Today’s Scrip-Bit   9 November 2021 John 1:1.

John 1:1.      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Morning mih bredrin! And yuh see, just like I was telling you we could do; we ate up big, bad Monday and spit it out like a cherry seed! Glory to God! So, Tuesday should be a cake walk! No problems in facing it at all. That’s what belief in Jesus and the direction of His Holy Spirit can do for us. Praise His holy name my people, for there’s never been, and will never be another majestic figure like our Jesus! 

He’s so marvellous and wonderful that our small minds can’t even truly comprehend the vast extent of His power and glory. But that’s why He is God! If we could fully understand and know all about Him, then He would not deserve to be God. He would just be an ordinary being like you and me. But He is definitely not like us, that’s why we praise, worship and glorify Him! 

No wonder John begins his gospel thus: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ (John 1:1) That’s three different aspects of the Word: it existed in the beginning, and was with God, then it was God! 

Listen to the scholars’ explanation. ‘1:1. One of the most important titles of Christ is ‘Logos’ (Word). The idea behind this title embodied God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. Probably Jesus is called “the Word of God” because the phrase occurs over 1200 times in the Old Testament to refer to the message of God. Jesus is the expression and communication of the Word. He is both the incarnate and the inspired Word. Illustration: Satan is twice recorded in Scripture as tempting someone. On the first occasion he questioned the integrity of the Word of God (Gen. 3:1-5).’ That’s when he deceived Eve about what God really said to them about dying if they ate of the forbidden fruit. 

‘On the second occasion he questioned the integrity of Christ, the Word of God incarnate, by questioning His reality as the Son of God  (Matt. 4:3-6). Those who question the validity of the Scriptures today similarly question the integrity of Christ. Application: Christians need to study the written Word of God to learn more about the incarnate Word of God (First Ref. Gen. 15:1; Primary ref. John 1:1).’ 

That’s good stuff friends, but before we move forward, let’s clear up the meaning of the words ‘incarnate’ and ‘inspired,’ so that we can understand what the scholars are talking about. ‘Incarnate’ basically means ‘embodied in flesh; in human form,’ referring to a deity or spirit being represented in human appearance. That’s why we talk about ‘God incarnate,’ meaning that God, in particular Jesus, incarnated, made Himself a man to come and dwell with us, so that we can better understand what He is all about. That’s because His true nature is spiritual, He exists as a Spirit and dwells in the Spirit realm that we cannot fathom. 

As per ‘inspired,’ it means that God spoke to the hearts of those who wrote the Scriptures, or inspired them to write it. We are talking here about divine inspiration, a supernatural spiritual leading and guidance, that’s divine authority, or as they say ‘God-breathed. In earlier times, that’s before Christ became incarnate and came to earth, the Holy Spirit only appeared to and worked divinely in certain people. It’s not like now, when he dwells in each and every believer. And this passage from an article by Don Stewart on the blueletterbible.org website gives us a bit more insight into the situation. 

He writes: “Inspiration” is a translation of the Greek word theopneustos. Theopneustos literally means “God-breathed.” This translation found in the King James Version was derived from the Latin Vulgate Bible where the word inspiro is used in 2 Timothy 3:16 to translate the word theopneustos. The emphasis, however, is that Scripture has been breathed-out by God. The Bible has been produced by God and hence it should be respected and valued for exactly what it is—God’s Word to humanity. As the prophetic messages of God’s designated spokesmen were spoken revelation, the Bible is God’s written revelation. It is God revealing Himself to us.’ 

That’s why Bruh Paul wrote thus to Timothy, re the scriptures. ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished (equipped) unto all good works.’ (2 Tim. 3:16-17) 

Wow! What a magnificent tome that Word of God is my fellow saints! The infidel has tried to destroy it for centuries, but it’s still the bestselling book every year! Why? Because it’s God’s divine word, His revelation to man, and it contains everything we need to live godly lives; it’s good for ALL aspects of earthly living, thoroughly equipping us to do good works in God’s name! Yes friends, ‘God’s inspired Word, properly used and applied, provides all we need for life and ministry.’ 

But my faithful brethren, we need to read and study it, then properly apply it, before it can be of much use to us. That’s where our sincerity, our faith and trust, belief and surrender to Jesus’ Lordship and guidance comes in. And that’s what Christianity is all about; bowing to the will of our Creator and Saviour. As Jesus said so simply but very seriously to the disciples: ‘If any man will come after (follow) me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.’ (Matt. 16:24) It could not be any clearer friends. To sincerely follow Jesus, we must sacrifice our own will and desires and live by His. 

And now that we have a better understanding of what we mean when we talk about the different aspects of ‘God’s Word,’ let’s go home declaring (chuh!!!) our Tuesday Mantra, letting all the world know who and whose we are, that’s to whom we belong, heart, soul, body, spirit and mind! 

As one strong voice: ‘In God’s eyes, I’m not what I do. I’m not what I have. I’m not what people say about me. I am the beloved of God, that’s who I am. No one can take that from me. I don’t have to worry. I don’t have to hurry. I can trust my friend Jesus and share His LOVE with the world. Amen!’ 

And having given that wonderful testimony (smile) it now behooves us to go out and share that wonderful LOVE and amazing friendship of Jesus with those we meet along life’s journey, so that they too can come to know and LOVE Him, like we do! Much LOVE!

…the Living Word of God…physically written by men…but supernaturally authored by God Himself…                                                                                                                   

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