The Logos is God !
I’ve been told that in some places, some people within the body of Christ, are questioning the Deity of Christ.. Questioning, the Deity of Christ!
Of course the word “Deity” refers to someone who possess a divine nature; In other words, a God. So then the question is.. Is Christ God? What does the bible say? Don’t even be concerned with what any man might say, but be concerned with what the bible says. So then, Is Christ God, or isn’t He? Or is Christ some “lesser” being, than the almighty God?
Is Christ lesser than God, in power? Hebrews 1, verse 2 says; “..Through Whom also He made the world.” It must have required a lot of power to create the world. And through Christ, God made the world. John 1, verse 3 says; “ALL things were made by Him; And without Him, was not anything made, that was made.”
Is Christ lesser in authority? Jesus Himself said in Mathew 28:18; “ALL authority has been given to Me, in heaven and on earth.” ALL authority. Jesus said in Mathew 9, verse 6; “But that ye may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins, (then he says to the paralytic,) Rise up, take up thy bed and go to thy house.” The authority to forgive sins! The scriptures say in Mark 2, verse 7; “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” That’s a good question isn’t it? “Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” You know the answer don’t you? No one, but God alone !
Is Christ lesser in importance, or we might say, in preeminence? Colossians 1:18 tells us that “..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.”
So then Christ has the power to create everything that has ever been created. And Christ has ALL authority, even the authority to forgive sins, which belongs to God alone! And Christ has ALL preeminence, being the “head”, of even the kingdom of God.
But the Bible has a lot more to say about this Subject..
God says in Isaiah 45, verse 5; “I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God!” Isaiah 46, verse 9 says; “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me.” Is Jesus Christ, this one and only God?
In John chapter 1, Jesus Christ is called, the “Word” of God. And the Word of God, is called.. GOD! Do you know what “God” means? The word “God” is a word that denotes “Deity” or “divinity”. God is.. Deity, and divinity.
“In the beginning, was the Word..” says John 1, verse 1. “And the Word was with God, and the Word was GOD!” The WORD was “Deity and Divinity” !
That statement.. “The Word was WITH God”, might be a little misleading to some people though. Sometimes when we say that something was WITH something, we’re talking about two different things. (Like maybe a watch, that comes with a battery)
Or when we talk about one person being WITH another person, we’re talking about two different people. (Like I was with you, in worship service today) But this verse of scripture isn’t talking about two different “beings”, or two different things, simply being together. That’s not what it’s talking about.
When the bible says that “the Word was WITH God”, it’s talking about one “aspect” or one “feature” of God, being an integral part of the whole God. “The Word was with God”. In other words, the Word of God, is an integral feature of the one complete God, Who is the Father of everything. And likewise, the Spirit of God, is another integral feature, of the one complete God and Father. So then God Consists of God the Father, and God the Word, (Who became the Son) and God the Spirit, (Who is the Holy Spirit).
Let’s talk a little more about the word “with”, and what it means. Sometimes we might say that a woman is “with” child. One of the scriptures is actually translated like that, in Mathew 1, verse 18. Many versions of the bible translate the verse like this.. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows; When His mother Mary, had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be WITH child by the Holy Spirit.”
Mary was WITH child. That child within her womb, was at that time, an integral part of Mary. The child wasn’t separate from Mary, but rather, it was a very part of her very own body! Later, when the child was born, that child would become separate from Mary. But while she was WITH child, that child was absolutely an integral part of Mary Herself. The child was her very flesh and blood!
And that’s how it was with the Word. Not that the Word was flesh and blood, but the Word was one SPIRIT, with God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was an integral part, an integral feature of God, and the Word was GOD!”
Now I want you to substitute the word “was” as used in this verse, for the word “existed”, because that’s exactly what the word “was” means; It means.. “to exist”. And so here’s what John 1, verse 1 says; “In the beginning, existed the Word. And the Word existed, as an integral part of God, and the Word existed AS God.”
So then there’s no doubt about it, that the Word, is Deity! From the very beginning of time, and from the very beginning of creation, even from before creation, the Word already existed, as Deity, as God. The bible is as clear as anything can be.
But what exactly is, the “Word” ? The Word always existed as Deity, but what is the “Word”? Is it the written word that we have in the bible? Well, that certainly is a part of it now, but it wasn’t a part of it back then. Because there was no bible at the beginning of time; There was no written word.
So then if the Word that has always existed, wasn’t a written word, was it a spoken word? God “spoke” the creation into existence, so to speak, didn’t He? Throughout the first chapter of Genesis, we keep reading the words.. “God said”. And Palm 33, verse 9 says; “For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” So is the Word, a spoken word? Actually, the “Word” is much more, than JUST a spoken word.
