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.
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.