John 1:1,2.. and 14
Greetings, Realize that in the greek language we would read as the title to this book, “The Holy Glad Tidings According to John.” Most of us currently read “The Gospel according to John.” Remember, what John shares here was imparted to him by Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus chose to share the truth with John, so today, if you take these words that John has recorded and seriously respond to them I’m convinced from my experiences meditating and responding to this Gospel that you will better understand God and better experience Him.
Verse 1.. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word..
In the beginning was the Word (A Being who is defined by something said): Realize here that the greek word ‘logos’ is a noun. A capitalized noun here represents a Being, a Being who is represented by something said (a word). Or you could think of it as a being whose existence is defined by something said or declared. A word is something that is said, when something is said with words there is a reason for saying it. So going further and tying it all together: In the beginning was the Being defined by a purposeful utterance…
This Being defined by a meaningful declaration was “with” God, “with” in the greek translates as “working towards the same goal”, therefore, this Being was working towards the same goal as God..
So, this Being defined by a meaningful declaration was working towards the same goal as God, and God was the Word.
God “was” (past tense here), God was the Word, so God is one Being, and the Word is another Being, however God used to be Himself and the Word (this Being that exists as an utterance) at the same time.
Altogether: In the beginning was the Being that existed as something said, and this Being who existed as something said was working towards the same goal as God, and God was also this Being.
Verse 2.. (love this verse because it clarifies something important for us!) He was in the beginning with God.
The word “He” is now introduced!!! It implies that the Word is not a place or thing but a Being! “He” is a pronoun:
A word that can function by itself as a noun phrase and that refers either to the participants in the discourse (e.g., I, you) or to someone or something mentioned elsewhere in the discourse (e.g., she, it, this)
In the greek this word “He” literally ties verse 2 to verse 1 “He” in the greek literally means, “this one just mentioned”
Tying it altogether, Verse 2:
This one just mentioned was in the beginning working towards the same goal as God
Verse 14… And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us..
Stop there, in the greek this is the exact same word as in verse 1.
The word “flesh” here simply means: the part of the living body that covers the bones, altogether known as the body.
tabernacled: this means to setup your habitation, it refers to the steps taken to setup your physical living place (your home).
Tying this together for Verse 14:
And the Being existing as an utterance became a body, and setup His home among us.
Bringing in verses 1 and 2 followed by 14:
1. In the beginning was the Being that existed as something said, a purposeful utterance, or a declaration was this Being.. and the Being was working towards the same goal with God, and God was the Being as well, not just one Being but two Beings existing as one Being.
2. This one just mentioned was in the beginning working towards the same goal with God.
14. And the Being became a body of flesh and bone, and setup His home among other bodies of flesh and bone.
What to take from this:
Realize at the end there that it does not say that the Being lost anything when becoming a man of flesh and bone. Instead it notes where the Being chose to setup His home.
Is this easy to understand? No. We know that John is referring to Jesus Christ, or God living fully as God and fully as a man. It’s hard to understand though how a divine Being can be called Word, or be something that’s uttered. I imagine sounds made up this Being because when words are uttered you hear them (they make a sound), so this being was made of sound? hmm.. words are also formed from thoughts, before we utter words we think of what words we will utter, so was this Being made of thoughts and sounds? It’s not easy to fully imagine what John has shared. We do notice that this Being was also God Himself, so now we see that the thoughts and sounds are God… however, this seems to almost make things more difficult, we now have two nouns representing Persons, or Beings that have been joined together into one noun. So these thoughts and sounds (Word) exist in one corner, and in the other corner God exists, however these are both corners of the same Room (Being). Then this part of God’s being made of thought and sound breaks away to become a body of flesh and bone. How this happens is by far the most amazing part of these building ideas, that in some way God’s being which exists as both Him and as a Being of thought and sound (Word) now transforms into a new existence as a human body! The thoughts and sounds become a man of flesh and bone. Last important note here is the TENSES. In verse 2 we see the Word “was,” this implies that the Word used to be with God in the beginning or used to be located in the same place as God in the beginning, but in verse 14 we see present tense: the Word becomes flesh among those of flesh! This all implies that the Word was one place working towards a goal and then simply changed form and location to still work towards the same goal, that God as Himself stayed intact and God as the Word or Being made of thought and sound became flesh among flesh. It’s interesting here how Jesus taught John and now John is choosing to tell us that this Word(Jesus) changed form and location to be with us for some reason.
