The Word and God
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was with God in the beginning.” - John 1:1-2
Concept Summary – Our visible invisible God.
Being a pastor or a teacher of the Bible is actually quite a dangerous thing. In James 3:1, we’re told that such of us who have this calling are under a stricter eye. God who gives us insights into Him holds us to a higher standard. To ensure we’re getting His will correct, it takes work! As we step out in faith and the Spirit swoops in to empower our efforts, the first thing we do after prayer is study, study, study! As we do, the patterns emerge and we learn the important questions and truths.
Ever wonder what was the most important question ever asked? Jesus actually asked it when He turned to His disciples in Matthew 16:15 and asked "But you," He asked them, "who do you say that I am?" Ha, it’s also the same question He’s asking you as you read this!
The correct answer is seen in the verses for this week. Who is Jesus? The Spirit moved on the apostle John to answer that using an aptronym; he described Him as the Word. Ever wonder about that? It’s because Jesus is the visible member of the Godhead, and He introduces us to God!
First thing we learn about Jesus as we start to get to know our visible God is that He’s all in for us. In Hebrews 12:2, we discover Jesus looked at the cross with a sense of joy! Why? Because He knew that through that experience He would redeem us to Himself. Ha, He really did have us in His mind’s eye to motivate Him through that terrible time. Wouldn’t you throw yourself into danger to rescue someone you love? Yeah, bottom line is Jesus did that too. These verses tell us He existed in Heaven, yet left it for our sakes.
Second thing that jumps out as we put our spotlight on the Word is we get to know the other members of the Godhead through looking at Jesus. In John 14:9, the apostle Phillip pushed one of Jesus’ hot buttons when he asked Him to show the Father. Bottom line, you know Jesus, you know God.
So, what does this mean for you? How does it affect your life? Well, one of the scariest passages in the entire Bible is in Matthew 7:21-23. There, we discover it’s possible to go astray and end up following a god of our minds creation, missing the picture completely. To avoid that fate, focus on Jesus and affirm your salvation in Him. Intimately knowing Jesus through studying what the Bible teaches is the best way to continue growing in your relationship with Him.