The Incarnate and the Written Word of God -- By: John A. Witmer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 113:449 (Jan 1956)
Article: The Incarnate and the Written Word of God
Author: John A. Witmer


The Incarnate and the Written Word of God

John A. Witmer

The divine identification of the Second Person of the triune Godhead as “the Word” through the writings of the Apostle John (John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1; Rev 19:13) provided the authoritative basis for drawing parallels between the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Scriptures. “As a designation of Christ,” to use the words of Scofield, the term the Word “is peculiarly felicitous…” (The Scofield Reference Bible, footnote, p. 1114). Appropriate as the term was to describe the eternal relationship between the First Person and the Second Person of the Godhead (John 1:1), its significance was increased by the truth of the incarnation expressed in the Spirit-directed words of John, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14; Scripture is quoted from the A.S.V. unless indicated).

Although more natural, it was an equally happy choice, undoubtedly directed by God Himself, which applied the phrase “the word of God” (cf. John 10:35; Heb 4:12) to the written revelatory message of God. Since it includes the disclosure at least in part of the eternal plan which the eternal God is executing—both the disclosure itself and its incorporation in a divine written message being part of that plan—the message has existed eternally in the mind of God. This message likewise experienced a sort of incarnation as it was expressed in symbols of verbal communication, the human authors writing “…not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth…” (1 Cor 2:13), “…being moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 1:21) so that “each and every scripture is God-breathed…” (2 Tim 3: 16, literal translation).

Christians through the centuries have been quick to seize on the obvious parallels between the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Scriptures. Building upon the foundation of the common possession of the title the Word of God, men have elaborated on the theme of Christ and the Scriptures both

being the revelation of God. Jesus’ own words, “…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” (You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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