'God the Word' became Man and again 'God the Word'



"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

'God the Word' became Man and again 'God the Word'

Jesus Christ was God the Word (John 1:1). Jesus Christ is God Almighty (Revelation 1:8, 16:7). He was God 'I AM' (Exodus 3:14, John 8:58). Jesus was Jehovah (Exodus 6:2 with 3:14 and John 8:14). There are more scriptures to prove these names.

The Word, who was God, became Jesus (John 1:14). Again, he is now God the Word (I John 5:7). The same Jesus Christ was and is Almighty God in the Old and the New testament. But Christians usually think that God the Father is Almighty and Jehovah. But Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty and Jehovah. Jesus Christ told Abraham that he is 'I Am that I Am' and he referred it to the Jews in John 8:58. Let us study more of them from the Bible.

1. The Lord Jesus Christ proves Himself as God Almighty.

When the Lord Jesus Christ visits Apostle John at the island of Patmos he identifies himself as the Almighty. "Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." In the reference of the gospel of John, we see that all the judgment was given to the Son and in the reference of revelation the Lord God Almighty is judging. So we can see that the Lord Jesus Christ is God Almighty. "John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: Revelation 16:7 ---, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments."

The Scriptures are very clear about the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, his government and his righteous judgment. In the light of the Scriptures we can see that the following verses point to the Lord Jesus Christ and call him Lord God Almighty. "Revelation 4:8 .. they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. Revelation 11:15 .. The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. John 5:2 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: Revelation 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty."

We know that God the Word became flesh, Jesus of Nazareth, and he shed his blood for the sins of the world. As a man, rather as the Lamb of God, Jesus of Nazareth has died on the cross. But he was raised by God and he was made Lord, Christ and God. Scripture points this out and calls the Lord Jesus Christ as Almighty God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords and great God. "Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God."

From the previous scriptures we see that Lord Jesus Christ is God Almighty. From the following verse we will see that the Lord Jesus Christ, who was God the Word, revealed himself as God Almighty to Abraham. "Genesis 17:1 --- the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God ---." So, we see that he was God Almighty even from the beginning. However, the name Almighty will apply to the all the three persons in God since all are omnipotent.

2. The Almighty God was 'I Am' and Jehovah.

God the Almighty, who is Jesus Christ, has visited Moses from the burning bush. He told Moses that his name was 'I AM.' "Exodus 3:14 God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you." When Jesus was a man, he referred that he was the I AM. "John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am." However, he has appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty. "Exodus 6:2 -- God spake unto Moses, and said ---, I am the LORD: 3. --I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them." So, we see that God the Almighty, who is Jesus Christ, has revealed to Israel and to Moses as Jehovah. But to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, he was God Almighty. Again God told Moses to use his name as 'I Am That I Am' or 'I Am'.

3. God the Word became Flesh, a man, Jesus of Nazareth

God the Word existed from the beginning as God. "John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." He was a Spirit. "John 4:24 God is a Spirit:" God was made flesh and became a man. He was Jesus of Nazareth. "John 1:14 the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." God became a man in order to be sacrificed as the Lamb of God in order to forgive the past sins of his people. "Hebrews 2:9 we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 1 Peter 1:18 ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, ...; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" By his sacrifice he became the author of our salvation and he pardons those who obey Him. "Hebrews 5:9 ..., he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;." He rejects those who call him Lord but do not obey him. "Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Jesus lived a life with no sin so that we may follow his life and become sinless. "1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:."

4. The Son of Man was Beloved Son

The Jesus Christ humbled himself before John the Baptist and took baptism by immersing under the waters of river Jordan. "Matthew 3:15 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. 16 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: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." At this simple ceremony of baptism, the Holy Ghost descended from heaven, baptizing and indwelling upon Jesus, and God the Father did announce that Jesus is his beloved Son. Jesus Christ says in "John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him." God the Father was with Jesus, because he always pleases the Father. So, if we pleases God the Father by doing his will, we will also become his beloved sons/daughters. Another occasion that God the Father announces that Jesus is the beloved Son, is at the mount of transfiguration. "Matthew 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid." Here, God the Father not only announces that Jesus is the beloved Son, but also told others to hear what he says, meaning to do what he tells them to do. "Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." So, if we become the beloved sons of God, God will reveal his word or commandments to us, and even to tell others what to do to inherit the kingdom of God. This is preaching his gospel. If we do, then we are true servants of God.

5. The Word, who was God, is God now and he is the Lord Jesus Christ.

"John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." God the Word and the Spirit of God has done every work of God from the very beginning, starting from the work of creation. The Word was Lord Jehovah in the Old Testament. "John 1:14 -- the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." God the Word became flesh, a mere man, Jesus of Nazareth. He shed his blood on the cross for the remission of sins. "Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." The Holy Ghost and God the Father raised Jesus of Nazareth from death, declared him as the Lord Jesus Christ, and anointed him God. "Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Hebrew 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." God the Word was Jehovah in the Old Testament and Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The Lord Jesus Christ is God. He was and is still God the Word.

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