04 Aug 2020 John (Program #50)

John (Program #50) – Life in Resurrection (1)

John 1:14 says, the Word became flesh. That means the Word, who was God, became something that He previous was not. When God came out of eternity into time to accomplish His plan, He became flesh. In this sense, God did change.

When we cover these two aspects (God being unchanging and God having changed), what we’re touching is the mystery of the Divine Trinity. So, what we need to do is look at the entire Bible and just say Amen to whatever the Bible says about the Triune God. On the one hand, you know people uses this verse Malachi 3:6, which says that God changes not. And, this is true. But of course, if you look at the context of Malachi 3:6, it’s talking about that God changes not in his principles, in the way that He deals with His people. But also, we know that the Bible shows that God in His eternal being is unchanging. The Bible reveals that the Triune God, the three of the Godhead. On the one hand, they are distinct. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are eternally distinct, but they also co-inhere. That means that they mutually indwell one another. The Father is in the Son. The Son is in the Father. The Father is in the Spirit.

The first aspect of the Triune God we need to see is that from eternity to eternity, the three of the Godhead coexist distinctly. And, they co-inhere inseparably; they mutually indwell one another. This is related to God essentially, God in His being. This is what many theologians call “the essential aspect of the Trinity.” God is unchanging in His being. He is eternally coexistent and co-inherent in an unchanging way. But, there’s also another aspect of the Trinity, which many theologians refer to as the “economical aspect of the Trinity.” What this aspect of the Trinity is, is God coming out in time to accomplish His economy. And, His economy is His eternal plan, His eternal purpose. So, what we see in the Bible is that God comes out in time to carry out His plan. When we see Him coming out in time, we do see that He did change according to this viewpoint of time. The reason why we say this is John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh.” That means the Word who was God became something that He previous was not.

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