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"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." (John 1:14). The glory that Jesus manifested was not reflected glory, but was in fact the glory of God. "Glory" is from the Greek "doxa" meaning "dignity, honor, worthiness, position". "Word" is from the Greek "Logos" meaning "something said (including the thought), by implication a topic (subject of discourse) the mental faculty or motive, computation; the Divine Expression". 

 

God wanted to manifest His glory to His creation and chose the office of His Word (Divine Expression) as the means. "And the Word was made flesh." (John 1:14a). The Word was God, "Theos en". The Word "was made flesh" or "sarxegeneto"; that is, the Word as God was made flesh. "Flesh" is "sarx" which is the whole man: spirit, soul, and body as well as man's nature. "Flesh" connotes man "mortal and dying". Flesh speaks of man tainted with sin and the Word will be sent of God in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, to condemn sin in the flesh. The  Word which is God will take on a form of a man and permanently dwell or tabernacle in a body of flesh just like ours. The Word was manifested as a man, God making Himself a form for all to see and witness, in the man Christ Jesus as a Son having His own name by inheritance. The Father (Jesus) will give His Son His name (Jesus), the man being equal with God but making himself no reputation. Jesus the Son will always do the will of the Father. The Spirit given to the man Jesus will be without measure which will give life to the man and animate His every move by Jesus' will being in subjection always to that of the Spirit's or Father's will. As spoken by Zechariah: "Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: For lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD." (Zechariah 2:10). 

 

"The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:14a).  God in the office of the Word forever wedded to our flesh, entering this fleshly tabernacle never to go out. This was  promised to David by God  according to the flesh. "The LORD hath sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne." (Psalms 132:11). "This is my rest forever: Here will I dwell; for I have desired it." (Psalms 132:14). This is the Word tabernacling with mankind in a permanent dwelling. "My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people." (Ezekiel 37:27). With the Word being made flesh, all former manifestations of God were partial since God will now manifest Himself in a personal human manifestation. This is the sure mercies of David; that is, God manifesting His full mercy and truth through David's seed according to the flesh, God fashioned as a man.

 

The Word became a man in that God as Spirit manifested a form as His express image, animating His every move, character, attributes, etc. The "Word made flesh" was not just a theophony, epiphany, or Christophony, but was in fact God Himself animating the man Christ Jesus as God's own form and expression. The man Christ Jesus did not do his own human will at any time, but always did those things that pleased God. Therefore, Jesus as the man expressed God's nature, character, attributes, perfectly as a man. Jesus is the absolute form of God, being the only true God and eternal life as the permanent dwelling of the fulness of the Godhead, the exact Expression of the Omni-present Spirit of God or Father known as the only begotten Son of God.

 

God has no beginning of days, but "Is" the "I AM" as the Self-Existent Eternal God that is the Life and Light, the Almighty God existing as Elohim in all His eternal attributes from the Aleph to the Tahv. The Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omni-present Spirit of God is invisible; the Light that no man can approach unto. "No man hath seen God at any time." (John 1:18a). No one has seen God's shape. "Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his face." (John 5:37b). "And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." (Exodus 33:20). But God wanted to be manifested in and to His creation, therefore God prepared Himself a body fashioned as a man, the form of God.  

 

God wanted to manifest Himself to His creation. The Word is Eternal as God's "Thought" or "Logos", the "Logos" from the beginning of all that exist, for the Word was the Spirit that created all things...not as an instrument, not a Second Person of the Godhead, but as the everlasting Word that existed with God in office of "Reason, Purpose, Thought, Expression". "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God". (John 1:1b). When God spoke His Word, then the Expression of God was manifested in the works that was accomplished by His Word as seen by His creation. The sons of God shouted for joy when God laid the foundations of the earth, for they saw the Word in action as God expressed His plan and purpose. The angels are created beings and are not omni-present. The Word is not a manifestation of creation, but the Eternal Spirit as the Voice of God spoken or written to proclaim God's Thoughts/Expression/Plan/Purpose which was from the foundation of the world. "And God said, Let there be...". Another example is the Voice of the Lord that walked with Adam in the cool of the day.  

