“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him. Without Him, nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life and that life, was the light of men.” John 1:14 NIV
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” John 1:14
These two scriptures from the Gospel of John say a lot more than many realize. Many in Christian circles understand Jesus to be the Son of God and that is rightfully understood but there is more to it than that and, He is not a Son as we think of a human son. Now I know that statement may make some mad but here me out.
Lately I have been seeing something weaving itself through the New Testament scriptures and it has to do with the essence of Christ Jesus. We know God the Father sent His Son to live on this Earth as a man. We have multiple scriptures telling us so:
“…Christ Jesus…made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness – being found in the appearance as a man…” Philippians 2:5-8
“Since the children have flesh and blood He too shared in their humanity…” Hebrews 2:14
“For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way…” Hebrews 2:17
Jesus walked this Earth as a man. It was His very humanity which enabled Him to take back the authority the devil had stolen from Adam and bear the sin of the world, redeeming man back to God. But as a man, what part of Him was God? And how? He is called the Son of God and the Son of man. He is both. He walked the Earth as a man but what part of Him is God? In Hebrews 1:3 we see the following verse:
“Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word.”
Think about that for a moment. He was the exact representation of God here on Earth. He was God in the flesh. God with skin on. But how was He God? Did God have a child? Yes and no. Yes because He is from God but no, because not only is He from God – He is God!
Going back to John 1:1, we see the scripture tell us this very thing. “…and the Word was God”. We then see in verse 14 that the ‘Word became flesh’. Jesus, before He walked this Earth as a man, was the very Word of God; or words of God. He was God’s spoken word(s). What God said, is what Jesus IS. Do you see that? Jesus is God’s words. This perfectly lines up with John 1:3 where it tells us, “All things were made through Him. Without Him nothing was made that has been made.” If Jesus is the very words of the Father, then in Genesis 1:3, where it says, “…and God said…”, we see Jesus. Now let’s look at the whole scripture to better understand starting at verse 1 reading through verse 3 and skipping down various lines to verse 26:
In the beginning God created the heavens and Earth. Now the Earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light….
And God said “Let there be and expanse between the waters to separate water from water.”
And God said, “Let there be water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear”
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation”
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky.”
And God said, “Let the water be teeming with living creatures…”
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures…”
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness and let them rule…”
We see all the places where God said something to be and it was so. This speaking by God was in essence Jesus Christ. Every time God spoke, Jesus Was. Jesus is the incarnation of God’s words. Jesus literally walked the talk! God’s talk!! This is why John 1:3 is true. All things were made through Jesus because all things were made by God speaking them into existence! Now if He is God’s words, that also makes Him God’s will! Think about it, when we say things as humans, we are speaking what we believe, what we think, what we want, what we believe, what we command, what we like, dislike, etc. Our words are the very expression of who we are. They come from within us as we express ourselves.
So that leads us back to Hebrews 1:3, “The Son of the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word.” We see again that Jesus is the exact representation of God’s being. He represents the essence of God’s soul (if you will). He isn’t just God’s Son, but rather the essence of God Himself. God put His very words, into the body of a human, to be born as a man here on Earth. Because He is God’s Words, thus God’s will, what He says throughout the Gospel of John accurately belies this truth.
“My Father is always at His work to this very day and I too am working.” John 5:17
“My teaching is not my own, it comes from Him who sent me.” John 7:16
“I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” John 8:51
“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30
“For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” John 12:49-50
Jesus only did what the father commanded Him to do and said what the Father commanded Him to say! He is the living, breathing, walking incarnation of the words of God!
I say all this for one reason and here it is: Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is the will of God. What Jesus did IS the will of God. What Jesus said IS the will of God.
Why is this important? Because too many Christians today want to argue about healing and gifts of the Spirit and on and on, only focusing on salvation and forgiveness of sin. Yes He forgave our sins but also so much more than that. If we see Jesus doing something in scripture, it’s because that is what the Father does and/or longs to do. See that?
- Jesus went around healing. Because so, it is God’s will to heal.
- Jesus went around delivering and because so, it’s God’s will to deliver us.
- Jesus always went about ‘doing good’ (Acts 10:38) thus we know that God is good.
If Jesus did these things, and God is these things, then we can be and have these things. Let’s throw out our bad doctrine and nonsense theology about God does bad things to us to teach us something, and start grasping who God really is, what He has provided for us, and let’s go change the world!
“We know that every good and perfect gift is from above, from the Father of the Heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17