The Uniqueness Of Christ (3)

The great words of John 1:14 - ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth’ - are echoed and expanded upon by Paul, in Philippians 2:5-11. Emphasizing that though ‘He was in the form of God, Christ Jesus did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men’, Paul goes on to describe Christ’s crucifixion - ‘being found in human form He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross’. Paul, then, takes us beyond Christ’s crucifixion - ‘Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the Name that is above every name’. Paul’s next words - ‘that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’ - take us far beyond the beginning - ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’ (John 1:1). They take us on to the end. They prepare us for the great words spoken by the risen Christ in the book of Revelation ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega … the Beginning and the End … the First and the Last … the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty’ (1:8; 21:6; 22:13).

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