Top Ten Verses: #2

We’re counting down the top ten most popular Bible verses of all time. Here’s Verse #2, the very first words in John’s gospel:

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

Many of God’s biggest mysteries are packed into this beautiful little verse. Let’s unpack ’em a bit.

What — or who — is “the Word”? “The Word” is a translation of the Greek term logos. It had big-time meaning for both Jews and non-Jews.

To Jews, the Word signified a personal, divine communication from God to His people. To non-Jews, the Word was the impersonal “divine reason” that ruled the universe. John chose a term he knew would resonate with both audiences.

John used it here to refer to God’s ultimate living word: Jesus Christ.

What’s the rest of the verse mean? A very smart Bible scholar named Merrill Tenney says it speaks of Jesus’ preexistence, distinctiveness and deity. In other words, Jesus (1) was there in the beginning, (2) is a separate and distinct person from the Father and yet (3) is fully God himself.



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