human embodiment of God’s
creative and informing nature.
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explained”, before reading this
the Biblical term, “The Word”
(Greek “Logos”) referred to
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:
beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was
with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has
In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
but the darkness has not understood it.
well as explaining that Jesus
pre-existed everything – i.e. Jesus is actually God, and as
through him – it
also explains Jesus’ role in
‘informing’ us as the “light
of men”. Just as God spoke
Testament prophets to enlighten us, he also existed in our world as a
being to personally provide a vital statement: he loves us and endured
agonising death to redeem
our sins; he wants us to enter into a loving relationship
him; he wants each of us to treat his other children (our fellow human beings) in the same
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
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