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Oneness, God, and the Word?

Submitted: 12/5/2006
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Question: In the book of St. John 1:1 it says in the begining was the word, and the word was with God. My question is, if the word was with God, then that would mean that there would be two characters: God which is Jehovah and his Word, which is Christ Jesus according to Vs 14 (and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us). Is this not saying that there is more than one person in the Godhead?

Answer: John 1:1 is definitely not saying that there is more than one person in the Godhead. Colossians 2:8-9 states, 'Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.' This settles it for us: all that is in the Godhead dwells in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is not one word of Scripture that even suggests that there are two or more divine persons co-existing in the one Divine Being we call God. The very idea is preposterous. We should all beware that were are not cheated out of our understanding of God by the philosophies and traditions of men.

John 1:1 says that before God ever created anything, His Word (logos) was there, in His heart and mind. In this sense, the word 'logos' means the sum of God's thoughts and ideas concerning what He was about to do. The central idea of this plan was that He would become a man for the purpose of redeeming His creation from sin (1 Peter 1:20). This logos was 'with God' in that it was in His mind, but it 'was God' in that it was His plan for making Himself known. Therefore, at the appointed time, the logos became flesh (human) and dwelled among us. This human being was not a secondary divine being but was the creator God Himself. To make the logos a second person is to depart from the Scriptures and fall into the snare of philosophical speculations.