While dissecting some very popular text in John 1 this past week the Lord revealed something to me through my study. The text that I began to translate was not an unfamiliar one and I know that I had translated it before. This time, however, the Lord showed me something so amazing that I had to write and share it with all of you. This understanding is one that sort of shapes and defines one's theology and understanding of one's faith. It has transformed my faith and strengthened me in our Lord.
Check out John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Here in this passage, John writes about the eternality of the pre-incarnate Christ. Most believers have read and know the principles uncovered in this passage. We learn from this passage that Jesus has lived forever in a very special relationship with and as God. Dr. David Rice stated to me the other day that Jesus is the same nature as God but a different function (I hope that I have that quote right!) While Dr. Rice's definition does help to uncover a sliver of the majestic Trinity, truth be told, however, the eternal and perfect relationship that exists within the Trinity is undefinable by our finite minds. The Lord did not uncover this understanding to me this past week but He did show me something very special in this one verse.
One key word in this verse is "was" or the verb εἰμί "to be" in Greek. The verb itself has no special significance but the tense does. The verb is written in the imperfect tense. The imperfect tense is used to signify a continuous process. So an appropriate translation of this verse would be "In the beginning was, is, and will always be the Word, and the Word was, is, and will always be with God, and the Word was, is, and will always be God."
The wonderful truth that is uncovered in this one tense of this one word is the eternality of our Lord Jesus Christ and His perfect and unending relationship with God. With the recent growth of pluralistic spiritualism, this one word helps us remember why Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life and why no one comes to the father without Him.
What do you think about this?