The Word became a human
In the beginning was the Word.And the Word was with Godand the Word was God;
he was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him,and without him nothing came to be.Whatever has come to be,
found lifein him;life, which for human beings, wasalso light,
light that shines in darkness,light that darkness could notovercome.
A man came, sent by God;his name was John.
He came to bear witness,as a witness to introduce the Light,so that all might believe through him.
He was not the Light,but a witness to introduce the Light;
for the Light was coming into theworld,the true Light that enlightenseveryone.
He was in the world,and through him the world was made,the very world that did not know him.
He came to his own,
yet his own people did not receive him;
but to all who received himhe empowers to become children of God,for they believe in his Name.
These are born, but not by seed,nor carnal desire, nor by the will of man: they are born of God.
And the Word was made ﬂeshand dwelt among us;and we have seen his glory,the glory of the only Son of theFather:fullness of truth and loving-kindness.
John bore witness to him openly,saying,“This is the one who comes after me,but he is already ahead of me,for he was before me.”
From his fullness we have allreceived,favor upon favor.
For God had given us the Lawthrough Moses,but Truth and Loving-kindnesscame through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God,but God-the-only-Son made himknown:the one, who is in and with the Father.
In the beginning was the Word.
The real beginning is not the creation of theuniverse. For this beginning of time, space,matter, existence explains nothing yet de-mands an explanation. The real beginning isbeyond time. John does not say that at this be-ginning “God was” because we know it. Hespeaks of
We keep this traditionalterm
, although the term
that Johnuses says more than “word.” It is both“thought” and “word”, which is the word ex-pressing what one carries in oneself. We oughtperhaps translate with: The “Expression” ofGod. To speak of this
, or Expression ofthe Father, or to speak of his Son, is the samething. In other pages he will be called Splen-dor (Heb 1:1) and Image (Col 1:15) of the Fa-ther. The Son is not part of the Father, or an-other God since he has nothing that is ofhimself but all which is the Father’s is also his(Jn 16:15).John will remind us that
no one has everseen God
(v. 18). The Father from whom ex-istence comes and all that exists is without be-ginning and his springing forth is known onlyto himself. John tells us here that for him,“being,” is communicating himself, expressinghimself, giving himself. God expresses himselfin him who is at the same time his Word andhis Son and through this uncreated, uniqueWord, which fully expresses him; he creates auniverse that is yet another way of saying whatis in God.This is still not enough to satisfy the need ofGod to communicate himself. As several textsof the Old Testament have already said (Pro8:22 and 31, 2 S 7:2-30), God has enteredthrough his Word into the history of hu-
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