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God Speaks in Him

Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus “is the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature.” If we want to know God, we must know Jesus.


Jesus came to provide the perfect revelation of God that men could receive. John describes him as “the only God, who is at the Father’s side.” This is why Jesus is greater than John the Baptist or Moses, not to mention Mohammed or the pope. Jesus is himself very God of very God, one in the divine Trinity. He is in intimate fellowship of love with God the Father; literally, John says, he is “in the bosom of the Father” (John 1:18 KJV). Here, then, is the one who can show us God. Mark Johnson explains: “If God is to be known, it can only be as he is made known by Someone who already possesses true knowledge of him. Jesus is that Someone. Because of who he is—the eternal Son of God—he is uniquely qualified to reveal God.”

This means that Jesus is the gloriously sufficient Savior for all who long to know God. The Greek word translated “made known” (exegesato) gives us our word exegete, a word Bible scholars use for interpreting the Bible. We exegete Scripture to give a full account of its meaning. This is what Jesus does—he interprets and explains and exposits God to us. To know what God is like and what God intends for the world, we need only study Jesus Christ. This is why John called him “the Word&rdquo: God speaks most plainly and eloquently in him. This is what we most greatly need, and what we should all most frequently seek: to know God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).

—Richard D. Phillips, The Incarnation in the Gospels (P&R Publishing, 2008), 184.

Posted 2014·01·03 by David Kjos
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