Some propose that “the Word”, in these dramatic verses (John 1:1-2), does not refer to the Son of God, but simply to what God spoke when He created all things.
Genesis 1 provides support for this view, for in that chapter God creates by speaking. The phrase “God said” is found 10 times in that chapter. For instance, “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Gen. 1:3).
But the Word is the Son of God.
This is indicated by the following:
With God – The Word is described as “with God” (John 1:1-2). The Word must therefore be a Person; not merely something which God said.
Created through – According to John 1:3, God created all things through the Word, but according to Colossians 1:16 and Hebrews 1:2, God created through His Son.
(Note: “Him” in John 1:3 is an interpretation. The original Greek word means “the same”. The “Him” therefore cannot be used as proof that “the Word” is the Son of God.)
The Baptist – John 1:4 explains that “the Word” had “the Light of men.” John 1:6-8 continues to say that John the Baptist “came as a witness, to testify about the Light”. Since John was the forerunner for Jesus (John 1:23-26), “the Light”, and therefore “the Word,” refers to Jesus.
Came into the world which He made – John 1:9-10 says that “the world was made through” “the true Light … coming into the world”. Since “the Word” had “the Light”, this in two ways confirms that “the Word” is the Son:
(a) It is the Son of God who came into the world.
(b) It is the Son of God through whom “the world was”.
Became flesh – But perhaps the clearest evidence is John 1:14, which states that “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us”. This can only be the Son of God. He “descended from heaven” (John 3:13; 6:38, 62). He said, “I am from above … I am not of this world” (John 8:23).
Why is the Son of God called “the Word?”
He is the Word because He brings light. He is called “the Word” in verse 1, but in verse 4 we read: “in Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.” Verse 9 adds, “the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” (v9). So perhaps He is the “Word” because He brought the “Light”. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (v5).
He is the Word because He is God’s creative power. Perhaps there exists a mysterious connection between the Word which God spoke in creation, and His Son; a connection reflected in the phrase, “the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father” (John 1:18).
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made. And by the breath of His mouth all their host. … For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:6-9).
What is proposed is the thought that His Son was “begotten” when God spoke. It is not proposed that He was created by the word which God spoke, but that He is the Word which God spoke to bring the universe into existence. If so, this would be beyond human understanding. Another article discusses the meaning of “only begotten.”
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