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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God."

John 1:1&2

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Who Is Jesus?

Born of Mary, raised by Joseph the carpenter, he is the heir of David King of Israel.

He is Messiah to Israel.

Crucified, he is he who was raised from the dead..

He is Lord, and head of the Church.

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwealt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth."

John 1:14 KJV

He is the Word of God who was made flesh.

What does this mean? What is, "The Word made flesh?" Is this a magic incarnation of the Father Himself?

Or is there a greater truth that a church whose early history was steeped in persecution and infused with practices of its enemies has lost site of?

How was the Word made flesh?

And was Jesus, in the beginning, the Word?

"En arche hen o logos, kai o logos hen pros ton theon, kai theon hen o logos;

"outos hen en arche pros ton theon."

John 1:1&2, Analytical Greek New Testiment, United Bible Society

John 1:1-14, often quoted as "proof" that Jesus was part of God and floating around in the beginning, starts off this way.  Seeming straightforward in most English translations, the Greek quoted herein reveals rich truthes that have perhaps been missed, whether in oversight or to support a doctrine, you judge.

First, when the Greek word "arche" is used of "beginning," it connotes the idea of the onset of principles adhered to, the beginning of active cause. (Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, Royal Publishers.)

Second. the Greek word "logos" denotes "the expression of thought," Vine's. Young's Analytical Concordance refers to it as "communication." It is active, not passive, and refers more to the expression of thought than the thought itself.

At the very first, God had an idea set firmly in guiding principals, and this took the form of communication. It was expressed.

To who? The rest of the verse answers this. Literally, UBS's compilation of the Greek texts as written are thus word for word.

"In beginning was the word, and the word was with the God, and God was the word."

In Genesis we see this truth.

"And God said, Let there be light; and there was light."

Gen. 1:3, KJV

God, in beginning his restructuring of His creation, spoke. He emitted His Word. He communicated, "logos," to His creation and said "Let there..."

In the beginning was the Word. It was at this time God communicated.

And the Word was with God. Of course. He did not "write down His communication and leave it. The word "with" is the word "pros," which indicates "toward." It was toward that which He communicated with.

And the Word was God.

Well,of course. How do people know you?

By the words you speak, and the integrity thereof. God magnified His Word above His name, because its in His communication that you come to know and trust Him. Every false idol has a name, but your God gave His word, His communication, in a book. Know the Word and you know God.

So that even once spoken, and God's Word is distinct and not literally part of Him, it is still the revelation of His nature, thus, the Word is God.

That's what these say.

Verse fourteen says:

"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."

John 1:14 KJV

When the Word was made flesh, the same was true as in John 1:1. The Word once communicated was with but now was distinct from God, God never leaving His Word, yet still communicated the nature of Him who communicated. It even says as much four verses down:

"No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."

John 1:18 KJV

Jesus was seen, and God was not. So then what does it mean "the Word was made flesh?"

This section has already told us. If Jesus did have the Word in him, i.e. the knowlege of the will and nature of God, how could he declare it?

When God said "Let there be light," He communicated, He released His will, and revealed His nature, via that which was communicated. When He raised Jesus from Mary to walk among us, He communicated, He released His will, and revealed His nature. Jesus, by word and deed, declared his Father.

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

II Cor. 4:4, KJV

Why is Jesus here said to be the image of Gord? Because he is the word made flesh, communicating and revealing God's will and nature.

"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

"In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature."

Col. 1:13-16

God delivered us from darkness. This is parallel with John:

"The same was in the beginning with God.

"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men."

John 2-4 KJV

Wherein we see that it is the light of God, the logos, that delivers us from this darkness. Not our good works, not our sweet dispositions, but that which God communicates. His Word. It shines into our lives and dispells the darkness, the weakness, the disease, the evil, the death.

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

"Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. "

James 1:17-18 KJV

By the Word of truth the Father of lights begat us! And Jesus, via Word, is the image of God. Image is the Greek word "eikon," from which meaning a representation. It is the same word Greeks used to describe a portrait or impression on a coin. A coin was not a king, it merely represented his authority in the economics of a region, or as Jesus said, "Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's."

Jesus represents God to us. We are in his Kingdom, we belong to him, therefore we belong to his master, God.

Having and representing the Word so much he was "the Word made flesh," Jesus therefore always did the Father's will.

"And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

"Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

Luke 22:41&42

No other man always did the Father's will. All others among us have fallen short. But Jesus did, even unto death, and therefore the hold that death had on him was released. God raised Jesus from the dead. And this Jesus, risen, is over a Kingdom, the Kingdom we are in. He is our king. We are bound to obey Jesus. This is what makes him our Lord, this is our confession.

Jesus is the image of God through the Word in Him. He is also the image of God spiritually in the form he was raised in, as Adam was the image of God, and Jesus is the last Adam, raised a lifegiving spirit, as it mentions in I Cor. 15:45.

