• William T. Howe Ph.D.

November 4, 2021

Daily Reading: John 1-2

John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

There it is. The statement. The proof. The reader is introduced to the Word. In verse 14 of this chapter the Word is identified. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John is speaking, of course, of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Word. Consider some Bible facts about this One called the Word.

The Word was in the beginning. The life of Christ did not begin in the manger in Bethlehem. No one knows when it began for that is a mystery, but it is a fact that this One called the Word was in the beginning with God. “In the beginning was the Word,…” He made appearances on earth throughout the Old Testament. One was when He was in the furnace with the three Hebrews. Nebuchadnezzar testified of this when he said: “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” (Daniel 3:25). This is called a theophany, a preincarnate appearance of Christ.

The Word was with God. Meaning there were two at the beginning, the Word and God. This is why, in part, God said in Genesis 1:26 “…Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”

The Word was God. He was God, He is God, He will be God, forever and always. This Word is God in the flesh as John proves throughout his Gospel account. Just one proof? John 8:58 this Word, the Lord Jesus Christ said “…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” He was stating here that He was the same I Am that spoke to Moses from the burning bush. That, my dear reader, is the biggest of the biggest of statements proving the deity of Christ. Proven by the fact that they immediately attempted to kill him for saying such a thing.

Notice also verses 3 and 4. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” These are simple words strung together in such a way as to convey the most genius of all thoughts. The Word made all things and in Him is life.

From this explosion of thoughts at the very beginning of the book of John, the writer spends the next 21 chapters proving his claims. It is a wonderful read…enjoy.

Until tomorrow, live for the Word today.

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