This month our contributors are sharing their favorite Bible verses.
Two of my favorite verses from the Bible are John 1:1 and 1:14. From the New American Standard Bible translation regarding Jesus:
The Greek word here for “Word” is logos. According to HELPS Word-Studies, the definition of logos is primarily word or words. A deeper look at logos yields logic or reasoning. Jesus is the very logic and reasoning of God in the flesh.
I am often told, “God in the Old Testament seems different from God in the New Testament.” The book of John is generally where I start. You see, the Word (that is Jesus, the second person of the Trinity) has been there from the beginning and is in fact God.
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
So from Genesis 1:1, Jesus was there.
Caveat: “For I, the Lord, do not change…” (Malachi 3:6). So according to God Himself, God in the days of the Old Testament is the same as in the days of the New Testament. Keep in mind the Old Testament accounts for 1,600 (conservative estimate) to 3,000 (more likely) years; the New Testament spans less than 100.
God was so disappointed with His people that He went 400 years without speaking between the days of Malachi and the angel Gabriel announcing the Word becoming flesh (Luke 1:26-38)! He was moved enough to become flesh and dwell among us so that His glory as of the “only begotten” would be seen (John 1:14).
(Many translations of John 1:14 and 3:16 refer to Jesus as God's "one and only" son, as opposed to "only begotten" son in other translations. As we are all adopted sons and daughters of God through our faith in Jesus, I feel it is more accurate to say that Jesus is the only begotten son.)
For me, anytime I see “God” or “The Lord” with speech in my Bible — Old Testament and New —, I envision Jesus speaking…I hear His voice. So unless specifically noted otherwise, to me the words of God are coming from the Word of God. Jesus has been speaking to us for quite some time…from the beginning to be exact. He has always been full of grace (Genesis 6:8) and His words full of truth (1 Kings 8:56; Hebrews 6:18).
Written by Harry
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