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The One ~ The Only!

02 Jun
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Arguably the most beloved person who ever lived, Jesus is certainly the most controversial figure in history.[1] More books have been written about him or because of what he said and did than any other person in history. Many call him God, but for some he is simply a man. A few even deny he exists, but the name Jesus is even controversial to these contrary critics. Who is Jesus, really, and why is he so important to so many?

I won’t try to reply to everyone’s opinion here, but I hope to point out what the Bible says about Jesus and what that might imply to us. First of all, the Gospel of John tells us that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God: “and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father” (John 1:14). What does that mean—the only begotten of the Father?

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God: and whoever loves him who begot loves him also who is begotten of him. (1 John 5:1 UPDV)

If all believers are begotten by God, then Jesus’ status as the only begotten of the Father must mean something different than it does concerning us. John also tells us that God sent his only begotten Son into the world (1John 4:9). Therefore, the one who became Jesus existed as God’s only begotten Son even before his human birth. So, what does this mean? Does it mean Jesus was created by God before he created the universe? One wouldn’t think so, because we are told that God created Adam (Genesis 5:1-2), and Luke tells us that Adam was God’s son, which according to Genesis was through creation (Luke 3:38). Therefore, if Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, then it logically cannot be through creation.

Genesis 5:1-2 also tells us that Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, and the writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was the perfect image of God (Hebrews 1:3). What would that look like in flesh and blood? If we consider the Genesis account of the creation of the man and the woman, we find that both male and female together are the single image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Nevertheless, Adam was created first and the woman was brought out of him later (Genesis 2:7, 21-23). But if this is so, how could Jesus be the perfect image of God as we are told in Hebrews 1:3?

According to the New Testament, the Church is the bride of Christ (2Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7; 21:2, 9). We are in him (Romans 8:1; 12:5; 2Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:6). Just as Adam was put into a deep sleep and Eve was brought out of him (Genesis 2:21-23), so Jesus was in a deep sleep (death) but when Jesus was raised, we who are in him were raised together with him (Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 3:1-3). Nevertheless, how is all this the image of God?

Paul tells us Jesus is the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (1Timothy 6:15), who alone has immortality and dwells in the Light which no man can approach, which no man has seen nor can see (v.16). John tells us that God is Light (1John 1:5), and according to Paul, Jesus dwells in this Light (God) which no man has seen or can see. John again tells us that no man has seen God at any time, but the Only Begotten Son dwells in to bosom of the Father (John 1:18). This is the One, the Only, the Only Begotten Son of God.

In John 14:6-7 Jesus tells us that if we wish to know God, we need to know him (i.e. Jesus), because he is the way to God, the truth of God and the life of God in human form. No one knows the Father except the Son of God and those to whom Jesus is pleased to reveal him (Matthew 11:27). In Jesus is found every spiritual blessing or gift that I need or could desire (Ephesians 1:3; cp. 1Corinthians 1:30). Therefore, if we desire life and to know God, it behooves us to get to know Jesus, the One, the Only—who alone has immortality, and who alone dwells in the Light and is able to reveal him to us.

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[1] As I said HERE, this current theme about the person of Jesus is based upon the book: The Jesus Style by Gayle Erwin. They are my thoughts about his book. He may or may not agree with the impression his book has made upon me, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading what Gayle wrote and recommend his book to anyone who is looking for a good read about Jesus.

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