Weekly Devotional 11-15-21 God the Son; Ever Existing
Humanity thinks in terms of time, and because of natural man’s inability to think in terms of eternity, it is difficult for natural man to think of preincarnate Jesus as ever existing. It is the inclination of natural man to look upon Him as they would all other human beings. That His conception was His beginning. The Gospels of Matthew (Matt.1:18-25) and Luke (Luke 1:26-35) do speak of His conception and birth, but they also inform us that said conception was not of the normal processes. His mother Mary conceived not by man, but by the power of God.
By inspiration of the Holy Spirit the writer of Hebrews quoted the words of Jesus, who said, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have pre-pared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’”(Hebrews 10:5-7). This is difficult to understand unless we see this in connection with John 1:1-2 and 14. “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God….14And 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.” We are informed in verses one and two that pre-incarnate Jesus was not only with God in the beginning of creation, but was, in fact, God. And that He took upon Himself flesh (vs. 14).
The body of Jesus, therefore, did have a beginning, but Scripture affirms that before He took upon Himself flesh He existed as eternal God. Jesus Himself, in His instructions to John the revelator, said, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending” (Rev.1:8) and “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last” (Rev. 1:17). Jesus ascribes to Himself the words of God through Isaiah that which is only applicable to God. “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.’” (Isaiah 44:6). Also, “Listen to Me, O Jacob, And Israel, My called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last.” (Isaiah 48:12).
In less than 2 months the world will celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus, but many will not give thought to what really occurred on that night. That God took upon Himself human flesh. The end of the story, however, goes well beyond the baby in the manger. God became man (flesh) in order that he could die – something He could not do as God. Jesus told Nicodemus (and us by extension) “14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man (so must I) be lifted up: 15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” ( John 3:14-17).
God the Son became the Son of God. What an amazing concept and our hope (we who have been regenerated to newness of spiritual life) is in the Son of God, because He was and is God the Son.
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