John 1:1-5 In the beginning...

John makes sure that the reader of his book knows the relationship of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (the Trinity[11]). John 1:1–2 describes the relationship between the Father and the Son. In the original language, “Word” means “a communication” — most often spoken or written. We can tell that the Word refers to none other than Jesus Christ. In this case, Jesus Christ is the Communication of God to humanity.

If you think about it, no other being could exist with God before the creation of the universe.

The idea of the Trinity may be strange if you are new to Christianity. You will not find the term in the Bible, but we can see the truth in Scripture. Religions, including Judaism, claim Christianity is polytheistic — this is not true, of course.

“There is only one God (Deut 6:4; Isa 43:10; 46:9; Rom 3:30; 1 Cor 8:4; Jas 2:19).”[6]“The one whom Jesus called “Father” (John 6:27; 1 Cor 8:6), the incarnate Son (Matt 1:23; John 1:1; Rom 9:5; Col 2:9; Titus 2:13–14; Heb 1:1–3), and the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3–4; 28:25–27; 2 Cor 3:7–18) all possess the necessary attributes of this God.” [7]“These three are not identical; they interact with one another, and their identities are constituted with respect to one another (Matt 3:16–17; 12:32; 17:5; Luke 3:21–22; 4:1; John 15:26; 16:7–16; 2 Cor 13:14). They act distinctly but in concert with one another (Gen 1:1–3; John 1:1–3; 2 Cor 4:6; Col 1:15–17; Heb 1:2–3).”[8][9]

The first verse starts with “in the beginning” (John 1:1–2). The Jewish reader would relate this to Gen 1:1, where the text describes the creation of the universe. Verses 1 and 2 in John tell us the Word existed before the creation of the universe.[1] Verses that confirm this assertion: Prov. 8:22–31, Col. 1:13–19, Ps. 102:25, Heb. 1:2, John 1:3. Bolender states:

“Since Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, we can assume that time started at this point of created existence. We have the beginning of our basic sequence:

eternity past => time => eternity future.

Likewise, we have a sequence that relates to our study, God’s plan. That sequence has:

eternity past => eternal life conference => Christ’s hypostatic union => creation of all things => the fullness of times => the end of times. “[2][3][4]

What we are saying is that Jesus Christ has been with the Father since the beginning, that is eternity past (John 1:1–2).

We have confirming passages that everything came through Jesus. To support the idea that Jesus is the communication of the Father, we learn that Jesus is life. The Father made the plan, and Jesus put everything in motion.

John 1:4 talk states that Jesus is life. Wiersbe list four ways that Jesus is life:

“Light (if the sun went out, everything would die), air, water, and food. Jesus is all these! “[10]“He is the Light of life and the Light of the world (John 8:12)”[10]“By His Holy Spirit, He gives us the “breath of life” (John 3:8; 20:22), as well as the Water of life (John 4:10, 13–14; 7:37–39).”“Jesus is the Living Bread of Life that came down from heaven (John 6:35ff). He not only has life and gives life, but He is life (John 14:6).”[10]

John 1:5 tells up that the Word is Light. This theme is repeated throughout the Gospel of John. The image here is that the truth is obscured by evil. Jesus alone can pierce through the darkness so that we can know truth. This wonderful picture shows us what Jesus does for us. Only with him can we have a disernment of right and wrong.


Notes.


1. Beasley-Murray, G. R. (1999). John (Vol. 36, p. 10). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

2. Bolender, Jr., Robert (2010). The Plan of God. Austin Bible Church. Accessed 10/5/2019.

3. The hypostatic union is a description of Jesus Christ as both God and man: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/theological-primer-hypostatic-union/

4. The fullness of times is defined here: https://www.moodymedia.org/articles/dispensation-fullness-times/.

5. The end of times is defined here: https://www.everystudent.com/forum/endtimes.html

6. Meeks, C. (2016). Trinity. In J. D. Barry, D. Bomar, D. R. Brown, R. Klippenstein, D. Mangum, C. Sinclair Wolcott, … W. Widder (Eds.), The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

7. IBID.

8. IBID

9. See also https://www2.gracenotes.info/topics/trinity.html

10. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 285). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.The Best Conceptual Explanation of the Trinity I’ve Seen …. https://blog.faithlife.com/blog/2015/11/the-best-conceptual-explanation-of-the-trinity-ive-ever-seen/



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