How Can He Be?
Through a precious friend and servant of Adonai, we were posed with an age old question from a 12 year old girl concerning the divine nature of Jesus Christ, "Is He God, God's Son or both?" Oh that I had pondered these things more seriously at that age. It is one of the most profound questions of all time on which many a scholar has spent a life time of study. The simple answer is that He is both, but how can it be? We're going to wade into this gently, Beloved.
In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning: All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being. ~John 1:1-3
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the One and Only from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~John 1:14
Don't get worried, we're going to take this machine apart and look at it piece by piece. And then in the next blog we'll begin to break it down further.
- The Existence of God is Clear to All: All we have to do is to observe creation, the earth, the mountains, the seas, the skies, animal and plant life, rocks and trees, the complexity of human DNA. If you haven't taken a nature walk lately, it's time. (Psalm 19:1-6, Romans 1:20)
- Yahweh is Trustworthy: He is perfect and He keeps His promises. (Psalm 19:7-14) Those who have trusted in Him have been blessed as we can see from the "hall of fame" witness of Old Testament saints known as the Faith Chapter. (Hebrews 11) And we can also observe throughout history (His Story) that promises and prophecies have and are being fulfilled to this day. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of realities not seen. For by it the elders received commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen did not come from anything visible. ~Hebrews 11:1-3 Faith is the key- they believed, they obeyed, and good fruit came forth.
- God has Always Been: The Hebrew name of God, Yod Hey Vav Hey (there is much discussion on pronunciation, but simply Yahweh) literally means, "I AM," forever present. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting YOU ARE God. ~Psalm 90:2 God presented Himself to Moses on Holy ground as, I AM WHO I AM. (Exodus 3:14)
- There was a Beginning: At some point God chose to bring the heavens, the world, time, space and all of the elements into existence through creation. (Genesis 1, John 1) In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. ~Psalm 102:25
- His Spoken Word Created: Yahweh literally spoke everything into being, separating light from darkness and earth from waters and skies with the sun, moon and stars for signs, time including night, day, seasons, days and years, plants, trees and swarms of living creatures. (Genesis 1, Psalm 33:6-9)
- The Word Is God: From God Himself, we have a written description (scripture) available to us that is all about Who God is, how He made us, where we have failed (sin) and how it separates us from Him, one solution to the problem: Faith in Yeshua as the perfect Lamb of God Who was sacrificed on our behalf for Salvation, and then what His will is for us as His redeemed people. (1 Timothy 3:15-17)
- With God from the Beginning: In the beginning God created "aleph/tav" (see photo) the heavens and the earth. ~Genesis 1:1 An often ignored and left out Hebrew word that simply means beginning/end as it is the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In Greek it is alpha/omega, whom we can recognize as Jesus Himself. (Revelation 1:8,10,11, 21:6, 22:13)
- The Word Became Flesh: In the Old Testament God physically appeared in human form (walking, standing and wrestling are physical activities) to faithful servants: walked in the Garden (Genesis 3:8), walked with Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and with Noah (Genesis 6:9), stood before Abraham (Genesis 18:1-3), wrestled with Jacob (Genesis 32:24-25, 28-30), ...etc. These theophanies or Christophanies (visible manifestations of God/Christ,) cause much debate among scholars, but we're going to keep it simple. Then the New Testament writings are the eyewitness accounts of the physical birth, life, miracles, death and resurrection of Christ in the Gospel of Salvation, the Acts of the Apostles and the prophesied future Second Coming and New Jerusalem. One of my favorite verses that shows the power of the spoken Word by Yeshua is when the Romans came to arrest Him and they asked if he was the one whom they were seeking, He replied, "I AM HE" and they (sturdy Roman soldiers) drew back and fell to the ground. ~John 18:6 I just want to dance and jump for joy.