Ok time to bring these thoughts to a close (for now).
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Let me finish with a plea from the heart of true doctrine… Jesus is the Word of God. He is not the best Word. He is not the ultimate Word. He is not the seal of series of improving words. He is the Word. There is no knowledge of God that is not mediated through the Son. Please consider these foundational verses.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-2)
No-one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known. (John 1:18)
He is the Image of the invisible God, the Firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created (Col 1:15-16)
The context for these verses is not incarnation. The Word became flesh long after the Word was. The Son has been the revelation of God from before the creation of the world. Incarnation does not make Jesus the Word, rather the pre-existing Word became flesh. At the risk of sledge-hammer repetition: Jesus is the Word and Image of God prior to incarnation. He has always been the one Way, Truth and Life. To be ignorant of the Son pre or post-incarnation is to be ignorant of God.
Consider additionally these crucial passages:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No-one knows the Son except the Father, and no-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matt 11:27)
Christ in the OT is not an irritating hobby horse that some people ride and we wish they didn’t and would let us alone ‘cos we all get to Jesus in the end’. It’s about the identity of Jesus. Is He the revelation of God or is He something less?
Is solus Christus true in revelation just as it is in salvation or is it a case of ‘Jesus and…’? Are there other ways? Other truths? Or does Jesus retain for Himself all the glory?
Ok so what are your thoughts on this issue? Boring? Irrelevant? Untrue? Are my arguments overstated? Unworkable? Old hat? Garbage? What?
Over to you…