Bible Book 43: John 1:1 b,c; JESUS CHRIST is Wisdom, which is the Same as Saying, ‘THE WORD’ and is with God The Father in the Providential Government of the World.

John 1:1:

“In the Beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”

By “the Beginning” is here meant,
The Beginning of the World,
or The Beginning of The Creation of all things;

“In the Beginning was the Word”,
is Expressive of the Eternity of Jesus Christ,

Jesus Christ was in the Beginning,
and Jesus Christ was the Maker of all creatures,
and therefore Jesus Christ must be Before them all:

and it is to be Observed,
that it is Said of Jesus Christ,
that in the Beginning;

Jesus Crist was not Made,
as the Heavens and Earth were Created,

and Jesus Crist was not ‘Made’
the way the things in the Heavens and Earth
were Made;

nor was Jesus Christ merely Thought of,
as Being in the Purpose and Predestination of God,

but

Jesus Christ Really Existed as a Divine Person,

just as The Lord Jesus Christ did from all Eternity;

as Appears from
Jesus Christ being Set Up,
BY GOD THE FATHER,

to Be in The Office of GOD THE SON
from Everlasting;

Jesus Christ is seen here
as Really Existed as a Divine Person,
just as The Lord Jesus Christ did from all Eternity;

just as Jesus is seen Really Existing
as a Divine Person, in The Office of GOD THE SON,

from all the Elect being Chosen in Jesus Christ,
and Given to Him, BY GOD THE FATHER,
before The Foundation of the World;

Jesus Christ is also seen here
as Really Existed from ALL ETERNITY PAST,
as a Divine Person,

from The ETERNAL Covenant of Grace,
which is from ALL ETERNITY PAST,
THAT WAS MADE WITH JESUS CHRIST INVOLVED.

We see clearly, that Jesus Christ Really Existed
from ALL ETERNITY PAST,

from the Blessings and Promises of Grace,
Being Put and Placed
into the Hands of Jesus Christ, FOR SAFEKEEPING,
at the Earliest ‘Time’, which was in ETERNITY PAST;

Jesus Christ may also be seen to have
Really Existed from ALL ETERNITY PAST,
from Jesus Christ’s Nature as God,

and Jesus Christ’s Relation to His Father,
in HIS Office as
THE ETERNAL SON of GOD THE FATHER.:

ANCIENT WITNESSES of GOD, IN HISTORY,
WHO DIDN’T JUST ‘APPEAR on The SCENE’
with ‘Some New FALSE TEACHING’,

but, were men in History sometimes even WITHOUT a TESTAMONY of SALVATION
and many who were
BORN AGAIN SERVANTS of GOD,

Either way, Philo the Jew
often calls this Logos, or Word, The Eternal Word,

The Most Ancient (or ETERNAL) Word,
and The Word More Ancient
than any thing that is made F16.

The Eternity of the Messiah
is acknowledged by the ancient Jews:
( Micah 5:2 ) and is a full proof of it;

which by them F17 is thus paraphrased;

“out of thee, before me,
will Come Forth the Messiah,
that He may Exercise Dominion over Israel;

Whose Name is said from Eternity,
from The Days of Old
(which is another way to say, ‘from Eternity Past’).”

When speaking regarding this Logos, or Word,
The Eternal Word,
Jarchi only mentions ( Psalms 72:17 )
which is rendered by the Targum to say of Jesus,

On the place,
before the sun ( was Created)
His Name was Prepared;

and it may be translated,

“before the sun His Name was Yinnon”;
that is, the Son, namely the Son of God;

Also as an Ancient Witness
Aben Ezra interprets it, (Nb arqy),

“He will be called The Son”;

and to this agrees what the Talmudisis say {r},
that the Name of the Messiah
was Before the World was Created;

in proof of which they produce the same passage.

“And the Word was with God:

“The Word was with God”

In other words, The WORD
was Not with men or Angels;

because The Word, JESUS CHRIST,
Who is THE WORD = THE VOICE of GOD,
was before either men or Angels;

“The Word was”
Not Just ESSENTIALLY considered “with God”,

but

“The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
as The Second Person
in The ETERNAL TRIUNE GODHEAD

was PERSONALLY Considered,
TO BE WITH GOD THE FATHER;

“The Word”, JESUS CHRIST, GOD THE SON,
“was with God”, His Father:

Also, we may comfortably say,
BIBLICALLY SPEAKING,

that

“The Word was”
not “with God” ‘only’ in the Socinian sense,

where “The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was only thought by them to be ‘known’
to God The Father,

as if “The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was ‘not known’ to any number of others
before the ministry of John the Baptist;

Because,…(?)

“The Word”, JESUS CHRIST, was known
and Spoken of by the Angel Gabriel
before John1:1;

and “The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was known to Mary and to Joseph;

and “The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was known to Zacharias and Elisabeth;

as well as to the shepherds,

and to the wise men;

“The Word”, JESUS CHRIST,
was already Made Known
to Simeon and Anna,
who saw JESUS CHRIST in the Temple;

and, of course, JESUS CHRIST was known
to the Prophets and Patriarchs in all ages,
from the Beginning of the World:

but this phrase,

“In the Beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God”,

Denotes the Existence of the Word with the Father,

and

The ETERNAL Word, JESUS CHRIST’S Relation
and Nearness to God The Father,
AS CO-EXISTENT FOREVER,

EVEN IF YOU and I HAD NEVER EXISTED.

