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Who Do Men Say I am...

(Jesus the Man of Humanity and Divinity)

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (St. John 1:1) This verse clearly describes Jesus Christ as the Word of God for He was in the beginning, He was with God, and He was God; however, this alone may not be enough evidence for you so the scripture further down goes on to say: "And 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. Jesus was made flesh through the womb of a virgin (Mary) in order to fulfill the plan of God for salvation, yet he was the Word from the very beginning. (Fuller, Perkins 131) Everything God commanded since the beginning of creation Jesus fulfilled in obedience. "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."(Gen.1:4) This light came from Jesus, and was created because Jesus is the light of the world and without him there is no darkness. Also in the scripture St. John 1:4-5: "In him (Jesus) was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. From the very beginning of time God has spoken his commandments and wishes for us to follow, and has sent them by way of himself (Jesus) and the five fold ministry. He still sends His word by way of the five fold ministry, signs and wonders, and hasn't changed. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever more. God has used his word to inspire, be a light, encourage, rebuke, and to create the universe so that it may all give him glory for who He is.

"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 unto all good works." (II Tim. 3:16). We are also encouraged to spread the "good news" which is the word of God in order to reach the nations and offer everyone the same opportunity of salvation. (Mother Teresa ) "Preach the word; be instant in season, and out of season; reprove rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (II Tim. 4:2) The Word of God is the most important aspect of a Christian's life. It carries the instruction for which to live by, and creates the atmosphere for prosperity, change, and if disobeyed brings about results of reproof/correction. Another scripture in this manner states "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to ever creature." He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (St. Mark 16:18)

The word of God is very powerful, and because we are mad in his image then life and death even lies within the power of our tongues. Our words carry the same powerful effect, and if not used correctly can cause much damage. We are to be very careful with what we say with our mouths about ourselves and one another. We are even commanded not to change the Word in any way, but to keep the commandments of God. From Genesis to Revelation the Word of God is honored as the highest authority, and is the key factor to a successful life. Deuteronomy 4:2 says "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you." This is a very important aspect in a Christian's life for without the Word of God then we are completely lost. The word of God led Moses as he led the children of Israel out of Egypt into the promise land. Although he could not enter in due to disobedience of the Word that God had commanded him, he was able to complete the journey. "Remember the Word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, the Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land." (Joshua 1:13) The Word of God has been said to bring about benefits for those who obey it, and follow its commands. The word is said to be the stepping stone for the way Christians live, and throughout the entire Bible the word is the way in which they receive their instruction for their next step or level. For example, "The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza. Thus saith the Lord; Behold, waters rise up out of the north and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl." (Jeremiah 47:1-2) Another example of God using his word not only in the Old Testament, but the New Testament as well is found in St. Matthew 1:22-23. "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Although the word is widely known as the life support of the world today it is also widely rejected as truth, and as the only way to salvation. A prophet is another form of the Word of God. It is a person whether male or female who delivers his messages to the community or person which God commands him to. Because the Word of God is strict it is hard to except, and hard to keep the commandments especially when men want to stay in their way. St. Matthew 13:57 says "And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house." Jesus being the Word also had to fulfill the Word in order for us to be reconciled back to God. For without his obedience to the Word we wouldn't have the opportunity for salvation as we have it. The Word of God is the light of life, and the life of all men. The Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us, and the Word of God is the way we ought to live today in order to prosper and to inherit the Kingdom of heaven. For in the word is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man cometh to the Father



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