In John 1, verse 1, the original word is “Logos”, I’m sure most of you already know that. “Logos”.. But exactly what does “logos” mean? In the new testament, the word “logos” has a very broad application. It’s used 330 times, with reference to communication through speech. It sometimes means, “a discourse”; Like in Acts 20, verse 7, where the scripture says that Paul “discoursed to them until mid-night..”
But in John 1 verse 1, “Logos” has a much more specific meaning, than simply a communication or a discourse. The actual underlying meaning of “logos”, isn’t necessarily the words that are spoken, but rather, it’s the expression of one’s thoughts. It’s the embodiment of the ideas which exist, in the mind of the one expressing those ideas.
Now most of the time, if not all the time, thoughts and ideas are expressed in words; (although sometimes they’re expressed in pictures) But in understanding what the “Logos” is, (the “Logos” which existed from the beginning as God) we really need to think of it, as the very thoughts, within the very mind, of God. The thoughts of God, which take place in the “mind of God” is the essence, of what the “Logos” is.
And obviously, since God has existed eternally, so also have His thoughts existed eternally. Could you not say that the thoughts and ideas, in the mind of God, are the essence of God Himself? I think you would have to say that.
We all know what a “company logo” is, right? A “company logo”, is typically a name, that’s associated with the company, and which identifies the company. Often times the logo, is the very name of the company. Like the name McDonald’s, or the name Apple, or the name Nike. And a lot of times a symbol has taken the place of the name, as the logo for the company. Like the Golden Arches, have become the logo, for the McDonald’s corporation. And a picture of an apple, with a bite out of it, has become the logo, for the Apple corporation.
And these logos, have become symbolic of the entire company. They represent the very essence of the company, whether it’s McDonalds, or Apple, or Nike, or Google, or Coca-Cola, or whatever it is. And that’s how it is with the “Logos” in reference to God. “Logos” is the very essence of God in thought and idea. The expression of God; The embodying of the ideas and the mind of God.
In Hebrews 1, verse 3, the bible tells us that Christ, (the Logos) “is the radiance of His glory (the radiance of the glory of God) and the exact representation of His nature..” He’s the “Logos” of God !!
And of course that’s why Jesus Himself said, in John 14, verse 9; “..he that hath seen Me hath seen the Father..” Jesus was the physical representation, of the very mind and thoughts of the Father in heaven.
John 1, verse 14 says; “And the Logos became flesh, and dwelt among us..” (The “Logos”, the very thoughts and mind of God, became the very Son of God, Who is the Christ, the Anointed One. In other words, the Logos, became “the Chosen One”) And verse 14 says; “And we beheld His glory; Glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Grace and truth IS the essence of God. Along with of course love and mercy and a few other things.
But the point I want you to focus on, is the fact that the “Logos”, which is Deity, which is God.. became flesh! God, took on a fleshly body, and lived on this earth, among men. And men beheld His glory!
Listen to the words, of Philippians 2:5 thru 8; “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; Who, existing in the form of God, (The Logos existed as God) But, He “did not consider equality with God something which had to be held on to. But He emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. (in the likeness of men) And being found in appearance as a man, (He appeared as a man, but He was God!) He humbled Himself, and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.”
The almighty God of heaven, humbled Himself (and most of the time we can’t even humble ourselves!) But God humbled Himself, and took on the “appearance” of a man, though He was GOD! Christ can make Himself appear in any form He chooses. He once appeared before Moses as “fire”, in a burning bush. (Exodus 3, verse 2) He once appeared before Joshua as “the commander of the army of the Lord”. (Joshua 5:14) But He was no less God, each time He appeared. And then He took on the appearance of a man, and He lived on this earth for about 33 years. But He was no less God while He walked the earth, than when He created the earth!
Think about this if you would.. When do you stop being you? Do you stop being you when you’re asleep? No.. Do you stop being you when you’re at work, or when you’re enjoying your recreation? No.. You never stop being you, do you? No, never.
And about God. Does God ever stop being God? Did He stop being God when the creation was completed, when he “rested”? No, God never stops being God. What about the “Logos”, who always existed as God. Did the expression of the very thoughts and mind of God, ever stop being God? I don’t see why anyone would think that He did. He was God when He created the worlds; And He was God when He appeared in the burning bush; And when He appeared as the commander of the army of God; And He was God when He became flesh, and became “the Son of God”.\; Even when He became the Son of God, He was still God! And He was God when He was crucified, and when He shed His blood, and when He was buried, and when He was resurrected, and when He ascended back to heaven; And He’s God now! And He’s God forever more!
And Romans 8:34 says; “..It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is at the ‘right hand’ of God (which means that He serves as the power of God! He’s the POWER of God! He’s God! “..Who also makes intercession for us.”
Make no mistake about it; Jesus the Christ, the “Word of God”, the eternal “Logos”, IS the eternal God, with all the power and authority, of God.