The Creator of All Things John 1:2, 3

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The logos was in the beginning. John the apostle writes in John 1:2 that the logos was in the beginning with God. We have seen in John 1:1 that the very existence of Jesus Christ was before all of Creation. There was nothing before Creation except God in Three Persons, the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And this logos we have seen is very God! His Deity is that of the God of the Bible, the God of the heavens. He was, and is, and evermore shall be!

John links together into this one phrase two of the ideas already stated in John 1:1: in the beginning He was with God. Later in time–as we shall see–Jesus Christ came to be with man through His Incarnation (A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament). John is reiterating that Jesus Christ pre-existed before His Incarnation. He is Personal. He is Deity. He is God. There is nothing in His very nature, essence, or substance that is not God. He is very God!

The assumption of the Bible in Genesis 1:1 is out of nothing God created everything. This means there was no thing that He used to create all that we see, touch, taste, smell, and feel. All things, as we continue to discover the mysteries of the air, the seas, of the planets, the universe came into being when God created all of these things. John says that all things came into being through Him [the logos, Jesus Christ], and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being (John 1:3). While we see in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), John states emphatically that the logos–Jesus Christ–is the One who created all things. Creation, as presented by John, is not something that existed prior to Jesus Christ’s act of creating, but, rather, came into being when Jesus Christ created all things.

Jesus Christ is the intermediate agent in the work of Creation. While the Hebrews would understand the Creation as beginning out of nothing by God, John now relays to them this revelation: Jesus Christ is the Creator! The Greeks are also given this explanation: it is not logic that created or even sustains all things, but rather it is the logos who is Jesus Christ who created and even sustains all things. And His sustaining of all things is not something that is static. Rather, it is a dynamic sustaining of all things. He is ultimately the One who is bringing all things to fruition for His own glory and honor. The logos is causing all things to progress in His Creation.

Jesus Christ was in the beginning, before anything was created, and all things have come into being through Him. Apart from Jesus Christ, nothing has come into being–it has not existed–until He created it.

In the Beginning… John 1:1

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A most divine chapter is John 1. In the opening verse of his gospel message, John the apostle writes these inestimable words: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This one verse alone stands as a bulwark of the Christian faith. There is no greater truth to which we hold as the truth that Jesus Christ is the truly only begotten Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, who came in human form on mission to bring glory to His Heavenly Father and to seek and to save those who are lost. In this one verse we see the very Deity of Jesus Christ. He is not only God, but He is very God!

John states emphatically that Jesus Christ–represented by logos (Greek for word)–was in the beginning. This phrase takes the Hebrew mindset back to Genesis 1:1 as Moses writes, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Jesus was in the beginning when God created all things. John writes in verse 2 of this same chapter: He [the logos] was in the beginning with God. This reiteration is to solidify John’s writing of the truth of who the logos is: Jesus Christ is God. John writes in John 1:3, All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. He is stating to the Jews that Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things. Everything that we see, touch, smell, taste, feel is what Jesus Christ created. There is nothing on top of the earth, below the earth, above the universe, or under the universe that Jesus Christ has not made. He created all things and all things have been created for Him.

To the Greek mindset, it is logic that created all things. It is logic that sustains and holds all things together. John calls Jesus Christ logos from whence the word logic is derived. As he writes to the Hebrews so he writes to the Greeks–the Gentiles. He says that this logic in whom they place their trust is not simple logic as found in man. Rather, this logic is Deity, this logic is Creator of all things. It was Aristotle that claimed that there must be an unmoved mover never taking the next step to say that this unmoved mover must be the Lord Jesus Christ who has created everything. To Aristotle, logic was king, logic was master never realizing that Jesus Christ truly is the most logical One who could have created everything.

John then writes the Word was with God. Before all things were created, John brings to the forefront the idea of Jesus Christ’s eternality. As Jesus said in His high priestly prayer, John writes what Jesus prays: Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. “Before” is the key word in John 17:5. Jesus Christ has been with God before all things were created. There is a commonality that Jesus Christ has with God the Father. In Him–in Jesus Christ–we see a special relationship the Second Person of the Trinity holds with God. He is the only One with whom God shares His glory. There is no other in heaven, earth, or hell with whom God shares His glory except His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

While the Hebrews would suggest that this is blasphemy, the crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God, Jesus Christ did not count this as sinful for Himself. Rather, He explicitly says that He and God are One in every aspect of His nature, His essence, or His substance.

The Greek mindset would not understand this simply because it goes against all things natural, all things worldly, all things logical. To them for a man to call himself God or equal to a god, this man would be illogical and he would not stand in regard to those who claimed logic was all and in all.

But John turns the Hebrews and the Greeks upside down in their thinking. Jesus Christ is neither blaspheming nor is He a lunatic. Instead, John is clearly stating that the Word was God. The same is said in Paul the apostle’s writing: Although He existed in the form of God, [He] did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped (Philippians 2:6). That is, Jesus Christ both inwardly and outwardly displayed the very nature of God. Although we cannot know anything of His heavenly state, we can affirm that in Jesus Christ there is that expression of being which is identified with the essential nature and character of God. (Motyer, The Message of Philippians: Jesus our Joy, 109) John, as Paul, states that Jesus Christ is literally God.

