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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 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father,…”

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

No man hath seen God at any time;

The Bible is clear that God cannot be seen…

Col 1:15 KJV – “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”

 

1Ti 1:17 KJV – “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

 

 

Why is God invisible? It is because He is a spirit being with no material body…

 

Joh 4:24 KJV – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

 

During Biblical times, God has shown representations of Himself to His people in visions and dreams (ie: Exo 33:23, 2 Chron 18:18, Isa 6:1, Rev 4:2). Although men saw these similitudes (representations, likenesses) of God, they did not actually see God, Himself…

Num 12:7-8 KJV – “My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”

No one can, or will, see the actual being of God.

 

 

the only begotten Son,

 

 

The Word, Jesus, is the only begotten Son of God. He is the only One that came forth directly from God the Father being born of a virgin in Bethlehem (Isa 7:14)…

1Jn 4:9 KJV – “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

Joh 3:16-18 KJV – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

 

 

 

The Word is the One that is the sole, exclusive, Son of God that clearly showed God to man by being sent in human flesh….

 

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.”

 

 

 

which is in the bosom of the Father,

The Word, being God, continually exists in the closest possible communion with His Father…

Joh 10:30 KJV – “I and my Father are one.”

Joh 17:11 KJV – “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”

Joh 17:21 KJV – “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

1Jn 5:7 KJV – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

 

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

The Word, Jesus Christ, possesses a very special relationship with the invisible God…

He is the only One that proceeded directly from His Father to a sinful, lost, and dying world while retaining the closest possible, unhindered, relationship with His Father.

It is this same Word that was given by His Father to be sacrificed for the salvation to His people. From His birth in Bethlehem, through His ascension to the right hand of the Father, we have the love of the Father clearly revealed to all of us. What great love!

 

 

1Jn 4:9 KJV – “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

May the love of the Father be constantly in our minds as we celebrate the birth of Christ into this world!

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, brother Rob! As always your study helped me.

  2. Did you get my comment, Rob? I wanted to thank you for another study that helped me – Lord bless you and your wife!

  3. Thank God for the Word made flesh!

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Grateful for God the Son revealing God the Father to us!

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