Portraits of Christ | The Word
His name is the Word of God. (Revelation 19:13)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, so Solomon penned (Provers 18:21). Words have swayed empires, preserved the freedom of peoples, or enslaved them, and have drastically altered the course of history. History bears out the fact that the pen is often mightier than the sword.
In the Greek language, in which much of the New Testament is written, there are three words used for word. One means the sound of a voice, and another means the sound revealing a mental state. The third, logos, combines the thought of expression and wisdom, It means a word which embodies a concept or idea.
As the Word, Christ was the spoken Word. "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son." ( Hebrews 1:1-2). No longer would prophets come and go, slowly revealing and unfolding the Divine message. For God would now speak His message completely, once and for all, through His Son. Paul wrote to the Colossians that in Christ "dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." (Colossians 2:9).
As the Word, Christ was the visible God. Christ portrayed the mind and heart of God, and everything that God is was embodied in Him. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. "He who has seen me has seen the Father," Jesus spoke (John 14:9).
Five wonderful truths can be gleaned from John's statement opening his gospel:
1. Christ's eternity: "In the beginning"
2. Christ's fellowship in the Godhead: "the Word was with God"
3. Christ's deity: "the Word was God"
4. Christ's work in Creation: "All things were made by Him"
5. Christ's incarnation: "the Word became flesh"
Jesus is the "image of the invisible God," Paul wrote to the Colossians. "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell." (Colossians 1:15-19).