Online Bible Commentary

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Note 1 at John 1:1: The Greek word used here for “God” is “THEOS,” and it denotes deity as an object of worship. This word is used 1,338 times in the New Covenant. Only 13 times is the word used to express anything but eternal deity. Here, the word reveals Jesus as God in the flesh (John 1:14 and 1 Timothy 3:16). The Scriptures attest to Jesus’ divinity (Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 1:23, and 1 John 5:20). God the Father called Jesus God (Hebrews 1:8). Jesus forgave sins (Mark 2:5 and Luke 7:48), a power that God alone has (Mark 2:6-7). Jesus received worship (Matthew 2:11; 14:33; 28:9, and 17), and that is reserved for God alone (Matthew 4:10 and Revelation 22:9). The term “Christ,” which is used 569 times in the New Testament, further establishes the divinity of Jesus (see note 2 at Matthew 16:16). Note 2 at John 1:1: Jesus is the Word of God. The Greek word that is used here is “LOGOS,” and it denotes “the expression of thought–not the mere name of an object” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary). Jesus totally expressed the thoughts of the Father and was manifest in a physical form so all the world could read them. Hebrews 1:3 says Jesus was “the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.” It is also appropriate for Jesus to be called the Word of God because the physical body of Jesus was produced by God’s spoken word, not the usual means of a physical relationship between man and woman (see note 4 at Luke 1:38).

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