But first was Jesus' embrace of the will of his Father.

"Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.

"But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

"And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.

"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

"And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Matt. 3:13-17 KJV

Jesus did as God commanded in His Word, and thus the Spirit of God came upon him, and God was pleased in His son. What pleases God?

Those that are in the flesh cannot. There is more than simply following orders to please God. Those in the flesh cannot please God. But the Word instructs us on what we need to do to please God, just as the Old Testiment instructed Jesus.

"Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

"For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus."

I Thes. 4:1&2

Of course, the rest of that section mentions a particular commandment. But Paul refers to things "recieved of us" which were "commandments." These commandments were by he who obeyed, by he who is was the "Word made flesh," by the Lord Jesus, our king.

The first obligation of a man or woman who loves God is to embrace the Word of God, to let nothing touch this, for this is the revealed will and nature of God. We should likewise embrace he who is the example of this, Jesus.

Jesus knew he needs must obey the Word of God first. And in the temptation of Eve, the devil knew this too, saying,

"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

"And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

"But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. "

Gen. 3:1-5  KJV

The devil, here called the serpent, challenges the logos of God. God said,

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. "

Gen. 2:16&17 KJV

The Lord said "of every tree...thou mayest freely eat." The devil attacked this by twisting it into a derivitive designed to bring doubt: "Has God said you may not eat of every tree?"

Eve did pretty good in answering, Oh yes, of every tree we may, except for the one in the midst? Nah, we can't eat it."

Had Eve stopped there, she might have done okay. But she added something, and then left something out: "Nor touch it, lest ye die."

You cannot do that with the Word of God. You cannot add and delete from the Word and still have the Word. She added when she said "neither touch it." Had God mentioned touching? No. She deleted when she omitted "shalt surely" from "die."

She said, "Can't eat or touch, lest, i.e., maybe, die."

God said surely, and the part of Adam and Eve created in God's image, their spiritual life and connection with God, died. Dead. Gone. Adam lived another 800 years, but as a natural man, devoid of spiritual life. He was dead in trespasses and sins, the spiritual part of him no more.

Maybe Eve had good intentions. Maybe she and Adam had said to themselves, "If we don't touch, we won't eat." And so perhaps they elevated a religious ritual they agreed upon to the level of "duty to God." We tend to do that. We tend to enact wonderful programs that help us do the Word, but soon find we feel that these things are our duty to God.

Eve seems to have done this here, but for whatever reason, she added to the Word an essense God had not injected. And in doubt, she certainly was not convinced of the "thou shalt surely."

Even today, some say, "Adam and Eve didn't REALLY die, they had seeds of death planted in them."

Nonsense. They were dead, the created part gone.

And when Eve had failed to stand on the Word, the Devil struck by blatantly contradicting the Word, knowing Eve no longer had the Word to stand on: "Thou shalt NOT surely die."

Once Eve added and took away from the commandment of God, she was weak, and the Serpent struck whatever semblance of truth she clung to.

And having destroyed her faith with the lie "thou shalt not surely die," the lie every false religion since has played on one way or another, he then replaced it with the premise of all false religions, that "ye shall be as God ("elohim" in the texts, as God Himself) to know Good and evil."

Before, God's true Word was the standard. Now, Adam and Eve would be. The Word is the foundation, which is why in Psalm 138:2 God's Word reveals:

"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."

Psalm 138:2 KJV

That is impressive, since God's name is magnified time and again, and God thinks highly of the integrity of His name.

Do you think Jesus read Psalm 138:2? I believe he did. Jesus too was tempted. And the first thing the Serpent attacked in Jesus was the integrity of the Word.

But Jesus clung to what His Father had given Man. He handled the attack on the Word differently.

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

"And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

"And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

Matt. 4:1-4 KJV

The Word to Jesus that we read in Matthew 3 was "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. The temptation of Eve in Genisi also mentioned the Word to her, and she added touching and deleted surely. Now the Devil says, "if." "If thou be the son of God." "Boy, Jesus, if you really are, then why do you have to be hungry? I'm not convinced, Jesus."

But Jesus was the Word made flesh, he had it in him, and he pulled it up: "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

Jesus valued every word or the Word. Instead of being distracted by circunstance, he brought it back to the point: the integrity of the Word. And he prevailed!

Jesus had embraced the Word so much, he had recognized the attack and declared He whom he had been sent to declare.

And so, seeing that Jesus was the Word made flesh in part by his willful embrace of the Word, we return to John 1.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

"The same was in the beginning with God.

"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

John 1:1-3

Here again is the truth that all things were created by God. He was in the beginning, and nothing was made that He did not make.

This includes Jesus Christ.

"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."

John 1:14

"Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;"

Romans 1:3

"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, "

Galations 4:4

Yes, Jesus Christ was made all these things. His beginning, his origin, was for the purpose of fulfilling God's will and thus reveal a loving, forgiving God to fallen man. As God reveals His will through His Word, he reveals His will through the declaration of Jesus, the Word made flesh.

