John 1:1 Commentary

John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Here we have those famous words – “In the beginning.” Where have we seen them before? Well, anyone that has picked up a Bible and opened to page 1 has read from Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” So just as Moses had something to tell us about the beginning, John has something else to tell us about the beginning.

Of course, there is nothing contradictory between Moses and John. But John, having been chosen by God to receive this revelation, opens the curtain of God’s mind a little more for us to see the power of His creative force.

When John says “In the beginning was”, he takes us to task in our human minds to understand the eternal nature of God – yea, of the Son of God, whom, as we shall see indisputably to be “the Word” later in the chapter. Christ said of Himself: “before Abraham was, I am”.

We see that there was, in fact, a “beginning”. But God has no beginning, so we understand this to be the beginning of time – that is, the human concept we know as time; for time, essentially, always was, and always shall, be. Yet time as we humans know it had a beginning and shall have and end. This time is marked off by universal motions. A physical description of time would include a reference to the motions of the heavenlies – the earth spins, the sun, the moon, the seasons, the yearly cycle, they all combine to make “time” for us. We experience time in a bodily fashion – that is, we experience fatigue, boredom, impatience, and so on – all functions of time in the human realm.

But God is not subject to these things. He is not subject to time in the same manner as we are. He does not grow weary, He does not get bored, He does not get tired, He does not become impatient. Time has no beginning, nor ending, for Him. Yet He did create a beginning for us.

So we have established that something pre-existed the beginning, for there was a “was”. And what was? The WORD!

We can be excited now! Why? Because we see the bridge between the eternal and the temporal – the Word. And just what is a word, you may ask? A word is “the expression of a thought”. Simple, yet so, so profound. We see HOW God communicates with man. Through the Word, God expresses His thoughts.

We could expand on the idea of the existence of knowledge (epistemology) at this point, but I will attempt to discuss it only briefly. The profound revelation that Christ Himself is the Word shows us that knowledge cannot exist if He does not exist. Without Christ, there is no Word, nor are there words. In order for thoughts to be expressed, there must be an original thought. By original, I don’t mean “first” – I mean “primary source.”

If God does not exist, then knowledge does not exist, because there is no other source to which we can attribute knowledge. Many make the mistake of attributing knowledge to the natural world – I can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell; therefore, I can learn, and subsequently, know. However, you cannot know that what you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell is real. Have you ever awakened from a dream, having had the sense that you actually experienced the events of that dream? Yet you know that the events of the dream were not real. Or were they? How can you tell if you are not dreaming now?

But words, as they communicate a primary knowledge to us, are real, and the thoughts that they express are real. Therefore, God’s Word is the only source of certain reality we have.

John says “In the beginning was the Logos” What can we learn about Logos? We can learn that Logos is God expressing Himself in a person – the person of His Eternal Son – Christ, Jesus, Our Lord. But what more of Logos can we learn? This: We get the word “logic” from “logos”. Many Bible teachers imply or outrightly declare that “God is not logical”. This notion comes from unwillingness on the part of the Bible student to resolve apparent contradictions (there are no actual contradictions in the Bible) in a logical way. Why are they unwilling? Because they don’t like the obvious conclusions that scripture will lead them to. They prefer to declare the word of God to be a “mystery”, or a “paradox”; two seemingly contradictory truths that remain in perpetual tension, and have no resolution.

I would ask you this: do you really think God is illogical? Or as some would say – alogical? I would think that we would accept from the onset, as the Apostle John presents it, that Christ is God’s LOGICAL personification.

“the word was with God, and the word was God”. Here we have the very thing I mentioned in the preceding paragraph – an apparent contradiction. How can the word, simultaneously and at all times, be God and be with God? This apparently contradiction is resolved in the doctrine of the TRINITY – God exists in three persons, of the which, two are expressed here. The eternal Son, in the form of the Word, both was God and was with God (the Father).

This doctrine (Trinity, or Triunity) is a stumbling block to the Jew who insists on the oneness of God. But the Jew will say that he has no need to understand John since the Jew rejects the validity of John’s revelation. But can the Jew explain why Moses said “Let US make man in OUR image”? From the very beginning of scriptural knowledge, both in Genesis and in John, we are exposed that great doctrine – the teaching that God expresses Himself in three persons – God the Father who spoke the world into existence, the grand architect, designer, engineer, progenitor, who has chosen His children by decree; God the Son (Word) who carried out the Father’s command, the agent of creation, obeying Him even to the incarnation and the bloody cross, obtaining eternal redemption for the elect; and God the Spirit who moved upon the face of the waters, and who “moves” upon the hearts of men, bringing the sheep of Christ into His fold.

CONCLUSION OF THIS SECTION.

God communicates through His Son, who is “the express image” of God’s person , upholding all things by the word of His power (Heb 1:3). A word is the expression of a thought, and God’s thoughts are real, and they are the only way we can know anything real. God’s thoughts are perfectly logical, and they are never contradictory.

I hope the reader has been edified and encouraged to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

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3 Responses to “John 1:1 Commentary”

  1. allan krisbaher Says:

    I have been reading scripture concerning predestination-election-free will. Your article was very enlightening to me in this study. At 65 years of age I am still hungry for God’s knowledge and understanding and am in aw of what God is doing in my life as he draws me closer to himself. Thanks again for the added insight. A brother in Christ, Allan

  2. Joel Says:

    Allan, it gives me great joy to know that you were helped here. Keep studying the scripture! I pray God will bless you. Joel.

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