In the beginning…

John 1:1 states"In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God."  This stark and clear Sentence is the summation of what John will begin to write about.  it is the topical sentence of the first paragraph.  It is a manifesto plainly written by a first person witness of the Messiah, the redeemer, the supreme ruler, King, High priest, the Human manifestation of God Himself!

In the beginning (Greek en Arxe) speaks to the very start even before creation when the idea was first entered into!

  1. beginning, origin
  2. the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader
  3. that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause
  4. the extremity of a thing
    1. of the corners of a sail
  5. the first place, principality, rule, magistracy
    1. of angels and demons

We use a similar word in English Architect.  He is the one who does all of the work before.  there is a distinction it is a word that mean before the world began when the plans were being drawn up and considered.

Was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. This phrasing leaves no doubt that John believed that Jesus (O Logos) was God in human form.  There is no argument here how this first century (martyrion) witness testified to what He himself saw.  it is important when studying in an ancient language to remember the context of the speaker.  He used Koine greek, Aramaic, and was by birth a Hebrew.  Steeped and trained with an understanding of the old testament with a knowledge of at least the Pentateuch the first five books of the bible all young men were required to memorize and study.  He was a disciple of Jesus, a favorite per se. He was with him from the start of Jesus ministry and offers us a unique perspective!

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