And the Word Became Flesh – Part 6: The Deity of Jesus

Article written by Brother Bledsoe

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

While the writers of the synoptic gospels all record the life of Jesus: His birth (except Mark), His works, and His death; John speaks more to His Person (i.e., His Deity).

John begins by introducing Christ as God

He said in John 1:1-4 (KJV), “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 anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

Then to make sure that we understand Who the Word was he adds in verse 14, “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.”

Many say John’s writings don’t belong

Now there are those who say that the much of the writings John’s gospel should not be included in the Bible, but what should we say. Was he not an Apostle? Was he not an eyewitness to the glory of the Lord? Did he not see the miracles that Christ did? Did he not suffer for the cause of Christ? Was he not with Peter and James on the mountain when Jesus was transfigured?

The only reason that “mere men” would not believe the writings of John would be if they choose not to believe—which they have. To not believe is to reject the Deity of Christ. We must adamantly “choose” to believe and live by the whole Bible, rightly divided.

Christ came to the earth as a man

So, John clearly and concisely speaks of the Deity of Christ and yet he also speaks of His humanity. However, for the sake of today’s devotion let’s concentrate on the fact that God (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us. The Word (Logos; v. 1) became flesh. Christ, the eternal Logos, who is God, came to earth as man. Yet in doing so, He did not merely “appear” like a man; He became one.

Paul, who encountered the risen Christ, wrote in Philippians 2:5-11, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Believe…

Believe the Word of God.  Let the naysayers do what they do. God will take care of you and them. Remember, you are the beloved of Christ Jesus who died for you.

Pastor Jim Bledose - Prayer ministry and weekly devotion author at Life Church in Phoenix
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