John 1:1 - Jesus Is God.
John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
"In the beginning." In contrast to 1 John
1:1 where John used a similar phrase ("from the
beginning") to refer to the starting point of Jesus'
ministry and gospel preaching, this phrase parallels
Genesis 1:1 where the same phrase is used. John used
the phrase in an absolute sense to refer to the
beginning of the time-space-material universe. "Was."
The verb highlights the eternal preexistence of
the Word, i.e., Jesus Christ. Before the
universe began, the Second Person of the Trinity
always existed; i.e., He always was (see 8:58).
This word is used in contrast with the verb "was
made" (or "were made") in v. 3, which indicate a
beginning in time. Because of John's theme that Jesus
Christ is the eternal God, the Second Person of the
Trinity, he did not include a genealogy as Matthew
and Luke did. In terms of Jesus' humanity, He
had a human genealogy; but in terms of His
deity, He has no genealogy.
"The Word." John borrowed the use of the
term "Word" not only from the vocabulary of the
Old Testament but also from Greek philosophy, in
which the term was essentially impersonal,
signifying the rational principle of "divine reason,"
"mind," or even "wisdom." John, however, imbued the
term entirely with Old Testament and Christian
meaning (e.g., Gen. 1:3 where God's Word brought the
world into being; Pss. 33:6; 107:20; Prov. 8:27,
where God's Word is His powerful self-expression
in creation, wisdom, revelation, and salvation)
and made it refer to a person, i.e., Jesus
Christ. Greek philosophical usage, therefore, is not
the exclusive background of John's thought.
Strategically, the term "Word" serves as a bridge-word to
reach not only Jews but also the unsaved Greeks.
John chose this concept because both Jews and
Greeks were familiar with it.
"The Word was with God." The Word, as the
Second Person of the Trinity, was in intimate
fellowship with God the Father throughout all eternity.
Yet, although the Word enjoyed the splendors of
heaven and eternity with the Father (Is. 6:1-13;
see 12:41; 17:5), He willingly gave up His
heavenly status, taking the form of a man, and became
subject to the death of the cross (Phil. 2:6-8).
"Was God." The Greek construction emphasizes that
the Word had all the essence or attributes of
Deity, i.e., Jesus the Messiah was fully God (Col.
2:9). Even in His incarnation when He emptied
Himself, He did not cease to be God but took on a
genuine human nature/body and voluntarily refrained
from the independent exercise of the attributes
of Deity. [MacArthur Daily Bible 2003]
John, fisherman's son and all, was born
with one of the finest minds that have ever been
bestowed by God's goodness upon any of the sons of
men. He had a profoundly intuitive mind - an
inward, meditating, contemplative, imaginative,
spiritual mind. His mind was by nature extraordinarily
rich and deep and lofty. John has the immortal
honor of having conceived and meditated and
inscribed the most magnificent passage ever written
with pen and ink. The first fourteen verses of
his Gospel stand alone and supreme over all
other literature. "The Word was with God, and the
Word was God." These two phrases contain far more
philosophy, far more grace and truth and beauty and
love, than all the rest that has ever been written
by pen of man or spoken by tongue of man or
angel. The Word, spoken of John, is a divine person
in human nature - a revelation, an experience,
and a possession - of which John himself is the
living witness and the infallible proof.
How did John sink so deep into the
unsearchable things of his Master? What was it in John
that lifted him so high, making him an apostle of
wisdom and love? For one thing it was his gift of
meditation. John listened as none of the other disciples
listened to all that Jesus said, and then he thought
on it continually. Meditation with imagination
combined in John to stir up the most profound
insights into the person of Jesus Christ that were
I encourage you to meditate on these
divine things that John wrote. MEDITATION IS THE
TRUE ROOT AND SAP OF ALL FAITH AND PRAYER AND
SPIRITUAL OBEDIENCE. Why are our minds so impaired and
barren in the things of God? Why do we have so
little faith? Why have we so little hold of the
reality, and nobility, of divine things? The reason
is plain. Occasionally, we read our New
Testament, but we do not take time to meditate. We
seldom consider who we are and what we are, who and
what Jesus is to us, and what we are to say, do,
ask, and receive. If we allow the thought of
Jesus Christ to delight and overawe our hearts, He
will become more to us than our nearest friend,
more real to us than our morning papers and all
our business dealings. Meditate on John's
Gospel. Alexander Whyte [Day by Day Through the
Gospel of John by Lance Wubbels]
I am God, Your Joy and your delight. I
want you to find pleasure in Me and in My Word. I
am the ever-living Word; in the beginning and
forevermore. So you can find Me richly present in My
written Word, the Bible. As more and more Scripture
soaks into your inner being, you will experience
the delight of My Presence more consistently.
Make time to meditate on Bible passages - and to
memorize some of them. They will help you get through
sleepless nights and encounters with adversity.
Knowing that I am your Joy can protect
you from bemoaning your circumstances or envying
others whose situations seem better than yours.
Because I am always with you, you have an
ever-present source of Joy in your life. You can find
pleasure in Me by rejoicing in My Name all day long.
Simply uttering "Jesus" as a prayer can lift your
spirits. (Psa. 43:4; John 1:1; Psa. 89:16; Isa.
61:10) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
John 1:1 - Jesus Is God.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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