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According to John 1:1-2 (NIV), the Word is the Logos which was in the beginning with God and is God. So the Word which is God became flesh to set up His dwelling among us.

Reference: John 1:14 New International Version (NIV) "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Did you know that Christ's incarnation was in God's mind prior to the world's creation? Before Adam sinned, God in His foreknowledge, knew that Christ would manifest in the flesh to make provision to redeem man from the sin he had fallen into. The Bible says, "But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons and daughters" (Galatians 4:4-5 NASB). So God's intention all along was to reveal Christ in the flesh, so that man might be brought back to the place where he can fulfil His original purpose and manifest the nature of the Divine.

Although He was fully man in Person, Jesus was still God when He came in the flesh. He had to come in the flesh when He walked on this earth in order to fulfil God's eternal purpose for man. 1 Timothy 3:16 reads, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (KJV). Notice the rendering, "God was manifest in the flesh", which means that Jesus never ceased to be God. So there was no time Christ himself was no longer God. All He did was to empty Himself of His privileges as God while on earth in human form.

The latter part of our Scripture says, "We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." What does this imply to every Christian today? It implies that we can continually experience His glory by living the Spirit-filled life. The Holy Spirit constantly guides us into all truth, for one main reason - to show us the glory of the Lord Jesus, especially through the Scriptures (Word of His grace and truth). As we yield to Him, He shows us the glory and as we behold it, He transforms us into Christlikeness. No wonder 2 Corinthians 3:18 reads, "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."

Our salvation is through faith in Christ because He became flesh to accomplish divine plan for the redemption of man, not because He was and is God in heaven. Otherwise, man would simply put his faith in God and get saved. That's the reason our faith is based only on a divine revelation of the Person of Christ. It is only such faith that grants us access to God the Father and allows the Holy Spirit to transform us into the likeness of Christ. This means, in our Christian faith and walk with God, the Holy Spirit is constantly working toward one goal - to transform us to become like Jesus. 1st John 4:17 (NLT) reads, "And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect...because we live like Jesus here in this world." Beloved, the more we become like Christ in character, the more we live on earth as He lived. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - John 1:17; Romans 8:29; John 3:16; Romans 12:2.

Exuberant Declaration: I have Christ in me; the Word made flesh and expressed human nature. I'm forever grateful for receiving the glorious light of the gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. By continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, I'm progressively transformed into His image from one degree of glory to greater glory. Hallelujah!


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