1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In John’s writings, he often refers to Jesus Christ as “the Word”. Jesus is the living Word of God. He is the only Person Who lived up to the standards of God’s Word while on the Earth. When He spoke, people heard the Word of God. For these reasons and more, Jesus is truly “the Word”.
Verse 1 goes on to teach us he was with God. This distinguishes Him from God the Father. However, the verse goes on to state that He is God, meaning He is one in essence, quality, and character while being distinct as a Person.
That Jesus is the Creator, just as much as God the Father is Creator is evident from verses 2 and 3. He was there in the beginning and He made all things. Some may try to say that “him” in verse 3 is the antecedent of “God” in verse 2. However, it is obvious from the preceding and following verses that Jesus is consistently the subject, as He is in verse 2. Jesus made all things.
The doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ is one that has been attacked down through the ages and even in our day. While these verses are not the only ones which support the doctrine, they are very important supports for it. Jesus is God incarnate. He was truly “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).