THE DEITY OF OUR SAVIOUR
"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." JOH 1:1-3
Notice that the name of Christ and the term The Word of God are synonymous. The name of Christ and The Word of God are one and the same. When we behold the written Word therein, we behold Christ.
The very force and the title of our text can be found in REV 19:13, "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God."
In MAT 7:24, in the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, it says, "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock." When we refer to The Rock were speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, but in this verse it also reveals that its speaking about building upon His Word. If we hear His sayings and do them, He will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock.
Do you know what that means? Well see that in Lukes counterpart it comes through much the same. LUK 6:47 says, "Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock."
Notice, the foundation is laid upon the rock: The Word is the foundation. When the foundation of every motive and action is the Word of God, we are building our foundation upon the Rock. Hearing His sayings is hearing His Word and doing it. We are building our foundation upon the Rock which is Christ. You cannot separate between Christ and His Word.
In this "vesture dipped in blood," which we read about in REV 19:13, we can read not only Gods just displeasure upon sin, but also how Jesus glorified His Father, and our Father, by His perfect obedience.
We also read in this His total, perfect, unconditional surrender to the will of God because He was obedient unto death, even death on the cross. He humbled himself and became obedient. So as we see in His Word, we see the perfect righteousness of God satisfied. How? He did it in the act of perfect obedience, "and His name is called The Word of God." (REV 19:13)
See the holy reverence that this instills in the heart for the authority of His Word. We read in TIT 2:12-13 "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [why?] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"
We are learning from this precious Word of God that it was by the obedience of Christ that the Father was so glorified. And now it is teaching us that it is by us "denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, that we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." TIT 2:12-13
It is by our work and walk in the footsteps and in the Spirit of Christ that God, the Father, receives His glory. Why? It was the purpose of His creation that man should live in complete, unconditional surrender to His will, that He might be glorified by man serving Him with perfection. We see that God is again showing how Hes glorified when we deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
Now, through the Holy Spirits inspiration, the deity of our Saviour is the very key with which this fourth gospel is opened. The opening verse says nothing about "from the beginning," but it speaks of "In the beginning."
Lets see the distinction. If the first verse of our chapter said, "from the beginning," it would speak as though that was the beginning where the Word began. But it speaks of "In the beginning," that is, it teaches that He is co-eternal with the Father. "In the beginning!" When the beginning was there, Christ was there. "In the beginning was the Word." It didnt say, "began the Word." "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." This is teaching us the undeniable deity of the Saviour, the co-eternal and the co-equal status of the Word with the Father.
Now, these introductory verses reveal our Saviours eternal, divine relationship with the Father; they reflect the glory He had before the world began. Just as Jesus expressed in His intercessory prayer in JOH 17:4-5, "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self "
The Lord Jesus Christ is pleading His perfect obedience; He is pleading His perfect submission to the will of the Father. "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.". Hes professing and confessing wherein He has glorified His father. "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (JOH 17:5) This gospel so clearly reveals the eternal, co-eternal, Word of God.
Now the world, and all things in it, were created by the Word of the Lord. It was by the Word: they were not eternal, but began with time. When time began is when the elements began, when the world began. It was all in the beginning.
Our text says that Christ, that is "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." (JOH 1:1-3)
The gospel of John does not begin with Jesus as the Son of David, nor as the Son of Man, but as the eternal Son of God. This fourth gospel takes us back into eternity, before the creation to show that the eternal Son of God had no beginning; He is co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
"In the beginning was the Word " Take notice where the significance really lay in this expression, In the beginning was the Word. What do we mean, what do we understand, when we speak of a word? A word is an expression; by words we express ourselves. The Word of God then, is Deity expressing itself in audible terms and visible terms.
Earlier in the service we sang a hymn, The Lamb of God: Our Hope of Glory. Take notice how the Word of God is revealing or expressing who the Deity is:
"Lamb of God our souls adore Thee,
while upon Thy face we gaze,
There the Fathers love and glory shine
in all their brightest rays.
Thy almighty power and wisdom,
all creations works proclaim.
Lamb of God, when we behold Thee,
lowly in the manger laid
[How do we behold Him?
We behold Him through the Word!
The Word is the expression of who God is.]
