to come to earth and be born and became flesh and grace and truth came through Jesus so we could have the gift of salvation.
The following are verses from the Old and New Testaments which show who God calls Himself the “I AM” and how Jesus is God and from before the beginning of all we know. He is not a created being as the Angels nor is He the brother of Satan. He is God of which there is only One in three persons, The Father, The Son (Jesus), and The Holy Spirit.

Exodus 3:14 (NKJV)

14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

John 8:54 (NKJV)

54 Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God.

Isaiah 44:6 (NKJV)

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.

Hebrews 1:1-14 (NKJV) 

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

The Son Exalted Above Angels

For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father,
And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits
And His ministers a flame of fire.” But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” 10 And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; 12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” 13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

John 5:18 (NKJV)

18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

John 17:5 (NKJV)

And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV)

The Humbled and Exalted Christ

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Colossians 1:15-20 (NKJV)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ

19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

1 John 5:11-12 (NKJV)

11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
My Comments Continued: I hope you will continue to search the Scripture for the truth contained and for what God says about Himself. He has revealed Himself in His Word, The Word of God. From Genesis to Revelation you will find Him telling you about Himself and His attributes and how we all have been offered the gift of salvation through His Son who came to earth and humbled Himself and did all that the Father asked of Him as we must do even as Christ unto death. In our case we will probably only be asked to die to self which is hard enough.
We want to be our own god, do what we want, go where we want, treat others as we want or feel we should yet this is not what is contained in the Word of God for us to do or be. His Word guides us in the Truth and as we grow in His truth through His Holy Spirit then we grow in faith and understanding. First we must accept that God is One in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and He created the earth, the heavens and all that is within them. He was not created Himself but created everything. We will never understand all there is to know of God or if we could we would be a god and we are not, contrary to some beliefs.
Abba Father, guide our hearts, minds and show us how to follow You, increase our trust in You and Your Word, fill us with Your Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus Your Son as our Savior and Redeemer who alone can make us Righteous. In Jesus name I pray with The Holy Spirit. Amen


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