The Eternal World

     The prologue of the Gospel of John begins with, "In the beginning was the Word". The idea behind the ancient thought of "the Word" is translated from the Greek language as "the Logos", which In every sense means that all things came from "the Logos". The term declares that the Logos is always existent, and again that all things happen through the Logos. Here John introduces the idea of the Logos accounting for the order of all things in the cosmos. It is the stabilizing principle of the universe. All things were created by the "Word". John used the term Logos to describe the person of Jesus from the Godhead, a term that would be recognizable by the Greeks to mean someone of great importance.

     Even though the Greeks considered their gods (fictitious of course) to be detached from the world, here John's idea of the Logos conveys exactly the opposite. John's Logos does not show us a God who is serenely detached, but a God who is passionately involved. The Logos speaks of God's coming where we are, taking our nature upon Himself, entering the world struggle, and out of this agony winning our salvation. Also the scripture tells us, "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made" (Ps. 33:6). One final thought of many in this powerful prologue are the words "in the beginning". This compels us to a comparison with Genesis 1:1, "and God said".

     Do you know "the Word" to be the undeniable wisdom and power of God to create all things? In our understanding of "the eternal", we see beyond the here and the now. The cosmos belongs to our God as He is its creator and sustainer for all eternity.

"Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made" (John 1:3).

Jim LetiziaComment