He Exists & He Is Jesus

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

So as we referenced yesterday, the noun "Word" is repeated three times in this sentence. But it's not the only word repeated. Notice John repeats the word "was" three times as well. He states:

  1. "Was the Word."
  2. "Was with God."
  3. "Was God."

And the root word for "was" is the verb "to be" or "to exist." But the tense of this verb in the original language is very interesting. And fortunately, I studied the ancient Greek language for like five years, and it finally paid off one time right here in this text. So here is the tense form of this verb. It is the imperfect indicative active tense, which means nothing to most people. But in ancient Greek, it means the verb's action is continuous. But our English language fails to capture this meaning when we translate it. So the verse could be read this way in English.

In the beginning was the [always existing] Word, and the Word was [always existing] with God, and the Word was [one with the always existing and never created] God. — John 1:1

You can see or hear that the verb "was" in English fails to capture this concept. But John's readers would have noticed this. Therefore, John is trying to tell people that Jesus exists, never did not exist, and will continue to exist because he is the spoken Word of the eternal and always-existing God.

So this is what this means. It means that what John saw in the three years he followed Jesus was unique. He realized at some point that Jesus was not just human but divine. He was the eternal Word of God that had come down into this life. And he connected the fact that the Bible was the eternal Word of God transcribed, but Jesus was the eternal Word of God personified.

And that is the decision we all have to make about Jesus. Is he only human? Or is he also divine?

And that's what John is going to spend this entire book proving. That Jesus was the always ever-existing Word of God personified.

THIS: Do you believe? If not, wait till you see the mountain of evidence John provides.

DO THIS: If not, wait till you see the mountain of evidence John provides.

PRAY THIS: God, show me that you are God.

PLAY THIS: Jesus.

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Eddie

It is sad to see how far from the original text meaning we have come, but thank you Vince for bringing your insight to a short verse that deserves 3 days to unpack in 3 different ways. I look forward to the rest of the Gospel of John, explained in more detail by the mouthpiece of God, Vince Miller.

Commander

Off to a great start! Love the devo and love my journal. Going to be a great devo/study. Christ reigns!

Tom F. Sr.

Powerful, helpful truth, which makes us more free in Christ!
Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, “you are in error because you do NOT KNOW the Scriptures or the power of God!” Thanks Vince!

Paul L

Off to a great start!

Jack

And that is the decision we all have to make about Jesus. Is he only human? Or is he also divine?
The only correct answer is YES!

Dave B

Thanks Vince for unpacking scripture like you do. When you do, it penetrates. Let’s speak Jesus today!

Josh Barnhart

Great message again regarding John 1:1
Looking at Ben was
I appreciate these daily nourishment to my soul, as I go out and represent our Lord.
Again thanks Vince for your passion
Great stuff for our lives

James

Brilliant!

Trent

“And this is what John is going to spend this entire book preaching”.
I do believe Paul said that he would preach nothing other than Christ and Christ crucified because he could never exhaust the subject. Or something like that. Don’t quote me there. Anyway, I way over complicate things on most every level. This morning I feel God speaking to me through this devotional saying “Don’t make it so complicated. Just go talk about Jesus.” See I search for a GRAND PURPOSE and that big thing my life must surely be about and it stresses me. I do believe, today at least, I will attempt to just speak of, and the name of, Jesus and not make it so much about me. Thank you Vince. Thank you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This morning I am at peace. May God bless all others who read this devotional as well.

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