Spiritually Growing by Knowing Him That Is from the Beginning

The apostle John addresses his first letter to children, young men, and fathers in Christ. These represent the three levels of Christian growth. “Fathers” here represent Christians like Peter, James, John, and Paul, who knew God up close and personal. In fact, John is writing to them “because you have known Him that is from the beginning.” These were capable of fathering others in the gospel, and he wrote to them for one reason: “Because you have known Him that is from the beginning” (I John 2: 13-14).

Furthermore, speaking of Christ, the apostle John tells us that he and the other apostles have heard Him speak, and “have seen with our eyes,” and “we have looked upon” Him, and “our hands have handled” Him. John’s testimony is that they with their senses heard, saw, observed,  and touched Christ some 2,000 years ago. And this Christ that they walked with those 3 ½ years was the same One that “was from the beginning” (I John 1: 1).

In other words, that Holy Entity that was from the beginning was made flesh, and was heard, seen, observed, touched, and literally walked with. This is the same One that “was from the beginning” in God’s dealings with mankind.

Likewise, to know Christ better, we must be acquainted with what He did back in the beginning. This is the way to “know Him that is from the beginning.” This is the way to “know Him and the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3: 10). This is part of our growth into fatherhood (and virtuous womanhood).

Christ visited, counseled and communed many times with the patriarchs and prophets of old. His deeds and actions with them will help us “know Him that is from the beginning.”

To further collaborate John’s testimony that it was Christ in His pre-incarnate human form appearing “in the beginning” to the patriarchs and prophets, we look to Christ’s own words about Himself. The Jews were seeking ways to kill Him. Christ told them, “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that bears witness of Me…Search the scriptures…they are they which testify of Me…Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust. For had you believed Moses, you would have believed Me: for he wrote of Me” (John 5: 31-32, 39, 45-46).

Christ was telling the Jews who sought to kill Him for saying that He was the Son of God, Look. If I plainly tell you that Yahweh dwells in Me, and it was I in My pre-incarnate form that appeared to man back in Old Testament times, then you would not believe Me. But we have Moses; maybe you’ll believe him whom you say you follow. Moses wrote about Me in the first five books of the Bible. If you believe Moses, then you would believe Me, for it was I who appeared in many passages that he wrote.

Christ said, “Moses wrote of Me.” Many today limit the mentions of Christ to Genesis 3: 15 and Deuteronomy 18: 15-19. Really? Are you kidding? What kind of respect is that? After all Moses went through from the burning bush calling, to the Exodus of God’s people, to the amount of miracles that He performed for the Israelites, do we think that Moses would only mention Christ twice?

Seeing Christ in the Garden of Eden

To know Him that is from the beginning, we must see through the misty millennia as He kneeled down lovingly onto the clay of Eden and formed Adam, the man who would serve as the environment of God’s plan to reproduce Himself. We see Christ in His pre-incarnate spiritual body forming Adam and breathing into him the breath of life (Gen. 2: 7).

Christ the Creator laid His hands on the cold earthen man-to-be and through His tender lovingkindness, Christ through His resurrection power breathed life into the first man. And even when Christ had to use tough love after Adam’s sin, He still showed tenderly His great love and care toward Adam and Eve.

The penalty was severe. They stood before their Maker and were ashamed and “knew that they were naked.” Despite their banishment, and the cursed ground from which they would toil through the sweat of their brow, and despite being doomed to return to that very dust from which they came—despite all this, Christ reached out to them and “made them coats of skins, and clothed them.” Christ did not call on angels to come and take the skins and make coats for them; He did it Himself. Christ is seen here touching animal skins and clothing them. Literally.

Christ’s Own Words Again

The Master mentions Moses’ writings again.  After His resurrection He joins two of His followers who were walking dejectedly down the road to a village named  Emmaus. They were prevented from recognizing Him as they spoke. He asked them what they were so down about.  And they basically said that the prophet they had been following had been killed by the chief priests and rulers.  And besides, it had been three days now and they had not seen hide nor hair of him.

And then He said this unto them. How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?  “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).  He has just said that all of the writings of Moses and the prophets were writings about Himself.

What Moses and all the prophets were writing about was Yahweh’s glorious coming to this earth in a flesh body to become the Savior of His creation.  That’s what the scriptures are about!  That is what the Master just said.

The Master, to finish the story, went on to the next village with them.  Still not recognizing Him, they encouraged Him to stay with them and eat.  During the meal they finally recognized Him, and then He disappeared. Then they asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32.  The scriptures open when we realize that they speak of Yahweh coming in human form!

     Many do not understand and therefore do not read the Bible because it is closed to them.  He will open the scriptures to us just like He did to those two on the road to Emmaus, when we believe that Yahweh of the “Old Testament” is clothed in human flesh and is really the Messiah of the “New Testament.” The previous sentence will only be revealed to us if He opens the scriptures to us—if He shows us who He really is (https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/moses-wrote-about-christ-how-he-opened-to-us-the-scriptures-chapter-12-of-the-book-yah-is-savior/).

Reading through the “faith chapter” of Hebrews 11, we begin to appreciate “so great a cloud of witnesses.” And as we read their stories again in the Old Testament, let us be assured that they communed with Christ in His glorified spiritual body. He took on a flesh body for a few years of His Incarnation for a certain work to be done—our salvation. Let us now enjoy Him in the Old Testament as He interacts with our heroes of the faith. Let us read anew with enlightened eyes of Christ’s many visits to earth, communing with these patriarchs and prophets outlined in Hebrews 11.

We can “know Him from the beginning” just like the apostle John. In fact, we must if we are to grow to our ultimate potential in Christ. Let us look at Christ in action. When we do, we will see His love and compassion in hearing the cries of His people in Egypt in Moses’ day and also in Gideon’s day. We will see His big heart in His desire to deliver His people from the sorrow and despair of slavery. He heard their cries and was moved to come down and not just appear, but also to insert Himself into the everyday drama of their sufferings. He is the living God, the fountain of all compassion and love. We will see Him literally lead and guide His people out of hard times.

All these things were written for “our admonition upon whom the end of the world comes.” That’s us. We need to have the scriptures open to us. Earlier in this article we saw the way that it will happen. We need to see Christ as He really is. He loved us then; He loves us now. And He will love us forever.

One other thought. We will know Him that is from the beginning when we believe that we were with Him in the beginning (John 15: 27; I John 2: 24).   Kenneth Wayne Hancock

{For more examples of Christ’s visitations, consult The Messiah in Moses and the Prophets by Eleazar Lord, Scribner: New York, 1853, ch. 2, p. 20, seen online at Gutenberg press}







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