The Word in the Beginning

Main reference: Jn 1:1 – 34 (Main verses : Jn 1:1 – 5)

Using this text, the point I want to mention, is the prophecy and the completion of the Old Testament.

What is the Word in the beginning? The Word in the beginning was God, and the Word was with God. Through the Word in the beginning all things were made. In the Word was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it (verses 1-5).

The darkness is a person without the light, which is the Word. It is the same as the darkness mentioned in the first day of Genesis 1 and 1 Thessalonians chapter 5, the believers belonging to the darkness (night). The Word in the beginning is the light of life and the seed of God, which has the power of creation. Jesus is the Son of God and the Word, because he was born with the seed of God (1Jn 1:1).

John the Baptist, who had been promised to come in the Old Testament (Mal 3:1), appeared in Jesus’ first coming. He was not the true light but only a lamp that burned and gave light for a while (Jn 5:35). On the other hand, Jesus was the true light (verses 6-9), the perfect light, full of life (Jn 12:46).

At that time, the physical Israelite, born as the natural descendants of Abraham, were the chosen people belonging to God. But they fell and became darkened, like the sun, moon, and the stars in the sky, turning to darkness and falling (Joel 2:31, 3:15). God, the master of the entire world and the light, and the Son of God came to the people (refer to Mt 3:16-17, Jn 10:38, 14:10-11), but they did not recognize and receive him (verse 10-11), and rather they persecuted and killed him. As a result, God and Jesus, who had the right to judge (Jn 5:22), gave the right to become children of God to those who believed in his name, not concerned with natural descent or human decision, but born of God (verse 12-13). In other words, they are born from the seed of God, not by man’s will. This is the new work (Jer 31:22) and they are the New Israelite (Spiritual Israelite), God’s spiritual family, and the chosen people.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (verse 14). For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (verse 17).

The Jews of Jerusalem sent the Levites and priests to ask John, “Are you the Christ, Elijah, or a Prophet?”, he answered them by saying no, and replied with the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the dessert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” (verse 19-24). Some of the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize?”, “I baptize with water,” John replied, “There is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” (verse 24-28).

The reason John baptized Jesus, was so the one who comes after John might be revealed to Israel (verse 31). And the one who sent John (God) told him, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the Christ who will come soon (the man who will baptize with the Holy Spirit).” When John baptized him, the Holy Spirit remained upon him (verse 29-34), at this time God and Jesus became one.

God’s history about the prophecy and the completion of the Old Testament (Mal 3:1) was achieved in this way. It was achieved in Jesus’ first coming through the appearance of John the Baptist, the messenger who prepared the way and Christ, the messenger of the covenant.

We must remember the power of the Word in the beginning in John chapter 1, and that the Word became flesh. Also, we must know about the darkness and the light. We must also realize not only can the Physical Israelites be considered the sons of God, but also those who believe in Jesus’ name.

Bear in your mind that only when you have the Word in your mind, is God with you. The Word makes life and the light exist. The Word makes you the son of God, and only the Word can make you become born again.