title no. 51 – ‘the Word’
Jn 1 V1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. V2 The same was in the beginning with God. V3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. V14 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 the apostle opened his gospel with the phrase ‘in the beginning was the Word’ – by ‘the Word’ he meant a person. We can see this from V14 when he said ‘the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father – and he meant the Lord Jesus Christ.
V1 ‘In the beginning’ – when ever anything that had a beginning began the Word was there. This shows to us our Lord Jesus and HIS ETERNALITY – He never began – he always was – he is the eternal Son of God. ‘The Word was with God’ – this is HIS EQUALITY – He was co existent and co equal with God the Father. To go on and say ‘the Word was God’ – that simply means HIS DIETY – He is God – of course He is.
V2 ‘The same was in the beginning with God’. The word ‘was’ means that he always existed. That would speak to us of HIS UNCHANGABILITY
V3 ‘all things were made by Him’ – surely we see here is CREATIVITY – our Lord Jesus was there in the beginning and he was the great Creator. ‘And without Him was not anything made that was made’ – this again shows us HIS NECESSITY – without him there would be no creation he was there to create at the very beginning.
V14 ‘the Word was made flesh’ – He who was the great creator and eternal Son of God came down to earth to be my Saviour. Yes the hymn is true when it says – ‘down from his glory, Ever living story, My God and Saviour came, And Jesus was his name.
Howard McNally 03.09.11