Wandering as a homeless stranger,
in the world Thy hands have made.
When we see Thee in the Garden,
in Thine agony of blood,
At Thy grace we are confounded,
holy, spotless, Lamb of God."
Where do we learn these things? It is The Word expressing who God is. A word is an expression, and it is in the Word that we see the glory of God. It is in the Word that we see the Lamb of God, and, it is in the Word that we see the examples that He has given us of His walk of life. It is in the Word that we see God made manifest in the flesh. We see this expression, and it expresses who God is.
We express ourselves by words. You can have a thought (that is a very vital thought) but until that thought is expressed with words, the person sitting next to you has no knowledge of that thought. The Word of God is an expression of the thoughts of God.
"The Word was with God," The Word individualizes the Son of God in His separate personality, and shows His relation to the other Persons of the Trinity. We see the precious harmony that there is in the Three-One God revealed in His Word. It is the Word of God that expresses who God is. He is a Three-One God. He is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
All of this expression of who God is was totally concealed outside of the Word. How would you and I know of the agony that our Saviour suffered in the garden or know of the love of the Father in giving His Son if it wasnt expressed in the Word?
Every knee in Heaven is bending to see the glory that this gives us to see in Christ.
Verse 5 of Lamb of God,
"Every knee in Heaven is bending
to the Lamb for sinners slain.|
Every voice and harp is swelling,
Worthy is the Lamb to reign."
We see that in REV 5. It is the expression of the Deity of who He is that is expressed in the Word. This gives us such a holy awe and such a reverence for the Word of God, for the authority with which it was spoken. All the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is bringing forth that audible revelation of who God is!
"And the Word was God," teaches us that Christ was not only the revealer of God, but God revealed! Hes not only revealing God to us, but He is God. He is revealing Himself to us! He was from eternity, and throughout all eternity ever remains to be none other than God Himself. He is now seated high upon His Fathers throne. It reveals to you and I, who God is. It is not only who God is, but God revealed. It is in Christ that God Himself is revealed. He now stands before the Father showing all our names written in the palms of His hands, interceding for us. This revelation comes to us through the Word.
"The same was in the beginning with God," assures us that not only was our Saviour the One through whom, and by whom, the Deity expresses Himself in audible terms, but He was also co-eternal and co-equal with The Father and with the Holy Spirit.
"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." What does that teach us? It teaches us the authority of The Word! This gainsaying of the Holy Word of God is such a damning sin! To think that you and I, creatures of the dust, would gainsay the Word of God! There is such authority in that Word: it is none other but the King of Heaven that has now revealed Himself, and His thoughts, and His will to us in the Word.
We read in PSA 33:6-7, "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." Now we learn of the perfect harmony of the Trinity of God. It is not the Father, maker of heaven and earth; we must see that it is the Word of the Lord.
"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth." PSA 33:6 What does it mean, "by the breath of his mouth?" By the Holy Spirit. It is the Father, it is the Son, and it is the Holy Spirit who created.
"He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses." (PSA 33:7) By what? By the power of the Word.
In GEN 1 and 2 see the authority of the Word and how that authority of the Word is revealed with such might. This is where He said, "Let there be light." "Let there be a firmament." "Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear." "Let the earth bring forth grass Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years."
It was by the power of the Word that He said, "Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." And it is by the power of the Word, He said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." (GEN 1:3-26) All this was done by the power of the Word.
"Let!" and it was. "Let there be light," and there was light. "Let there be!" and it was so. See the might and the glory and the demonstration of the glory of God in the power of His Word.
The Word of God tells us that all creation was spoken into being by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not only that we see the events there, the Scriptures emphatically tell us that it was the Lord Jesus Christ.
In EPH 3:8-10, "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ."
Consider the "Fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ. [Now watch verse 10] to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God." EPH 3:9-10
How is the manifold wisdom of God made known by the church? It is by the Word of God revealed. A thought has been clothed with The Word.
Consider: a word is a medium of manifestation. I have no way of knowing what youre thinking until you clothe that thought with words. You have a thought that is unknown to others, but when you clothe that thought with words it is revealed.
Words make unseen thoughts become objective, i.e., the ambitions, the design, the goals, or the intents, the motive, the purposes, or the reasoning of unknown and unseen thoughts are all revealed by words.
