1. Introduction

Scriptures teach us that Jesus is the express image of God. The phrase express image (Strong’s G5481 – charaktēr) is used only once in the New Testament

Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image (G5481 – charaktēr) of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high  (Heb 1:3)

The root word for  charaktēr  is  charax (G5482).  Charax is used only once in the New Testament and is found for the word trench  in Luke  19: 43. Since the understanding remained rather vague, I explored the origin of the word charax.  Charax comes from the Greek word  graphō (G1125)  and it refers to written words in the following contexts: 

  • words spoken by the prophets (Mt 2: 5)
  • Jesus referred constantly to the words written by Moses and the prophets (Mt 4: 4; Mt 11: 10; Mt 21: 13). Jesus stood on the word that He and other members of the God family had spoken to Israel. 
  • Jesus beat and chased the merchants from the temple, declaring, “it is written 1125 , My house shall be called the house of prayer; but  ye  have made  it a den  of thieves” (Mt 21: 13)
  • Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies written about Him (Mt 26: 24)
  • Jesus used the written word to rebuke satan (Lk 4: 8).
  • Even the devil knows the written word, but manipulates it for his own purposes (Mt 4: 6)
  • The Apostles also referred to the written word with the phrase “it is written” (G 1125)

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1125&t=KJV (graphō)

2. Application of graphō or written word to Jesus

We learnt three important truths in relation to Jesus:

  1. He always spoke the Word
  2. He always fulfilled the word and never  contradicted it. Scriptures teach us that God is Word and that God is absolutely truthful. When the members of the God family made a contract with Abraham, they swore by their name because no one else was in higher authority to act as a witness (Heb 6: 13-18)    
  3. He is therefore called the Word of God. Apostle John taught us that God was in the beginning. God was Word and the Word was with God  (Jn 1)

3. Secrets about Jesus are hidden in the books of heaven

Prophet David was shown that there are books written in heaven about Jesus and the plan of salvation. Prior to His birth, some of the secrets were revealed to the prophets so that we could know the identity of the true Messiah. He therefore was obligated to fulfill every word that had been revealed about  Him.  Apostle Paul then referred to this prophecy, showing that Jesus was the One to whom David referred:

Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume (H4039/mĕgillah/roll) of the book [it is] written of me (Psalm 40: 7)

Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume (G 2777/roll) of the book it is written (grapho) of me, to do thy will, O God (Heb 10: 7)

Where are the books to which Prophet David referred? They are located in the archives of heaven. Chief Prince Gabriel referred to them as the “scripture of truth” (Dan 10: 21). As a member of the God family, Jesus taught us during His life that:

God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Num 23: 19)

4. What will you do with this information?

Jesus came to earth and revealed that He was more than just a man. He was God in the earth who fulfilled all that had been written about Him in heaven. Would you believe Him when He says that He is the way, truth and Life or do you prefer to believe the words of a human who can lie?

Blessings! Have a great day!!

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