Et Verbum Caro Factum Est”

“ Et Verbum Caro Factum Est” is  Latin for “and the Word was made flesh.”

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

At last Sunday’s church we heard an excellent message by Andre Rabe a South African preacher.  Excellent is not the correct term, at least not with the preaching of The Word.  Revelatory is a more precise wording.

 Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26  That he might sanctify  ( the church) and cleanse it with the washing of water by the ( RHEMA)  word,

27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

It is the revelatory nature of the rhema word of God that washes and sets the Christian free.

The employment of a Bible teacher is not to deliver a good word, but a word that is revelatory, and will metamorphose the hearers to a next level with the Lord.

If a Biblical teaching is not metamorphosing others into the image of Christ, it’s not revelatory enough.

Brother Rabe did just that.

For me, the crux of his message was that The Word  became flesh. “ Et Verbum Caro Factum Est”

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus’s ambition is to make the invisible God, visible.

He, being God invisible, came as a visible man. After resurrection and becoming invisible again, He now comes back to make God visible, but this time in the flesh of Christians.

Gen 1:26   And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..” was  another fountainhead of Brother Rabe’s teaching.

God said “let us make!”

Ah, yes!!  The unmitigated  gospel of Jesus Christ resides with these words.

God pronounced them in the Hebrew cohortative mood.

The cohortative expresses desire, wish, will, hope, and volition,  in the first person.

Without the cohortative it would simply be, “make.”

But because God’s  passion is to have part of His creation completed in His invisible image, and after His tangible likeness, He,  in the depths of His Spirit uttered,  “Let us make.”

John 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus devotion is to make the invisible, visible. His yearning is always manifestation.  That the spoken word of God becomes flesh, becomes reality, was His work on earth, and now upon His throne.

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Christ uses the human body to make the invisible Word into visible flesh.

In and through His body the invisible God, became visible. Today, He uses the human bodies of Christians. The human body gives tangible realities to the invisible realities of God.

A Christian’s human body is the receptacle for all that God is, owns, and desires to do to, to be contained and visibly displayed.

I think back  on my high school chemistry days. We’d take a jar and fill it with a clear substance. Then, pouring another chemical into it, we’d  see it turn purple.

The flask allowed me to witness the workings of these two chemicals and their purple outcome.

The human body is no more than a flask  where the workings of God are visibly demonstrated. And so the human body is central to God’s eternal purposes. No wonder, it has been so assaulted by the devil’s lusts in order pervert it into a container that display his workings.

The human body either gives tangible reality to the invisible God or tangible reality to the invisible devil.

But God still says “ I want humans to make Me flesh in the vessels of their bodies.” “ Et Verbum Caro Factum Est”

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

So what is it to be made in God’s image and after His likeness?

I am not sure, for the subject is too vast.

God gave  us a few glimpses through Brother Rabe’s message.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

“ In the beginning was the Word..”

The beginning point is the place where something is birthed or formed. It’s the point of newness.

A brand new thing works perfectly, it is without defect. It smells new, has no wrinkles, white hair, or age spots.

We know that Christ, The Word, has no beginning. But everything which He created by the Word has a beginning point.  Everything was created, new, unmarred, unblemished, without defect, not subject to corruption, and eternal.

Sin messed everything up.

But in the beginning everything was new.

God in His image and in His likeness contains every created thing, in their beginnings. Not only does He supersedes the beginning of all things but contains within Himself the beginnings, the points of their conception,  inception, in their utter newness.

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

In His image are the  beginnings of all hierarchical heavenly powers before demonic principalities and authorities perverted some of them.  This gives the Christian absolute authority over all governmental  powers whether heavenly or earthly, by the rule of the rod and the sword of God, the rhema word.

In Christ’s image are resident, the schematics, the blueprints,  archetypes, and prototypes of all created things, when they were simply a creative imagination in His mind, and at the very moment, where they were created.

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

When Jesus stated “it is finished,” He gave the Christian, the privilege of receiving the fullness of God’s image and all archetypes and prototypes of creation with it.

By Jesus’s words ‘ it is finished’ we have received all of creation, in its brand new untarnished beginnings in us. We got the full package.

Ro 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

There is nothing left to be done, except to obey, surrender, receive, and manifest the beginnings of all created things through the jar of our human body.  This is what it means to walk in newness of life.

As we are perfected, we can perfect others.

A jar does nothing more than to display what it has. It sits and exhibits. It sits and demonstrates.

This is the necessity of being continually metamorphosed into the image of Christ by the renewing of our minds.

This is why I said that the crux of Brother Rabe’s revelatory message was,

“ And the Word was made flesh, ..” “Et Verbum Caro Factum Est”

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