Who is "the word" that was in the beginning in John 1?


John 1:1 - 5

ESV - 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

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Greek: logos (G3056) (Jn 1:1; Acts 1:1). The Word refers to Christ (Jn. 1:14; Rev. 19:13) and proves His pre-existence (Mic. 5:1-2 Rev. 1:8,11; 2:8; 22:13-16). Christ is an eternal Being as are also the Father and the Holy Spirit (Ps. 90:1-2 Heb. 9:14). They make the Divine Trinity (1Jn. 5:7).

Logos (G3056) has to do with a concept, an idea; the Greek: rhema (G4487) has to do with the expression of that idea in proper, intelligent, and grammatical form in words and sentences. Logos is translated "word" 225 times; "saying" 50 times; "account" 8 times; "speech" 8 times; and in other ways, 39 times.

Greek: logos (G3056), used 330 times with 3 main ideas of expression:
❶ In respect to speech: a word (Jas. 3:2); saying (Mt. 19:22); discourse (2Cor. 10:10); doctrine (1Tim. 6:3; 2Tim. 1:13); narrative (Acts 1:1); report (Jn. 21:23); and discussion by which the inward thought is expressed (Heb. 4:2) 
❷ In respect to the mind alone: the reasoning powers (Heb. 4:12) 
❸ In respect to a person: the essential living Word of God (Jn. 1:1,14; 1Jn. 1:1; 5:7; Rev. 19:13); the embodiment of and expression of all wisdom and prudence (Eph. 1:8; 1Cor. 1:30; Col. 2:3)

Not only was the Word with God, but He was God and always will be as much divine as the other two members of the Trinity (Ps. 45:6-7 Isa. 9:6-7 Jn. 1:1; Heb. 1:8-12 Rev. 1:8,11; 22:13-16).

God created all things by Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:15-18 Heb. 1:1-2). Not only were all things created by him, but redemption of creation is by him (Jn. 17:2; Col. 1:20). As all creation came by the Son, through the Holy Spirit, so all redemption comes the same way. It was what Christ did on the cross that made it possible for God to redeem through the power of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 3:3-5 Tit. 3:5).

The satanic powers of darkness (Eph. 6:12) did not overcome the Word, but that the Word spoiled them on the cross (Col. 2:14-17).

December 11 2016 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
"The Word" spoken of in the verse cited was the pre-incarnate Christ, the Son of God, and the Second Person of the eternal Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) that is the One God.

As John says, "All things were made through Him (that is, the Word), and without Him was not anything made that was made." When God made the repeated "Let there be..." statements in Genesis 1 during the creation of the universe, those statements were the Word expressing God's desires, and also the Word carrying out those desires by performing the actions that God intended.

As John also indicates in the passage cited in the question, this Word subsequently became flesh in the incarnation of Jesus, who provides us with the fullest and clearest manifestation of God and of His will and teachings.

More than that, He also was born in order to provide salvation to humanity in a way that our own imperfect works could not, through living a sinless life that was completely in accordance with God's will, dying a sacrificial death to pay the penalty required by God for humanity's sin from eternity past to eternity future (which only He as God incarnate could do), and then rising from the dead to live eternally as proof that His payment of that penalty had been sufficient in God's sight, so that all who would place their faith in Him (rather than in their own works) to make them acceptable to God could also have eternal life in God's presence.

November 14 2016 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Galen 2 Galen Smith Retired from Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary
John 1:1-2 introduces us to “the Word” who was in the beginning, and was with God and was God.

John 1:3-4 tells us that the Word created all things, and gave life to living things.

John 1:10-11 tells us that the Word was in the world he created, but the people he created did not recognize him or receive him.

John 1:14 informs us that the Word took the form of human flesh, and dwelled among us.

John 1:15-16 tells how John the Baptist spoke of this incarnate Word, describing him as one who comes after him, yet has surpassed him because he existed before him. His existence was from “the beginning” (verse 1), so he was before John the Baptist, even though his conception and birth came after John’s.

John 1:17 finally identifies the Word by name. “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:18 declares that although no one has ever seen God directly, God the Son, who as the Word was with the Father’s side in the beginning (verse 1), has made him known. He is thus the living Word or Message which reveals the nature and character of his Father, whom is not seen by men.

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Mini Marvin Reynolds Retired Chaplain U.S. Army Hospital
In this scripture it is a statement pointing out the fact by example that Jesus is the the Word of God meaning for which he has said again and again in so many ways. This Jesus, his Son, was the one noted in Genesis Chapter 3 concerning the sin of Adam and Eve that was to cause all who followed God's original creation to face being confused with Evil. Now we know that Jesus was the WORD pointing to redemption of all by faith in his payment of Sin by the original Adam (Note that Jesus is called the Second Adam). By his death and resurrection bearing the sin of the world and consequences of death. 

Read this section, John 1, in the original Hebrew text and it will point out that the Word is Jesus by context.

November 15 2016 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Data Danny Hickman Supporter Believer in The Gospel Of Jesus Christ
Verse 14 of John 1 says plainly that the Word is the Son from the Father who became flesh. You have to close your eyes to try to prevent yourself from seeing it, and I don't believe that will work! 

Why is he called the Word, is a better question; a question that when answered, sheds light on who he is. 

Jesus is called the Word because he is the manifestation of God the Father. Who is, and what is God the Father of? He is the Father of his Word. God's Word is the beginning of all things. That's why he, God's Word, was in the beginning with God, and was God. God's Word is the first manifestation of God.

Genesis 3:1 "And God said.... and there was..." The creation of light is the first recorded manifestation of God's presence; it is the first documented evidence of his means of manifesting himself: his spoken Word. God's Word manifests God. God's Word is God. 

All things were made through him (God's Word), and without him (God's Word) was not any thing made that was made (John 1:3). 

The Word of God has always existed with God. He (the Word) was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2) He has to be eternal; God is eternal, so his Word has to be eternal. And since God's Word is the only manifestation of God, his eternal Word is the only God.

Here it is: No one has ever seen God; (full stop) (begin reading again) the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known (he manifested the Father) John 1:18. 

The only God is the Word of God, the Son of God, the manifestation and, by becoming flesh, the personification of the only God. 

Jesus is the only God! "To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." (Jude 1:25) I hope we caught what Jude declared so eloquently. He said Jesus had glory, majesty, dominion and authority BEFORE TIME began, he has ALL OF THAT now, and he will have all of that forever! 

The Bible writers were very clear as to who Jesus was and is. Jesus told the apostle John to quote him: he said, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8) 

That's plain language. The Bible is a collection of writings by various writers who used an assortment of writing techniques in the expression of truth. They used Allegory, metaphors, parables apologues, etc. Only parables are owned up to. The other three are used but are not said plainly to be, the way the parable is.

There's another: sarcasm... when warned that Herod was looking for him to kill him, Jesus said, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course...'"(Luke 13:32). That statement begins with sarcasm and ends with a figure of speech. If you don't understand allegory, metaphors parables, sarcasm and figure of speech, you'll have trouble getting a correct meaning intended by writers of scripture. 

"I am the Almighty" is too plain! There's nothing allegorical about that! There's no hidden meaning in that! 

One other thing: "Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades..." (Revelation 1:17,18)

Who is the Word that was in the beginning? The first and the last is the beginning... the Word is the beginning. The Word is God. There's only one.

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