The Logos

The Logos
July 19, 2020
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Passage: John 1:1-3
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  • John 1:1-18

The book of John begins as the same point in history as Genesis.

"In the beginning was the Word was with God and the Word was God."

Just those opening few verses is loaded with information about who Christ is, who God is and what happened in the beginning.

The Bible never sets out to prove God. It starts out with the beginning that God is.

God doesn't go about trying to prove His own existence. The Bible presupposes that He does exist.

The Bible in it's nature itself provides the proof of His existence.

John starts out his letter by declaring that God is the Word or Logos, and we must have an understanding of who He is.

  • Romans 1:19-21
  • Genesis 1:1

"The Word" (Logos -  )

  • "A word uttered by a living voice and embodies a conception or idea."- Thayer's
  • "Denotes the expression of thought - not the mere name of an object; (a) as embodying a conception or idea; (b) a saying or statement." - Vine's

The Word, the Word of God, the Word was God. Christ is the Word of God. He is the mind of God, so to speak, made manifest in the form of man.

The Logos in the Beginning

There was a point when the universe existed, but God existed. Even modern science cannot deny that the universe is not eternal.

Something had to have existed because something cannot come from nothing.

The big bang theory admits there must have been a minuscule speck of something... so the argument is that where did that minuscule speck cone from? Something, must have existed prior to the big bang, thus there must have been something that was eternal.

The Cosmological Argument

Every observed effect has an underlying cause.

  1. The universe exists.
  2. The universe is not eternal.

Therefore, there must have been a sufficient cause that explains its creation.

In the beginning...

"In - A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in time, place or state)..."- Thayer's

"Beginning" =  = "Beginning or origin; that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause." - Thayer's

"Was" =  = imperfect tense for state of being - expresses Timeless Existence.

"Before Abraham was, I am." - John 8:58

Before Abraham existed something pre-existed, in this case, I Am... God existed before Abraham, Christ existed before Abraham.

  • John 1:14
  • John 10:30
  • John 17:17
  • John 1:17
  • John 14:6

God's word is Truth, therefore Jesus is truth. Jesus is the Word, Jesus is God.

  • John 1:1
  • Genesis 1:1

Therefore, Jesus is God. In the beginning, Jesus existed in timeless eternity, with God.

  • Philippians 2:6

John 1:1, the Word, Logos, Analyzed

God is omnipresent. He existed before time, and in all points of time, at the same time.

In the beginning...

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The Logos in Creation

  • John 1:3-5

All things, everything, that is made of matter, every substance, is not deity. They were made by Him. Including angels. All things were made by him.

Made is past-tense , they were made by Him. They were brought into being by the Word, the Logos.

  • Hebrews 1:1-2
  • Colossians 1:15-16

By the word of God, all things were made. God spoke creation into existence.

  • Genesis 1:3,6,9,14, 20, 24, 26

All of the Creation was brought about by the Word of God. Nothing that was made was not made without Him.

The Word is not created. The Word, Logos, Christ is eternal, thus He is God.

  • Acts 17:28

In Him was light, and the light was the life of men.

  • Deuteronomy 6:4

From the scriptures there can be no doubt that there is One God, and only One. Yet, we can clearly see, that there is God the Father, and God the Son, Christ, and God the Spirit, yet, they are one.

  • 1 Corinthians 8:6
  • Colossians 2:9
  • Acts 5:3-4

The Logos, the Light and the New Birth

  • John 1:9-13

He was the true light. The Greek word here is Phos, in which we get the word photon. He was the true light that shines in the darkness.

  • John 8:12
  • John 9:4-5

Many did not receive the light, but some did, verse 12. His own did not receive Him, the Jews, His own people did not.

  • 1 John 3:1

We are born of God, not by will of man, not by physical birth, but by the will of God.

  • John 3:5
  • Titus 3:5

The Logos with Us

  • John 1:14

He dwelt among us.

  • Philippians 2:5-8
  • Hebrews 4:15
  • Matthew 1:21-23
  • John 1:14
  • 1 John 1:1-4

Jesus came to make it possible for man to be reconciled to God, so that we can go back to God forever. John 14, Jesus was about to go back to the Father, but he stated that He wants man to follow after Him. He is the way, the truth and the life. The only way to go to be with the Father, to be reconciled to God for eternity is to come through the word.

If you have yet to become one with the Word, with Christ, the Son of God, you must believe that He is the Son, and willing to repent of your sins, confess your belief. Be willing to obey in baptism to have your sins washed away. And, then, to live a life faithful to Him.

If we can assist you in learning more about the Word, the Logos, about Jesus the Son of God, please contact us. 

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