LET'S TALK ABOUT GOD
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)
VII. LET'S TALK ABOUT GOD THE SON
Jesus is not only the Son of God, but also God the Son. Since no
greater truth is affirmed in the Sacred Text, one cannot read the Bible
(especially the New Testament) without recognizing the One who is God
Son (cf. Heb. 1:8). This doctrine in fact permeates the Word of
from Genesis to Revelation; only a materialist would fail to see it.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
Word was God" (John 1:1). "Was" --- implies continuous existence,
not origin. "The Word" applies to Christ the pre-existent
One. Christ the Logos denotes the essential Word of God, His
minister in the creation and government of the universe, the cause of
all the world's life both physical and ethical, which for the
procurement of man's salvation put on human nature in the
person of Jesus the Messiah and shone forth conspicuously from His
The apostle John later wrote: "That which was from the beginning, which
we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked
upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life" (1 John
1:1). The remarkable unity that exists between this passage and
John 1:1 is easily seen.
Both powerfully affirm the pre-existent Christ; the Word who became
and dwelt among us (John 1:14).
"The Word" was with God. As Logos has the double meaning of
thought and speech, so Christ is related to God as the word to the
idea; the word being not merely a name for the idea, but the idea
itself expressed. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham
was born, I am" (John 8:58). "Am" is the translation of (eimi)
and means "timeless existence" (cf. John 14:8-10; 17:5).
How is the Word “with God”? "With" --- implies union, communion
and intimacy (cf. Mark 6:3; 1 Cor. 16:6). The Greek word
translated “with” is “pros.” As John used it here and other
places it represents equality and intimacy. The Word Logos was
“face to face with God;” He was in the bosom of the Father...and was
“on equality with God” (Philippians 2:6). There was perfect
fellowship (sharing) by the Father and the Word. The same Greek
word “pros” is used in 1 John 2:1: “... we
have an Advocate with (face to face, intimately, etc.) the Father.”
Christ is the Son of God. He was with the Father before the world
was created (John 1:1). With reference to Christ, Paul said, "Who
existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with
God a thing to be grasped" (Philippians 2:6). Christ existed in
the form of God and not the form of man. When Christ came to this earth
He was made in the likeness of man. Thus, in Philippians 2:6, the
phrase “who being (huparchon) in the form of God,” implies His
pre-existent Deity, previous to His birth, and His continued Deity
As we meditate on the sacrifice of Christ, let’s now take a step
deeper. Do we really realize what Christ gave up to save
us? Not only did Jesus willingly die on the cross and shed His
precious blood to cleanse us from our sin, but (as we have shown above)
Jesus willingly gave up His “equality with God” (Philippians
2:6). HE GAVE IT UP FOR ALL ETERNITY! (READ
1 Cor. 15:24-28).
The end of this Christian age will come when Jesus returns (vs.
24). At that time He will deliver up or turn the kingdom (or
church) over to the Father (vs. 25). Jesus is reigning PRESENTLY
over God’s kingdom (vs. 25).
NOTE: This one passage alone forever destroys the false
pre-millennial view of the end of time. That false teaching states that
Christ is going to come and set up an earthly kingdom in Jerusalem. He
then sit on His throne and BEGIN His reign of 1,000 years. However, the
teaches that Jesus has been reigning over His kingdom since He first
to Heaven (cf. Dan. 7:13-14). Christians have been moved
into His kingdom (Col. 1:13). Thus, the kingdom has already come
Mark 9:1). Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Tim.
Rev. 19:16), is presently reigning over His kingdom.
When Christ comes He will put an end to our last enemy - death (vs.
26). God put all things except Himself under Jesus’ feet (vs. 27;
cf. Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22-23). When Jesus delivers up the
kingdom to God, HE HIMSELF WILL REMAIN SUBJECT TO GOD! (vs. 28).
What a sacrifice!
Jesus gave up His equality with God. He became a man and humbled
Himself. He became obedient, even though it meant dying the death
the cross (Phil. 2:6-8). Right now Jesus is reigning on His
throne in the form of a MAN (cf. 1 Tim. 2:5). He will return for
His kingdom in the form of a MAN (Acts 1:11). Our bodies will be
changed as we rise
to meet Jesus in the air (1 Thess. 4:15-18). We will be changed
become like HIM (1 John 3:2). He will deliver us up to God and He
will remain under God’s authority forever (1 Cor. 15:24-28). WHAT
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