John 1:1-5

Why did John use “the Word”?

  1. He noticed that God’s Word in the OT was like a divine person (1-3)- the Word of God created things, accomplished things, and came to people; the Word of God was good, wise and all-powerful; the Word of God must have been God!
  2. God’s Word in the OT gave life (3-4)- the Word of God gave everything existence; the Word of God went out and gave sinners like Noah and Abraham and David the ability to obey
  3. God’s Word in the OT gave light (4-5)- the Word of God made light shine in Gen 1; the Word of God gave revelation to all about who God was

So the Word in the OT was a divine Person who gave life and light.  Jesus of Nazareth seemed to be a divine Person who gave life and light.  No wonder John had the audacity to say “the Word became flesh” (John 1.14)!

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