The Eternal Word : Dec. 1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:1-4
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:1-2
When John begins his gospel with the words, “in the beginning,” he is reminding his readers of the opening of the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” God was present at the beginning of everything because He is eternal, and the rest of Genesis 1 reveals that He created everything that exists through His powerful word. John calls Jesus the Word of God because Jesus is God communicating Himself to us. The words of God created the stars and the planets, the animals and the oceans. The Word of God, Jesus Christ, was present as God’s agent of creation, and in entering our world as a man, He came to re-speak God’s creative power into a broken universe. The Word of God spoke again, and a new world, a new creation, was born. He was with God in the beginning, and He was God, both distinct in His personhood and divine in His deity. And He has the unique responsibility of being the agent of God’s power in both the creating and re-creating of this world, re-uniting the broken creation with its Creator.
He is the Word—God’s revelation.
God’s ultimate and perfect self-expression.
God’s agent of creative power.
God has spoken to us in His Son.
All we can know about God finds its ultimate expression in Jesus Christ. To study Him is to read God. To know Him is to know God, and to be created anew.