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is not a father until his child is born. This in no-wise touches either the Deity or the
pre-existence of Christ, for as The Word He was in the beginning, and was God. When
the Word became flesh, then His glory, as the only begotten of the Father, could be seen.
Christ was not man when "in the form of God", but when He took upon Him "the form of
a servant" He was "made in the likeness of men" (Phil. 2: 6, 7). There is need for more
care than has been used among us with regard to the titles of God; how many have used
the argument to belittle Christ that the Father is greater than the Son; this has power only
upon the mind if the word Father and God are considered synonymous. What we need to
realize more is that the invisible God has manifested Himself to us in the Person of the
Father as well as in the Person of the Son, and that while, for the purposes of His grace,
one manifestation may be spoken of as greater than another, this in no-wise touches the
question of essential Deity. When Scripture itself urges us to consider the fact that the
Word when made flesh came down, laid aside His glory, humbled Himself, was made
subject even to earthly parents, we are led to expect that the Father would be greater than
He. The Son continually speaks of Himself as "the sent One" (see John's Gospel), and
that the words He spake, the works He wrought, and the doctrine He taught were not His
but the Fathers' who had sent Him: this, and so much more, is brought to notice by the
omission of the article in Heb. 1: 2. If we could but appreciate the un-English expression,
"God spake in flesh", or "was manifest in flesh", or "in English" or "in Greek". The
Hebrew beth, translated mostly "in", must be studied before the full meaning of "in Son"
can be realized. Take for example Exod. 6: 3, "I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac,
and unto Jacob B'EL SHADDAI", literally "in God Almighty"; again, in Exod. 18: 4,
the words, "the God of my father was mine help", are literally, "was in my help".
Psa. 39: 6 gives an example where the translators have sought to retain the "in" by
changing the words that follow, "in a vain shew", is literally, "in image". Another
confessed instance of this beth essential is found in A.V. of Prov. 3: 26, "for the Lord
shall be thy confidence", literally, "in thy confidence".
In the Person of the Son God has not merely added another name to the long list of
prophets, He has provided a Theophany, He has spoken "in Son", and "in flesh".
When we consider the glorious titles that are given the Son in the very next verses we
shall have the Scripture's own comment upon the meaning of the passage before us.
May the grace of God herein manifested to us be thankfully acknowledged, and may
the fact that He has sent His Son be to us the "greatest thing in the world".