(Part of the Effective Bible Study web page group.)
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being."
We know from John 1:14, that 'the Word', 'Logos' in the original manuscripts, in John 1:1 is Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.
- - "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father."
Verse 1, tell us that Jesus Christ is eternal, that He was with God, and that He is God. There can be no doubt that this verse means that Jesus, the Christ, is Jehovah God. The word-for-word translation from the original Greek manuscripts read, "-and God was the Word.". The Apostle John knew this to be true for in writing this verse he used 'ho theos', from which 'God' is translated in the original manuscripts. The Greek TITLE 'ho theos' was used exclusively, by ALL the writers of New Testament, to indicate only the God of Israel, Yaweh - Jehovah. For a more in-depth explanation see ho theos. Verse 3 also bears testimony to the fact that Jesus is GOD.
The Gospel of John verse 1:2, restates the fact that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, in His Divine Nature is eternal. The distinction has to be made between Jesus' human nature, which was mortal, and His Divine nature. We know from Holy Scripture that Jesus had a dual nature, both that of God and that of man.
- - "Behold, the virgin shall conceive in her womb, and will bear a son. And they will call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
- - "Take heed, therefore, to yourselves, and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit made you overseers, to feed the assembly of God that He acquired through His own blood-"
- - "whose are the fathers, and of whom is the Christ according to flesh, He being God over all, blessed forever."
- - "For, let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God,-"
- - "who being the shining splendor of His glory, and the express image of His essence,"
(Paul writing about God, states)
- - "Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory."
(1 Ti 3:16)
John 1:3 in all-inclusive terms, names 'the Word, Jesus of Nazareth, as 'the Creator.' We know from the Old Testament of the Bible that 'the Creator' is Jehovah God.
- - "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
- - "Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary? There is no searching of His understanding."
Since there cannot be any significant contradictions in Scripture, this biblical testimony proves that Jesus is Jehovah God. For more proofs from Holy Scripture visit the following pages: Hebrews 1:8-10; Jesus - God & Jesus - Creator.
The Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 1 thru 3, answers the question of,
Who is God Speaking to? in the following verses:
- - "And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness."
- - "And Jehovah God said, Behold, the man has become as one of Us, to know good and evil."
See The biblical US of God for an in-depth explanation.
As you can see, the Bible give us many clues as to the true nature of God. And for those who are perplexed by, who the 'Us' is of Genesis, an answer is provided in John's Gospel.