This logos is the only One who was in the beginning–before all Creation. He was with God being the Second Person of the Trinity. Jesus Christ is God and not a blasphemer or a lunatic. Jesus Christ is the Word and John states that the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). He is unique among His brethren because of these perfections that are God, yay, very God!

Are Masks Really Necessary?

This is a question that I’ve been asking for quite sometime. It says on the box of masks that I have (and any other packages of masks that I’ve seen) that they don’t stop any bacteria or virus from entering into the mouth or nose. So are they really necessary?

This is what it’s really like!

I guess they’re necessary for a couple of reasons. First, if you’re not wearing a mask nowadays you may be shamed by others that are known as “Karens.” While this is a derogatory term, the reality is that there are people who are so afraid of others not wearing masks that they’ll attack them verbally and sometimes even physically. I’ve seen a number of videos on social media where people who live by fear try to force those who don’t to live the same way they live: masked up.

The second reason to wear a mask is so that you don’t have your own identity. I saw on Twitter a few days ago how someone had posted that we no longer see each other’s smiles. With everyone wearing masks, we begin to lose the community that we once had by being able to see the facial expressions of those with whom we are speaking or seeing. Frankly, people look despondent nowadays wearing their masks; not everyone, of course as this is a generality. There seems to be a darkness, a depression all over the place. Maybe it’s because people are no longer getting the amount of oxygen they need to be able to think clearly because we’re all wearing masks. Of course there are those who do wear masks that are stylish which may be construed as individualistic, but, again, they look like everyone else: saddened eyes, and you can’t tell if they’re smiling or not.

Although I wear masks, I don’t like them. I already have difficulty breathing from prior pneumonia and annual bronchitis. I wear masks, however, because I’m required to if I eat out or go into a store.

But the inconsistencies of COVID-19 restrictions are absolutely ridiculous! For instance, I received notification at my office from a department of health that someone who has COVID-19 had been in our building as it was reported to them by a doctor. When I called and inquired who that person was, the health official said that due to HIPPA laws they couldn’t tell me. So I asked, “Why then did you send an Excel spreadsheet for us to fill out with others in our organization that contract COVID-19?” Her reply, “Because we have a right to do that.” To my chagrin, I reiterated what she said about HIPPA laws and she proceeded to tell me that her spreadsheet was not in violation. However, I told her that I was supposed to list the name of the infected person, which doctor they visited and were diagnosed by, their symptoms, their comorbidities, and some other personal information. I told the health representative that I wouldn’t share any information with them because if HIPPA laws that I would be breaking and also told her that they were asking people to break the law. She proceeded to tell me that they needed help in investigating hotspots for COVID-19. My response? “I’m not responsible to do the job of the health department and investigate anything for them!”

So you may be wondering why I would be so adamant about not helping the health department; I get it. I wouldn’t because when pointing out that we walk into restaurants wearing masks and immediately take them off at our tables, we can be infected because COVID-19 is supposedly airborne. It’s inconsistent because we see sporting events being played without masks. It’s inconsistent because hand sanitizer is inefficient because for it to really sterilize your hands you shouldn’t touch anything for at least five minutes. It’s inconsistent that our children who are under the age of ten are required to wear masks but are allowed to touch everything in the schools they attend where other snot-nosed kids have wiped their noses and haven’t allowed the hand sanitizer to take effect. It’s inconsistent when so many other diseases are now being recorded due to constant mask wearing. It’s inconsistent because so many people are now facing mental disorders due to the constant barrage of news media and others claiming that it will help stop the spread when the packaging of the masks say that it doesn’t stop viruses from entering into the nose or mouth of the person wearing said masks.

As I write this I’m sitting in a restaurant watching what’s happening around me. The hostess is telling people to put their masks on as they’re walking out of the restaurant as if that will stop the spread while at the same time standing less than six feet away speaking to en elderly couple that’s not wearing their masks because they’re seated waiting to eat. Yes, the hostess is wearing a mask, but that doesn’t stop the virus from entering or exiting the mask and she may well be infecting the older couple or they her.

So are masks necessary? Are they really necessary when you see the likes of Dr. Fauci not wearing a mask at a ballgame? Are they really necessary when you see the likes of Speaker Pelosi getting her hair done while not wearing a mask? Are they really necessary when you see broadcasters not wearing a mask? Are they really necessary when you see sports players not wearing masks? Are they really necessary when you see the White House press Corp not wearing masks inside the press briefing room until they’re on camera?

UPDATE: Please understand that I’m merely asking whether or not masks are necessary. After a discussion with a friend, they pointed out that masks along with the other protocols are actually effective; it’s not the masks alone, but also washing of hands and social distancing. I AGREE WITH THIS observation. My main point was merely to point out what appears to be inconsistencies with what we currently know about COVID-19.

Another thing my friend asked me was this: “Have you had bronchitis or the flu like you’ve had in past years?” The answer is “no.” He more than anyone has helped me understand that the protocols have helped keep us from getting sick. Now I still have allergies, but they’re not as bad as they have been.

Thanks, Danny, for helping me to see this from a different view!!

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