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!

Published by D.J. Gorena

Follower of Jesus Christ, husband, dad, pastor, and twinless twin.

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