Saturday, September 17, 2022

In the Beginning: The Word


Photo by Esther Monzo-Nebot 2021

As the ladies’ Bible study that I am blessed to teach continues in the Book of John, I often find myself meditating on its opening verse:

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

The Greek for “Word” is “logos,” meaning the Word of God, or principle of divine reason and creative order. In John’s Gospel, the Word is Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, incarnate. We know that Jesus is the Word, for that is revealed as His Name when He appears in Revelation 19:13 as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

In simplest terms, Jesus Christ was present since before the beginning of time, in the company of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and He Himself is equally God.

To me, John 1:1 is the most deeply profound sentence ever written. It refers to our Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, and also to His spoken word communicated through the Bible. It is reminiscent of:

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

These two verses together Identify the Word as being God Who created everything (Psalm 90:2). God is eternal, self-existent, not created, present in eternity past since before the beginning of time. The Hebrew word used in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim, which is a plural noun referring to the Trinity. From John 1: 1, we know that Jesus, God the Son, was present in the beginning, with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. The Word was God, because Jesus the Son is equally God with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

It is fascinating to consider why Jesus Christ is called the Word. In the beginning of creation, “God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis 1:3). “God said” repeats throughout the account of creation of heaven, earth, and all its inhabitants. God, Jesus Christ the Word, spoke everything into existence.

As we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27), the spoken word is also of crucial importance to our existence. Thought involves words. What we think governs our speech, and what we say determines our actions and their outcomes.

God has in these last days spoken to us through His Word, and has directed us to hear Him, as God the Father’s voice commanded during the Transfiguration of His Son (Matthew 17:5). Jesus is the Word speaking from God the Father to us, first through the prophets (Hebrews 1:1), then through Himself during His earthly ministry (Hebrews 1:2), and now through His written Word. Jesus Christ the Word also speaks to God the Father for us as He sits at His right hand, interceding for us in prayer (Hebrews 1:3; Romans 8:34).

The very instructions for each of our lives, and the instructions from which God will create our heavenly bodies, are composed of words. King David referred poetically to the directions for how our body parts are formed being recorded in God’s book long before we are even born (Psalm 139:16).

Millennia after this was written, scientists discovered that our genetic code is composed of 4 “letters,” or base pairs in our DNA, making up “words,” or genes, on our chromosomes, that control all our biological characteristics.

Words are not only essential for thought, communication with God through prayer, and even our very biology, but also for our salvation. Being saved requires hearing or reading the words of the Gospel (Romans 10:14), then calling on the Name of the Lord (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13) and confessing that He is God and rose from the dead:

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Once we are saved by believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), proving His divinity, and we speak these words in our heart and aloud, Jesus will use His words to tell God the Father that we are His own, granting us eternal life. Alternatively, if anyone who uses words to deny Jesus, He will deny that person before His Father, leading to condemnation (Matthew 10:32).

Having confessed verbally that Jesus is Son of God, our Lord and Savior, we become His ambassadors, representing Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:20). Like any earthly diplomat, we represent our Leader through our words as well as our behavior. Jesus Himself warned us not to speak any idle words (Matthew 12:36), for life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). James warned us to control our tongue, for our words have the power to build others up or to tear them down (James 3: 1-13).

In the beginning was the Word! His words created all that exists. His Word saves us! May we allow His Word to govern our heart, thoughts and actions, and share it with others so they too can be saved!

© 2022 Laurie Collett



Brenda said...

Hi Laurie, yes there is power in the written Word, and it is a truth that can wipe out the lies of the spiritual enemy. I love reading the Bible and it is the best guidance we could have as we journey through this life into eternal life. God bless you for sharing God's truth.

Frank E. Blasi said...

Dear Laurie,
Of all the ancient religious books ever written, the Bible is the only one that teaches the Triune nature of God without using the word "Trinity." and yet, since we're made in the image of God, then each person is a trinity of body, spirit and soul - with the spirit becoming alive or regenerated from the moment he first believes.
I thank the Lord for the simplicity of salvation, with just a heart belief and a vocal confession to make it effective, yet in Roman days, such a confession could have cost that person's life.
Blessings to you and Richard.

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Brenda,
As the saying goes, the Bible is "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth." And yet it is so much more, on so many levels.
Thank you as always for your lovely comment, and may God bless you too!

Laurie Collett said...

Dear Frank,
I agree, that as we are made in His image, we too must have a Triune nature. It is sad that there is often dissension over the concept of the Trinity, which is clear in Scripture even though the word is never used.
Amen -- it is a blessing that salvation is so simple that even a child can understand it, and one that we should never take for granted, given the high cost paid by our Lord and Savior.
May God bless you and Alex,

Rick Jones said...

Hello Laurie,
Thank you once again for providing these insights into Biblical truths. You open new insights with your articles. Be well, Stay well, Rick Jones

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Rick,
Thank you for your encouragement! I am blessed to hear that you enjoyed the post. May God bless you and Linda,

Tanza Erlambang said...

by reading your post, now I understand more about how important of word in life....

Have a great day

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Tanza,

So true -- God's Word guides us through life, shows us how to be saved, comforts us and strengthens us. Thank you for your comment and may God bless you,