In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
The beginning. Not the beginning of God, or of the Son, or of the Holy Spirit, for indeed God knows no beginning. From everlasting to everlasting He is, and was, and ever will be. But the beginning of this creation, the beginning of our history, the beginning of you and me.
In that beginning was the Word, fully present, fully functional, fully sovereign. This is the Word, the Logos, of the God Who is One yet Three-In-One. Living Word, Creative Word, Holy Word, issuing forth from the unfathomable mind of the Eternal One True God.
He was there with Father God and Holy Spirit God when creation was but a thought, a desire, as yet unspoken. He was there in that beginning as God, partaking in the unbroken, perfect, equal Community of the Three-In-One Who is One. He was there in the fullness of His unique divinity: God the Word. He was there when the Breath of God brooded over the deep darkness. He was the very Utterance of Creation.
All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made.
All things that form the foundations of this earth and the heavens beyond and around this earth, all things that make created life sustainable and renewable and good – light and darkness, sky, land and water, vegetation, sun, moon and planets, every living creature. And finally – humankind. All things. Created by the Word, through the Word, and for the Word.
The mind of Elohim, threefold God – Father, Son and Spirit God – who is eternally One, imagined creation and uttered forth His desire through the agency of The Logos, The Word, the Utterance of God. And God spoke as One, with one mind, one purpose and one voice.
The Father, Perfect Love, willed;
The Spirit, Perfect Authority, travailed;
The Word, Perfect Truth, manifested.
Love desired, the Breath empowered and the Word created.
He is The Word, the ‘let there be’ of God, who manifested the Life of Elohim into matter.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
In Him: The Word Who carried the seed of original, absolute, unlimited Life; The Word whose very sound is Spirit-Life; The Word whose very touch creates Life where death, disease and decay encroach. This Word, this Life-Bearer, this Creator, invaded the darkness of humanity’s fallen environment.
‘Let there be Light’ burst into humanity’s darkened territory and ‘there was Light’. And the great deep darkness had no defence or power in the presence of this Life who emanated untainted Light.
That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
The True Light. Not the false lights of lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes or the pride of fallen life, for these lights are nothing more than different shades of darkness. The Word came, the Word manifested. Into the darkness of a creation trapped in false light “let there be light” broke through to offer true Light to every human being.
The Word who is divine Life shone Truth into every heart He encountered. He Who is Truth exposed the lies of darkness for one does not know they are in darkness until one has seen light. The Life who is Light shone, not upon this world, but in it; not from the heavens but from a human body of flesh and blood.
He came to light the way back to Life – not biological or psychological life as we in our darkness perceive life, but the abundant, uncreated fullness of the God-Life that is without end, without beginning and without boundary.
The Word came to us, clothed in human flesh, personally delivering His God-Life into a race trapped in darkness and death. The Word came to us: that humanity may recognise and possess the abundant God-Life that created all things….in the beginning.
And humanity loved the darkness more than the Light.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
As many as received Him: there were those who, perceiving the Light and in turn their own darkness, reached out to receive the God-Life. The Word imparted to these the Life for which they had originally been created. He still does.
Those who had once been born of blood (in the image of Adam), or of wilful flesh (the desire for progeny), or the will of men (male dominion), would be born a second time by the perfect will of God. They would believe in the name of The Word who is Truth. That Name is known among humankind as Jesus the Christ, the only name by which human beings may be saved from the darkness of eternal death.
The Word and The Breath once again would provide the agency for that which the mind of God, the mind of Perfect Love imagines, bringing many children into glory, born not of the corruptible seed of the first Adam but of the incorruptible spiritual seed of God. These would become new creations in the image of the last Adam who is The Word – in the image of Life.
The Father, Perfect Love, wills;
The Spirit, Perfect Authority, travails;
The Word, Perfect Truth, manifests.
Love desires, the Breath empowers and the Word creates.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…
The Word, the Creator, the Life, the Light, immersed Himself, willingly and wholeheartedly, in fallen human flesh. He embraced death and left it cowed and beaten.
The darkness has a vanquisher whose Name is Light.
Death has a Master whose Name is Life.
He is The Word, who is the Beginning and the End, the Author and the Finisher, the Yes and Amen.
…and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
But human flesh and blood could not conceal the glory that is The Word. John said he beheld that Glorious One, and others also beheld. There are those walking this earth even now whose privilege it is to always behold the glory of The Word, to walk in the Light of His grace and His truth.
Many children have come to the glory, many continue to come. There are a multitude of children, born of God, but only One begotten of the Father. He was in the beginning. He was God and He was with God. He is The Word.
And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
Of His abundance of endless Life, we who believe in and follow The Word have willingly taken, and we have received and continue to receive grace without limit. And we have found no place on this earth where the darkness can overcome His Light. And we have found no experience for which His grace is not sufficient.
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The very best that fallen humanity can bring forth is the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, called Law. Even with the best of intentions, humanity must produce law to live before God and live with one another.
But The Word who is Grace and Truth, the divine grace and truth that created all life, sent forth from the will of God, has come to replace the best humanity can produce.
In Jesus the Christ, God and humanity converged. A new race has emerged, the church of the firstborn, who God has chosen to make His dwelling place. The Word is their Life and their King. Grace and truth are the pillars of His Kingdom. His Kingdom is without end. His Kingdom is Life.
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
The Word, Divine Personality and equal member of the tri-une Godhead, was manifested in the flesh in human personhood, dwelling among humanity.
And yet The Word remains still within the very heart of the Father, in timeless intention, always being uttered forth declaring to creation the nature, purpose, love and Life of the Living God.
Jesus Christ, The Word, the declarer of God.
Jesus Christ, the only declaration of God.
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