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What does John 1: 1 & 14 mean when it is said that Jesus is the word of God?



We will find the answer to this question if we first understand why John wrote his gospel. We find the purpose behind this clearly in John 20: 30-31: “Jesus did many other signs before his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by faith you may have life in his name. ”The purpose of John writing the Gospel is to introduce Jesus Christ to the readers, establish who Jesus is (God incarnate) and what He did. It was John's affair of the heart to lead people to the saving and redeeming work of Christ in faith. With that in mind, we better understand why John introduced Jesus as "the Word" than in John 1: 1.

In beginning his Gospel with the sentence, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word," John introduces Jesus in such a way that both Jews and Gentiles are familiar with the phrase. The Greek term for “word” is “logos”, which was common in both Greek philosophy and the Jewish community of that time. For example, the “word” of God is often personified in the Old Testament as the exercise of God's will (Psalm 33: 6; 107: 20; 119: 89; 147: 15-18). For Jewish readers, Jesus refers to the Old Testament as the “Word”, where “Logos” or the Word of God is associated with God's revelations. And in Greek philosophy the term “logos” was used to describe how God created and communicated with material things. In the Greek worldview the term “logos” was seen as a bridge between the transcendent God and the material universe. Hence the use of the term “logos” for Greek readers was certainly seen as a mediating principle between God and the world.

Basically, John used this terminology here so that both Jews and Gentiles of that time could linguistically understand the same concept and thus used it as a starting point to introduce Jesus Christ. But John goes beyond this well-known understanding of the Jews and Gentiles of the word "Logos" and presents Jesus Christ not as a pure mediating principle (as the Greeks would have understood), but as a personality, completely God and yet completely human. Christ was not simply the embodiment of a revelation from God (as the Jews understood it), but actually God's revelation of himself in flesh and blood, so that John kept Jesus' own words to Philip on this: “Jesus said to him: So I've been with you for a long time and you don't know me, Philip? Whoever sees me sees the father! Then how do you say: Show us the Father? ”(John 14: 9). By using the word “Logos” or “Word” in John 1: 1, John conveys and expands a familiar concept to his readers, and fully introduces the reader to the true “Logos” of God through Jesus Christ, the living Word of God God and yet completely human, who came to bring people closer to God and to redeem all those who believe in him from their sins.



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