“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18
LIGHT FOR NOW: Only the son reveals the Father perfectly and accurately.
In our previous studies, we had investigated into the fact that Jesus’ statement in John 1:18 was not a mere exaggeration. And we’ve seen a vital fact about the Old Testament which is the fact that men’s encounter and interaction with angels was equated to or regarded as interactions with God. Remember, before verse 18 of our key text above, Jesus earlier mentioned Moses (in verse 17). Meaning, the phrase “no man, nobody, not even one” includes Moses, all the prophets (Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.) and even angels, and our analysis so far elucidates this fact. Hence, the perfect revelation of the Father is in the son, “…the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father hath declared him”. Observe the phrase “hath declared” used here; this was translated from the Greek word “exegeomai”, which is a term used to teach or explain; that is, “exegeomai” means to explain. In other words, “the only begotten son in whom we see God hath explained him”. So, two things come to mind here:
- God is seen in Christ. Outside Christ, we cannot see God; outside Christ, there is no God.
- God is explained in Christ.
Meaning, outside Christ we cannot explain God; outside Christ, God will still remain a mystery. But in Christ, God has been demystified. We can explain God in Christ. In Christ, we will have an understanding of:
- Who God is
- His personality and character
- What He does
- What He cannot do
- Also, it is in Christ, that we will be able to correct the impressions of the Old Testament prophets about God that presents God as an ambiguous being who has dual identity because it is in what Jesus does that we can now know what God does. And thus, what Jesus does not do/did not do, God does not do/did not do.
Meaning, the revelation of God’s character is encapsulated in Christ. If your understanding of God is outside Christ, it will land you in error. This is because outside Christ, you cannot know God. If you miss Jesus, you have missed God. If you are deficient in the revelation of Christ, then you can’t be sufficient in your revelation of God, because there is no revelation of God anywhere outside Christ. And there is no study of God anywhere outside Christ. Glory!
INSTRUCTION:Don’t look for God outside Jesus.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: In Jesus, you don’t look for God; in Jesus, you have found God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 1; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 14