Don’t try to make God into some abstract, intangible, incomprehensible, spiritual power. I think that is a tactic that Satan uses to confuse people, to frustrate them, to keep them from sincerely seeking the Lord with all their hearts. He tries to paint God as some dark and mysterious force that can only be partially comprehended by the spiritually elite. But God has revealed to us, through His holy and inspired written word—the Bible—that He’s really not like that at all. How do we know? Because He gave us Jesus—the Word made flesh (John 1:14).
The Apostle John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:1-3, NASB). And then he goes on to say, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (verse 14).
I love the Apostle Paul’s statement concerning the identity of Jesus when he says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5-7, NASB).
The writer of the book of Hebrews says that God, the Father, spoke these words to the Son:
But of the Son He says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness above Your companions.”
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the works of Your hands;
They will perish, but You remain;
And they all will become old like a garment,
And like a mantle You will roll them up;
Like a garment they will also be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not come to an end.”
(Hebrews 1:8-12, NASB)
Note that, in this passage, we see God the Father calling Jesus the Son both “God” and “Lord.” The Father also asserts the eternal existence of the Son and says of Jesus, “The heavens are the works of Your hands.”
Unless you go so far as to attempt to rewrite the ancient Biblical texts, as the Jehovah’s Witness people have done with their “New World Translation,” it is impossible to escape the fact that the Bible portrays Jesus as God among men. According to the Bible, Jesus “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant” and was “made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7, NASB). What does this mean on a practical level? Well, it means that, though He was divine and possessed all the attributes that when along with being God, He set those attributes aside for a little while in order to come and live among us as a human being. It means that, though was omnipresent—in all, through all, before all—He reigned in the perimeters of His existence. Though He was omniscient—all knowing—He reigned in the extent of His knowledge. Though He was omnipotent—all powerful—He reigned in the glory of His power. But, though He “emptied Himself,” He did not stop being Who and What He was and is—God!
The Apostle John says, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known“ (John 1:18, NIV). The Hebrews writer says, “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature“ (Hebrews 1:1-3, NASB).
One important reason why Jesus came to earth and was “made in the likeness of men,” was so that we could get to know the God who created us; the only true and living God whom we love and serve. And not just know that He is, but know who He is—His nature, His character, His heart! This is the very essence of having a personal relationship with God; something that was impossible for any mortal until after the sin barrier was ripped apart when Jesus died on the cross! Now we each have available to us an incredible privilege—more amazing even than anything any Old Testament prophet, priest, or king ever experienced—the opportunity to enter into a intimate relationship with God; and to know Him personally and deeply. It is a relationship so intimate, in fact, that “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God” (I Corinthians 6:19, NASB).
I encourage you to walk and talk with Jesus. Spend time with Him in study and meditation of the written Word of God. Walk with Him through Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. Hear Him teach. Watch Him love and serve. See how He related to and with people. How He rebuked some, and encouraged others. Spend time with Him in prayer and learn to walk and talk with Him each day. Let Him reveal Himself to you through the glory of His creation, through the power of love shared by hearts devoted to Him, as well as through the prophetic utterances of the writers of the Book! God is no longer some deep, intangible mystery. God wants to be known by you. He wants you to know Him and to love Him for who He really is. As incredible as it may seem, Jesus has made that possible. Know Jesus, know God!
In His Eternal Love,
~ Philip ~