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The Word

Jesus as the human embodiment of Gods
creative and informing nature
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Originally the Biblical term, The Word (Greek Logos”) referred to the creative power of God, e.g. And God said, Let there be light, and there was light [Genesis 1:3]. The theologically complex, mystically flavoured, opening verses to the Gospel of John makes use of the term as an alternative title for Jesus:

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not understood it.
[John 1:1-5]

As well as explaining that Jesus pre-existed everythingi.e. Jesus is actually God, and as such, everything was created through himit also explains Jesus’ role in ‘informing’ us as the “light of men”. Just as God spoke through the Old Testament prophets to enlighten us, he also existed in our world as a human being to personally provide a vital statement: he loves us and endured an agonising death to redeem our sins; he wants us to enter into a loving relationship with him; he wants each of us to treat his other children (our fellow human beings) in the same loving, caring way that he would.

Of course, we Christians believe that God in the person of Jesus, within the Holy Trinity, literally lives on within us and our world. Hence Jesus is also referred to as “the living Word”.

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