This third part to the “Looking to Jesus” series is based on a comment made in Part II by my sister in Christ mysterytopursue. In Part II, God had revealed to me that the Bible’s primary utility is to show us who Jesus is and how He is the foundation for which all other Words of God are authenticated (1 Corinthians 3). Without Jesus, nothing that we do matters, for Jesus is the foundation, the “Chief Cornerstone” by which all ministries, movements, enlightenments, and revelations are built upon, and if He is the foundation, and it is God’s will for these mysteries to be fulfilled, they will surely stand and transcend time, just like the Bible itself has.
Just one thing, though… I’m not sure it made it clear that God’s Word is Jesus, not specifically the Bible. The Bible’s just part of God’s Word because the Hoy spirit inspired it.
I took a moment to think, pray, and listen for God to give me further revelation on this matter, because my intention is not to cause division among the saints. Rather, and I thank God for this medium to do so, I want to gain further understanding on matters that do cause division so that, if possible, we all may be on one accord. So here’s what God said to me about the concept of God’s Word being Jesus.
I must consider the fact that John 1:1 states that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Furthermore, John 1:14 states that, “…the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….” Now, I understand that Jesus is the Word which the author John is referencing, and therefore, the Word is Jesus. So, in essence, MTP is right, that the Word is Jesus, and as stated in Part II, the Bible is the direct reference to Jesus Himself, as He is prophecized about in the Old Testament, lives, dies, and is reborn in 4 books of the New Testament, and then written further about in the New Testament as the FOUNDATION by which I should model my life after.
BUT, the issue still remains, if Jesus is the Word, and the Bible is not, then how do I know that Jesus is the Word, if not for the words in the Bible that say that Jesus is the Word? If the Bible says that Jesus is the Word, but the Bible is not God’s Word (God’s spoken/written words to His people), then how can Jesus be the Word? I have to consider the fact that Jesus DID NOT WRITE anything in the Bible. I oftentimes dupe myself into believing that God and Jesus wrote actual words in the Bible, but the reality is that they did not write anything in the Bible. Yet, I still believe in what the Bible says, and I believe that Jesus is who the Bible says He is, even though He did not write anything in it. I believe that He told Nicodemus that “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” I believe that He told Peter that “…upon this rock, I shall build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” I believe that Jesus told His disciples that “In my Father’s House are many mansions…I go to prepare a place for you.” I believe that He fed 5,000 men (not including women and children), that He walked on water, that He healed the sick and raised the dead, that He gave sight to the blind and talking to the mute and hearing to the deaf. I believe that He got on Calvary’s cross and died for me, then rose again so that I may be able to receive the same Spirit that dwells in Him and perform miracles in my life in Jesus’s name for God’s glory.
But I would never, NEVER know these things about Him if I didn’t have the Bible to teach those things to me, and if the Bible are not God’s Words (divinely inspired by the same transcendent Spirit of God to be written by men), then what is the point of even believing in it? Yes, Jesus is the Word, but I cannot discount where I got that information from. Does this mean that the Bible is the ONLY Words that come from the mouth of God, not at all. For God speaks to us all the time, giving us different Words that inspire us to do amazing things. But I will always have to refer to the Old Landmark, Jesus Himself, and the way to Him is through the text that led me to Him in the first place, the Bible.
In sum, how do I know that Jesus is the Word? For the Bible tells me so.