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.
My wonderful wife used to read books about math for entertainment. Really. Do you know what the Goldbach Conjecture is? She did. She told me one time it’s a mathematical statement about number theory that says "Every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes" which has never been proven. To which I replied, “yes, dear.”
She used to work on it. She’d be scribbling away in her notebook trying to come up with a proof or just to explore it a bit and I’d just wonder at her. She used to say things like "Math is beautiful" to which I’d respond “you are too!” and she’d stick her tongue out at me. As my degree is in the Earth Sciences, I understand numbers to a point, but she left me in the dust. It takes a very special type of person to explore deep math concepts.
Did you know discovering Jesus doesn’t just rest on your smarts? Yes, we do have to exercise faith and dive into reading the Bible, but it’s a bit more wonderful than that. You see, one of the reasons Christ had to die was that it allowed Him to send the Holy Spirit into our hearts. You can read about it in John 16:4-15, He’s called the Counselor or Spirit of Truth. The Spirit’s job? To make the scripture come alive to us. You try, He teaches, you understand, and then you respond.
There is an incredible truth in 1 Corinthians 2:10-16. While Jesus is the Word, God in human flesh, and the revealer of God, by ourselves we simply don’t get Him. It takes divine help to discover divine truths. The Holy Spirit’s job is to develop Christ’s truths in our minds. He convicts us of our bad behavior, He instructs us in righteous living, and He reveals divine truths to us. Want to get to know about Jesus? Ask God to have the Spirit craft the answers you need in your mind.
Understanding Jesus comes as we immerse ourselves in the Bible and the Spirit makes it work. Though, after you learn a big question comes: "So what?" How do I relate to what the Spirit has taught me? I always call the second step in growing in Christ the magic step. It’s basically this: Do you believe it? IF you do, then you change your life to be in tune with God’s design. IF you don’t, then it’s fluff. In one ear and out the other and does you no good. You can read about this process in James 1:22-25 if you wish, it’s quite real.
So, the Word came and we are equipped with divine help to understand Him. Do you really want to know Him? Jesus asked a man one time if he really wanted healed, and left the miracle up to him. Right now, Jesus is asking you the same question. As you try, He teaches, you understand and then you respond.