There is so much here, that we can only touch on:
V1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being [that] has come into being. (the NIV is correct here, I believe) 4 [In] him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.John is going to unfold for us the deepest things in all of reality, and so it is not surprising that it is linguistically beautiful and profoundly poetic. John uses words that belong first in Genesis 1:1-
In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.And now we have a new 'angle' on the oldest of stories. This time - John speaks about The Word - the 'Logos': The Word about God; the Life-Giving Truth about God; the Self-Revelation of God.
He doesn't explain himself at this point. All you have to know is that this is the 'Word' is God. You can't separate self-expression from the self: God has always had a truth that is with him. He has never intended to be invisible, or in-audible. But to make himself known.
And the first Revelation of God was in Creation. All things were created through the Word, and there was nothing made that did not come about by this Word. You see - everything that you have EVER seen, heard, touched, tasted, smelled was made through The Word.
Who is this Word? Where is this truth about God? Where is the light and life? Where is the self-expression and self-revelation of God to be found?
Where ought I to go fishing?
John says: "The Word become FLESH!"
He came to Palestine!
More to come...
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