Being the lover of diction, syntax, and linguistics, the word express presents itself in my mind as "ex" and "press". I want to know the meaning for the parts, both singularly and combined.
Definition of ex
- 1: out of : from: asa : from a specified place or source
Definition of press
- With this in mind we can gather that the word express depicts an action of pushing out from. When we make a facial expression our emotions are pressed out of our mind onto our face. When we say someone's art is an ex-pression of their feelings or their perspective, we are essentially looking at their feelings pressed out of themselves onto the tangible medium.
- Expressions are powerful. They are revealing.
- We express ourselves through words, touches, gestures, posture, facial manipulations, dance, music, art, clothing, etc. We are revealing who we are to the outside world by our actions and non-actions. These are all expressions.
- Consider this:
- Expressions are simply physical forms of formless ideas and feelings. Jesus is the physical form, the expression, of the Almighty God, who is Spirit.
- Almighty God ex-pressed his personality, his Spirit, by way of a physical rendering. He created a body to inhabit- sinless, untied to the blood line of Adam. All that he is, in character, demeanor, power, personality, and authority, dwells in the body of Christ. Yet still he existed and exists, as Spirit, as omnipresent as ever. He's God- He can do that.
- This expression of God walked in all it's human faculties- hungering, sleeping, drinking, feeling, etc. The Spirit willingly inhabited that "tent of flesh", just like he did in the tabernacle of the old testament. ( Exodus 25:8-9; Exodus 29:43-45). In Christ, God (in that specific space and time) submitted himself (I repeat, in that space and time only, for God is limitless) to the confines of that human form. It was to effect a purpose and plan.
- Although subject to the humanity of the inhabited body, the deity of Christ was evident in his interaction with his creation. He commanded bodies to be made whole, the dead to live again. He commanded winds to cease and trees to produce or die. He was and is God. Not a God, or a second person in the Godhead. Jesus is the Godhead.
- Once "it is finished" (John 19:30) God resurrects His body at the appointed time. The body of Christ is from that point, glorified- endued with the glory of God himself. John 12:16,23. Luke 24:31; Mark 16:12; John 20:19,26 God now expresses himself by way of Jesus Christ without limitation.
- Now the bible says in John 1:18, No man has seen God at any time. In Spirit, he can not be seen. His glory would be too much to look on. In the natural, it is simply too painful to look fully into the blazing sun unprotected. Even then, the discomfort is obvious. Just as Moses' face was too bright to look upon without a covering, so God veiled himself in a tabernacle of flesh, limiting the glory, that he could walk among us. So when they saw Jesus, they beheld God. One day believers will have translated bodies and will be able to behold the face of God directly. 1 John 3:2
- In conclusion
- And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.- 1 Timothy 3:16
- Who was?
- God- the one and only I AM- the Alpha and Omega- the first and the last- who was and is and is to come YHVH Yeshua- Immanuel- Jesus the Christ, the Son ( offspring, expression) of the Living God.