John begins his Gospel with the deity of Christ, and the Synoptic Gospels begin with the humanity of Christ and later declare his deity. “John, the great historian,” writes Austin, “begins his gospel beyond Moses, before the beginning of the world, and ends his Revelation beyond all histories with what shall he after the end of the world.”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.
(John 1:1, 14)
Christ, The Uncreated Word
Genesis declares, “In the beginning God.…” John writes, “In the beginning was the Word. “Christ was not of the creation, the creation was of him: All things were created by him, and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Before the first thing was created, Christ was the ever-existent one—he “was.”
The word of a man is the expression of his character, intelligence, will, and emotion. Christ the Word is the expression of God’s character, power, wisdom, and purpose. God in Christ reveals himself and communicates himself to men. The Word was not only in the beginning, he was the beginning, the Fount of all existence as he is also, to us, the Fount of every blessing.
Thou art the everlasting Word,
The Father’s only Son;
God manifestly seen and heard,
And heaven’s most blessed One:
Worthy, O Lamb of God, art Thou
That every knee to Thee should bow.
The Word and the Father were together with each other as eternal comrades. Christ, the wisdom of God, is heard in Proverbs 8 saying: “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth ...1
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