John 1.1. “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
One the biggest debates in denominations is the fight over John 1.1. It has been a hot button for years. The reason why this has been an ongoing issue is that theology has made it a point to place ones Salvation requirement into the theories of man. No more is Salvation based on the scripture but also now based on theology statements and beliefs. I have said this before but Salvation from Christ and theology are not the same. Christianity isn’t Christendom nor the Counsel of Nicea. Men making up theories about how to define God don’t control your Salvation through Christ. Christ is the Messiah and son of the Living God Yahweh. This is what your Salvation begins and ends with. It is not based on the trinity or any other theology man has come up with. There is no place found in scripture that concludes your Salvation being based on you believing that Christ was God or a god. There is no Salvation requirement that makes one required to explain how God and his Son became what they are. There are no Salvation requirements that requires you to be baptised only in a specific church building or any other bondage requirement that theology and denomations have place on you. So when scripture like John 1.1 is spoken about so heavily it always comes back to the simple fact that there are no Captial letters in scripture so in reality god or God is never the point. However, “The God” indefinite article is. This creates a separation between the word vs The God. And this separation is only needed when you are comparing two separate beings while speaking and making a distinction between the two. When the Word is to referred to as God it is never with the indefinite article “The” as it was in the same sentence when referring to the Father.
Ernest Cadman: There are two issues affecting the translating of the verse, theology and proper application of grammatical rules. The commonly held theology that Jesus is God naturally leads one to believe that the proper way to render the verse is the one which is most popular. The opposing theology that Jesus is subordinate to God as his Chief agent leads to the conclusion that “… a god” or “… divine” is the proper rendering. Some scholars staunchly oppose the translation …a god, while other scholars believe it is possible or even preferable.
So the reason why the translation is more supported as “divine” is that the Son is subordinate to the Father. In fact the ultimate conclusion to the Son’s purpose is spelled out in great detail in 1Cor. 15:24-28. This verse boldly and undoubtedly tells you of the ulimate and last act of the Son.
24Then comes the end, when he(the son)delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25For he(the son)must reign until (until shows a expiration, meaning not forever)he(the Father) has put all his(Christ)enemies under his(Christ)feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For “God (the Father)has put all things in subjection under his(Christ)feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he(the Father)is excepted who put all things in subjection under him(Christ). 28When all things are subjected to him(Christ), then the Son himself will also be subjected to him(The Father)who put all things in subjection under him(Christ), that God(The Farher alone) may be all in all.
*Without biases debates this verse alone kills off a great many arguements over Christs true role and defined place. He is clearly not equal to the Father and the Father is head over all things and gave Christ every single thing he has ever been given, even his Life(John 6:57). Nobody gives the Father anything, it’s his by his own right and soverity. This verse also shows you why Christ calls the Father both his God and the One true God. Because in the end, by definition alone, the Father is and will be the Only true God. It also shows you that this is not tied into Christ humanity. This happens well after he is no longer a man and had already rose to heaven and put away death.
Even during very simple events Yeshua was always looked upon as being Only the Son of the Living God not God. He never once required others to look at him as the One true God. Even his disciples and loved ones believed him to be different from his Father.
But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” John 11:22
And Yeshua said to them, “But what is it you are saying about me as to who I am?” Shimeon answered and he said to him, “You are The Messiah, The Son of THE LIVING GOD.” Mark 8:29 Aramaic bible.
In both of these accounts you see very clear that Mary spoke of Christ and God as separate beings not one of the same. She clearly understood and saw Christ as the Son of God, not God. And then on the second account Christ himself gave Credit to his disciple when the disciple simply referred to Christ as the Son of the Living God and Messiah. Christ himself said that this knowledge only came from the Father and that this was the foundation of his Church. He never once determined the foundation of the church to based on theology, the trinity, or if he was God or a god. Christ being the Jew’s Messiah and him being the Son of the Living God was the only key.
So the focus should be on what Christ focused on. Him being the Messiah and the Son of the Living God. But for years we have been told otherwise for so long we lash out others that bring up facts like I have above. Once we settle down and move away from anger we then move to try and justify our beliefs or make excuses for them. We do this because it’s much easier to go on accepting tradition than to fight it. It’s much easier to go alone with the majority of the beliefs than to stand alone against others. I mean I can’t blame others for not wanting to accept things. You do have verses that declare solidly that Christ is called God. The one who sits at the throne should be called God but issue is that this same God we identify as Christ still has a God over him that he has to answer to. That same God he answers to, answers to nobody.
Yeshua said to her. “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to join my Father, and go join my brothers and say to them that I ascend to join my Father and your Father, my God, and your God.” John 20:17
So if Christ says that this God is his and our God we should listen because Christ knew that the identity of God he was given when he was seated on the throne would not be forever as shown above. This is why I submit that the term “Divine” over God or a god is a better translation for John 1:1. While still understanding that even if “God” is used, the key point is that Christ isn’t his Father nor is equal to him because you can never be equal to someone that gave you your position and power because it’s not yours by yourself. The Father is the whole reason Christ has life, the throne, power and glory. Not one time did anyone have to instruct the angels to worship The Father. The Father doesn’t exist because of the Son or Holy Spirit( for the trinity believers). The Father is eternal through and through. He has never died and can never die and has all power because it is his to begin with. It was never bestowed upon him like it was with the Son. These are flat out facts that can not be argued biblically or even with common sense. You may not like these facts but they are facts none the less. Until the next time.