The Preexistence of Jesus
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
These beautiful words begin one of the most wonderful pieces of writing that we have, not only in holy scripture but also in all of literature. The writer is John, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.
John does not try to prove the existence of God—he must assume all readers at that time would already be convinced of that fact. He just proves the preexistence of the Word—Jesus—before the creation of the world.
John’s purpose in this gospel account is to present a clear picture of the eternal nature of Jesus, of the essence of who Jesus was, and of the position of equality Jesus occupied and continues to occupy with God.
With his premise laid out, the apostle proceeds to lay the foundation for the acceptance of all of the wonderful truths about Jesus and the eternal scheme of redemption God has given mankind. Since Jesus is the Son of God, He surely must be believed—His subjects, then, must accept and obey His commands.
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