Monday, September 3, 2007

The Gospel of John 1:1

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In the beginning, before anything tangible existed, before time existed, before anything that we could dare comprehend to have ever existed, was the Word! The Word held power and relationship with God. The scriptures say the Word was with God. Yet how could that be? How could something have existed with God before it ever existed unless it was He Himself? Scripture would go on to declare that He (the Word) is God. Yet, it could not be Jesus alone as the Oneness folk believe, because the simple expression “with” denotes that there has to be more than one. Now, unlike Mormon theology there is not in existence three deities, no, there is only one because of the last part of the verse- and the Word was God. Even though there was a separate aspect to God that allowed for the expression “with”, the fact that the Word is God solidifies the claim that the “Lord Our God is One.”

Furthermore, it is simple to see that the Word is the very persona of Jesus Christ. Even by jumping ahead a few verses to John 1:14 where it clearly states, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” The Word is clearly Jesus the Christ. Christ existed with Father God in the beginning. Now how else could they exist as one unless they were already one in the Spirit? It is easy to see at this point that the Holy Spirit is in the Father and in the Son. Likewise, the son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son (one God) when we see Jesus Himself speak it in John 14:10.
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

We also see Christ in another passage declare that He was “I AM” in John 8:57-59.

Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

Though it is one of the greatest mysteries ever, God has given us enough of an understanding of His mercies and knowledge to trust in HIM. God is not a man that He should lie, nor the son of man that He should repent. The Lord is one- in the Father, in the Son, and in the Holy Spirit!

1 comment:

Louise said...

Thank you for your up-lifting, God-honoring writing. May God richly increase the ministry He's given you as you witness to the truth of His Word.

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