Why did John use “the Word”?
- 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!
- 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
- 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)!