The Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”- John 1:1-5

 

How simple, yet how profound are the opening words of John’s gospel!  John uses simple words that may be understood by children, yet the depth of wisdom here displayed have caused the most devout theologians to scratch their heads in wonder and amazement. We are sure that this side of glory we may never fully comprehend the fulness of John’s words, yet we believe there are some basic conclusions that Christians may draw comfort and edification from.  Some of these truths we share with our readers today.

We know from John 1:14 that “the Word” is a divine expression of Jesus Christ for therein we read, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” The writings of men have never become flesh, but Christ was made flesh as He became the physical embodiment of all that God wanted to say to us about Himself. To say it in another way, Christ was, and is, the divine expression of God.  All of scripture was represented in Him.  Christ is the full expression of God to mankind. In Christ we behold the fulness of the Godhead, bodily.

Another conclusion that we may draw from John’s words is the eternal presence of Jesus Christ.  John wanted us to know that Jesus was coeternal with the Father.  His words, “In the beginning”, refer to the beginning of the creation of the universe.  When the universe had its beginning the Word was with God!  “Was” is certainly a past tense expression. It does not say, “In the beginning became”.  John declares that before the universe was spoken into existence, Jesus was! 

This is one of the most profound statements in the Bible concerning the deity of Jesus Christ.  Christ made this claim of Himself over and over again.  He continually declared that He was truly God, manifested in the flesh and this claim was the one claim above all claims that caused the unbelievers to crucify Him. His words to those who denied His authority and placed Abraham above Him were, “Before Abraham was, I Am.”  Those words, “I Am” they all understood.  They meant the same thing as John’s words: Jesus was coeternal with the Father: He was claiming to be God.

By these words many conclusions may be drawn.  Every believer may know that Jesus Christ is not a created being. He is, as we have said, coeternal with the Father.  From His priestly prayer, Jesus makes this claim: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own won self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” This sheds light upon many of the false notions of the cults and the antichrists: Jesus is not an angel, for all angels are created beings and Jesus was involved in their creation (Col. 1:16) which places Him far above them; Jesus is not the brother of Satan for Satan is a fallen angel, cast down, chained and awaiting final judgement; Jesus is not just one of the prophets, for all prophets are humans. Conclusion: Jesus was God manifested in the flesh……”and the Word was God.”-To be continued.

 

 

 

 

 

“THE WORD”-Continued

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”- John 1:1-5

Last week we considered the opening words of John’s gospel focusing our attention upon the deity of Jesus Christ.  John has declared that Jesus Christ was verily God manifested in the flesh. But John does not stop there.  His words go deeper.  The “Word” that John declares to be God was “with God”: Now, how can God be with God?  The Bible tells us over and over again that there is only one God so there could not have been two Gods that were dwelling together before creation.  The only answer is that there is more than one person in the Godhead.  Christians know these as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”(1 John 5:7).  Some have discredited 1 John 5:7 claiming that it is the only place in scripture where the three persons in the Godhead are mentioned.  But John 1:1 supports this verse with clarity.  Therefore, in just a few small words, John had revealed a depth of wisdom.

            The Godhead is beyond the ability of man to fully fathom.  Yet, there is much given in scripture that we can understand about God.  We understand that even though God is one God, there are three distinct and separate persons or beings that make up the Godhead.  Each person in the Godhead has a separate and distinct office.  At creation, they counseled together to create man: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….”(Genesis 1:26a).  Concerning the work of redemption, the Bible tells us that the elect were chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son and regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  We see complete agreement in the Godhead.  Those that were chosen by God the Father in the covenant of grace before the world began were the exact same ones that Christ redeemed upon the cross. As Christ has said, “Behold I and the children which God hath given me”. (Hebrews 2:13). God the Father gave them to His Son to redeem. See John 17:2 as Christ prays to His Father concerning this work.

                We have heard some say that they refuse to believe in a God that is complicated, in a God that they can not fully comprehend or explain.  But we must ask, “What kind of a god would it be if it was a god so simple that the depraved human mind could fully understand?” 

As with our last article, this statement reveals many false doctrines concerning the person of Jesus Christ.  One is that His existence did not begin when He was born of the virgin, Mary.  He was coeternal with the Father.  This verse also declares that Christ was equal in power and authority with God the Father.  John makes another point concerning the Word: He was equally involved in the creation of all things: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”  The same three that said, “Let us make man” also said, “Let us make the whole of creation.”  Concerning Christ’s part in creation, Paul wrote this to the Colossians: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”(Col. 1:14-18). John’s words are indeed profound!

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