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The Word Made Flesh

The first words of the Holy Scripture announce...

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

St John in his Gospel, begins his narrative this way.

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

These two passages laid side by side make it clear that the God who created the heaven and the earth, in Genesis, is the same creator who is referred to in the Gospel of John. Paul the Apostle, also refers to the ongoing care this creator exercises towards his creation.

Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Again the Apostle John gives further witness to the Word...

1Jo 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

And then once again in the first chapter of his Gospel, he proclaims..

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made 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.

The God who created in the beginning. He who spoke a word, and nothing became everything. He who's infinite wisdom consists not of those meager surface scratchings men have been able to accumulate throughout the history of their search for knowledge, but a knowledge and wisdom that can only be hinted at by God because of mans dullness of intellect. The Apostle Paul directs our attention to the depository of these treasures of wisdom referred to as the mystery of God..

Col 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; Col 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Part of the mystery of God, that our very small minds are unable to comprehend, is how this great God could be made flesh and dwell among us as one of us. It is perhaps not so important that we understand how God accomplished this, as it is to simply know and believe that he did. That word, "dwelt" in John 1:14, means literally, to tent, or encamp. Even as God was present with Israel as they encamped in the wilderness, So too God literally tented or encamped with us in the territories of Judah and Benjamin.

In Mathematics we are taught when working with fractions that one of the first steps in reconciling fractions with different denominators is to find a common denominator that can be applied to each one... So often when one is trying to reconcile or understand how God and man could be combined in a single unit, there is a tendency to change the one in some way to remove the apparent conflict between the two. Or perhaps a person will leave the two separate and apply certain actions to the one, and other actions to the other. Making of the one man two personalities and two separate levels of wisdom or understanding. But the Bible does not speak of Jesus in that way. Rather it simply describes him as who he was in all his fullness.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Notice how we are warned not to to be spoiled, or seduced, or led away as booty, by those who will come with the wisdom of men who are severely handicapped by their intellectual baseness. But rather we are to follow after the wisdom that is found in Christ, because it is in Him, not in men, in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. That means there is an every present dwelling of all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge in the Word made flesh, who tabernacles with us. The word dwelleth indicates that the treasures of wisdom and knowledge that were found in God in the beginning of creation, are also found in him now, and were also found in him when he was the Word made flesh.

The apostle again in his letter to the Phillipians revisits this subject.

Phi 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Phi 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Phi 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Phi 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Phi 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

In the form of God, Jesus did not for a moment think it would be wrong for him to make himself equal with God. The Jews accused him of so doing when he claimed to be the Son of the Father.

Joh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Whereas the Jews, believing Jesus was just another man, and much worse things of him as well, For him to claim that God was his father, was a crime worthy of death. But for Jesus, knowing that in him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, it was no crime, it was no unlawful taking of a position that was his by right. For this reason he spoke the way he did, referring to God as his father, even as he dwelt among us physically in the form of a servant. God in a tent or tabernacle of flesh. This idea of tabernacle as referring to our body of flesh and blood is quite common in scripture, and generally is from the same family of words as the word translated, dwelt, in John 1:14.

2Pe 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

2Co 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

While Jesus was the Word made flesh, He never ceased to possess all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Rather he covered the glory that was his by right, and nature, and that was glimpsed in some measure of at least as revealed to Peter, James and John, on the mount of transfiguration. With a body of flesh and blood he took upon himself the form of a servant, to perform the will of his Father in Heaven. Even though the glory we see on the mount was not normally on display, it was ever present. We who believe in him are the heirs of the benefits, and the glory, of his faithfulness as the servant of God.

An Objection.

There are passages of scripture that are often put forth to demonstrate that Jesus as a man, somehow didn't know things, and as God surrendered that knowing, and in so doing, learned things as he went along in his normal human development. I will just present one, I believe the others are similar in nature.

Luk 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Jesus came into the world as a babe. As a babe, his physical development was a normal development.. He ate, and slept and grew with each passing day just as any other normal baby would do. He developed through his adolescent stage and grew into manhood. These are all physical characteristics of a normal physical life. However in Spirit and intellect, Jesus was not normal. He was God. The Word made flesh received a body of flesh and blood. He did not receive a mans spirit, nor a mans mind. His was the Spirit of God, and the Mind of God. And without sin.

As a babe, he had the same physical needs as any babe, but never a wail of discontent escaped his lips. He was the perfect Lamb of God, and to qualify as such he was required to meet the perfect righteousness Gods justice demanded. In order to do that he had to have the infinite mind of God to meet that requirement. Any thing less would have been unacceptable. The wicked come forth from the womb, speaking lies.. Jesus came forth from the womb, but no lie came from him neither was it thought by him. The heart of man is deceitful above all things and beyond cure, but no deceit was found in the Word made flesh, not even by the careful examination of the Father of lights in whom is no variablness neither shadow of turning. In order for the Lamb of God to be a fitting sacrifice, Jesus had to be God of very God. The feeble thoughts of men cannot even begin to conceive the perfection to which Jesus was required to attain, and in fact it is evil for us to even investigate. 1 Sam 6:19

The brightness of Jesus glory was always present in him, but covered by a veil of flesh. Only when he chose to reveal it was it seen by men. Matt 17:2 Jesus omnipotence was always present but only seen when he revealed it. Mat 8:26 John 11:44 Jesus omniscience was always in him but he alone chose when to give testimony of it.. John 2:25, Mat 9:4, 2Ch 6:30. Jesus omnipresence was always his, and God makes sure we are told this..Joh 3:13 All the fullness of the God head dwelt in Jesus bodily, but as it were behind a veil.

Jesus did not learn things as he went along, but rather revealed more and more of that wisdom and knowledge and power and glory that were his as the Word made flesh. This is characteristic of the entire history of Gods revelation of his Word to mankind through the ages. Bit by bit.. in an orderly fashion. Not with one great blaze of glory, but by speaking to one man, then another and another.. Then to a family of men, then to a nation, and then a multitude of nations. The Bible was written first by Moses, and then others, prophets, poets, historians, evangelists, and apostles. Piece by piece as God saw fit to reveal Himself to men. Then in the same way he spoke to us by his Son, not by him bursting out of the clouds like the sun in all its brilliance, but as a babe in a manger. Who then proceeded in the same manner God had done before to reveal himself for who he really was in a manner and to whom he pleased. It is by this same orderliness that God continues to speak to us today as we hear his Word in scripture as holy men of old speak as God the Holy Spirit moves them...

1Jo 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jo 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jo 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jo 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
1Jo 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Are you listening to Him?


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