John 1:1: Nothing Wrong With the Text, But How its Being Read by Paul MacDonald RN RMN MA (Hons) Dipl
Dedicated to Rivers Ofeden
There is nothing wrong with John 1:1, the way that it is written, it is not corrupted, but what is wrong is the way it is being read. There is no talk of Genesis (beginning of the Age) and then a jump to the beginning of Christ’s Ministry, as some Biblical Unitarians are teaching, and as I myself once believed. It is all one story line, telling how:
“In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God”.
In the beginning (the Ministry of Christ) was the word (Luke 3:23, Revelation 19:13 and 1 John 1:1) and the word was with God (John 10:30, 1420 and John 17:21) and the word was God (Psalms 82: 6 and John 10:34).
Jesus, (like Moses), could rightly be called God, in that Jesus was the only begotten (Fathered) son of God and was entrusted with the word of God, like all the other God’s before him (Psalms 82:6 and John 12:49).
Yes, all things were made/happened/through/ (Preposition δι’) him, even for the sake of him, on account of, and by reason of him. We find this idea being repeated again in (Colossians 1:15) whereby all Principalities etc were made for him, as he will be ruler over all of them. And, without him (through all things happened/came into being) not one thing could’ve ever come into being.
Reading the passage this way, the story flows freely, without having to have long winded, and long drawn out debates and fruitless discussions on the matter that lead to absolutely nowhere. In this, we find ground whereby both Trinitarians and Unitarians alike can come together and find common ground for building and not for tearing down.
Paul MacDonald RN RMN MA (Hons) Dipl