Today let’s begin at the end…
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” Revelation 19:11-13 (NASB)
Jesus is The Word of God.
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 came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. IN Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5,14 (NASB)
Jesus is the image of the invisible God.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Colossians 1:15 (NASB)
Originally, God spoke to man IN the prophets … also recorded as Scripture … the words of God. Then God spoke to man IN Christ Jesus … the Word of God …
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers IN the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us IN His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4 (NASB)
Jesus … the Word of God … is the exact representation of the nature of God.
As I began this series, I intentionally used the phrase the words of God instead of the collective word of God so there would be no confusion about what I was addressing. But let me be clear, just as Jesus also had to clarify, life is not found IN the words of God … life is found IN Christ Jesus alone … in the Word of God. The Scriptures testify to that truth …
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” John 5:39-40 (NASB)
Consider the following …
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29 (NASB)
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 (NASB)
For I hope IN You, O LORD … Psalm 38:15 (NASB)
IN Scripture … IN the words of God … the nature of God is revealed to man.
Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NASB)
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (NASB)
As imitators … IN Christ Jesus, disciples are to reveal the nature of Christ Jesus … of God … to all men.
What a plan … what a challenge … what an adventure!
(to be continued with … understanding)