“…and the Word was God” (John 1:1)

John’s introduction to his gospel is quite unique, containing an echo of Genesis 1:1. While Moses offers a declaration of the creation as we know it by stating that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” John begins his gospel with the assumption of creation.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

At the time of creation, John declares that the Word already “was.” He also declares that the Word was always “with God.” When God created, in the beginning, there already was the Word and that Word was with God. And then John makes a declaration that has reverberated world for 2000 years: “And the Word was God.” The Word that always was, was in fact God. John chose the term “word” knowing it would resonate with all men: Greeks and Jews. The Word who is God is the highest expression of wisdom and reason. God is the highest philosophy. He is the ultimate expression of logic and truth.

John isn’t finished describing this Word, but what we see to this point is that our God is the fullness of knowledge, wisdom, and truth, and as we will see, he has come down to man. Our God has come to us! Real change is going to be possible because, as we will soon see, the eternal, all-powerful, Creator God came down to man!

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