By Oscar M Baker
Before the birth of the Lord in Bethlehem of Judea, He was called the Word. As the Word, He revealed God. The Word (LOGOS) means an expression. God, the absolute, must have a means to reveal Himself to the creature. Hence the term, the Word.
After the birth at Bethlehem He is called the Son. As such, He revealed the Father. As the Son, He was the Word, which became flesh.
He is also called the only begotten Son. Begetting has the idea of becoming father to. Since He is spoken of as THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, then He was the only one ever so born.
But what was it that was begotten? Was it a man? Was it some higher creature? In the Syriac version the term THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON is translated GOD ONLY BEGOTTEN. Then the Lord Jesus Christ was God.
The God-breathed Word also says, ALL SHOULD HONOUR THE SON, EVEN AS I THEY HONOUR THE FATHER. This is again a proof of His deity. It further says, HE THAT HONOURETH NOT THE SON, HONOURETH NOT THE FATHER. What greater dishonor could a man devise than to deny that the Lord was God in the flesh? WHOSOEVER DENIETH THE SON, THE SAME; HATH NOT THE FATHER. Any who would lightly turn from this truth will have to give an account of himself before God. HIS SON JESUS CHRIST is described as THIS IS THE TRUE GOD, AND ETERNAL LIFE
In Psa. 78:56 you will find, THEY TEMPTED AND PROVOKED THE MOST HIGH GOD. In 1 Cor. 10:9 you will also find, NEITHER LET US TEMPT CHRIST, AS SOME OF THEM TEMPTED. By all the rules of logic, we must then come to the conclusion that Christ was the MOST HIGH GOD. It is also taught that Christ was the Redeemer of mankind. In that same Psalm, verse 35, it says, GOD WAS THEIR ROCK, AND THE HIGH GOD THEIR REDEEMER.
The Greek in John 1:1 reads, AND GOD WAS THE WORD. Who was He? Nov. 1948