Is John 1:1 Referring To Christ As The “Word”?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
St. John begins his Gospel with a theological formulation pointing to the identity and nature of the “Word”. Three important elements can be deduced from the passage above.

1. The Word is preexisting 

2. The Word is present with God

3. The nature of the Word

The identity of the Word is very obvious in the passage, it perfectly reflects the divinity and true nature of Jesus Christ. In St. Paul’s epistle to the Colossians he speaks of Christ’s preexistence.

He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 NRSV-CE

The only plausible explanation for Christ’s existence before all things is that he exists even before everything else was created. To those who do not believe in Christ’s divinty this passage is hard pill to swallow because one cannot be just mere human being, yet, exists even before the creation of the universe. Christ’s nature being God is necessary for him to exists before the world begun.  

St. Paul’s belief of Christ’s preexistence can be traced back into what John wrote in his Gospel that Christ is with the Father’s presence before everything else was created.

So, now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. John 17:5

When debating with the members of a local cult they will only quote verse 3 of the 17th chapter of John’s gospel because it states that fact the Christ existed before all things, not just an idea in the Father’s mind but as a distince person. 

Lastly, this passage reveals that Jesus Christ is a God incarnate (John 1:14), He is not just a human being as what the arianism asserts but a true God and true man. 

The following passage points to Christ’s divinity:

Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God”. John 20: 28 

To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. Romans 9:5 

But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. Hebrews 1:8 

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. he is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20 

Jesus Christ’s true nature as true God and true man is biblically well founded and one cannot deny Christ’s divinity without twisting and misinterpreting the Scriptures.



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