In the Beginning Was the Word

cropped-open-your-bible.jpgJohn 1:1-2 “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.”

John’s words serve as an affirmation of the eternal existence of Jesus Christ.  As such, Jesus is not a created being.  As one of the personalities of the Godhead (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9) He has existed from all eternity (Micah 5:2; John 8:58).

But why is Jesus called the Word?  Words express thoughts.  Words are our means of communicating with one another.  God is knowable.  God wants us to know him!  God cannot be seen.  But Jesus Christ is God in the flesh (Colossians 2:9).  Also notice 1 John 1:1-2 “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; 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;).”  As such, Jesus Christ is an expression of the thoughts of God.

How can I better know God?  Observe Christ – the Word.

Because Jesus is the very image of God, He is the one after whom I pattern my life.  Colossians 1:15 – “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”  John 14:9 – “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”

Because God has spoken to us through His Son (Jesus Christ – the Word), we need to listen to what Jesus has said.  Hebrews 1:1-3 – “1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 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 on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”  Matthew 17:1-5 – “1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”

If you want to see what God is like, look at Jesus.  If you want to know God, get to know Jesus!

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