One of my desires is to slowly – but surely – walk through John’s gospel in the coming years, one verse at a time. I’ve entitled it as “The Word Became Flesh.” Whenever you see “The Word Became Flesh” in the subject line, it’s part of this journey.
John’s great goal in writing his gospel is “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31). As Christians we are to live by faith–faith in who Jesus is and what He has accomplished. I hope and pray that this journey will be a great blessing, strengthening our faith in Him and enjoying more of His (indwelling) life. Here’s the first verse:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
At the beginning of his gospel, John wanted to be unmistakably clear—Jesus is God. This sentence echoes God’s first written revelation: “In the beginning, God . . .” (Gen. 1:1). When nothing was yet created, the Word existed, having no beginning. Indeed, Jesus is “from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2).
While John’s first statement is sufficient evidence for Christ’s deity, he continued with two other statements: He was with God and He is God. Not only did John state that Jesus was present “in the beginning,” he also wanted to highlight the plurality within the Godhead—“the Word was with God.” There is a definite distinction within the Godhead.
Before people would even have a chance to argue that there, then, must be at least two gods, he also emphasized their unity—“and the Word was God.” Jesus is distinctly divine, yet one and the same with the Father, being co-equal and co-eternal: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
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