The Word was God, the Word is God

Posted on February 10, 2010

By Justin Edwards

The Gospel of John is the greatest love story ever told. It is where we find not only agape love, but where God also reveals His nature, His timelessness, His divinity, and His authorship of creation – all of which are through and by His Son, Jesus Christ. The very essence of the God-head is found in John 1:1-18, and this is the topic of this post. It is incredible what can be learned in the first 3 verses alone, so let’s take a look at what God has to tell us.

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

It is clear in this verse alone that Jesus is the Word, and the Word is God. The following verses help understand this more clearly:

Revelation 19:13 – He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God

John 17:5 – And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Philippians 2:6 – Who, being in very nature (or in the form of) God,

John 1:2 He was with God in the beginning

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.

This verse is one that can lead you on all kinds of rabbit trails. Here’s a few to consider:

1 Corinthians 8:6 – yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

The above speaks volumes. There is one God, the Father, who made all things. Our lives are lived for Him. There is also one Lord, Jesus Christ, who all things were made through and it is He who we live through.

Now let’s look at a few more verses that show who the Lord is:

Matthew 7:21 – Not everyone who says to me (Jesus), ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,

Psalm 110:1 – The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’

1 Corinthians 15:25 – For He (Jesus) must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

Hebrews 1:3 – The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Romans 10:9-10 – That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Deuteronomy 6:5 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Revelation 1:8 – ‘I (Jesus) am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’

Revelation 21:6 – He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I (Jesus) will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.’

There are countless verses that show that Jesus is God, He is the Lord God, and the above clearly illustrate this fact. But Jesus and the Father are also distinct from each other. This post does not have the space to completely illustrate that Jesus and the Father are one, yet separate, but the following do compliment the previously given passages illustrating this point (the first of which is one of my favorite passages of Scripture):

Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Hebrews 1:2 – but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.

John 1:18 – No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only (or Only Begotten), who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.

Hebrews 1:5 – For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father”?

Psalm 2:7 – I will proclaim the decree of the Lord, “He said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father.’”

So in summary, Jesus is the Word, and the Word was God. All things we were made by Him, for Him, and through Him. There is one God, there is one Lord, the Lord our God is one, and Jesus is Lord. Jesus was with God in the beginning, and God declared His enemies His footstool. The Lord God is the Alpha and the Omega, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, and Jesus is the Lord God. Jesus is the exact representation of God, all of God’s fullness dwells in Him, He is the head of the church, He is the Beginning, and He is the firstborn among the dead. He is the heir of all things, and the universe was made through Him and by Him.

I cannot wrap my brain around this, but God’s Word is true nevertheless. That fact we humans cannot understand something does not make it not true. We will never figure God out this side of heaven.

Job 36:26 – “How great is God – beyond our understanding.” But a day is coming when we will know as we are known.

1 Corinthians 13:12, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

I cannot wait for that day.