Friday, February 4, 2011

God and Logos

In reading John 1:1-5 (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it), one cannot help reflecting on Genesis 1. John drives his readers back to a time before time - the immemorial. The logos was there; was with God, and was God. Before John can address the present and all that he has to testify about concerning the logos, he envisions the necessity of moving back to the past. “In the beginning,” is mentioned in verse 1 and underscored in verse 2. “The Word was God,” expresses the deepest understanding of the identity of the logos.

Yet notice this statement is nuanced on two sides in vss1&2: “the Word was with God.” John is relating the Word to God in the most intimate of ways, while at the same time affirming there is a differentiation between Word and God. This relation and distinction existed in the very beginning from before the creation of all things and refers to the reality of the being of God.

John confirms his creational motif in emphasizing that through the logos all that is, was made through him and what was made was not made without him. God's powerful Word in creation leads to life and light. Life is part of the logos and this life of the Word is the creational light illuminated for all people.