comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important
thing about us," wrote Tozer. "Were we able to extract
from any man a complete answer to the question, 'What comes into
your mind when you think about God?' we might predict with certainty
the spiritual future of that man" (A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge
of the Holy, p. 9).
beginning . . . " Those are the most sublime words in the
Bible. Imagine with me for a few moments Moses telling the story
of creation to the Israelites. "In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth." He knew it because of the self-revelation
of God to him. "The earth was formless and void, and darkness
was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving
over the surface of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light';
and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God
separated the light from the darkness" (vv. 2-4).
words in the book of Genesis tells us about Moses' view of creation
and the sovereignty of the Creator over all of His creation. The
God who created Israel also created the entire world and everything
in it. Since God is before all things and created all things,
there can be no idols or false gods. They don't exist. The LORD
God of Israel is the only God. There is none other. Not only is
He the Creator of all life, but He is also the God who redeems
fallen man and enters into covenants with him.
John contemplated creation and wrote under the inspiration of
the Holy Spirit, "In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning
with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from
Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was
life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it" (John 1:1-5).
the name "Christ" in the place of "Word" in
the above paragraph and you get to the very heart of John's believe
about God. In the beginning was the the second person of the God-head,
Christ, and the Christ, was with God, and the Christ, was God.
Christ was in the beginning with God. All things came into being
through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has
come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of
men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not
us back to a time before the time of "in the beginning"
of Moses. He is speaking of eternity before time was created.
John takes us into the mind of the eternal Triune God. He begins
by telling us that Jesus is God manifest in the flesh. God came
to us in the incarnation. The words and works of Jesus, the Logos,
are those of the God-Man. Christ, the Logos did not at some point
in the past come into being. God the Father and the Son have always
been in existence and were not created. God the Father and God
the Son have existed eternally in fellowship with one another.
The term logos
is applied to Christ exclusively in John 1:1, 14; Revelation 19:13
and I John 1:1. There is a possible personification of "the
Word of God" in Hebrews 4:12.
the Apostle Paul expressed his convictions about the Creator when
he wrote to the philosophers at Colossae. "He is the image
of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him
all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers
or authoritiesall things have been created through Him and
for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have
first place in everything. For it was the Fathers
good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through
Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through
the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things
on earth or things in heaven" (Colossians 1:15-20). Not only
did Jesus create all things, but also He is the super-glue that
holds all things together. The personal pre-existence of Christ
is taught by the apostle Paul (II Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:6f; Col. 1:17).
These words of Paul are parallel to the logos passage in
John 1:118 and to Hebrews 1:14 as well as Philippians
"He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9).
A. T. Robertson observed, "Jesus is the very stamp of God
the Father as He was before the Incarnation (John 17:5) and is
now (Phil. 2:511; Heb. 1:3) . . . the one who sees Jesus
has seen God (John 14:9)."
us something else about his thoughts on God incarnate. "See
to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty
deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the
elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and
in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all
rule and authority . . ." (Col. 2:8-10). Lightfoot said,
"In Christ dwells the whole pleroma (fullness, plenitude),
the entire fullness of the Godhead . . . " Kenneth Wuest
captures the pregnant idea of verse seven when he translates,
"Because in Him there is continuously and permanently at
home all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily fashion."
would say, "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,
and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
full of grace and truth . . . No one has seen God at any time;
the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has
explained Him" (John 1:14, 18).
quote from the old Christian mystic A. W. Tozer we can bring together
the convictions of these three Bible saints. Tozer writes in The
Knowledge of the Holy, page 31:
. . . God
can not so divide Himself that one Person works while another
is inactive. In the Scriptures the three Persons are shown to
act in harmonious unity in all the mighty works that are wrought
throughout the universe.
In the Holy
Scriptures the work of creation is attributed to the Father
(Gen. 1:1), to the Son (Col. 1:16), and to the Holy Spirit (Job
26:13; Ps. 104:30). The incarnation is shown to have been
accomplished by the three Persons in full accord (Luke 1:35),
though only the Son became flesh to dwell among us. At Christ's
baptism the Son came up out of the water, the Spirit descended
upon Him and the Father's voice spoke from heaven (Matt. 3:16,
17). Probably the most beautiful description of the work of atonement
is found in Hebrews 9:14, where it is stated that Christ, through
the Eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God; and there
we behold the three Persons operating together.
of Christ is likewise attributed variously to the Father (Acts
2:32), to the Son (John 10:17, 18), and to the Holy Spirit (Rom.
1:4). The salvation of the individual man is shown by the
apostle Peter to be the work of all three Persons of the Godhead
(1 Peter 1:2), and the indwelling of the Christian man's
soul is said to be by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit