Column: Mathew Vroman: Answers to what God is like is known (7/22/21) – Standard-Democrat

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Every decade or so it seems there will be a movie that comes out where the main character is portraying God (George Burns). This will cause people to say, what is God like?

If someone says there is President Trump or Obama they are using a title to explain what position the person has. In those verses, there is a title given for Jesus which is the Word. Notice from the beginning of the verse that Jesus (the Word) is God and he became flesh (or mortal). This is called the incarnation or “in the flesh.”

John MacArthur explains, “If God became incarnate, what kind of man would He be? We would expect Him to be sinless; we would expect him to be holy; we would expect His words to be the greatest words ever spoken; we would expect Him to exert a profound power over human personality; we would expect Him to perform supernatural doings; and we would expect Him to manifest the love of God. Of all human beings who have ever lived, Jesus Christ alone met all of those criteria.” (www.alwaysbeready.com)

If someone wants to understand God they must understand Jesus because he is God. Look at these amazing ancient quotes (theos is the term for God):

• Ignatius wrote on his way to martyrdom in Rome (around A.D. 115). Ignatius refers to Jesus Christ as theos about fourteen times.

• Justin Martyr (c. 165) There is admittedly a strand of subordinationism in Justin Martyr’s theology. Nevertheless, Justin also explicitly describes the Son as theos: “If you had understood what has been written by the prophets, you would not have denied that He was God, Son of the only, unbegotten, unutterable God.”

• Polycarp (c. A.D. 115) refers to “all those who are under heaven who will believe in our Lord and God Jesus Christ and in his Father who raised him from the dead.”(ww.alwaysbeready.com)

That means Jesus is more than just a “good” moral teacher or some long haired spiritual guide. He is God in the flesh.

If you receive Jesus you receive God and if you reject him you reject God.

Jesus was asked this very point with one of his followers. The man asked him to show them the Father (God). John 14:9 9Jesus saith unto him, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?’

Make sure today you have believed in Jesus and that means you have believed in God.

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