Paradoxes of the Bible # 1
Jesus: The God-Man
The Deity of Jesus: part 2
(Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-20)
- Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
- Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
- Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer
4 Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
- Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
- Reread it. From memory, determine the central points.
- The mystery surrounding Jesus will never be understood this side of heaven. We are not arrogant enough to suppose otherwise.
- Jesus came to us as fully man and also fully God, and both at once. We have nothing to compare this with.
- The Logos (Word) to the Greek mind was the reason behind all that the universe is. In John 1:1 the Apostle John identifies this reason, this Word, as Jesus.
- John, writing to the Graeco-Roman culture, makes an absolute and incredible claim that Jesus of Nazareth, born of a human being, is at once God, thus the God-Man.
- Such a position challenges every spiritual or religious worldview extant, both then and now.
- Not a re-incarnation, not an avatar, not a highly evolved spirit, but a real human being and God, both at once.
- This Logos is not less than the Father, no, both are One, as Jesus makes plain in John 10:30, “The Father and I are one.”
- Indeed, the Apostle Paul states that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” and that “in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” (verses 15 & 19 of Colossians 1) What a mammoth leap for Paul, a trained Jewish rabbi, to accept.
- Jesus then, both God and man at once. This reality cannot be grasped; it must be revealed by the Holy Spirit.