Our text does not say Christ is "a word," our text says that He is "The Word." Christ is distinguished, and it is so important that we understand this, Christ is distinguished as the revealer of God; Christ reveals the character of God. He reveals the thoughts of God.
Christ, as the Word, has made manifest the invisible God, the unknown God, and the unknown thoughts, pleasures and desires of God.
It is by the Word that we have knowledge of what Gods will is. It is by the Word that we have knowledge of the Fathers pleasure in those who do His will. It is by the Word that we have all revelation of God.
We read in HEB 1:1-2, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, [Does that mean in words only? No. For] whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." It is by His Son that, now, God speaks to us!
Know that the examples of Christ speak unto us louder than His words. It is by Christ and the agony that He bore; it is by His unconditional surrender to the will of God. It is by His love that He is reflected to human beings. It is how He took all of our shame, and took our death; these things speak louder than His words. God has thereby spoken unto us by His Son.
The love of the Father is expressed by what Christ did. He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death. It is by His footsteps that He speaks unto us, that He reveals unto us who He and the Father are. It is by the examples of Christ, that God has spoken to you and me as much as by what He spoke in audible words.
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son "HEB 1:1-2 Christ spoke of Himself as Gods spokesman. He is not only God revealed, but the revealer of God.
REV 1:8 reveals to us, "I am Alpha and Omega." Alpha and Omega means, "I am Gods Alphabet." Alpha means "A", Omega means "Z." "I am A to Z. I am everything. I am the Alphabet of God. I am the spoken Word of God."
Never think that God speaks outside of His Word. There are many people that will give you the impression that they feel that the Lord spoke to them and said, "Well, the Lord said this, and the Lord told me, " This is the origin of many of our cults. The Lord speaks through and by His Word.
This is what we see in the testimony of JOH 1:18, "No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." The declaration of the Father, declaring who the Father is, we received by the Son, by the Word of God. We receive it by Christ, who is the Word. "He hath declared him."
Why is it that the Lord would reveal Himself only through Jesus Christ? He is not going to set the Word of God aside as losing its authority. We are not going to have the Lord speak to us outside of His Word!
This word declared, ("he hath declared him") means to "tell out." It is the same in the original as we find in ACT 15:14 and 21:19, "Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name." ACT 15:14. In ACT 21:19 we read, "And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry."
What does the word declared mean? It tells us He revealed by words; He revealed by spoken words, and it is the Son who has declared the Father. Through His spoken word, He reveals to us who the Father is.
God is a total mystery to the human mind outside of the revelation of the Word. Christ is the One who has made the mysteries of God known as we read in ROM 16:25. "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began." It was kept secret! It was not known until it was revealed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Next, we want to consider that a word is a means of communication. How do you and I communicate? It is by words; by means of words we transmit information. By words we express ourselves; we make known our will, our desires, and we impart knowledge. Words are the main vehicle by which we are able to communicate.
So Christ, as the Word, is the Divine Transmitter. He is communicating to us the will of God. Again, not only by audible words, He is transmitting to us the Word, or the will of God, by His actions. He is a reflector, He is the image of the Father, and the reflection of what we see. He reflects the true character of the Father by His attitude, by His walk of life, by His expressed love, and by His deeds of love. Thereby He communicates, He transmits to us what the will of God is for us.
He transmits to us the pleasure of God. He transmits to us His displeasure upon sin. How? By His humility in the Garden of Gethsemane. He thereby expresses the horrible displeasure of God upon sin by the sacrifice which He paid for sin.
The Lord Jesus Christ also expresses to us what was the Fathers delight; in PHI 2:8 we read about how He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, and then how the Father glorified Himself how? We see God, the Father, glorified His Son for such obedience in verses 9-11, "Wherefore God also hath 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."
Do you see that He is the transmitter, or the communicator, of God. Thereby, it is reflected in the will of God and the pleasure of God, so greatly expressed in His obedience.
Wherefore the Father hath so highly exalted Him, because of such unspotted obedience, now the Father glorifies Himself, by glorifying His son. This reveals the character of God. This also reveals His displeasure upon sin and His delight in doing His will.
