Shelby G. Floyd
“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 anything made that was made” (John 1:1-3 KJV).
The fourth book of the New Testament was written by the apostle John, which the preponderance of internal and external evidence proves beyond a shadow of a doubt. It was written, from the city of Ephesus, near the end of the first century. The book is preeminently designed to produce a settled faith that Jesus is the Christ, the divine Son of God, in order that men might have everlasting life in his name (John 20: 30-31).
Christ, As the Word Has Always Existed
Matthew, Mark and Luke in their account of the gospel of Jesus Christ begin with his birth, and conclude with his death, burial, resurrection and ascension, but John goes before the birth of Christ and shows that Christ has existed forever. In the prologue of this book we read: “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 anything made that was made” (John 1:1-3).
In this reading one will notice that the term “Word” is used three times. Therefore, it is necessary that we identify to whom or what this term applies. A word is an articulate sound or series of sounds which symbolizes and communicates an idea. A word then represents willpower, reason, logic, thought, knowledge, understanding and power; but in our text it is not used in its ordinary signification, but is used rather to refer to a person, and that person is Christ who is the very embodiment of all thought, will, reason, logic, knowledge, understanding and power.