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John Chapter 1: Who was Jesus: prophet, teacher, revolutionary, God in human flesh or none of the above?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-2, 14NIV
Classic verse set, and critical in understanding Scripture’s claim/definition regarding the person of Jesus Christ.
We see “Word” capitalized, implying a name. One of many names assigned to Christ throughout. So who does the Bible claim Jesus to be? And, according to Scripture, who did/does Christ Himself claim to be?
The answer, outlined in today’s verse: One in the same yet separate from God. Two persons comprising 2/3 of how God is defined in orthodox Christianity. 2 = deity. Throw in the Holy Spirit, and we have 3 = trinity.
God the Father and God the Son, seen as one in eternity past. Co-creators of the Universe. Christ became separate in a sense when He peeled off and condescended to earth. He left and is with the Father at present. The 3rd person, Holy Spirit, has earthly influence now.
Christ, as we touched on yesterday, is not finished visiting. He will be back, I’m pretty sure. Flesh struggles with the concept, so I wait hopefully fueled by faith. Haven’t seen the guy or spoken with Him in a two way, but the evidence I’ve been presented with is convincing enough in my view.