When Jesus opened His mouth to reveal that Spirit of Christ which is so pleasing to the Father, He shows us wherein the Father is so pleased and so delighted. Jesus said to us in MAT 5:3-6, "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." He shows us that unconditional surrender to the will of God.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." (MAT 5:4) The blessed are those who have learned what it is to mourn over the separation that sin has caused between God and their soul. "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (MAT 5:5-6)
These are hungerings and thirstings; they draw on the cords of love, of the heart of the Father. The desire to know and do the will of God is what makes those cords of love vibrate once more. It brings the love of God back into action and reveals it in our soul.
By the Word of God, we know the Lord is most delighted in those whose rebellious heart is broken and who delight in doing His will. It is by the revelation we have of the Word that we know these things.
We see in PSA 51:17, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise." We see the pleasure of the will of God communicated to us in the written Word.
In ISA 57:15 we see how God is not only delighted with a contrite heart, but it becomes the very habitation of His throne. His holy Son, Jesus, has been placed upon the throne of the heart of the humble and the contrite. We see in ISA 57:15, "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, [and then theres a comma] with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, [thats the place of His throne] to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
In ISA 66:2 we read, "For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."
We see how jealous the Lord is of His Word? We see how jealous He is of those whose heart trembles at His Word? Thats not a slavish fear; it is a holy, filial, reverential fear. That is the hearts desire to know and do His will. We see this revealed in the Word. we must humble ourselves before God and the authority of His Word.
In the third place, lets consider that a word is a method of revelation. The Lord Jesus Christ is the revelation of the true character of God. It is by his words that the speaker reveals both his intellectual caliber and his moral character.
When you talk to a man, you normally dont have to talk too long, and you can form a very accurate opinion of who that man is. He reveals, by his words, whats in his heart. If we hear him taking Gods name in vain and filthy communications coming out of his mouth, we very soon know whats in his heart. If we hear him murmuring, we very soon recognize whats in his heart.
If we hear him speaking evil of his brother and using his vocabulary to degrade his maker, we soon find out whats in his heart. It reveals his intellectual caliber, and it also reveals his moral character.
Christ, as the Word reveals the attributes and the perfection of God. There is perfect harmony in the Word.
When our text says, " and the Word was God," it means Christ, the Word, is not only the revealer of God, but God revealed. It is the Word of God that reveals God. It is God revealed; we have the revelation of God in the Word.
By Christs example, He is a true reflection of Gods character and of His image. In COL 1:12-15, see the immediate reaction of the true apostles of Christ when they hear of the love of the heart and soul of those who have come to repentance. When the Lord Jesus is giving the illustration of repentance in the book of Luke, He says that the angels of heaven shall rejoice over one sinner that repents.
We see that the apostles of Jesus Christ have received word of the repentance of the church at Colosse, and immediately we see they were, "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son " COL 1:12-13.
Do you know what it means to be delivered from the power of darkness, i.e., from serving the things of darkness, and to be translated into the kingdom of his dear Son? It means we must come into our Saviours service and walk in His footsteps "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God ." (COL 1:14-15)
We are redeemed from all iniquity by the Son. We have received the forgiveness of our sins. How? Who is the image of the invisible God? It is by His redeeming from sin that He reveals the image of the invisible God, i.e., He now becomes a reflection of who the Father is.
By Christs example we read the character of God from which we are to learn Gods will. MAT 11:28-30, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; [What does he mean? He means, "follow my example. I have thereby revealed the will of God."] for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
It becomes so easy to do what is the highest and the greatest pleasure of your heart when we have Christ formed in us. We see Christ revealed by His example, "Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly "
What we are speaks so loudly, the world cannot hear a word that we say. What the Lord Jesus Christ was in His life speaks so loudly that you and I dont need to hear one Word from His mouth if we just learn from Him. His walk of life reveals Him, Christ, The Word, and who the Father is. How? "Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly "
We are to read Gods will for our lives in the example that Jesus set in the depth of His suffering. Turn with me to 1 PE 2:15-21, "For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men " Now does that say by going and harping what we know visibly or verbally to the world? No. You put them to silence with well-doing, by following the footsteps of Christ. Your actions speak so loud that their mouths are silenced, and you havent said a word.
