Top 10 Countdown: #2

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, as determined by researchers with very large brains who analyze how often each verse is referenced.

Here’s VERSE #2:

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 try and 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.

What does 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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