Bible Lesson 18

In this lesson we want to look at and focus on the object of our faith; and that is the Only Begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. In order to fully understand Jesus Christ, we have to look in two directions. He comes to us from eternity and we will look there at Him; and then, for a time, He comes to us in time and space here on this orb that we live on, called earth. Our text for this portion of our study will come from the Gospel of John, chapter one, beginning at verse one; and we read there? “In the beginning was the Word , and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God”.

In order to understand our text, we will stop there for a moment and explain what we have read. We notice that Word, has a upper-case W, or a capital W. ?. that is significant in that it always denotes Jesus Christ who is the living Word of God. Word is appropriate; because Jesus revealed God to mankind. Words are what men use to communicate an idea or thought to one another.

Words are used to picture some thought, so that it can be better and more easily understood. Jesus Christ who is the embodiment of God, came to earth so that men could better understand who God is and what God is like. God is Spirit, and men are very limited in how we understand and deal with Spirit.

God desired that men would better know Him, and so, in His supplying the instrument of redemption for man, He sent the second person of the God-Head, Jesus Christ, to earth, through the womb of a young Jewish Virgin (Mary), to take on the form and flesh of mankind and live and walk and exist with us so that he could perfectly represent us to God and could perfectly identify with us as humans. So, as we begin to look at the object of our faith, we look back into eternity and we find that our Lord and Savior has always been there with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Just in case you are not familiar with our Triune God, this ?One God? who deals with us in three distinct personalities, let me state to you that the Christian Faith rests upon the understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. The doctrinal teachings begins in Genesis 1:26 when God says (to the Son and the Holy Spirit) ?Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.? Then in Genesis 3:22 God says ( to the Son and the Holy Spirit), ?Behold, the man is become as one of us?. Then we see in Exodus17:7, the people tempted God by questioning whether God was even with them or not; and in 1st Cor. 10:9 God warns us through the Apostle Paul, not to tempt Christ , as those people had tempted God, and were plagued by serpents.

Hebrews 3:1-19 warns us, not to harden our hearts as those people did in the wilderness: and in those verses there in Hebrews chapter 3 we read of God the Father, Christ and the Holy Spirit; and are warned not to harden our hearts as the people did back then.

Now, since this is difficult to understand and keep in order, I want us to read and share various scriptures that speak of The Father, The Son (Jesus Christ) and The Holy Spirit. Isaiah 6:8; Isaiah 9: 6-7; Isaiah 11: 1-5; Isaiah 42:1-8; Isaiah 48:16-17; Isaiah 61:1; Isaiah 63:9-1; Matthew 1:18-21; Mathew 3:11; Matthew 12:28; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 3:21-22; 2nd Cor. 13:14; and on and on, however time nor space will allow us to list all of the proofs that our God is “ne God” who manifests Himself to us in three distinct personalities.

The Word Trinity is not a word of the Bible; however it is a word used to explain the teaching of the Bible that, clearly teaches the fact, that God does work with His creation in three distinct and equal personalities. I do not think that we need to go any deeper in our doctrine that Jesus Christ is the ?Second Person? of the Trinity and that Christ is indeed divine.

He is known as Immanuel, which means “God with us”.  (See Isaiah 7:14)
Can we prove that Jesus is Immanuel? We already have, if you have read the scriptures that we listed above. Look again at Matthew 1:21-23, and you will find that Mary brought forth a son, and called His name Jesus, for He would save His people from their sin, and then in verse 23 we find that the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 was fulfilled by Jesus Christ who was “God with us”! Hallelujah, The good news for man is that God would come to tabernacle with us and to share our pain, grief, and all that goes with the flesh of man, without sin, in order that He could perfectly identify with us as He saves us by the shedding of His blood.

If we look back to the Gospel of John, from which we took our text today, we find in verse 3, that ?all things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made?. Jesus Christ had been the agent for creation in Genesis chapter one and verse one.

He volunteered to lay aside His glory for a time and leave heaven and all of it?s beauty and comfort, to come to His Creatures and His Creation, to die at the hands of those whom He had made. He came to bring light, the light of life to a world that had allowed darkness to overtake the light. Verse 4 of John chapter one, tells us that ?in Him was life; and the life was the light of men?. Jesus Christ came to the earth as the “Living Word” the “Truth” that leads to eternal life.

John 3:16 holds out the promise of eternal life with God in heaven, to those who will truly believe and live according to the truth; and in the verses that follow verse 16, we find God the Father had judged and condemned the world for it’s sin; and then in verse 19, we are told that the reason we are condemned is, because we have chosen darkness rather than light. We chose to follow after worldly vices rather than to read and obey God’s Written Word, that was inspired by the Living Word. What about you? Have you come to the Father through Jesus Christ, His Son? Are you walking in the light of the Word of God or are you still stumbling around in the darkness of sin and worldliness? Please read and study and pray about what we have written here, and be here for the next lesson in just a few days, when we will continue to focus on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob