Logos: Logic Incarnate

by Spiros Zodhiates

Ever since the Fall, man's limited perspective has been at odds with God's omniscient intelligence. At the beginning of his Gospel, John introduces us to the Word (ho Lgos [3056]) who was with God and was God (John 1:1). Lgos not only means "word" but also denotes logic and intelligence. In a nutshell, the goal of logic is to arrive at a definite conclusion based on a starting premise or idea. Because God is not only logical but logic itself, His thought patterns would undoubtedly make the most sense when applied to any situation.

Man, on the other hand, has his own method of logic, which the Greek Scriptures call dialogisms ([1261], to reason through). These are his thought patterns that he uses to draw conclusions about God and everything else. Sad to say, this type of reasoning frequently begins with the wrong premise and therefore ends with the wrong conclusion. According to Jesus, dialogismo (plural of dialogisms) proceed from the hearts of men and all too often are transformed into the filth of sin: murder, adultery, theft, and all kinds of perversity (Mark 7:21). And no matter how people justify their behavior, it will never conduct one into the accurate facts of reality or true logic (lgos).

After humanity had been wallowing in wrong conclusions for several millennia, we could say it had lost touch with reality. Then when man least expected it, the Word (ho Lgos) took on human flesh and, bearing the gift of salvation, entered into the murky waters of humanity's anti-logic (John 1:14).

As the embodiment of God's intelligence, Jesus Christ stood in stark contrast to the fantasies (dialogismo) around which man had built his life. In fact, the basis of Christ's reasoning was diametrically opposed to mankind's self-centered intellectual foundations. The men and women among whom Jesus lived could not comprehend that He had existed eternally, even before the creation of the world. He not only was God but "had been" (en [2258], imperfect of eim [1510], to be, exist) God even before there was time.

Of the three members of the Godhead, Jesus is the only One to have "become" (gnomai [1096], to come into being). The Father and the Holy Spirit have existed eternally, as did the Son, but only the Son took on human flesh and became God incarnate.

The Logic (ho Lgos) of God took on humanity so that men would have a pattern by which to compare their own lives, see their shortcomings, and receive deliverance from them through His sacrifice on the cross. Although Jesus' example of perfection among men was not the only reason He came to earth, it was definitely part of the Father's purpose. Until the Messiah's advent, no man had seen God, but the Son "declared him" (exe\géomai [1834], to unfold).

Up to that point, God had been completely intangible, or Spirit (Pnema). But Jesus' incarnation made Deity tangible, able to be perceived by the physical senses. That's not to say that our Lord relinquished His intangible, spiritual existence when He came to earth. In that sense, the Savior never left the Father's presence but continued with Him through the three decades of His humanity.

While unbelievers' rejection of God's Lgos, Jesus Christ, inhibits their ability to think clearly, believers can have the real Logic living within them if they will engraft His word into their lives (Col. 3:16). The Divine Logic then ushers them into real perception by faith instead of looking at life based on their own cognitive processes (asthe\sis [144], intellectual perception).

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