Bible Study Doctrine

A Few Thoughts about “The Word”

The Word is found in these Scriptures
B1 John 1:1-2 NRSV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
B2 John 1:14 NRSV And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
B3 Revelation 19:13 NRSV He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God.
B4 1 John 1:1 NRSV We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.
This Word we learn
B1 In the beginning
C1 Some interpretation
D1 This refers to creation. See Genesis 1:1, Psalm 102:25, Proverbs 8:23, Matthew 19:8, John 8:44, 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 1:10, 2 Peter 3:4, and 1 John 3:8.
D2 Also taught is His pre-existence as in 2 Corinthians 8:9, Philippians 2:6, Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:2, and John 17:5.
C2 The passage itself teaches that the Word
D1 Already was
D2 Already was with God
D3 Already was God
C3 With God
D1 The Greek word for “with” is πρός prós. God refers to the Word and God being separate yet together. Robertson’s Word Pictures has this: Pros with the accusative presents a plane of equality and intimacy, face to face with each other.
D2 Robertson adds the importance of this passage.
And the Word was God (kai theos ēn ho logos). By exact and careful language John denied Sabellianism by not saying ho theos ēn ho logos. That would mean that all of God was expressed in ho logos and the terms would be interchangeable, each having the article. The subject is made plain by the article (ho logos) and the predicate without it (theos) just as in Joh_4:24 pneuma ho theos can only mean “God is spirit,” not “spirit is God.” So in 1Jn_4:16 ho theos agapē estin can only mean “God is love,” not “love is God” as a so-called Christian scientist would confusedly say. For the article with the predicate see Robertson, Grammar, pp. 767f. So in Joh_1:14 ho Logos sarx egeneto, “the Word became flesh,” not “the flesh became Word.” Luther argues that here John disposes of Arianism also because the Logos was eternally God, fellowship of Father and Son, what Origen called the Eternal Generation of the Son (each necessary to the other). Thus in the Trinity we see personal fellowship on an equality.
B2 This Word
C1 Became flesh, so meaning He has a non-fleshly body before incarnation
C2 Lived among us (disciples/followers)
C3 Had a glory that was seen Compare Matthew 17:1-9.
C4 Was full of grace and truth
B3 He is clothed now with a robe dipped in blood
C1 This refers to His substitutionary atonement
C2 See Isaiah 53:4-6, 1 Peter 2:23-25, Mark 10:45, Romans 5:6, Titus 2:14, 2 Corinthians 5:21, etc.
B4 His name is the Word of God.
C1 This is Jesus, God the Son
C2 Jesus is the perfect word, the final word, and the Word of God. Hebrews 1:1-4 NIV In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
B5 John testifies that he has heard his voice, seen his person, and touched him. He states that person is the Word of Life.
C1 Lazarus heard that word of life when Jesus resurrected him. Read John 11.
C2 Paul heard that word of life on the Damascus road. See Acts 9:4-6.
C3 The people heard it, so we can read and by reading hear the word of life, too. Matthew 11:28-30 NRSV Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
C4 Most of us are like Lydia. Acts 16:14 NRSV A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.

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