Comments on John 1:1-3
From John: The book about Life, by Matthew R. Freije
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.
The Word refers to Jesus the Christ. This is clarified in verse 14:
John referred to Jesus as the "Word" in two other Bible books that he wrote:
Word is an expression of deity. To the Jews of John’s day, Word summed up all the Old Testament law and prophets. To the Greeks, Word expressed deity in symbolizing that Jesus revealed God the Father to mankind. As words express the thoughts of a person, Jesus, the Word, expressed the nature of God. God revealed Himself through Jesus Christ:
John writes that Jesus was with God before the earth was created, indicating that Jesus was not just a wise or good man, but God. Jesus is indirectly mentioned in the first book of the Bible:
In Gen 1:26, "Us" is the triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. John 1:1 also speaks of the Trinity in stating that the Word (Christ) was with God and was God.
Jesus Himself said that He was in heaven before coming to earth:
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
When praying to the Father, just before He was crucified, Jesus mentioned His existence and glory with the Father even before the world was created:
"I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
John again declares the deity of Jesus by stating in verse 3 (and verse 10) that He created all things. Only God can create something from nothing; only God can produce life from nothing. The Apostle Paul also wrote that Jesus created all things: