And the Word Was God (John 1, P66)

The Greek word Logos, 
which means "the Word"

  The Bible clearly says Jesus is God. Here we will present just one of the many proofs that Christians have from the ancient manuscripts. 

  First, let us take a look at the text of John 1:1-3 and 14 in English in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB):

1 In the beginning was the Word,

   and the Word was with God,
   and the Word was God.

2 He was with God in the beginning.

3 All things were created through Him,

  and apart from Him not one thing was created
  that has been created.


14 The Word became flesh

     and took up residence among us.
     We observed His glory,
     the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
     full of grace and truth. John 1

  In the very first verses of his Gospel, the Apostle John the Beloved doesn't just echo the "In the beginning..." first words of the prophet Moses in his first verses of the Book of Genesis, but John also definitively states that Jesus, the Word, is God. 

  All throughout the New Testament, John and his co-authors are explicit about the Word and the Father being separate and distinct Persons. And yet both, together with the Holy Spirit, are the one God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are one as the Elohim (plural) God of Moses in the Torah.

  John tells us that Jesus was in the very same beginning as Moses' beginning as the Word, which is "Logos" in the original Greek. 

  Jesus was with God.

  And the Logos, Jesus, was God. (verse 1)

  Perhaps to further emphasize this truth, John then repeats the statement that the Logos was with God in the beginning. (verse 2)

  In verse 3, John declares that the Logos created all things. In short, He is the Creator God. 

  In verse 14, we read that that very same Logos came down to earth and took the form of a human being.

  This is how the text of John 1:1 reads in the Greek text: 

1:1 Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος

  We provide that Greek text so that you can begin to read the first line of John 1 in this manuscript and confirm for yourself that those are the very same words that John wrote in his Gospel:

Papyrus 66
from c. 175AD or earlier

  What you have just read is merely a sample of the many volumes of historical manuscript evidence available to Christians today, all of which proves that, contrary to the claims of unbelievers, Jesus was recognized and worshiped as God by His followers when He walked the earth almost 2,000 years ago.

  The deity of Jesus was not a later invention, as some claim.

  The Bible has not been corrupted.

  We have virtually the exact same text today as the Bible's authors wrote down almost two millennia ago. 

  The Lord Jesus has kept His promise:

  "Heaven and earth will pass away, 
   but My words will never pass away." 
   Matthew 24:35  

  Jesus is Lord!

  See also:

  The Lord Our God is One!

  The Jewish Concept of the Complex Unity of God

  Dr. Daniel Wallace on Islam and the New Testament


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