Posted by: Brian Musser | April 30, 2014

The Word of God

Work-Ship – Week Three:  The Son At Work – Day Twenty-one:  The Word of God

The first week we came to the conclusion that our definition of work must be based on God’s work.  If we are going to figure out what work is, how we are supposed to work and the proper place work should have in our lives it must be rooted in the way God works.  So we are in the middle of our three week exploration of the work of God organizing our conversation through the lens of the Trinity.

  • Week Two – The Father at Work
  • Week Three – The Son at Work
  • Week Four – The Spirit at Work

We have established the idea that Jesus Christ, God the Son, works in responsive submission to God the Father, but what type of work does Christ actually do?  There are two major categories that describes Christ’s work.

  1. Christ works as the redeemer
  2. Christ works as the communicator

If you have been following along, as promised it is later in the week and we will explain and explore Christ the communicator.  One of the primary avenues of Jesus’ work is being the communicator of God to humanity.  Jesus demonstrates who God is and what God is like to us.  As we will see  Jesus is the Word of God and the Image of God.  Jesus makes God known to us.  Jesus is the mystery that is God revealed to us in a way we can understand.

John 1:1-5, 14 (NIV)  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.

In this passage the Apostle John, maybe Jesus’ closest follower and friend when He was present here on earth, the disciple referred to as the “Beloved,” describes Jesus as the Word.  I love how the Bible uses both visual and verbal ways to express Jesus’ communication of God to humanity.  We learn about someone primarily by what we see and what we hear.  We learn about God by studying what He has done and what He has said.  Jesus communicates God to us as the Word and the Image of God.

Jesus is able to communicate God to us as the Word because He was with God and He was God.  Going back to our first post about Christ the communicator, the better you know your subject matter the better you can communicate it.  Jesus knew God because He was with God and He was God.  He was an expert on how to talk about who God is.

Then we see in verse 14 that Jesus became flesh and lived among humanity.  Jesus was able to communicate to us because He knew us as well.  He was one of us.  Being completely God and completely human Jesus was the perfect Word to describe God in a way that we could understand.  Jesus is the perfect Word of God.

Jesus’ job was to talk to us about God.  Is verbal communication part of your job at work?  How often do you have to communicate in your current role?  Did you ever think about how your communication at your job could allow you to work in in the image of Jesus?  If that is true, then what would you need to do to change how you talk at work?  Do you need to become more knowledgeable about your subject matter?  Do you need to care and learn more about your co-workers, clients, customers or employers?  How can you work like Jesus as you use verbal communication in your job setting?

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