I would like to share what was — for me — has been a major revelation about the person of Jesus. It changed everything about the way I think of Him, and about how I read Scripture. In fact, to me, it is second in importance only to the point where I surrendered and gave myself over to Him. However, before I share this revelation with you, I’d like to set the table by sharing a little bit of my past. I believe, if I do so, it may help you understand why my revelation has had such a profound affect on me and my understanding of Who and — more importantly — What Jesus actually is.
When I was younger — back when I still embraced the world’s way of looking at things — I earned a degree in philosophy. In my mind, it was just a stepping stone on my way to what I hoped would eventually become a law degree. I have always loved philosophy and, since I hoped to study the law, I figured it would be a better foundation than the usual political science degree so many others used to go into law school. However, looking backward, I now realize the Lord had always planned to use my love of philosophy as the way He would turn my thinking away from the ways of this world and toward His own. But anyway, everyone who studies philosophy has to start with the Ancient Greek philosophers, and I was no exception.
When you study ancient Greek philosophy, you will eventually run into the idea or concept of what they referred to as the ‘Logos.’ This is a big word, and I’ll give you a formal meaning a little later in this post. For now, the easiest way to describe what Logos means is: “The Mind of God.” It is the over-arching system of control which governs the entire universe. It is the body of laws we think of as ‘physics.’ it is the law governing logic and reason. It is the laws governing language, mathematics, economics and even science. It is also the laws governing ethics and morality. It is all of these things and more all rolled up into one grand system of laws: laws which set and maintain order in the universe. This is what the Greeks called ‘Logos.’
So, what does Logos have to do with Jesus? Only everything!
If you are a believer — heck, even if you’re not — you are probably familiar with this passage of Scripture:
John 1:1 (New American Standard Bible – NASB)
The Deity of Jesus Christ
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
I have been a believer for as long as I can remember, and I have heard Jesus referred to as ‘The Word’ many times. The thing is, I never really understood what it meant: what does it mean to say that the God Who became a man is ‘The Word?‘ Over the years, I had heard many explanations, but none of them ever satisfied me. Then I read John 1:1 in the original Greek and it suddenly hit me like a lightening bolt from heaven. Remember what I just told you about the meaning of Logos, then read the Greek:
1 en archē eimi ho logos kai ho logos eimi pros ho theos kai ho logos eimi theos.
Or, to put it another way:
1 In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God.
Jesus is the Logos, and the Logos is God!!!
Jesus is God!!!
I realize we all learn in our own time and our own way, and that the Lord leads us to our personal revelations in His own good time, as well. So I know that I may have been late to the party in my revelation. Others may have known this all along, but that’s fine with me. All I know is that the second I read that one little word — Logos — things just exploded in my mind. In an instant, I understood many of the mysteries in Scripture that had always eluded my understanding. Just like that, I knew what it means to say that Jesus created everything and that everything which was created was created through Him. I knew how it was that Jesus could consciously sustains the universe. I knew what Jesus meant when he sad I AM THE WAY! THE TRUTH! AND THE LIFE! I even understood the Trinity better because — for the first time — I could see how Jesus could be separate from yet one with the father. In an instant, Jesus became so much more than just some half-imagined figure of God as man in my mind. He became larger than I was capable of ever imagining. And now? Now, I just want to share this revelation with whomever will listen.
OK, I promised you a more formal definition of Logos, so here it is:
Logos, (Greek: “word,” “reason,” or “plan”)plural logoi, in Greek philosophy and theology, the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning. Though the concept defined by the term logos is found in Greek, Indian, Egyptian, and Persian philosophical and theological systems, it became particularly significant in Christian writings and doctrines to describe or define the role of Jesus Christ as the principle of God active in the creation and the continuous structuring of the cosmos and in revealing the divine plan of salvation to man. It thus underlies the basic Christian doctrine of the preexistence of Jesus.
There is sooo much more to ‘un-pack’ here, and we’ll un-pack it — just not right now. I’ll save that for future posts. For now, this is enough. I’ll just leave you with what I have shared so far and the hope that it will mean as much to you as it does to me.