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(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)

Etc. etc.

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…”

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Joh 1:14 KJV – “…(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)…”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

and we beheld his glory,

 

Those who accompanied The Word during His first coming clearly saw His glory.

What is meant by the term “glory”? In the Bible the term “glory (when it refers to the glory of God), refers to one of three ideas.

All of these three were present in the life of Jesus:

Meaning Of Term Term Definition Reference One Example From The Life of Christ Life Of Christ Reference
Literal Illumination Radiating From God’s Presence Revelation 21:23 Mount of Transfiguration John 17:1-2
Honoring God Through Words, Deeds and Thoughts Philippians 1:11 Christ’s Miracles Performed John 11:4
Perfection Of God’s Person, Attributes, and Works Romans 3:23 God Seen In Christ John 14:9

All three Biblical aspects of God’s glory were clearly revealed through Christ’s life. All who accompanied Christ during His first coming to the earth were graced to see God’s glory revealed in Christ.

the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,

 

The glory that Christ possessed in His life was the same type of glory that is possessed by God. the type of glory shared by The Word and the Father is the glory of Godliness …

1Ti 3:16 KJV – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

 

1. God was manifest in the flesh, – Christ’s birth as a man.

2. justified in the Spirit, – The testimony of the Spirit revealing Christ as the sinless God.

3. seen of angels, – The presence of the angels at His birth, temptation, prayer in Gethsemane, resurrection

4. preached unto the Gentiles, – The ministry of Peter, Paul and their companions in the Gentile world

5. believed on in the world, – Those coming to faith in Christ

6. received up into glory. – The ascension of Christ to the right hand of the Father.

 

Christ is described as “the only begotten of the Father” because Christ is the Only One that was brought into this world with the same divine nature as God which is proven via His miraculous, virgin birth….

1Co 15:47 KJV – “The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”

 

Adam, the first man, and all his descendants find their origin in this fallen earth brought about through male/female human conception. The second man, Christ, stands apart from Adam and his descendants. As God, He finds His origin in heaven being sent to the earth via a virgin birth.

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In Christ, the Word, we find a clear understanding of the True God and the source and way of eternal life…

1Jn 5:20 KJV – “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

During this holiday season, may we all bring honor and glory to Christ, the One born of a virgin, sent by God to reveal to us the way of life found in the True God of the Universe.

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5 Comments

  1. Drgold says:

    Thank you for your excellent exegesis on the Word of God and for your faithful Biblical scholarship!

    God wants to be known as the Word; has described Himself as the Word, and is true to His Word. We are told to ‘.. live by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God’ Mt4:4, and ‘Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee’ Ps119:11.

    ~Drgold https://drgoldsite.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/the-wonders-of-gods-word-the-excellency-of-the-holy-bible/

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thanks for the kind words. May we all glorify and honor the Lord alone for the wonderous Word and the many truths found in it. Lord bless you. Have a blessed Christmas season.

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study. When you first began this study and announced it as a Christmas series I wasn’t sure where you were going but now I see that I didn’t think about John 1:14.

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