“In the Beginning was the Word,

and

the Word was with God”,

Denotes The ETERNAL Word, JESUS CHRIST’S Equality with God The Father,

and

“In the Beginning was the Word,

and

the Word was with God”,

particularly Denotes
The Distinction of Jeus Christ’s Person
IN THE TRIUNE GODHEAD, as GOD THE SON,

from God The Father,

as well as JESUS CHRIST’S
Eternal Being with God The Father;

because JESUS Was Always with God The Father,

JESUS WILL FOREVER BE WITH God The Father;

JESUS was with God The Father
in The Council and Covenant of Grace,

and in The Creation of the Universe,

and JESUS is with God The Father
in The Providential Government of the World;

JESUS was with God The Father as the Word
and Son of God in Heaven,

while JESUS as man, was here on Earth;

and JESUS is now with God The Father,
and WILL ALWAYS BE:

and as John here Speaks of the Word,
as a Distinct Person from God the Father,

so do the Targums, or Chaldee paraphrases;

in Psalms 110:1; “the Lord said to my Lord”,

is rendered,

“the Lord said to His Word”;

where JESUS is Manifestly Distinguished
from Jehovah, GOD THE FATHER
that Speaks to JESUS;

and in Hosea 1:7 The Lord Promises to

“Have Mercy on the House of Judah”,

and

“Save them by The Lord their God”.

The Targum reads like this;

“I Will Redeem them
by the Word of The Lord their God”;

where

The Word of the Lord,
Who is Spoken of as a Redeemer and Savior,

is Distinguished from The Lord,
GOD THE FATHER
Who Promises to Save by Him
GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST.

This Distinction of Jehovah, GOD THE FATHER
and HIS Word, GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST

may be observed in multitudes of places,
in the ANCIENT Chaldee paraphrases,
and in the writings of Philo the Jew;

and this phrase, of

“the Word” being “with God”,

is in the Targums expressed by, (Mdq Nm rmym),

“the Word from before The Lord”,

or

“which is before The Lord”:

saying, JESUS,
Has Always Been in God The Father’s Presence,

and that JESUS is The Messenger Angel,
THE WORD, THE VOICE SPEAKING,
of God The Father’s Presence;

Also Onkelos paraphrases in Genesis 31:22;

“and the Word from Before the Lord,
Came to Laban”

and in Exodus 20:19, thus,

“and let not the Word from Before the Lord
Speak with us, lest we die”;

Because it is also read in the King of Spain’s Bible;

and Wisdom,

which is the Same with the Word of God,

is said to be by God The Father,
or with God The Father,

in Proverbs 8:1-36 & 30:1-33 )

agreeably to which John here speaks.

John makes use of the word God,
rather than Father,

because the Word is commonly called
the Word of God,

and because of what follows;

John 1, verse 1, says; “and the Word was God”;

The Word was God/ not Made a God,
as JESUS is Said to be Made flesh, afterwards;

nor was The Word constituted or appointed a God,
or a God by office;

but JESUS IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN
Truly and Properly God,
in the Highest Sense of the word,


JESUS AS GOD, WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN
Truly and Properly God,
in the Highest Sense of the word,
appears from the Names
by which JESUS is Called;

JESUS IS CALLED Jehovah, God,

our, your, their, and my God,

God with us,

the Mighty God,

God over all,

JESUS IS CALLED the Great God,

the Living God,

the True God,

and JESUS IS CALLED Eternal Life;

JESUS IS CALLED GOD from His Perfections,

and the Whole Fulness of the Godhead
that Dwells in Him,

as Independence, Eternity, Immutability, Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence;

and JESUS IS CALLED GOD
AND JESUS IS GOD
from His Works of Creation and Providence,

His Miracles,

the Work of Redemption,

His Forgiving sins,

the Resurrection of Himself
and others from the Dead,

and JESUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN GOD
AND ALWAYS WILL BE GOD
by the Administration of the Last Judgment;

and from the Worship Given Him,

as Prayer to Him,

Faith in Him,

and the performance of Baptism in His Name:

Nor is it any objection
to the Proper Deity of Christ,
that the article is here wanting;

since when the word ‘GOD’ is applied to the Father,
‘an article’ is not always used,
and even in this chapter, as we see in;

John 1:6; “There came a man
who was sent from God. His name was John”

( from ‘God’, not from ‘The God’).

John 1:13; “children born not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but born of God”

( born of ‘God’, not born of ‘The God’).

John 1:18; “No one has ever seen God,
but the one and only Son, who is Himself God
and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known”

( seen ‘God’, not seen ‘The God’).

and which shows, that the word “God”,
is not the subject,

but the predicate of this proposition,

as we render it:

so the Jews often use the word of the Lord
for Jehovah, and call Him God.

Thus the words in ( Genesis 28:20 Genesis 28:21 ) are paraphrased by Onkelos;

“if “the word of the Lord” will be my Help,
and Will Keep me then “the Word of the Lord”
Will be, (ahlal yl) , “my God”:”

again, ( Leviticus 26:12 ) is paraphrased,
by the Targum ascribed to Jonathan Ben Uzziel, thus;

“I Will Cause the Glory of My Shekinah
to Dwell among you,
and My Word Will “be your God”, the Redeemer;”

once more, ( Deuteronomy 26:17 )
the Word is rendered by the Jerusalem Targum
after this manner;

“ye have made “the Word of the Lord”
King over you this day, that He May be your God:”

and this is frequent with Philo the Jew,
who says, the Name of God is His Word,
and Calls Him, My Lord, The Divine Word;

and Affirms, that the most ancient word is God F19.

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