 

No man has seen God at any time. (John 1:18, Exodus 33:20, John 5:37, 1 John 4:12). That is, no man has seen the Omni-Present Spirit of God that even the heaven of heavens cannot contain. However, God did manifest Himself as a Theophony or Christophony in the Old Testament through His creation. The angel of the LORD or angel of God as He was sometimes called was a Theophony proclaiming the Word of God among God's people.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob manifested in the burning bush to Moses. (Exodus 3:1-4). The bush was not God, but temporarily housed the Spirit or Word of God to Moses as the Jehovah LORD. If God had housed permanently in this bush, we would all be worshipping the burning bush as God today.  But as a temporary manifestation of God or as a theophony, God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush which was a type of Christ that would be of the lowliest creation, the bramble bush being a form of creation. "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM." (Exodus 3:14a). The I AM is the God of glory, the one and only Spirit of God.  Another example is that of Jacob that wrestled a man, the angel of the LORD, all night. This angel had substance as a man and the wrestling match was on. This was not a play act, but was in reality a full wrestling match. Jacob prevailed and had power with God as a prince. Jacob believed that he had seen God face to face and lived, which no other man had done. "And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." (Genesis 32:30). This was a Theophony or Christophony as a temporary manifestation of God. 

 

Was Jacob mistaken? Did he or did he not see God and live? Yes, he did see God face to face as the angel of the LORD, as a man in the form of a Theophony. "Man" used here is "'iysh" which is man  extant; i.e. a certain man which points to Christ. This is the man from heaven, not an "adam" or merely an "enowsh", but an "iysh" as a type of Christ. This is the LORD Jehovah in a temporary manifestation as a man that literally wrestled with Jacob all night long. Referencing this to Jesus as the Word: "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even  the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:13). Jesus as the Spirit of God, the Word took on a body of flesh in the incarnation as God manifested in the flesh. Look who spake to Jacob. "He found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us; Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial." (Hosea 12:3-5). Yes, Jacob did see the Word as the Expression of God as a man or the angel of the LORD in a Theophony, but he did not see the Omni-present Spirit of God. There are many other occasions in the Old Testament that people saw a Theophony or Christophony as a temporary manifestation God as a man or angel.

 

In the New Testament, the full manifesting of God in perfection and in fullness is Jesus Christ, Who, as the Word was made flesh in a permanent dwelling or tabernacling with mankind.  The Word, Logos, Expression of God, who is the Father or Holy Ghost, was made flesh and dwelt among us as the Father of glory manifested in the lowliest and meanest flesh just like all mankind. The man Christ Jesus is the express image of His person and the brightness of His glory. As the Light of the glory of God cannot be separated from the off flash of the Light, so the Son of God cannot be separated from God's Person. God is Light, Jesus is that Light manifested effulgence. Jesus Christ as a man is the image of God's concrete essence and the abstract assurance of God's Person as the Express Image of his Person. The Son of God is the only begotten God manifesting the seen nature and character of God's attributes and essence and substance through the only form of God as a man. Jesus is the physical and only begotten Son of God, and we are the spiritual adopted sons of God through Him by his exaltation to His former state of glory.

 

The Word made flesh was the only begotten physical Son of God. The Word made flesh was in the form of God and was equal with God in dignity and glory, the Word was God and is God. The Word with the Father was the Self-same Spirit of God being the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost and are one. (1 John 5:7). God, in the womb of Mary punched Him out a form being fashioned as a man; that is, "made" not "born" of a woman. The man Christ Jesus thought it not robbery to be equal with God, "made himself of no reputation" which is the "kinosis" or "emptied out" in taking upon himself a human nature when he assumed a human body in the incarnation, being made in the likeness of men. Jesus as a man of flesh was God that took on him the seed of Abraham as one of the human race in likeness of sinful flesh.  It is in this estate of humiliation that Jesus will taste death for every human being, being made sin who knew no sin. "For he hath made him to be  sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corinthians 5:21).  

 

Jesus the man,  then asked the Father: "And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (John 17:5). Obviously flesh and blood was not with God before the world was created, but the man Christ Jesus existed in God's "Logos", just as the Lamb of God that was slain from the foundation of the world. The Lamb of God was not physically slain from the foundation of the world, but only in God's "Logos". The man Christ Jesus as the form of God will be glorified with God's own self, with the glory that he had with Him before the world was in God's predestined plan or "Logos".

 

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name."  (Philippians 2:9). This was the purpose and will in Christ Jesus for redemption to mankind. "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him." (Ephesians 1:10). For the man Christ Jesus is the only wise God and Savior, the only true God and eternal life. For the man Christ Jesus who was equal with God has returned to his former glory and dignity as God, the one and Self-same Spirit of God. Therefore the man Christ Jesus after his glorification stated: "All power is given me in heaven and in earth." (Matthew 28:18). This did not leave the Father powerless, but the man that first descended is he that also ascended far above all things in heaven and in earth, who was glorified with the glory and estate that he had with the Father before the world was through God's Plan/Thought/Purpose/Expression/"Logos".

 

 

    

 

 

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