The Living Word
Today, our passage is rather lengthy but we are only going to discuss 3 of the verses – 1&2 today and verse 14 tomorrow. I just did not want to leave out verses 3-13. It is all so good! It is just that we are going to be pinpointing a few things very specifically in discussing how Jesus is the Living Word.
So, how long do you think Jesus has existed? Did He begin like we begin, at conception?
John 1:1-14 (NIV)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
“Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it.
“There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that Light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the Light; he came only as a witness to the Light. The true Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
“He was in the world and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but they did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural decent, but born of God.
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Look at the first paragraph which is verses 1&2. If you read through it quickly it may resemble a tongue twister put there just to confuse us. However, slow down and really read it, thinking about each phrase carefully. This is a power-packed paragraph!
First, who is referred to as the Word?
Look at the last paragraph, which is verse 14, and it becomes clear very quickly.
You got it! Clearly, Jesus is the Word. He is the Living Word.
Let’s go to verse 1 now:
“In the beginning…”
Beginning of what? Back in Genesis 1:1 we get that answer: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
The “beginning” refers to Creation. So, “in the beginning”, is at the beginning of time and the beginning of the world.
“…was the Word…”
We have already established that the Word is Jesus Christ. Now, this is saying that Jesus was there at the time of Creation.
“…and the Word was with God…”
Clearly, Jesus not only existed at Creation, but He was there with God at the time.
“…and the Word was God.”
This establishes that Jesus, The Word, is God. Overall, it establishes that Jesus was there at the beginning and that He is God. What a verse!
Stay with me. 🙂
Now to Verse 2:
“He was with God in the beginning.”
Verse 2 ties it all together in a neat package.
In Genesis 1:26, God is speaking and refers to Himself as “us” instead of “me”. Now, isn’t that interesting and exciting! The Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – are indicated in Genesis. As you know, Genesis is the very first book of the Bible.
I am unceasingly amazed at the great, awesomeness and beauty of God’s Word. From the beginning to the end of it, it points to Christ. As huge as the Bible is, it never contradicts itself, even with all its many authors. It is so obviously inspired by God, otherwise, so many human authors could not have so completely written or “drawn” this perfect word picture of God. I am reminded of 2 Timothy 3:16. It says that all scripture, meaning the entire Holy Bible, is God-breathed. In other words, He put the words in the writers’ hearts and they simply wrote them down.
Off the Subject?
At first glance, this may seem off the subject but consider for a moment that God inspired this book – the Holy Bible – the Word of God – a picture of Himself so that we could know and glorify Him. The more we know God’s Word the more we know God.
The Maker of All wants us to know Him. Isn’t that wonderful!?!?
Have a wonderful day!
Thank You so much, Lord, for making a way for us to know You and be saved by You. I am so thankful that we can walk with You in this life on earth and for all of eternity. Please, give us a hunger for Your Word, for more knowledge of You and more love for You. Help us be what You want us to be. Help us to be completely Yours. We love You, Lord! In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Go Deeper Today:
2 Timothy 3:16&17