(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)
INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.
Who was “the Word”?
This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:
In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…
John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)
John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)
John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)
John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)
John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)
John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)
John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)
John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)
We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.
Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?
The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.
In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.
This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…
John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 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 purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”
Joh 1:12-13 KJV – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Based entirely upon the person and work of Christ, He gives sinners the right of entrance into God’s family, becoming His child…
Gal 3:26 KJV – “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
Not all sinners gain entrance into God’s family. It is only those who exhibit the characteristics of:
1. “as many as received Him” – those who have accepted Christ.
2. “to them that believe on His name” – those who have placed their faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior.
If sinners do not accept Christ, by exercising faith in Him as their Lord and Savior, they will not be adopted into the family of God. This is why all who are saved make up the spiritual family of God which is called the “household of faith”…
Gal 6:10 KJV – “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Those who are given spiritual life are adopted into His family. The receipt of spiritual life comes upon those who are spiritually dead not because they willed themselves to life, but only because the Lord chose to give them life.
They are not given spiritual life due to:
1. “of blood” – not due to their physical ancestry nor nationality.
2. “the will of the flesh” – not due to their natural fleshly desires (like hunger, thirst, sexual desires etc)
3. “the will of man”- not due to an exercise of their higher intellect (purposefully choosing spiritual life based upon our intelligence or reasoning)
None of these are the basis of our receipt of spiritual life and adoption into the family of God.
Joh 5:39-40 KJV – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”
Rom 8:7-8 KJV – “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
What caused these wonderful blessings to enter our life?…
“of God” – the will of God is what brought these things to come to pass our lives. It is because God chose to give us these wonderful blessings and then intervened in our lives and brought us to Him!
Joh 6:44 KJV – “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Eph 1:5 KJV – “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”
To make certain we understand that our salvation and adoption into the family of God is not merited by the works of man, John reminds us that those who come to Christ by faith, do so only because the Lord has chosen to bring them to Himself and enables them to come to Him.
This same baby that was born in Bethlehem, is the same God and Creator, that brings those that accept Him as their Lord and Savior into the family of God…
Gal 4:4-5 KJV – “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
May we all celebrate this holiday season with a recognition that God Himself came to the earth for His people; choosing to love them, enable them and bring them to Himself; making them members of His family…. the family of God!
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