He was made, like Adam, in the image of God. An image is not the thing itself, but a similitude.

People cannot see God. They could see Jesus Christ, a man, God's son. The Word reveals Jesus and thus reveals God.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

John 1:1

The word "with," as in "the Word was with God," is in the greek text "pros," usually translated "to." "The Word was to God."

Well, of course. Who else, in the beginning, was there? Certainly not Jesus. It is saying "God was speaking to Himself."

"The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of god;"

Mark 1:1

"The former treatise (the book of Luke) have I made, O Theophilus, of all Jesus began both to do and to teach,"

Acts 1:1

Mark records the beginning of the good news, the gospel, of Jesus as being what occurs during his earthly ministry. Luke records that his first letter, the Gospel of Luke, recorded the beginning not of some of his work, or his earthly work, but of all the works of Jesus.

So "in the Beginning was the Word, the Word was TO God (since all He had to talk to was Himself) and the Word was (as much) God" (as your words are you.)

It is a wonderful and poetic way of saying God had a lot to say, and only Himself to say it to.

"The same was in the beginning with God."

John 1:2

God was by Himself, having much to say ("Word" is "logos," meaning "expression of thought" or "communication.") But He would now correct this solitude.

"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

"And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

John 1:3-5

All things were made by Who? By God, since thus far "God" is the only proper noun mentioned that this could refer to, "Word" being used as a noun but not a proper noun. But God now has someone other than Himself to communicate to.

And in Him, God, was light, the life of men. Darkness could not "comprehend" (the texts read "overcome") this light.  

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

"The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

"He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light."

John 1:6-8

God was the Light of men, not John. John was sent merely to herald the Light of God.

"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."

John 1:9

See? God, Who has been the only one thus mentioned by name other than John, and who is the only one this can refer to, is the Light that lights every man with life.

"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not."

John 1:10

God was in the world, which He made, but the world knew Him not. Why? John 4:24 says God is spirit. Spirit cannot be seen by man, and Corinthians says that the natural man understands not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are spiritually discerned.

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

I Corinthians 2:14

This is why the world knew Him not. God wanted to be known, but He is Spirit. He has to reveal Himself through "revelation." He, God, gave revelation to man through the prophets of Israel. But Israel flatly rejected Him.

"He came unto his own, and his own received him not."

John 1:11

Who were God's own? Israel. How did He come? Through prophets, through written revelation, through the Law, with a mighty hand of power and deliverance. Yet as the records indicate, He, God, was rejected by Israel. But some accepted Him.

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

John 1:12-13

Has any of this mentioned Jesus yet? No. As many of Israel received the Light, the Logos of God, these were adopted as children of God. All this took place before Christ was sent, before Christ was made in the image of his Father, as had been Adam. But now we will, for the first time in this record, find mention of Jesus.

"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. "

John 1:14

Now and only now is the Word made flesh. Does God mystically become flesh? No, no more than when the word is printed, and "the Word is made (into a) book," does the Bible which is also the Word actually become God. It is a figure of speech, a simile, which means that the Logos, the thing to be communicated, is "recorded" in the form of a man.

"John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. "

John 1:15

John bare witness of God Who is the Light of men, and bare witness of "he that cometh after me (that) is preferred before me."

See, Jesus being before John was in "preference," not in a temporal sense. Just as he, Jesus, was "preferred" before Abraham and before David, but did not in real time exist prior to their existence.

"And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace."

John 1:16

John, writing to Christians who have already received the fulness of the purpose of Christ thus far granted men, reveals that the Christian has received the grace through Christ fully. God has been lighting men throughout time, but only when Christ actually came and fulfilled the Word was grace fully realized.

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."

John 1:17

God lit the world, but while darkness could not overpower the Light, many followed darkness, for they could not see God. Many prophets spoke of God, but...

"No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."

John 1:18

Scripture reveals that "no man cometh unto the Father" but by Jesus Christ.

Men could believe God, men could come to God through the bits and pieces they saw through the Law, and through the prophets of old. But no man comes to the Father, no man knows God AS a Father, but through Jesus Christ.

The purpose of Jesus Christ , the Word made flesh, was to declare the God no man had seen. When was he in the bosom of the Father? Back when "in the beginning was the Word?" No.

Right when John was writing, and right now, Jesus is in the bosom.

And so while Jesus came to do much, and accomplished much, a primary purpose of Jesus the Lord is to reveal the invisible God to you. God not only has others to communicate with, but He has Jesus to communicate through.

For, Jesus IS the Word made flesh, he IS the one who is in the bosom of the Father and he IS the one who gave himself to die, and trusted to be raised again as Lord, for your sake. And he did this because it was God's will as revealed in that Word which God magnified above His name.

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