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In the order of things, Jesus is first. Nothing came before Jesus. Jesus is the son of God. Jesus is God. Jesus is the beginning and the end.

This is a mystery, but our knowledge of Jesus starts with coming to grips with who Jesus is. If Jesus is God, he is to be worshiped and obeyed, just like God. If not, he can be ignored.

May we know who Jesus is. 

May we worship and obey Jesus.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.[1]

John 1:1-2

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In the beginning was the Word echoes Gen. 1:1. John names this Word as Jesus (John 1:14). Here he highlights Jesus’ existence throughout eternity with God.

    • “The Word” conveys the idea of divine self-expression or speech.
    • This idea occurs often in the OT.
    • God’s Word is effective: God speaks, and things come into being.
    • By speech he relates personally to his people.

And the Word was with God shows interpersonal relationship “with” God.

And the Word was God affirms that this Word was also in essence the same God who created the universe. Some have claimed that “the Word was God” merely finds Jesus as a god rather than identifying Jesus as God. However, in Greek grammar, the lack of an article does not necessarily show indefiniteness (“a god”). The context must decide the meaning, and the context clearly indicates that “the Word” is the one true God[2]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Jn 1:1–2.

[2] J. I. Packer, Wayne Grudem, and Ajith Fernando, eds., ESV Global Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 1479.