God In Flesh Now Appearing

God Made Flesh

I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

Read: Hosea 4:1-5:15, 2 John 1:1-13, Psalm 125:1-5, Proverbs 29:9-11

Relate: I am half tempted to talk about gnosticism here and illustrate how an early form of it was beginning to develop in the later years of John’s ministry. However, there is absolutely no way I can even begin to do so in a devotional that I try to keep around one typewritten page long. It just can’t happen. So all I will say on the general concept of gnosticism is that it is an incredibly broad term for a very diverse set of beliefs spreading over hundreds of years and dozens of cultures. Also, please don’t try to read up on it through using wikipedia. It is a horrible article there and I wouldn’t even know where to begin trying to fix it.

I will also add the fact that the term “gnosticism” which basically means “knowledge” is also very misleading. One of the few things that does unify pretty much all of the varied set of beliefs fitting under the umbrella we call “gnosticism” is that the material world is evil and the spiritual, or mental, world is good. A focus on “knowledge” (gnostikos), or thought, or ideas are the only way people can transcend the evil that is our bodies. Gnosticism was not a logical, or scientific, or rational, or even very practical set of beliefs. Quite the opposite.

The only thing they have going for them with that regard is their name and our ignorance. In our lack of understanding, many simple people have taken the view that since Orthodox Christians right from the start stood in opposition to the various gnostic heresies, Christianity has been anti-knowledge or anti-science right from the start. I’ve even heard some modern Christians saying general ideas along this regard as an excuse for their being too lazy to do the work of educating themselves.

React: Now, coming back from that rabbit trail, John writes a significant part of the letters he wrote in his twilight years to oppose a growing trend he saw in the churches. The number of people who had actually seen and walked and talked and listened to Jesus was fast dwindling. Another generation was coming of age that had only heard the stories of the gospel second hand and to make him more socially acceptable among the growing number of philosophical mystics who would become the neoplatonists and various sects of gnostics of later generations, they started to doubt that Jesus had actually come in literal physical, human form.

John would have none of this. He wasn’t about to soft pedal around the issue. He wasn’t going to meet anybody halfway. On the issue of the incarnation, John drew a line hard and fast. Anyone who denies that Jesus came in the flesh is the antichrist. In 1 John, anyone who denies this of the Son has no part in the Father.

Respond: 

I am so thankful that You truly are, Immanuel. You are God made flesh. You have come and walked among us. You experienced humanity in all of its trials and triumphs. You understand its struggles and sweetness. You are not distant. You are not absent. You love us, You love me enough to come down. There is no way I could ever begin to express my gratitude and my relief that You care enough to know exactly what I am going through. Jesus, with ever fiber of this frail physical body and with every thought in my metaphysical mind, let me live out an expression of love to You.

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17 thoughts on “God In Flesh Now Appearing

  1. Thank you so much for writing on this subject. Gnosticism is very strong in the church right now and if left to flourish, I think it will end in persecution of Christians who hold traditional views. I would also, like to add that Jesus will return in bodily form, just as He ascended, and He will not return as a Spirit to inhabit the bodies of certain elite believers. I know I will one day awake with the likeness of Christ but I will never be Him. There is only One Jesus.

  2. Great post, as always! I enjoy reading your messages & usually reserve myself to just sit back & feel what the word says. But this made me see something that can’t be overlooked. Whether, The Son of GOD or just a man, all that mattered was that HE, cared about all people. It had nothing to do with being elite. In fact, wasn’t HE, against the elite? I MEAN NO DISRESPECT. What I’m trying to say, & I’m mean no disrespect, is that to label someone the antichrist, is why the world is the way it is. On top of that, no mere man, would be able to see the antichrist. He could right beside you & you’d never know. I only say this because I have proof, & it comes from straight from you. I hope I haven’t hurt anyone’s feelings, as that was definitely not my intent. I would love to hear your response, but understand if you do not. Either way, stay blessed! #NOTHINGMatters.

    • Antichrist means “against Christ” or “not of Christ.” This is different than the one specific future figure spoken of in the apocalypse. To say someone is antichrist in the way I used it in this devotional, and how John uses it in his letters, is to say that they are working in enmity of Jesus. Anyone who denies the reality of who Christ is, fully God and fully man, our Master and Redeemer, is working against God.

      Think of it this way. If somebody goes around saying I am a nice guy and a good friend, but they are making up all kinds of nonsense about me, are they really doing me any favors? If they decided in their own mind what I am like and then tell everybody that their fantasy is actually reality, do they have any right saying they know me? Should I be honored that they don’t have any respect for me or for the truth?

      In the same way, when people walk around saying Jesus was a pretty good guy, but they deny that He was God. Or when the gnostics say He was the height of perfection, yet denied His humanity, they are not on God’s side. They are working against Him. They are antichrists.

  3. JESUS DID COME AS A HUMAN BEING LIKE ONE OF US EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THAT BY NOW BUT THE WAR WE FIGHT IS spirituel not carnel carnel wars are made by evil spirits corsing us to fight one another the war i fight is against these evil spirits i do not fight people either did JESUS FIGHT PEOPLE

  4. MY LATE UNKEL WAS A GREEK ORTHODOX PREIST CHRISTIAN WHEN HE PAST ON HE LEFT ME HIS BOOKS BOOKS ONLY PREIST REALLY READ I READ ONLY A BIT THE ORIGINAL SAYS CLEARLY JESUS CAME TO SAVE THE COSMOS AND SUCCEDED BY THE END OF THE AGE ONTO THE RESERECTION OF LIFE BY THE QUICKENNING OF THE DEAD TO A NONE CORRUPTERBLE BODY THE MESSEGE THAT WAS TOLD TO GO INTO THE WORLD TO PREACH THE GOSPEL WAS NOT FOR THE ETENT THAT JESUS WILL SAVE US BUT FOR THE ITENT THAT HE ALREADY DID ON THAT CROSS OR RATHER HIS RESERECTION ACCENDING WHICH AT THE END OF THE AGE CREATION WILL BE CREATED AGAIN RAISED TO LIFE SO ON AND ALL evil spirits satan and monsters will burn alive in hell perdiction to suffer pain for eternaty but creation will be blessd to live forever happy so on rejoycing so on this is the good news that he already saved us all of us it is not for 1/2 of us more or less but all of us that is creation unto perfection so on OK

  5. Again, thanks for writing on gnosticism. We tend to view things in black and white on so many issues. The ends of the spectrum are often where we get stuck on issues. Spiritually, we neither pay attention to one or the other of opposites, but rely upon Christ to point the way through a myriad of opposing theories. There is only one truth and that is in Christ.
    It is interesting to note that the persecutions of the early church were caused by divisions in theology. It was this lack of unification that opened up cracks in the the spiritual armour and left many defenceless. The reason why these dissensions were so grievous to the Spirit was because it clearly pointed out that many were choosing favourite modes of doctrine over the original unification of the Spirit which is available to all at any time.
    On the same note, Christ will come as He was seen leaving, but He will be revealed in His true followers first, for we will see Him as He is for we will be like Him. There’s no gnosticism here. Knowledge sometimes amounts to little more than guesswork.

    • That last bit also comes from John:

      Dear friends, now we are God’s children and what we will be is not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is. All who have this hope purify themselves just as He is pure.

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  7. Thanks for your reply. I meant no disrespect. Keeping it to the point, whether we know it or not, we are on the same path. But pride stands in the way of progress. I’m not disagreeing with you. I just think there’s more than one way . As I said, I have proof. Stay blessed! #NOTHINGMatters

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