Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Gospel According to John 1:14 comment; Jesus is God

14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John referred to this notably in another place that is worth examining.

1John 1:1 ¶  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; 2  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

This is a confirmation that God walked in the flesh on earth, that John saw Him, talked with Him, heard Him speak, and touched Him.

Christ said that if we receive Him that He and the Father will live in us today by the Spirit.

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

They saw Christ, not only in His humanity but in His glory.

Mark 9:2  And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

He was full of grace, God’s unmerited and unearned favor toward mankind, and truth, as God Himself speaking to man and woman as His companion, His brother, His sister, and His neighbor. It is important to note that grace is an attribute of the giver, not a consequence of the behavior of the receiver.

It is impossible to say you believe Christ if you do not believe the Bible. Jesus spoke in Hebrew and Aramaic, not Greek, so He was not quoting any mythological Septuagint version of the Bible, as some scholars insist. The Septuagint was a supposed complete version of the Hebrew Bible created miraculously in Egypt in the third century BC. However, the earliest complete copy of the Hebrew Bible in Greek extant today does not exist until the third century AD. The copies of individual books into Greek from Hebrew and a mythical letter of an Egyptian official are all that suggests to the unbelieving scholar that such a Greek version of the Hebrew Bible existed before Christ.

Matthew 5:18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Jots and Tittles are markings of Hebrew writing.

Luke 11:51  From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

This last verse is a reference of events in Genesis and Chronicles, the last book of the Hebrew Bible but certainly not the last book of any extant Septuagint version of the Old Testament like Codex Vaticanus or Codex Sinaiticus which incorporate aprocryphal books originally written in Greek, not Hebrew.

Jesus used Hebrew and Aramaic terms.

John 1:42  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

John 9:7  And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Mark 5:41  And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Paul spoke in Hebrew to the crowd and they obviously used Hebrew rather than Greek as their language between each other.

Acts 21:40  And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

Having pointed these things out, the fact that we have Greek texts translating these Hebrew and Aramaic spoken words only means that the general world the early Christians lived in was predominantly a Greek speaking world for them. It does not transfer that Jesus and the apostles were quoting a Greek Old Testament or that the Jews in Jerusalem spoke mostly Greek.

I have said that to say this. In order to believe in Jesus you cannot call Him a liar. Jesus stated the following things about the Bible and history. Jesus did not speak of abiogenesis, the spontaneous generation of the modern atheistic evolutionist. He referred to God being the Creator not the gradual development of advanced life from a single-celled organism.

Mark 10:6  But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

Mark 13:19  For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

So, Jesus did not quote or refer to any mythological Septuagint nor did He allow for atheistic determinism as the origin of the created world. If you believe in either you are calling Him a liar. If He is a liar or mistaken or dissembling for the sake of the level of ignorance of His hearers then clearly you cannot trust Him with something as important as the salvation of your eternal soul from a burning eternity of agony without God.

If Jesus was the Word, and the Word was God, then the logical outcome from the verses in John we’ve read so far is that Jesus was God in the flesh. Without believing this you can hardly consider yourself anything but a philosophical Christian and would certainly be more comfortable reading a Rowling novel than what is being written here.

Jesus of Nazareth was the Word, God, made flesh.

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