Beginning

That which was from the beginning… 1 John 1:1

Please read and/or listen to the Gospel of John 1:1-18 today and compare it to 1 John 1:1-4. Notice the similarities. What do you see? John makes it very clear that the Son was from the beginning. This is not teaching about the beginning of creation, but rather, prior to that. God has always existed as three Persons—Father, Son, and Spirit. The Son existed eternally as one of the Persons of the Godhead. This is important for John, for his churches, and for us. John knows this to be true and he knows the importance of it being understood. As the Son took on flesh and the name of Jesus, he did so as God. He is fully divine. Within him the whole fullness of the deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9). He came as the visible expression of the thoughts of God. He is the living Word. He was there at creation and by him all things were created—though him and for him (Colossians 1:16). John starts both his gospel and this letter with the same affirmation. It is important and it is true. What difference does it make for you to know that the Son has always existed as God? How does that impact your understanding of Jesus’ birth?