God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh


In common lexicon, “in the flesh” typically signifies that someone who was unexpected to be present in person is actually there. The physical appearance of the person is somewhat of a surprise to the unsuspecting group. In some sense, this is what we learn about Jesus, who is God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh.

Jesus is a very divisive figure in our human existence. Some accept Jesus as just a good prophet. Others don’t accept him at all as a prophet or as a deity. While there are others, like me, who accept that Jesus was not only a good prophet, but the greatest one as well as God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh. Jesus is the Christ or the Messiah. Jesus is God incarnate.

My aim is not to convince you or anyone else because I can’t. I share the truth and leave it to God to convince those who will believe. Considering that, I want to share a couple of passages that purport that Jesus God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh. It is up to you to decide whether you believe it, but your belief will determine where you spend eternity – with or away from God.

Listen and hear the Word of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5,14

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. 1 John 1:1-4

The Apostle John, through the Spirit of God, is the author of both John and 1 John. He is uniquely qualified to speak about Jesus as one who walked and lived with Him. I accept John’s testimony about who Jesus is. John calls Him The Word. John calls Him God. John says He was in the begging or before time began. John says He made all things – creator. John calls him life and light. John says The Word became flesh. John says He is the Son of God. John says that fellowship with The Father is through The Son, Jesus.

While Jesus came in the flesh, He was not of the flesh. In biblical terms, the flesh refers to the natural. It refers to living life according to human desires which are contrary to the Spirit. Jesus lived a perfect life by the Spirit who Himself is the third person of the Trinity or Godhead. This may be too abstract for you to believe, but we all have the choice to believe that Jesus is who John said He was – God.

Moreover, Jesus Himself proclaimed to be God. Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” John 4:26 “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” John 5:17  19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life. John 5

John the Baptist, John, and Jesus have all given testimony about Jesus being God in the Flesh but not of the Flesh. Now, what do you believe about Jesus?

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