Soul stories – God in the flesh

Soul Stories

God in the flesh

George Methodist church

Sunday 9th September 2018

8am and 10am

John 1: 1-18

With Peter Veysie

Last week Jeremiah 6:16 Crossroads

Israel and the two pictures of the garden tomb in Jerusalem

INTRODUCTION

I think that this is a question that needs to be absorbed on so many different levels rather than just answered.

The most significant scripture for me in the whole bible which answers the question as to who Jesus is as God in the flesh can be found in John 1:14 which is actually an extensive theological statement expanded out of

 

John 1:1 -18

Isaiah 9: 1-7 For unto us a child is born

Isaiah 53

Jeremiah 23:1-7 A Godly branch

Ezekiel 47 – Water

Daniel 9:15 – 27  the time of Jesus birth and entry into Jerusalem

Hosea and Gomes – the love of the father

Joel – The outpouring of God’s Spirit

Amos 9 Restoration of David’s fallen tent.

Jonah – coming for the gentiles and his love

Micah 6: 8 Walk humbly act justly love mercy

Malachi 3: 6- 13 Provision and the storehouse.

  1. What does incarnate mean to you?
  2. What is significant about Jesus and the temple?
  3. Who do you say that He is? Personal testimony time.

 

 

And the word became 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 Apostle Paul echoes John’s thoughts:

Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of humanity (Philippians 2:6,7).

  1. The Incarnation Of Jesus Christ

God became a human in Jesus Christ. This is known as the “incarnation.” Incarnation is from the Latin meaning “in flesh.” Although it is not a biblical word it presents a biblical truth. Jesus is the eternal God who became flesh and blood. Jesus became a man at a point in time in history. He did so without giving up His oneness with God. He became a human being without a sin nature. “In flesh” means more than Jesus had a physical body – He was a complete human personality.

 

SCRIPTURE

 John 1:1 – 5

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of people. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it….

And then John 1:14 THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND MADE HIS DWELLING AMONG US. WE HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY, THE GLORY OF THE ONE AND ONLY, WHO CAME FROM THE FATHER FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH.

  1. THE LOGOS – Word – a Greek infusion of love declared as a supreme WORD but now found as a Supreme person – JESUS CHRIST.

God’s living breathing statement of love and sacrifice – a letter not written in stone like the old covenant, but now written in flesh. A Word so tangible and alive that it leaves us with a huge understanding of who Creator God is.

An invitation to meet with Him every single day.

  1. THE PATHOS – fleshed out who the Godhead was and is and is to come.

An incarnate – in the flesh complete man and complete God. No separation any longer between that which was and that which is.

The ability to understand a God who came as flesh and was amongst us and continues to be amongst us. The ability for us to be more real.

  1. THE ETHOS – made his dwelling – tabernacle – tented amongst us.

 

Illustration of camping and the story of the Israelites. Jesus camps right in the middle of our messiness.

One who makes his dwelling amongst us. It is His dwelling – the earth us and all that is in it. It all comes from him and is in him and is created through him. If anything does not derive it’s life from Him, it is lifeless. I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.

 

These are simple building blocks to our understanding of existence, and allows us to be in every sense of being. This is not legalistic exclusivism, but rather God’s way of invitation to us to partner with Him. Becoming flesh has significance for us in our understanding of God who has fleshed out all that He is. This is ongoing living breathing within us and throught the church. He is constant in being not just a moral, ethical guider, but rather a partner through thick and thin. Deur dik en din…

  1. THE GLORY

The Theos is a little more. This is when we see His Glory and we are struck by who he is. This is what gets us down on our knees in worship and understanding. This is the blessing OF God who continues to expose us to his beauty. We therefore see that in the Old Testament the concept of glory really falls into three main areas. Firstly, at least in terms of volume, is the sheer notion of weight. This is then extended into the concept of presence whether it is through ornamentation, ‘swelling’, cloaking or sheer inherent magnificence. Finally we see the notion of praise, praiseworthiness, shining or brilliance described as glory.

We therefore see that in the New Testament the notion of Glory is much narrower and more focused than in the Old. Further that focus is in the area that is the least prominent in the Hebrew. The Hebrew focuses upon volume and presence and only begins to move into the perception of something as glorious. In the New Testament the focus is upon the ability for us to see God in action being and doing all that He does on earth as in heaven through us.

He didn’t die for a glorified grave but for a risen church.

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