And the Word was God

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The divinity of Jesus Christ has always been questioned by some throughout the centuries. Some say he is merely human and they deny that Jesus is God. They deny that the Word who became flesh is both human and divine. There are actually many passages in the Bible that will prove that Jesus is God but in this blog, let me just focus on John 1:1-2, 14.

In John 1:1 of the New International Version (NIV) it says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

In this passage above, the verb form “was” can be found three times and in Greek it is what is called as an imperfect tense. It is a “continuous tense” denoting an event or state that is continuing. In other words we can say that: “in the beginning the Word ‘was continuously’ there.” Before there was time, the Word was already, continuously there. And the Word was continuously with God. And the Word was continuously God. This means that the Word had no beginning.

Now, let’s focus on the second clause of Verse 1: “and the Word was with God.”  Please take note of the word, “with” (Greek, pros).  This indicates a distinction is being made between two Persons — the Word and God.

Here is what a BibleGateway commentary has to say: “The first verse is very carefully constructed to refer to the personal distinctness yet the essential oneness of the Word with God. To be with God means the Word is distinct from him. The word with (pros) in a context like this is used to indicate personal relationship, not mere proximity (cf. Mk 6:3). But he also was God; that is, there is an identity of being between them.”

The distinction becomes even clearer when we realize that in Greek there is a definite article, “the” before the word “God.” In other words, what it is actually saying is: “and the Word was with THE God.” There is clearly a distinction being made between the Word and THE God. This means that before there was time, the Word was continuously with THE God — the Father of course.

It is also good to note that in Verse 2 which says: “He was with God in the beginning,” actually has the definite article “the” ALSO before the word, “God.” In other words, The Word was continuously with THE God in the beginning. We now know THE God as the Father and he was with the Word (the Son) continuously before there was time.

Now let’s study the last clause of Verse 1: “and the Word was God.” Please take note here that in Greek the definite article “THE” is not found! This is significant. It does not say that “the Word was THE God.” As we have noted, there is a distinction between the Word (the Son) and THE God who is the Father.

It is very clear in Greek and most English Bible translations and Bible versions agree and render this last clause of Verse 1 as: “and the Word was God.” That’s what it means! It means that the Word was divine in the same way that the Father was divine. It means that the Word was God in the same way that the Father was God. The word, “God” (theos) here is a predicate noun. It describes who the subject (the Word ) is. The Word was divine. The Word was God (theos)!

Now let’s end with John 1:14 which says: “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.”

Please take note that this verse does not say that the Word ceased to be God. Rather, it means that the Word (Logos) took on human flesh. Without ceasing to be God, the Son took on human flesh – – created human nature. Christ had two natures, human and divine, fully God and fully human in his one Person.

There are many passages in Scripture that prove Jesus is fully God and fully human. This blog focused on John 1:1-2, 14. This is how God has led me to understand him at this time. Hope this helps you too.

Discover the Word – Session 12

To accommodate others who are interested to join our discipleship class, we have moved our regular schedule from Wednesday to Friday every 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We had a bit more attendance than usual last Friday. So it seems like Friday is a good time to have these sessions from now on.

Last time we had just completed Part 1 of the booklet/article, The God Revealed in Jesus Christ. We were supposed to continue with Part 2 beginning last Friday but due to the importance of another topic which is fairly recent, I have decided to discuss with the class the essay of Dr. Gary Deddo on Clarifying our Theological Vision, Part 1. I just thought that this is timely and should be discussed right away. We will just continue with Part 2 of The God Revealed in Jesus Christ  at a later date.

We started last Friday’s class with prayers for those who are sick among us like: Max Fabricante and Rex Olandesca. Then I shared with the class Dr. Joseph  Tkach’s Introduction to Dr. Gary Deddo’s essay before we proceeded with the main topic. We were only able to discuss the earlier part on the subject of All are Included. The topic generated comments and questions relevant or related to the topic and without realizing it we were not even able to finish quoting and discussing all the supporting verses that were cited in the essay. One and a half hour just flew so quickly haha!

We will continue next meeting. Before we ended I shared to the group Dr. Gary Deddo’s videoclip where he discussed the topic on universalism and double predestination. I did not anymore ask the class to ask questions or make comments after the video otherwise we would have ended up at midnight haha! Here’s the video:

Thanks Meralco for Trimming our Trees!

I really appreciate the Meralco maintenance crew who without fail have been visiting our trees in the community and trimming it every 3 or 4 months for free hahaha! I just love to see them work cutting the branches and twigs that may cause harm when it touches their high tension electrical wires above us. I heard it’s about 34,000 kilovolts!

Of course, they are actually just trying to take care of their high tension electrical lines. But I’m sure glad to see them taking care of these things to keep the community safe from electrical hazards especially when there are typhoons. Their machines can really cause a lot of noise in the neighborhood though. But that’s OK, once in a while. Thank you Meralco folks!