There are a few scriptures in the first part of the Epistle of John that are often misunderstood by most professing Christians. Usually the misunderstanding comes from people who have twisted the Word of God to fit their denomination beliefs. The twisting occurs because people have chosen to exalt a denomination over the Word and Truths of God. When the denomination is exalted, then God’s Word is debased in that denomination.
Let us take a quick look at the scriptures in question.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3).
Now let us rightly divide the Word of Truth.
vs 1. “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
First, one must understand that the original Greek manuscripts were written in uncials (all caps) without distinction of upper and lower case. Also, there were no punctuation or spaces between words. Below is an example of the font type in Luke 11:2:
The “written” WORD of God is inspired by the Holy Ghost. The capilizations of certain words are placed in by the translators where they see fit. We mustn’t make doctrine out of a capitalized word since the translators were not given specific instruction to capitalize the Words of God.
The “Word” in verse one, because it is capitalized is thought to be a distinct deity. Many view that to be Jesus Christ. But the verse doesn’t say that. We must rightly divide the Word of Truth and speak verbatim the scriptures. Notice what Genesis 1:1 tells us:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Now looking once again at John 1:1. We see similar to Genesis 1:1:
“In the beginning was the Word…”
The “Word” is a word, similar to my words and your words. Our words stem from us. Our words are not distinct entities or deities.
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3).
At the “speaking” of God, his words went into effect. An audible declaration of the constructing of the visible from the non-visible, “let there be light.”
Now, did a separate entity or deity apart from God create light? No. It was the word spoken by God that brought that which was spoken/conceived into existence.
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.“ (Psalm 33:6).
vs 2. “The same was in the beginning with God.”
Some translators in certain Bible versions have chosen to insert in the text “he” in place of “the same.” For example, take a look at the scripture in the New International Version (NIV):
“He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:2).
The KJV says “the same” and many other versions say “he.”
This is where many get tricked up. They either are reading from versions other than the KJV or they are listening to teachers / commentators who are leading them astray by misinterpreting John 1:2 by inserting “he.”
As many who follow this ministry already know, Rule #1. We speak the Word of God verbatim, especially when teaching the Word of God. We do not add or take away from the scriptures in the Bible. By adding and taking away from the Word of God one brings in false teachings and false doctrines. When we read a scripture like John 1:2 we must not add a word but must remain faithful to the inspired Word of God and leave it as so. As we harmonize the Word of God we can easily understand scriptures that others seemingly find difficult. We read John 1:2 as it is written:
“The same was in the beginning with God.”
So the question is, What does the “the same” mean?
1 John 1:1-4 gives us more clarity on what was in the beginning with God. You can read the verses yourself in entirety, but to get directly to the point, it was the Word of Life! The Word of God which was spoken had life in it. [That] “Word of life” was manifested when Jesus Christ came into being, at his birth.
“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 1:14)
Some would probably wonder why in John 1 there seems to be a type of distinction between God and his word. If we harmonize the Word of God and rightly divide the Word of Truth, we can easily see why there is a “type” of distinction. The answer to why there seems to be a distinction is that God often personifies his attributes.
“Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.” (Psalm 89:14).
Is God’s house made out of literal letters and words? Are two beings called mercy and truth walking in front of him? The answers to the above questions are obviously, No and No. Simply put, God in his Majesty, at times, uses language that personify his attributes.
“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” (Psalm 85:10).
I don’t need to go into detail regarding the above scripture, you should get the point by now.
God’s word personified is what is taking place in John 1:1-3 and in many other places in the Bible. In Proverbs chapter 8, the language being used is also a type of personification of his attributes in regards to Wisdom. Many have taken that whole chapter out of context and attributed that to being a pre-existent Jesus Christ. That is not the case. Context is critical.
vs 3. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Now that we have studied in depth and now rightly understand the first two verses we can now easily understand the third verse.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1).
A very simple scripture to read and to comprehend. No tricks, no gimmicks, no gadgets, just the simple Word of God that sets everything straight. God created ALL things.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:3).
The above scripture in Hebrews ties everything together so concisely. The bad habit of reverting back to what your favorite teacher, denomination or commentary says is what snares you. If one is a true student of the Word of God and seeks to understand his voice by what has been written, then they will see what I see and what the Holy Spirit is trying to convey to all.