“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 were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5, NKJV.
The Book of John was written by John, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. John was among Jesus’ inner circle. John’s gospel was written between 85-90AD.
John introduces his gospel by stating forthrightly that Jesus is the Living Word who pre-existed with God, and is Himself God. His dialog emphasized the fact that the Word existed before time began. “In the beginning”, refers to the beginning of a time based world. Since the Word existed before the beginning of time, it suggests to us the fact that the Word is eternal (or transcends time).
“…the Word was with God and the Word was God”. The Word is the logos of God (in a natural sense), that is the idea, thought or speech of God. John clarifies that this Word that he spoke of was “with God”, describing to us agreement and concordance. God was in agreement with the Word, meaning that the Word refers to a separate entity that posseses the ability of personality. This is clear because John introduces the next thought with “He was in the beginning with God…”.
So the Word was in unity (or agreement) with God, and next we have a picture of the Word in the presence of God.
“All things were made through Him…” Matter was created by the Word. The agreement of God and His spoken Word, and the Word Himself (personified). This is valuable because we are made to understand from this that thoughts can be conceptualized and from there become matter.
The Word is the life giver, and through His life men receive illumination. Illumination is light, understanding, wisdom and development. Anyone falling short of these virtues needs an experience with the Living Word. The light that is released through the Word swallows up darkness (literal and figuratively) in every form.
If man is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26), just like all things we see started based on the Word of God, likewise you can bring about the things which you see by your own words. Even more powerful is to introduce the creative ability of God’s word. His Word represents His thoughts, ideas, ideals and concepts. If we can lay hold of His words, we can bring a change to all that we see because “without Him nothing was made that was made”.
The first experience with words a man must have is the experience of the Life-giving Word, Jesus.