The Trinity Of John 1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

The Trinity Of John 1

There is remarkable symmetry in the nature of Jesus Christ when viewed from His own trinity of identification found in the gospel of John. Unlike the other gospels, John’s book is a brief look at the divine nature of Jesus. The purpose of the book is for all men to believe the man called Jesus is the Son of God and that believing may have life in His name. When John begins his book, he writes a novel in the first sentence. The triune nature of Jesus is found in who He is, whom He shared His glory with, and what He is. Jesus is part of the Godhead as He shares glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and He possesses His own trinity as the Word, dwelling with the Father, and Jesus Himself being God.

It is difficult to look at Jesus as a man and yet as one who existed before the beginning. The creation of the world took place thousands of years ago, and Jesus was before the beginning. As the Word, Jesus was with the Father and the Holy Spirit when the world was without form and void. Darkness covered the face of the deep. The word was spoken, and there was light. Creation continued for six days, the word spoke, and the world came into form.

Jesus was there creating. He was doing the will of His Father. He saw the seas and land separate and the trees and grass sprout for the first time. As the seas filled with creatures, the hand of Jesus was there. When the fowl of the air and the land animals were created as male and female, the Word was there. As Adam rose from the dust as a man and the woman formed from the rib of Adam, Jesus was there. When the serpent deceived Eve, Jesus heard the cries. He listened to the voice of the Father say the Seed would crush the head of the serpent. Jesus knew He was the Seed. The Word was in the beginning.

There are no words to describe or understand the nature of the glory shared by the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit enjoyed the bond with the Father and Son. Nothing was created yet. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit dwell together in eternal glory. Jesus was with God. The Bible was not written to inform the world about eternal matters not relevant to redemption, but one has to long to see a glimpse of Jesus being with the Father. The church was discussed. Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. Redemption was planned in the predestination of God’s people. There was talk of the cross and suffering. Jesus and God. Eternity. The Word was with God.

Jesus was born of a virgin in the city of Bethlehem. As a baby, His life depended on Joseph and Mary’s care. He learned to speak in the language of his native tongue. His mother taught him to read and write. As He grew into manhood, He shared the home with his half-brothers and half-sisters. He enjoyed eating certain foods and disliked others. Learning a craft from His earthly father, Joseph knew the trade of carpentry. He marveled at the sparkling waters of the Sea of Galilee and the mountain peaks of Mount Tabor. Jerusalem was an amazement to Jesus. The Temple was a grand edifice where the family often visited to worship. Jesus spent many hours in the synagogue, and as was His custom, He read often. There were times of sadness for Jesus and times of happiness. Jesus knew what a hard day’s labor felt like and the gnawing feeling of hunger and thirst. The man from Nazareth was ordinary in the eyes of everyone except Joseph and Mary.

Jesus was God dwelling in a body of flesh. He was completely human and completely divine. It matters not how men understand the nature of Jesus. He was in the beginning, He was with God, and Jesus was God. John’s gospel is the declaration that Jesus is God. The miracles prove He is God. His teachings prove He is God. His willingness to die on the cross shows His love for the world and His power as God. Jesus raised the dead, cast out demons, healed all diseases, and showed the power of the divine because He was God. The criticism was valid but misplaced when Jesus forgave a man of his sins. No one can forgive sins save God. Jesus could forgive sins because He was God. He proved it. His life showed the glory of the Father. Jesus was in the flesh among men, but He was God.

The trinity of Jesus is the completeness of the Son of God. All three attributes show the will of the Father for Jesus to be the beginning and the end, the Word, and God. Nothing is lacking in the Son of God. Everything a man needs to be redeemed is found in the Word at the beginning, the Word that was with God, and the Word that was God. What all men need is the Word – in all three forms.

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