LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Jesus Reveals The Father pt.3

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

Spiros Zodhiates TH.D in his THE COMPLETE WORD STUDY DICTIONARY, NEW TESTAMENT defines the word "Word" this way: "Jesus Christ in His preincarnate state is called "ho Logos", the Word, presenting Him as the second Person of the Godhead Who is the eternal expression of the divine intelligence and the disclosure of the divine essence. The self-revealing characteristic of God was directed toward, and utterly achieved for mankind in the incarnation (John 1:14,18).

His definition seems to bear out with what we also see in John 1:18-"No one has seen God at any time, The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father,He has declared Him" or has declared Him thoroughly and particularly; He has unfolded, or revealed Him and made Him known. Then John 1:14 says," And the Word became flesh and dwelt amoung us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

Ultimately, though, we must look to the scriptures themselves to supply us with the definition of Christ's "Father revealing" ministry...

44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe,[a] I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” John 12:44-50.

In the above we see Jesus come right out and say,"44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me." It is quite clear here that if we look at Jesus we see the Father. Note also what Jesus says about His own teaching, yea, all that He ever said: "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak." It is God the Father's command that is everlasting life. Jesus said or did nothing apart from or independent of His Father. He was a perfect representation of Him; a perfect mouth-piece of His.

Let us look at more scripture:

"6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The Father Revealed

7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves." John 14:6-11.

" 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 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[a] purged our[b] sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,..." Hebrews 1:1-3

"the brightness of His Glory". Jesus is literally the Off- raying of the Father's glory. Like the rays of light that come from the sun, so is Jesus the rays of glory that come from the Father... "the express image of His Character". Jesus is the exact image of His Father for all the world to see.

To sum it up, to look at the Son one sees the exact representation of the Father.

Dear reader, do you want to see what God is like? Look at Jesus the Son and you will see the Father. Pray that God the Holy Spirit will show you Who Jesus is as you read the scriptures; that is His job... The Son shows us the Father, and the Spirit shows us the Son.

Amen - Mark Pierson

4 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

It is so very important that we present Jesus to the world as accuratly as we can.

June 15, 2006 8:41 AM

 
Blogger forgiven said...

Great Post Mark

If you seen me you have seen the Father

Thank You
Doug

June 15, 2006 1:55 PM

 
Blogger Bhedr said...

This is great stuff Mark

June 15, 2006 8:16 PM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

Doug, Brian: Thanks for the visit

June 16, 2006 8:36 AM

 

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