“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (Jno. 1:1)

The above citation forms a very simple statement, yet very few seem to comprehend it. The next verse states:

“The same was in the beginning with God”.

So clearly “the Word,” or “Logos” was, and is, God. They are inseparable, just as our words come from us and are part of us. So the next verse states, “All things were made by him” (Greek Pronoun in masculine, Bro Thomas (Herald 1852, page 47).

“and without him (God) was not anything made that was made,”

So in verse 10 He (God) was in the world (dwelling in His Son): “The Father dwelleth in me” (Jno. 10:38; 14:10-11). From the time when the Eternal Christ-Spirit which always existed “came down from heaven” in the form of a dove, and dwelt in Jesus, speaking and working through him for 1260 days. John 14:10-11) so he was named “Immanuel—God with us” (Mat. 1:23) and “God hath visited his people” (Lu. 7:16). The Eternal Christ spirit was speaking in John 2:19: “destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” – which he did after Jesus had lain three days and three nights in the tomb of Joseph of Aramathea. Again, in John 6:32: “My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven for the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world”. The flesh-minded Jews could not understand or receive the idea of him coming down from heaven (v. 41-42) he repeated it in verse 50-51, and also verse 58.

In verse 51, we read:

“if any man eat of this bread, he shall live in the Aion, and the bread I wil give is my flesh” (see also verses 54-55).

“My flesh” was provided by the Eternal Spirit. “My flesh”, the Spirit’s flesh. Psalm 16:9; 38:3,7; 63:1; 84:2. The flesh, or “body prepared” and produced by “His Only Begotten Son” who he gave as a sacrifice for our sins.

The flesh-minded Jews could not accept or understand it: “how can this man give us his flesh to eat?” to which Jesus responded: “except ye eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.” (eternal live = “to live for the aion). So Jesus emphasised the absolute necessity of feeding upon the Word which “came down from heaven.” “eat and live” – no eternal life without it, just as Moses had told Israel: “it is your life” (Deut. 32:46-47; and “He is thy life” (Deut. 31:19-20, Col. 3:1-4).

There is another example of the Father speaking through His Beloved Son: John chapter 8, verse 58:

“verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am”

Brother Thomas wrote in the Herald 1857, page 46:

“when the dove descended upon him, was the holy spirit of his Father, this was he who said “before Abraham was, I am etc” Jesus was the body or flesh of sin, prepared for Christ” and in Eureka vol. 1, page 124, “he that is risen is the same as he who was before Abraham, and before the crucifixion” etc.

Jesus was also the Mercy Seat from which Yahweh spoke as he did to Moses in the Most Holy – Ex. 25:22; Rom. 3:25; 1Jno 2:2)

Ted Bailey