John 1:1 says “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
The Greek word for “word” (which identifies Jesus in this passage) is the word Logos.
The “Logos” (a concept borrowed from Greek philosophy depicting the meta-idea over creation) is God’s wisdom, truth, rationality, message, and reality.
Consequently, the Logos in John 1 depicts the fact that Jesus is the beginning and ground of all reality and wisdom; indeed, the beginning and origin of all truth, the pre-condition for all knowledge and rationality. This is why Jesus said of himself “I am the truth” (John 14:6). This is also why Paul the apostle said that in Jesus is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3).
APPLYING THE LOGOS TO OURSELVES AND THE CHURCH
John 1:4 states about Jesus “in him was life and that life was the light of men”. In other words, the Logos is the only illumination in the midst of shadow that reveals the cure for the maladies and chaos in the world of humanity. Only the logos can bring order out of chaos!
Therefore, to the extent that you are grounded in Jesus as your logos—to that extent will you walk in reality and dispel the darkness and chaos in your life. Also, to the extent that the church follows Jesus, to that extent will we be a witness of the light of God to our surrounding community.
SINCE THE FALL
Ephesians 4:17 teaches us that because of original sin our hearts and minds have been darkened, which compromises our ability to discern truth: “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”
Consequently, in this fallen state, we cannot fully discern the difference between reality and deception, between right and wrong, between darkness and light, and between Satan and God. Furthermore, Exodus 20: 3,4 teaches us that Sin is passed down from one generation to the next; hence, Sin is inherited and, as part of our nature, becomes a genetical, generational malady in our lives.
The result of all this is that are walking around with ghosts in and around us/which are the invisible people who shaped us from our past (including ancestors long dead) who have affected us for good or evil—as well as the subconscious shadows looming inside of us that cause us to misfire and leave the path of righteousness (chances are you are replicating the habit patterns of your ancestors because sin becomes systemic and solidifies itself in our minds and genetic codes).
The solution: when we are born again, we inherit a Christ nature inside of us which makes us a new creation that is not bound by the sins and ghosts of the past. 2 Peter 1:4 says “by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”
Which is why Jesus said if you continue in my word (Logos) then you are my disciples and he who the Son has set free is free indeed (John 8:31,36)! Furthermore, Scripture teaches us that Jesus created a new species of humanity—one new man that is in Christ “if any man is in Christ he is a new creation the old has gone the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).
Part of the Good News of the Gospel is that the post-ascension Christ has inaugurated His kingdom – a new world order of Peace – that we as the body of Christ are called to walk in as a prophetic sign to the world at large of the age to come in which the created order will be restored back to its original design (see Acts 3:21).
GIVE GOD OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFORM YOU
In light of the above, scripture commands us to have our minds renewed so we could discern the will of God for our life (see Romans 12:1,2). This renewal positively alters our interpretive lens of life by grounding us in divine reality, which is daily activated by putting off the old man and putting on the new man.
Ephesians 4:23,24 says “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”. Hence, this new creation in Christ restores believers back to the image of God.
At the end of the day, being Christlike is our highest calling and involves a process of Spiritual Formation that is triggered by granting God space in our life by practicing the spiritual disciplines of Scripture: meditation, fasting, prayer, sitting under Biblical teaching, corporate prayer, godly fellowship, friendship, along with the regular contemplative practice of silence and solitude.
This new year make it your goal to become Christlike!
Romans 8:29 says “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
Any goal less than Christlikeness is substandard and ineffectual in the Kingdom of God.
May this new year become the year we are changed from glory to glory by the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18).
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