1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Jn 1:1–3.
Dr. Michael Reeves gave a phenomenal message today at Shepherds’ Conference 2017. Some of the key exhilarating truths that lifted my soul were the titles of Christ: the eternal Word and the eternal Son. The Word shows the position of Christ. He is ontologically equal with the Father. The Son shows the unique relationship He has with the Father. As for the Word, He created the world. This is Christ’s world. Secular thinking is acidic to this thinking. The heavens can’t help but to exalt Christ because they are His craftsmanship. Instead of having wandering minds, our mind is harnessed when we depend upon God.
Another title for Christ besides God’s eternal Word (equal with the Father) Christ is God’s eternal Son (this one has a real relationship with the Father). Arias who was against engendered the creation of the Watchtower Society (nothing new under the sun). The person of Christ must not be misrepresented. Who He is shapes what he is in the Gospel. Christ is the Gospel.
As for the doctrine of sonship, the Son shares with us the sonship with the Father. This is made a reality because of the eternal sonship of Christ. If the Son was never close to the Father how can we be close to the Father. Without eternal sonship, there would be no intimacy. But because He is the eternal Son, we can now say, “Our Father.” The eternal sonship provides a delightful prayer life. In Catholic medieval theology Christ was a delivery boy, a brick-in-the wall theology, or a red bull energizer to earn heaven. In Reformation thought, He is the gift of Grace. It is in Him that we are justified, adopted, and kept to the uttermost. In Reformation thought He is Solas Christus who is the center of the Solas. You could speak of justification by faith and grace alone but without Christ everything is meaningless. We must preach the person of Christ and the sufficiency of Christ to ourselves and the world. This is Reformation thought. He is the only Light that will drive out and overcome darkness.