Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Son's Exegesis of the Father

"No man hath seen God at any time; 
the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, 
He hath declared Him."  John 1:18

No mortal man can look directly upon the face of God and live (Exodus 33:20).  His holiness is far too awesome for sinful man.  Even the holy seraphims must cover their faces with their wings when in the presence of God's holiness (Isaiah 6:1-3).  Truly, no man has ever seen God, face to face.  What is He like?  Men need only look to Jesus in order to gain an answer to this question, because Jesus Christ is God.  This passage clearly declares the deity of Jesus Christ.  The text says, "...the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father...."  John the Baptist is making this statement.  At the time he made it, Jesus was walking on this earth, and yet John says that "He is in the bosom of the Father."  How could Jesus be on the earth and yet in heaven with God?  This concept cannot be fully grasped by mortal minds, but it stands as a great witness to Christ's deity.  He is fully man and yet He never failed to remain fully God.  The last half of the verse says, "...He (Christ) hath declared Him (the Father)."  This verb declared is very important.  Its noun form is where the English word exegesis comes from.  It means to explain, interpret, tell, report, or describe.  Jesus interpreted to all men what God is like.  We do not have to see God face to face on His throne in order to understand Him as best we can.  All we have to do is look to Christ, the Lamb of God.  Jesus told Phillip in John 14:9, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?"  Phillip failed to realize, as many Christians often do, that to behold Christ is to behold the perfection, holiness, love, and power of the Father.  Christ never once had a wicked thought.  He never once committed any act of sin.  His motives were pure, and His plans perfect.  He healed thousands upon thousands.  He gave sight to the blind and salvation to the believing.  He cleansed the lepers and restored the sick.  He commanded creation and it fell at His feet in obedience.  He now sits in heaven and guides the affairs of His people.  He knows every thought and motive of man.  He cannot fail or make a mistake, and someday He will return in clouds of splendor to put down every enemy.  Yes, truly Christ has exegeted the Father.  In Him we can all know what God desires of us and how much He loves us.  Through Him we can have a relationship with God.  Through Him we see the holiness and love of God.  No man has seen God at any time, but don't be in despair, because Christ the Son has revealed Him!