Many Christian’s may think that “Word” is referring to the words in the Holy Bible. However, Word is a capitalized noun and is referring to a person, place, or thing (a person as revealed by verse 2)… implying that ‘Word’ represents the words we read in the Bible is not an implication we need to hang on! We read the word “He” which refers back to “Word” and this implies a Being. It’s not logical for a Christian to take from this passage that the Word is the words of the Holy Bible, certainly God’s words are special and can cause us living beings to experience Him, and many refer to the Holy Bible as God’s word. I do believe that we can know God’s words, and believe they’re made accessible by those who hung out with Jesus a lot! They can surely know and understand God’s words because Jesus “spoke” words to them! But we should realize that there’s a difference between the Word and God’s word. I believe that the Holy Bible records Jesus’ words along with the words of those Jesus chose to teach. I believe that those who Jesus chose to teach wrote down what they learned, and if we are to handle our Holy Bible as we should we should simply understand that we have records of Jesus’ words and His followers words to read and study to help us understand God so that we can properly respond to Him and experience Him in similar ways as expressed by the authors. The authors heard from Jesus, and that’s enough to convince me to pay attention closely to what they have to say themselves. I don’t approach the Holy Bible as if its a bad guide to knowing and experiencing God, but I approach it as a Sacred Book that’s filled with truth that I can test by choosing to live by its words and then noting the actual life that I experience in response to living this way. 9 years since I decided to respond to Jesus’ words and the words of His followers I’ve found it extremely beneficial to me! Knowing these words and responding to what they teach has helped me learn how to live a bountiful life that promotes righteousness. I wouldn’t rather be lead to live any other way, I love it when righteousness prevails and I enjoy God’s power working in my life daily in similar ways as it worked in the life of John.
Is the Holy Bible required to know and experience God? Of course not, but realize that Jesus’ recorded words and His followers words are being spread all over the place by God not man, if God is spreading Jesus’ words and His followers words more and more each year, eventually these words will be accessible every where on earth. If you can access a Holy Bible right now, take advantage of the access to it! Thousands more are being printed as you read this so that others can better know God.. I’ll never forget the testimony of a man in China, he met someone on a rural path and they started talking about this God they knew, this man in China was a Christian and everything this guy was telling him on the path sounded so familiar! So the China man explained that it was Jesus and gave this guy he met a Holy Bible. The guy was so excited to learn more about what Jesus had to say! On my college campus a student started understanding certain truths about his existence, he sensed they were very true and real. Some Christian’s on campus met him by chance and heard everything he understood, they were astonished! This guy was explaining scriptures to them! They quickly gave him a Holy Bible and he was excited to read more about this Jesus he was quoting! God doesn’t need a Holy Bible to bring someone to know Him. Jesus is recorded emphasizing the importance of scripture! So we must not fall to apathy, if Jesus is quoted explaining the importance of knowing scripture, then we should take scripture seriously! Jesus never says that scripture is REQUIRED, He simply notes it’s importance! God doesn’t need scripture to save us, but I’m convinced He uses it to feed and mature us! If scripture is not available God can still work, but this doesn’t mean that God doesn’t find scripture important! The Holy Bible is not worth dieing for, it’s message is! The Holy Bible, is just that (Bible means book) it’s a book, a book that shares the words of Jesus the Holy God. My best advice.. take time to read it, it’s contents will guide you well!