Jesus Is The Word of God

Today’s Lesson

Read John 1:1, 1 John 1:1, and Revelation 19:13

Jesus is The Word of God. This does not mean that Jesus is a spoken or written representation of an idea: Jesus is not a word; Jesus is The Word of God.

Yes, the Bible is the word of God, but it is the word of God in a different sense that Jesus is The Word of God. The Bible is the word of God in the sense that, through divine inspiration, the Bible is God’s written message to humanity (much like a letter is one person’s message to another).

However, when the New Testament declares that Jesus is The Word of God, it means that Jesus is a part of God’s being, a part that proceeds from God Himself to do God’s will. Acting as a messanger of God, The Word of God speaks for God (Genesis 15:1), teaches others about God (Proverbs 1:20-30), creates for God (Psalm 33:6), and accomplishes God’s will before returning to God Himself (Isaiah 55:11).

As The Word of God, Jesus is God, not because He and the Father are the same (Jesus and the Father are actually distinct one from the other), but because The Word of God proceeds from the Father’s being (John 16:27). Thus, The Word of God is related to God the Father in the same way The Spirit of God is related to God the Father (to read more about the Spirit of God, click here).

Questions for Reflection

  1. Do you believe Jesus is divine, or do you believe that he was only another human prophet or teacher?
  2. Do you belive that Jesus is one being with the Father and the Spirit of God, or do you believe Jesus was created by God?
  3. On what do you base your beliefs about Jesus?

Sample Prayer

Father in Heaveh, God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, and God of the Bible, I belive in you, and I belive in Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Messiah, your Son, whom you have sent. I believe He is your Word: one with you, the one who proceeds from you, the one who has returned to you.

Jesus, Christ, Messiah! Continue to reveal yourself in my life so I can continue to trust you and praise you. Amen!

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God is Complex

Today’s Lesson

Read Genesis 1:2, Isaiah 55:11, Exodus 33:14 & 22

God has revealed Himself to be complex. Just as humans have hearts, brains, and limbs, God reveals that there are different parts to Himself. God is a spirit (John 4:24), nevertheless there is a part of God that is called the Holy Spirit (see Genesis 1:2). God’s word proceeds from God, carries out God’s will, and returns to God (see Isaiah 55:11). God’s presence (Exodus 33:14) and glory (Exodus 33:22) are also extensions of Himself.

The complexity of God is hardly comprehensible to us human beings, nevertheless God has chosen to reveal it to us in the Bible, and with good reason. The complexity God reveals about Himself is the foundation for what God would later reveal about Himself in the New Testament: that God is triune.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Why is it important that our understanding of God’s nature be completely based on what the Bible reveals about God’s nature?
  2. What do you understand about the doctrine of the Trinity?
  3. What Scriptures would you use to teach the doctrine of the Trinity?

Prayer Sample

Lord, you are marvellous! You exceed our understanding! How great you are! How beautiful you are! I praise you and worship you for who you are.

I humbly and meekly trust your word. I trust what you have revealed about yourself. Continue to teach me more about yourself so I can continue to praise you and fall in love with you. Amen.

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Faith and Certainty / Fe y Certeza

On Hebrews 11:1 (Desplazarse abajo para leer en español)

People often describe faith as being blind, or as jumping into the dark. They talk about taking a leap of faith. But if you look at what God’s word says, faith is nothing of that sort.

The Bible tells us that faith is the substance of what we hope and the evidence of what we do not see (see Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith gives us certainty about what do not have yet.

So, whereas people talk about faith as something that cannot be relied upon because it is uncertain, the Bible tells us that faith gives us certainty of that upon which we rely.

What, then, are those things for which we hope, and those things we do not see? And why do we rely on them? Those things on are God’s promises, and we rely on them because God is able and true.

The point of Hebrews 11:1 is that God’s promises give us certainty because we trust God, and that this certainty motivates us to pursue God’s promises despite the obstacles and hardships we may face.

  1. Do you believe God is able and true?
  2. Do you trust God’s promises?
  3. Do God’s promises motivate you to keep pressing forward?

“Lord, I believe you are faithful and true. Help me to trust your word and your promises. With your help, I make the conscious choice to trust you, and I will keep pressing forward since I trust you to keep your promises.”

Sobre Hebreos 11:1 (Scroll up to read in English)

La gente a menudo represente la fe como una mujer ciega, o la compara con saltar en la oscuridad. Aquí en los Estados Unidos, la gente habla de dar un salto de fe. Pero si vemos en la palabra de Dios, la fe no es nada de eso.

La Biblia nos dice que la fe es la sustancia de lo que esperamos y la evidencia de los que no vemos (ver Hebreos 11:1). En otras palabras, la fe nos de seguridad de aquello que todavía no tenemos.

Así que, aunque la gente habla de la fe como algo en lo que no se puede confiar porque es incierto, la Biblia nos dice que la fe nos da seguridad de aquello en los que nos apoyamos.

¿Qué pues son aquellas cosas por las cuales esperamos y que no vemos? ¿Y por qué nos apoyamos sobre ellas? Esas cosas son las promesas de Dios, y nos apoyamos en ellas porque Dios todo lo puede y porque Dios dice la verdad.

El punto de Hebreos 11:1 es que las promesas de Dios nos dan certeza porque confiamos en Dios; y esta certeza nos motiva a seguir las promesas de Dios sin importar los obstáculos y las dificultades que hemos de enfrentar.

  1. ¿Cree usted que Dios todo lo puede y que él siempre dice la verdad?
  2. ¿Confía usted en las promesas de Dios?
  3. ¿Le motivan a usted las promesas de Dios a persistir?

“Señor, yo creo que tú eres fiel y verdadero. Ayúdame a confiar en tu palabra y tus promesas. Con tu ayuda, tomo la decisión  de confiar en ti, y seguiré perseverando ya que confío en ti, que tú guardarás tus promesas.”