April 8, 2016

Divine Expressions

The title of this post provokes varying lines of thought. If you would, let's venture on a train of thought that begins with the word "express".
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. 1:  out of :  from: asa :  from a specified place or source

  2. Definition of press

    1. 4a :  an action of pressing or pushing :  pressure
    2. 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.
    3. ex·press

      1. 1.
        convey (a thought or feeling) in words or by gestures and conduct.
        "he expressed complete satisfaction"
        synonyms:communicateconveyindicateshowdemonstratereveal, make manifest, put across/over, get across/over; More

      2. 2.
        squeeze out (liquid or air).
        synonyms:squeeze out, press out, extract
        "all the juice is expressed"
    4. Expressions are powerful. They are revealing. 
    5. 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.
    6. Consider this:
    7. Hebrews 1King James Version (KJV)

      God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
      Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
      Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

    Colossians 1King James Version (KJV)

    12 Giving thanks unto the Father...

    13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

    14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

    15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

    16 For by him were all things created...all things were created by him, and for him:
  3. Hebrews 1:3 declares Christ to be the express image of God's person. Notice person here is singular. The personality of God is pressed out of himself. The result-the visible being, Jesus Christ. Again, God's person, is pressed out of himself and the result is Jesus Christ. This explains how we were made in the image of God. God being Spirit has no form, except in his divine expression, Jesus Christ. The image of God we were created in, is his pressed out image of his own self. God foreordained the form in which he would reveal himself to his creation and built the earth around the image of himself. All that would be needed to sustain this human form, he created.
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  5. So it makes sense that God's image of himself is called "SON" of God- because the word son simply means male offspring- the male form of which comes from another. That which was pressed out of God-his expression- is by simple definition, "son". Our finite understanding of  the term "son" however demands that we treat God's expression of himself as separate from him, when it is just an expression from him- a revelation of God, the Spirit,in a tangible way. 
  6. Expressions are simply physical forms of formless ideas and feelings. Jesus is the physical form, the expression, of  the Almighty God, who is Spirit.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 
  9. 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. 
  10. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;  Colossians 2:9
  11. 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. 
  12. 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

  1. In conclusion

  1. 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
  2. Who was? 
  3. 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.

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