"Servants, [shows how we put them to silence] be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully." (1 PE 2:18-19) Did you know that when you suffer wrongfully, and take it cheerfully, that youre speaking louder than all the grumbling and all the murmuring you could ever think of doing?
Verses 19-20 continue, "For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God."
Do you know what its doing? Its revealing the Spirit of Christ. Christ suffered wrongfully; Christ had no sin. He was made to be sin for us, and He was as a lamb before the shearers, so opened He not His mouth. "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps." 1 PE 2:21.
Do you see how the Word is spoken to the world? It is by our actions that they see Christ in us? How? That meek and lowly Spirit of Christ speaks louder than all the words that you and I can proclaim.
In His blessed example we read the true character of God. See this example of His as we go on to 1 PE 2:22-25. "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: [It isnt what we say thats so important, its how we say it. Our attitude speaks volumes.] Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again " 1 PE 2:22-23. Jesus has left us an example that we should follow. When people speak evil of us, do we go out to defend ourselves? Do we go out to see if we can put enough slander on his name to make it that his name goes down so that ours stays up?
We continue reading, " when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness ." (1 PE 2:23-24) Oh, what a responsibility that throws on our shoulders.
When we see how He "bare our sins in His own body" on the cross, we see how He was struggling in the Garden of Gethsemane, in His own blood. He pleaded before the Father that "if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." Do you see what He bore? That we be dead to sin and should live unto righteousness. He did it that He might redeem us from all iniquity.
There is such a wrong attitude when we think that all we look to Christ for is to be redeemed from Hell, being concerned only about a pardon. He did this; He bore "our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray ,"1 PE 2:23-25.
We were going astray living in sin and unrighteousness and filthiness, and we had a wrong attitude. We "were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." 1 PE 2:25 You are no longer walking in those ways. This is the testimony that you and I have before the world.
"Consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself." The desired effect is that we now have humbled ourselves, becoming dead to sin; we are now living in righteousness. Then we can see the pathway His steps have outlined, and follow without becoming weary or faint in our minds.
When you and I are persecuted wrongfully, our first reaction is to defend ourselves, but when we can read our pathway in His footsteps, and it becomes the revelation of His will, we no longer become weary from the contradiction of men; we no longer faint in our minds.
Jesus said in MAT 10:24-27, "The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord." He suffered wrongfully. Are you and I going to escape? No. We are going to be put on trial. Are we able to suffer wrongfully and to be reviled and revile not again? This is the test of whether or not weve become dead to sin.
"The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?" MAT 10:24-25.
Why shouldnt they slander your name? They slandered Jesus name! Why shouldnt they come against you with the contradiction of men? They have done it to Him! When you are under these trials, will you be able to demonstrate that Spirit of Christ? He was reviled, He reviled not again.
These are the things, the character, the personality, that is revealed to us of the Father. This is the image of God revealed to us in His Son by the Word.
MAT 10:26 says, "Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops."
We must preach these principles that Christ has taught us to others upon the housetops; it must be as a light upon a hill; it must be the light of the world. It must become the salt of the earth, and become the deterrent against sin. How? Not by murmuring, not by reviling again, but by taking such trials patiently, and by studying the Word of God, the only source of knowledge of Gods true character. This is the way we develop personal knowledge of His character, of His personality, and of His Divine will.
Nature reveals Gods natural attributes, i.e., His power, His wisdom, and His immutability. However, what does nature tell us of Gods moral attributes, i.e., His justice, His holiness, His grace, His love?
Nature, as such, knows no mercy and shows no pity. If I break the laws of nature by stepping off a cliff, Ill reach the same fate as any criminal who was hurled over it by design. Nature knows no mercy. It is only in the Lord Jesus Christ that God is revealed in all of His attributes. He is God manifest in the flesh.
The Lord Jesus Christ has perfectly fulfilled Gods purpose in creation. Jesus is the express image of His person as we see in HEB 1:3-4, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high: being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they."
He has revealed the perfect image of God. He has been "upholding all things by the word of his power," when He purged us from our sin. Now that doesnt only mean when He took away the penalty of sin, but when He delivered us from all iniquity! Amen.
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