Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 28, 2019

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – “it is these that testify about Me” – “You have words of eternal life.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 1:1-3.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”  John 1:1-3.

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In today’s devotion, we meditate on the use of a metaphor, “the Word”, to describe Jesus.

But first, we acknowledge that today’s Scripture establishes the divine nature of Jesus Christ.  Consider the following summary provided by The Belgic Confession.

“Article 10:  That Jesus Christ is true and eternal God.

We believe that Jesus Christ, according to his divine nature, is the only begotten Son of God, begotten from eternity, not made nor created (for then he should be a creature), but co-essential and co-eternal with the Father, the express image of his person, and the brightness of his glory, equal unto him in all things.  He is the Son of God, not only from the time that he assumed our nature, but from all eternity, as these testimonies, when compared together, teach us.  …”  The Belgic Confession. 

The use of a metaphor, “the Word”, to describe Jesus reminds us that we need the perfect, complete, and eternal Word of God to describe Him.  It also reminds us of the danger of even partially basing our understanding of Jesus Christ on paintings, statues, and other representations of Jesus made by human artists.

Most importantly, such representations of Jesus made by human artists are forbidden by Scripture (the Ten Commandments).

“‘You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them;  for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”  Deuteronomy 5:8-10.

Such representations of Jesus made by sinful man give us a defective, partial, and sinful image of Jesus Christ and tempt us to trust those representations instead of solely trusting the Word of God to describe Jesus.

Consider some of what Scripture states about the Word of God describing Jesus.  

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life;  it is these that testify about Me;”  John 5:39.

“Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”  Luke 24:44.

but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God;  and that believing you may have life in His name.”  John 20:31.

And, not only do we need the perfect, complete, and eternal Word of God to describe Jesus Christ, Jesus Himself has the words of eternal life. 

“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God;  for He gives the Spirit without measure.”  John 3:34.

“Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have words of eternal life.”  John 6:68.


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