The Berean Expositor
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"John intends that the whole of his Gospel shall be read in the light of this verse. The
deeds and words of Jesus are the deeds and words of God; if this be not true, the book is
So when the heaven and earth were created, the Word of God already existed in close
association with Him and partaking of the essence of God. No one can ever say with
truth that there was once a time when He was not.
1: 3 - 14.
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"Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been
made" (1: 3, N.I.V.).
The Evangelist goes back to the beginning of creation and states, both positively and
negatively, that the whole creation came into being through the almighty power of Christ.
John frequently uses such antithesis throughout his Gospel. If we take the witness of
Scripture as a whole regarding creation, then we shall have to say that this gigantic work
came into being through the co-ordinate relation between the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit. Other Scriptures also refer to creation through the Son (Col. 1: 16, which
not only reveals this, but states that creation was for Him as well. Heb. 1: 2 is another
reference). As the Creator God is the origin of the whole work, and not only this, the
whole creation depends on Him ("in Him all things hold together", Col. 1: 17, N.I.V.).
"He spake, and it was done;  He commanded, and it stood fast" (Psa. 33: 9).
Some say that all this requires too much faith, but the only alternative is eternal matter,
and how is this easier to believe? The holy Scriptures reveal God as the eternal Creator
of non-eternal matter and He is sovereign over it.
The Evangelist continues:
"In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not understood it" (1: 4 & 5, N.I.V.).
He continues to use the imperfect tense of the verb `to be', and this conveys the
concept of continuous existence in eternity past. Thus life is associated with Him, Who
is eternal life (I John 1: 1, 2). The Word shares that self-existent life with the Father and
thus can impart life to others, and this life has special importance for the human race for
it was and is "the light of men".  The natural illumination of reason and spiritual
illumination which accompanies the new birth, come from this light, but it is only the
latter that can dispel the darkness of sin and unbelief. Life comes only from life. In
creation there is no such thing as spontaneous generation, despite the views of