The Jesus Factor: In The Beginning
December 4, 2011
“In the beginning was the Word,” what do you think this means exactly? In the beginning of what? In Gen 1:1 we read the phrase “In the beginning.” So we can say that that the word was there in the beginning. Before the earth was even created.
Joh_1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. KJV
Joh 1:14 The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his divine greatness–the greatness that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth. (ERV)
We know that this is speaking about Jesus because it says in John 1:14 that the word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The ERV says that word became man. We know that Jesus was sent to earth, so, we know by these 2 scriptures that Jesus is the word. Also, because Jesus was there before creation that he was no not made during creation of the earth. He excisted before. He is by no means no creature. We know this by Joh 1:3 that all created all of nature and it was formed by him. Without him nothing was made.
Next part of the verse says, “And the word was with God.” By saying the word was with god this gives the word a personal excistence. Meaning it is distinct from, as we all are when where with another person. The only thing to remember here I believe is that the word is inseparable from god and very much so asscociated with him (Joh 1:18; Joh 17:5; 1Joh 1:2).
The last section Joh 1:1 says that “the word was God.” John said the word was with god in the phrase before did he not? So what did he mean by this? Well I think there is no other way to put it except say that John was telling us Jesus was equal with the Father.
This is little scripture is very big in the biblical world. Many people argue The Jesus Factor : In the begining, yet it is right there infront of us the truth. So let’s sum this scripture up shall we and I will move on.
“In the beginning was the word.” This is not talking about the biblical words written on scrolls or in written in the bible. It’s talking about the essential word of God, Jesus Christ. This clear from all that is writtend in Joh 1:14.
Next, “the word was with God.” Meaning with God not Angels. He was with God the Father as the word, which there are many opinions on why Jesus was considered the word. Some are as follows:
“1. A “word” is that by which we communicate our will; by which we convey our thoughts; or by which we issue commands the medium of communication with others.
2. The Son of God may be called “the Word,” because he is the medium by which God promulgates His will and issues His commandments. See Heb_1:1-3.
3. This term was in use before the time of John.
(a) It was used in the Aramaic translation of the Old Testament, as, “e. g.,” Isa_45:12; “I have made the earth, and created man upon it.” In the Aramaic it is, “I, ‘by my word,’ have made,” etc. Isa_48:13; “mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth.” In the Aramaic, “‘By my word’ I have founded the earth.” And so in many other places.
(b) This term was used by the Jews as applicable to the Messiah. In their writings he was commonly known by the term “Mimra” – that is, “Word;” and no small part of the interpositions of God in defense of the Jewish nation were declared to be by “the Word of God.” Thus, in their Targum on Deu_26:17-18, it is said, “Ye have appointed the word of God a king over you this day, that he may be your God.”
(c) The term was used by the Jews who were scattered among the Gentiles, and especially those who were conversant with the Greek philosophy.
(d) The term was used by the followers of Plato among the Greeks, to denote the Second Person of the Trinity. The Greek term νοῦς nous or “mind,” was commonly given to this second person, but it was said that this nous was “the word” or “reason” of the First Person of the Trinity. The term was therefore extensively in use among the Jews and Gentiles before John wrote his Gospel, and it was certain that it would be applied to the Second Person of the Trinity by Christians. whether converted from Judaism or Paganism. It was important, therefore, that the meaning of the term should be settled by an inspired man, and accordingly John, in the commencement of his Gospel, is at much pains to state clearly what is the true doctrine respecting the λόγος Logos, or Word. It is possible, also, that the doctrines of the Gnostics had begun to spread in the time of John. They were an Oriental sect, and held that the λόγος Logos or “Word” was one of the “Aeones” that had been created, and that this one had been united to the man Jesus. If that doctrine had begun then to prevail, it was of the more importance for John to settle the truth in regard to the rank of the Logos or Word. This he has done in such a way that there need be no doubt about its meaning ( Albert Barnes, “Notes on the bible,”1847-1887).”
Then the last verse “the word was God.” Meaning that all the treasures of Gods wisdom are in Jesus. He has all the collective thoughts of God because he was with even in the beginning. Look up 1 Cor 1:24; Eph 3:11; Col 2:2; Col 2:3 to take this further. Be Blessed folks. Now you know The Jesus Factor: In The Beginning.