In conjunction with last week’s podcast from John 1:1, Jay and Tim consider the context and the importance of verse 14, “the Word was made flesh”. What is it about Jesus being flesh that is so crucial to his sacrifice? Does it contradict the doctrine of the Trinity? How are we to understand this glory that was seen? The scriptures lead us to the wonderful conclusion that we will all eventually share in the divine nature, Jesus being the first among many.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
The Importance of Jesus Being Flesh
- Flesh and blood the same as our nature (Hebrews 2:14) the key to the sacrifice of Christ.
- Had to be tempted like us (Hebrews 4:14-15). God cannot be tempted (James 1:13).
- Flesh is sinful! This is why his obedience is such a wonder. He had to overcome the temptations of flesh like no other man.
Made Flesh: What it Doesn’t Mean
- Revisiting the definition of the Trinity and the nature of Jesus and God
- Was Jesus the God-man? Is he just a man? Neither is true.
- Jesus was a special creation made strong by his Father (John 3:34; 2 Cor. 5:19)
We Have Seen His Glory
- What is glory? Both moral and physical.
- The moral glory (Exodus 34:6 cp. John 1:14). The wider purpose of God to fill the earth with this glory (Numbers 14:21; Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14).
- His physical glory – the example and meaning of the transfiguration (2 Peter 1:16-18). Jesus the first to be transformed (Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Peter 1:4).
- The Apostle saw both of these glories (1 John 1:1-3)
John starts off his gospel by saying “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. This is a key verse for what many refer to as the Trinity. Jay and Tim discuss an attempt at a simple definition of the Trinity and whether this verse supports it. They then get into looking at what John is truly saying about the Word and Jesus by his use of the principle of personification found in other scriptures and the New Testament concept of a new creation in Christ Jesus.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
The Trinity in a Nutshell (https://credohouse.org/blog/the-doctrineof-the-trinity-in-a-nutshell)
The Word was God
- The Word is the expression of the thoughts and wisdom of God
- The Word is Who He is, Love is Who He is, Light is Who He is
- God is light (1 John 1:5) – intelligence, understanding, purity, truth, righteousness, life
- God is love (1 John 4:8,16) – reconciling, slow to anger, tender care, rebuke and correction
- It all starts with God. We come to know Him – His love, His light – through the Word.
- Everything that Word is – love and light, grace and truth – was revealed in flesh and blood – when the Word was made flesh.
The Word in the Beginning of Creation
- The Greek word for “Word” is Logos
- The Word is the expression of the thoughts and wisdom of God (Psa. 33:6)
- An appeal to consider Genesis
- “Light” is the first spoken word that the Bible attributes to God! (Genesis 1:1-3)
The Word was with God in the Beginning
- Personification of the word (Isaiah 55:10-11)
- More personification (Psalm 107:20; 147:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:1)
- Personification of the wisdom of God (a woman!), that was WITH God (Proverbs 8:1-2; 22-31)
Christ and the New Creation
- The new creation (Colossians 1:13-20; 2 Corinthians 4:5-7)
- The new beginning (Mark 1:1; Luke 1:2; John 1:12-13)
Knowing Jesus better starts with his miraculous birth, born of a virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesse rejoins Tim to expand on studies from Genesis 3:15 to see how this prophecy/promise sets the stage. We delve into some wonderful verses in Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be born of a virgin. The Scriptures then lead us to the fulfillment in the Lord Jesus Christ and what it ultimately means that he was both the Son of God but also the Son of Man.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
- Revisiting Genesis 3:15 and the prophecy of Jesus that sets the compass for the dual aspect of Christ being both the Son of God and Son of Man.
- Isaiah’s Prophecies of the Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:13-15; 9:6-7; 49:1-2)
- The Prophecies Fulfilled in the New Testament (Matthew 1:20-23; Luke 1:26-33)
- Why the Virgin Birth is important and why Jesus is both Son of God and Son of Man (John 5:24-29)
With all this talk about sin on the podcast lately, it’s about time we discuss some practical matters on how to overcome temptation. Stephen joins Tim to discuss the Biblical definition of temptation and provide examples and stories to help us in our fight against sin. Find out what it means to “not pack a snack for the flesh”.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.” James 1:13-14
- Temptation a major topic of the Bible from Genesis
- James 1:12-14 defines temptation and our need for God
- Desires are not bad in themselves (Luke 22:15)
- The worlds overwhelming temptations. Lusts that war against our souls (1 Peter 2:11)
- Where temptation originates (James 1:13)
- The example of Samson (Judges 13&14)
- The categories of lusts in the world (1 John 2:15-16)
Overcoming Temptation and Sin
- Jesus’ instruction in the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:13)
- Taking God’s escape route, fleeing temptation (1 Corinthians 10:12-14)
- Practical points: David (Proverbs 28:13), Paul (Romans 7:18-23)
- Do not make provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14)
Practical Points for Discipleship
- The need for prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Guards – why you have them, how to implement
- Jesus’ example in the wilderness temptation using the word of God (Matthew 4)