The Word Was God
By Frank Hilton • ©Word-Spirit • All Rights Reserved.

INTRODUCTION
In my article "Who Is The Son?," I discussed who the Son was and how He is the Father also. Everyone knows that Jesus is the Son of God, but knowing Him as being the Father also was enlightening. Now, we are going to look into who is the "Word" as referenced in John 1:1, 14 in light of a Trinitarian vs Oneness viewpoint.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

John 1:14 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.

TRINITARIAN VIEWPOINT

In the Trinitarian viewpoint, they teach that Jesus was the second person in the trinity because Jesus was there in the beginning with God. They use the scripture below as their main proof...

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

ONENESS VIEWPOINT

The Oneness viewpoint teaches that the "Son" (the actual flesh) was not at the beginning because the Father (Spirit of God) beget the Son (the flesh). However, they do teach that Jesus was the "Word" with, and was God in the beginning using John 1:1, 14 as their main proof.

WHAT DOES "WORD" MEAN IN JOHN 1:1?

The actual meaning of "WORD" means; logos (log'-os); something said (including the thought); also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; the Divine Expression (that is, Christ):

Trinitarians claim that Jesus, being the second person of the Godhead was actually there in the presence of God as an independent, co-equal person, as was the "Holy Spirit" was present as the third person.

Since we have already concluded in an earlier study that the Spirit of God is the Holy Spirit, that cancels out a Trinitarian viewpoint altogether. So, now we must try to understand how was Jesus there at the beginning... because He really was there!!!

The "WORD" in John 1:1 does not infer the meaning to be a second person. But, instead it is saying that the "WORD" is THOUGHT, REASONING, EXPRESSION of Christ!! So, it is obvious that the THOUGHT and REASONING was WITH GOD, in God's mind and was God!

You would read (replacing "Word" with the greek meaning) John 1:1 like this...

John 1:1 In the beginning was the THOUGHT, and the REASONING was with God, and the DIVINE EXPRESSION OF CHRIST was God.

God's thoughts are not a second person in a trinity. You cannot separate God's thinking from His being. Now, let’s see another important point.

THE "WORD" (GOD) IS JESUS

John 1:14 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.

Now it is very clear that the above scripture is saying that the Almighty God, His thoughts, and His reasoning became the expression of Christ... in other words; God beget a Son (flesh) and manifested (revealed) Himself to us in the actual body of Jesus Christ, the Son! ... God (Word - Thought - Jesus -) was made Flesh!

THE WORLD WAS MADE BY HIM

In John 1:3 (see above), it says that in Him (the Word - the Thought - God) created the world. We know that the actual flesh of Jesus did not create the world, but yet we read this...

John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

So, how can Jesus create the world if He wasn't even born yet? Was there two creators? This is a good question, and the answer is really quite simple. In the beginning, Jesus (as the THOUGHT of God) was actually God Himself.

Let me try to put it into a concept that you should understand...

We have person who is sitting down thinking and planning what he is going to be in the future. He sees himself as the president of a country. He plans out his life ahead of time and how he will reveal himself to the world. Then he works to fulfill that plan. At an appointed time, he reveals himself and runs for office. He then wins and becomes the president.

To paraphrase... This ONE man saw himself as president in his own mind, planned, brought about (created) and revealed himself in time. Not only was he ONE man, but, became what he envisioned himself to be.

God, in His thoughts and plans envisioned Himself as Jesus manifesting Himself to the world, then created the world and brought everything to pass... but He was still the one-and-the-same Spirit of God!

CONCLUSION

This is not rocket science... if you don't divide God up into three separate Gods, then it is very easy to understand.

In God's mind, He saw Himself as Jesus; that is why Jesus created everything... because Jesus (the Word) was in God's mind, and He spoke the word that created life as we know it.

God has done everything with the mind-set that He is Jesus. And even though Jesus was an actual human being, it was the fullness of God that dwelt in that body. That is why the Oneness viewpoint can easily say that Jesus was God... God manifested (revealed) in the flesh of Jesus... God made himself a flesh to walk upon the world!!

In my next study, I am going to look at the relationship aspect between the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

READ: The Father, Son and Holy Ghost

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He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. (Act 19:2-6)
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