There are so many who claim that God became flesh, so it was God who became Jesus and then became flesh… Really???
The Bible does not say “God” became flesh, it says the “Word” became flesh.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The word came “From the father”, not the actual father……..
I’m going to keep this as short and to the point as I can.
First of all, if you really want to learn the true meanings in the Bible, you need to look up the the original writings, see what words were used in Greek and Hebrew, then look at their meanings. Words change meaning over time, examples: bad, sick, cool. 100 years ago, sick mean bad health, now it means awesome, and cool meant cold but now it can mean good or nice and bad also can mean cool. Okay, to the Bible now:
First, we know the Father is God, but Jesus is also called God:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God (Theon = singular meaning God), and the Word (Logos) was God (Theos = plural meaning God’s).
So we see here, the word for “God” is different the second time it’s used. Our English Bible uses the one word, “God”, for both instances, but the original writings used different words, Theo and Theon….
Matthew 1:23 “Behold! The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel” (which means, “God with us”)
John 20:28 – Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God (Theos not Theon)”.
Romans 9:5 – …Christ, who is God (Theos not Theon) over all, forever praised! Amen.
Titus 2:13 as we await the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God (Theou) and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:8 – But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God (Theos), will last for ever and ever…
This shows that Jesus is called God, but it’s not the same word in Greek or Hebrew like it is in the English translations… Jesus is the God most mentioned in the old testament, he was the one who created everything we know:
Colossians 1:15 & 16 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Here is another place you need to look deeper. “Firstborn” does not mean “born first”. Begotten means firstborn and if you look it up, it actually refers to the one that inherits everything from the father. There are a least 3 instance in the Bible where someone who was born first was not called the firstborn but this is a whole study on it’s own. My point in this verse is to show that Jesus, the Son of God created everything. He is the one most mentioned in the old testament when the word “God” was used.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
I hear many say that God became flesh, but I can’t find that. The only verse I see is this one, the “WORD” became flesh..
So back to the main study, how do we know that the Father and Son are different individuals? Here are several verses to show us:
1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
Matthew 11:27 All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.
Hebrews 1:3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
John 7:16-18 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.
John 14:28 You heard that I said to you, ‘I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
Luke 10:22 All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.”
John 13:3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God,
John 17:1 – 5 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Philippians 2:5-11 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Yes, the Bible does say there is one God, but that’s because the translations are not complete and one doesn’t always mean one individual. In marriage the husband and wife become one, but we know they do not become one personn. The word we use for “God” is not what the original writers used, the Bible actually has many different words used where our Bible just says God. El, Elohim and Yahweh are a just a few examples.
This is a very incomplete study, you can go much deeper, but this covers what I wanted to show.