What does John 1:1 say about Jesus?

The apostle John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The “Word” (Gr. Logos) means, “utterance.” Here John uses this title for Christ. The word Logos is used in the NT only by John in his gospel, in 1 John 1:1, and in Rev. 19:13.

Jesus is He who came to reveal the character, mind, and will of His Father. God has showed His divine will and purpose through creation and through revelation. But now He has done so through the incarnation of His only begotten Son (John 3:16), His supreme and perfect revelation. Jesus became “God’s thought made audible.”

Then, John adds that “the Word was with God” which means that the Word is distinct from the Father in the eternity past, but He became “flesh” in order to be with “us” (v. 14). He was Immanuel, “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). Christ as the incarnate Son of God descended from the bosom of the Father to save all men (1 Tim. 2:4).

“The Word with God” also means that Christ was associated closely with the Father in the work of salvation “we have an advocate with the Father” (1 John 2:1). The “Word” here implies close personal fellowship with God and man.

The Phrase the “Word was God” means that Christ is equated with God the Father. John states that the “Word” took of the essence of Deity and that He was divine in the ultimate and absolute sense. Thus, John denies that the Word was either a God, one among many, or the God.

Evidences of the divinity of Jesus Christ are many and indisputable. These may be summed up briefly:

  1. the life He lived (Heb. 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22)
  2. the words He spoke (John 7:46; 14:10; Matt. 7:29)
  3. the miracles He wrought (John 5:20; 14:11)
  4. the prophecies He fulfilled (Luke 24:26, 27, 44; John 5:39)

The word Logos refers to theme of the book of John (ch. 14:8–10). In the introduction (vs. 1–18), John declares that his goal in writing the Gospel was to present the man Jesus as God incarnate (1 John 1:1). And he concludes that his goal was to lead people to “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,” and that believing they “might have life through his name” (John 20:30, 31).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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