I’ve long-held that Jesus can not be severed from His words. They are intrinsically inseparable. Any attempt to do so eventually leads to a fractured view of both Jesus and His word(s). I’ve written a detailed article entitled “The Logos of The Gospel,” some time ago. You can read it here.
Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, in an article entitled “A Magna Carta for Restoring the Supremacy of Jesus Christ, a.k.a. A Jesus Manifesto for the 21st Century Church,” said the following:
“Jesus Christ cannot be separated from his teachings. Aristotle says to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.” Socrates says to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.” Buddha says to his disciples, “Follow my meditations.” Confucius says to his disciples, “Follow my sayings.” Muhammad says to his disciples, “Follow my noble pillars.” Jesus says to his disciples, “Follow me.” In all other religions, a follower can follow the teachings of its founder without having a relationship with that founder. Not so with Jesus Christ. The teachings of Jesus cannot be separated from Jesus himself. Jesus Christ is still alive and he embodies his teachings. It is a profound mistake, therefore, to treat Christ as simply the founder of a set of moral, ethical, or social teaching. The Lord Jesus and his teaching are one. The Medium and the Message are One. Christ is the incarnation of the Kingdom of God and the Sermon on the Mount.”
I appreciated this paragraph. Primarily because it distinguishes between a follower of Christ and a follower of… well… other things. Secondly, it reiterates my thoughts from the article cited above when it says, “The teachings of Jesus cannot be separated from Jesus himself,” and “The Lord Jesus and his teaching are one.” Frank and Leonard may mean something other than I do. I’m not sure. Perhaps they’ll clarify it for us.
What if Jesus (The Logos) and His words (the logos) are one intrinsically? What if they comprised the same spiritual substance? Jesus and His words are more than one “in purpose.” What more? We shall see. Some who deny the trinity say Jesus and the Father are one “in purpose” only, but not one in substance. But, the WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM puts it this way:
Question #6 – How many persons are there in the Godhead?
Answer – There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
To put it another way, The three persons of the God-Head are co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial. If I may make a bold proposition, I would take Frank and Leonard’s statement just a bit further. I propose that Jesus (The Logos) and His words (the logos) are one intrinsically. They comprise the same spiritual substance. They are of equal Divine origin. They are consubstantial. To put it simply, they are “part” of one another. Before anyone makes the silly accusation that I am, in effect, adding another person to the Trinity, I’m not! I am saying, however, that the second person of the trinity (Jesus the Logos) and His words or teachings (the Logos) are of the same substance and therefore indivisible. It’s as simple as this; Take Jesus from His words, and you’re left with “another jesus.” Take Jesus’ words from Jesus and you’re still left with “another jesus.” As Frank and Leonard say above, “the medium and message are one.” Further, when they say “Christ is the incarnation of the Kingdom of God and the Sermon on the Mount,” I would, in like manner, extend the scope of that statement and say that “Christ is the incarnation of the Kingdom of God and the totality of the Old and New Covenant, the Scriptures, The Bible, and the Logos.
Is my proposition correct? Why or Why Not?