Jesus: The Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

We focus on the sayings of Jesus in this column. But, by His word…

  • He brought all things into existence (Gen. 1:1; John 1:1).
  • He sustains all things (Heb. 1:1).
  • He gives life to men who are dead in sin (John 6:63).
  • Will be the standard of judgment (John 12:48; 25:31-46).

Jesus is The Word.

John referred to Jesus as ho logos (the Word). This phrase existed among the Greeks before Jesus came. It meant various things to them, like insight, or reason, or the regulating power or principle of the world.

All these describe Jesus. The Holy Spirit “borrowed” the Greek phrase, and filled it with richness.

Though there are three Divine persons, there is only one Logos: Jesus.

  • The Logos inhabited a body and partook of the human nature (Php. 2:5-9; Psa. 40:6-8; Heb. 10:5-7). Neither the Father nor the Spirit did this.
  • The Logos did not pray to himself, but the Father (John 17).
  • The Spirit was not crucified, but The Logos.

The Logos is also the mediator. The role of Logos is both to communicate God to man, and to communicate man to God (Heb. 7:25).

Philosophically, the Greek logos varied in nature, and was impersonal.

But the true logos is both divine and human.

The true logos, Jesus, is the beginning, center and end of all things.

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever” (Revelation 5:12-13)

The following two tabs change content below.

Rick Kelley

I began preaching in Wallace, WV (2000-2002), and worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004). I graduated from the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004), served the church in Prestonsburg, KY as pulpit minister from 2004-2014, and am currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). Outside of biblical studies, I enjoy spending time with my much better half, Samantha, and our six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah). We have an equal parts sweet and goofy Golden Retriever (Max), a rather energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses).

Latest posts by Rick Kelley (see all)

Share your thoughts: