The God’s Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1, NIV. John begins his account of the Gospel with “In the beginning,” possibly alluding to the Genesis 1:1. The “old humankind” had it’s beginning in the first man Adam. The “new humankind” has it’s beginning in the Second Adam, Jesus Christ. Both Adams are from God and by God. Both were with God at the beginning of His creation of this world and the life on it. Therefore, both Adams are the sons of God. Luke 3:38; John 1:34.

The noun “Word” in John 1:1, does not refer to the words spoken by God but to His creative power. The entire Bible testifies to us about the “word of God.” John 5:39. God spoke, and the universe, the time, came into existence. Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:1. Paul, in the Hebrews 11:1, employs the Greek word “aionas,” which means times, ages. While the Greek noun “Logos,” the Word, often appears as a part of various subjects in the Greek philosophy and the Old Covenant Scriptures, in the Gospel according to John, however, the “Word” refers to God’s creative power only. Some of the New Testament Scriptures, in Greek, do not capitalize the noun “Word,” some, however, do capitalize it. This practice may reflect the enduring debate among Christians about the true meaning of the noun “Logos,” the Word.  Does the noun Logos refer to a unique divine being equal with God the Father, the Creator, or to the Creator Himself? Does it refer to “One God” or to the “Unified God”?  This debate never ends. The phrase, “and the Word was God,” in the Greek, could also be read as “and God was the Word” because it refers to God’s creative power, not to His spoken words only.

The aim of John’s prologue to his presentation of Jesus Christ is not to argue the plurality of the Godhead, but to assert the divine personality of Jesus Christ. The apostles and the first-century Christians, in solidarity with their roots, Judaism, professed “One God” only. The Gentile Christians, Paul insists, are the wild olive branches “grafted among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root.” Romans 11:17. John presents Jesus as the eternal “Word of God” because God has, before the creation of humankind, determined that He will unite Himself with the fallen humanity and redeem it from the kingdom of sin and darkness. The fall of humankind, in the garden of Eden, did not surprise God. God knew it before He began His creative activity.

John, by presenting Jesus as the eternal “Word of God,” calls the reader’s attention to the fact that God loves humankind. Accordingly, John presents Jesus as the actual, full, and final revelation of the person and nature of God the Father, the Creator. Only He, who was with God, in the beginning, could reveal God to humankind accurately. The “Word” is God the Father with us. “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” John 14:9, NIV.

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Dan Lazich

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