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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Word Made Flesh

John 1:14: The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus is the Eternal Word. He is the only begotten Son of the Father --only One of a kind! All of the rest of humanity is of the earth including the first man Adam but Jesus came from the Father in heaven. Jesus took on flesh in the womb of Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. He was in the beginning with God and was God. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. John 1:3-4 All things were created through Jesus as the Word and Light (glory of God). Jesus upholds all things through the Word of His power. God's grace and truth had to be revealed in fullness to sinful man. Because all things were created through Jesus as the Word of God, all things must return to God through Him. God's ways are perfect. As the Word, Jesus reveals His heart, mind and character to us. He wants us to see Him as He truly is. The Divine presence came to earth in the Divine Man Jesus. In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. Hebrews 1:1-3 The mystery of God is revealed through the Word/scriptures. The Apostle John revealed in John 1 and Revelation 1 that the Word is a Person within the Godhead--Jesus.

God revealed His glory and Word to Moses in the burning bush and on Mount Sinai. The glory that rested upon Moses after his face-to-face encounter with God's glory overwhelmed the people. Moses looked upon the glory of God with an unveiled face, but had to veil God's glory on him because the people couldn't look at it. The glory of God on Moses was also only temporary and fading, but in Jesus the glory of God is in fullness and permanent. Jesus wants to impart His glory not only on us but in us as He indicated on the Mount of Transfiguration. His glory within us manifested through our obedience to His Word by the power of the Holy Spirit will radiate outwardly to others. From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made Him known. John 1:16-18 Moses saw a faint representation of God's glory but the fullness of God's grace, love and truth came through God's Son Jesus, although His glory was veiled by His flesh as He walked the earth. Jesus revealed this to Peter, James and John on the Mount of Transfiguration. (Matthew 17)

Jesus is the Living Word, so He wants His Word to take on life within believers. Nothing or no one can become spiritually alive except through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the spiritual Living Water, the Living Word, the Living Temple, the Living Spirit and the Living God. The Older Testament water and bread (manna) were supernaturally supplied by God, but were not "living." They satisfied the physical hunger and thirst of the Israelites as they traveled through the wilderness, but Jesus satisfies our spiritual hunger and thirst. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to earth to help us develop His character and ways in our flesh body. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things. (Eph. 3:3-5) Jesus wants to dwell within our flesh as He dwelt within the womb of Mary until He took on shape and form in the flesh. He wants to take on our flesh and its ways, so we will walk in His ways by the power of the Holy Spirit. As the glory of God and His Word were manifested tangibly and visibly in the flesh body of Jesus, He wants His glory and life manifested visibly though believers through Spirit and Truth (Word). Christ in us, the hope of glory. The Word and the glory of God in Jesus revealed the love, holiness and perfection of the Father.

Spiritual growth takes "lifting" -- going higher. Jesus called His disciples up higher on a mountain to teach them about His Kingdom. Jesus is always calling His own higher so they will walk closer with Him. Draw near to God and God will draw near to you. This is a mutual drawing as any relationship must be. God told the prophet Jeremiah, "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." Jer. 29:13 It is by the Anointed Word that we will have greater knowledge and intimacy with Jesus. It is the Anointed Word that will transform us into His image and likeness as a Bride ready for her Bridegroom--in His likeness as one. As we allow this transformation, Jesus is made visible to others through us. The Anointed Word became human and dwelt among us. The Anointed Word is the origin of spiritual light and life. Genesis 1:1-3 God wants the Anointed Word to dwell within those who love Him so we reflect the grace and truth of Jesus to others. The more intimately we know Jesus, the more we want to do His Kingdom work and will. Since you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Col. 3:1-4

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