In the Beginning – Our Father Spoke!
The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.
For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.
– Psalm 33:6, 9 NLT
The Father created by his own mighty word – his own command. He speaks and even the elements respond:
And God said, “Let there be light!” and there was light (Gen. 1:3).
He alone created us. That is why we call him, “Our Father.”
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from
the womb: “I am the LORD, who made all things; I alone
stretched forth the heavens. I spread out the earth by myself” (Isa. 44:24).
He did not create the heavens and earth by an agent, another person who helped him. He describes the actual work of creating – “stretching forth the heavens” and “spreading out the earth” – and says that he did that work alone and by himself. Again the Scriptures tell us:
Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us all? (Mal. 2:10).
It is the Father’s spoken word which so wonderfully was “with” him – and really “was” the Father himself – not another. It is his personal word. God’s word originates with him – it is in his mind – his heart. It is spoken by his mouth and accomplishes his purposes:
So will my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
but it will accomplish what I desire, and succeed in the purpose for which I sent it (Isa. 55:11).
John, the author of the fourth gospel, captures the unfathomable glory of all of this in his prologue. It is the mightiness of God himself, who by the speaking of his word has brought forth all creation.
God’s prophets and people of old never speak of an actual “Person” called “the Word.” Rather, they speak and write consistently about God’s own personal word. John did not write in order to bring people a different understanding of God’s word. Rather, he wrote to declare what God has now so extraordinarily accomplished with his word. He has vested, embodied, his word in his human son – the man Christ Jesus. John’s message is clear, the power of God’s word is now found in this man – and by that word in Jesus – comes light and grace to all men.
And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us – and we
beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the
Father – full of grace and truth (John 1:14}.
In the centuries after the Bible was written, Gentile Christians began creating a new meaning for “word” in John. Post-biblical Christians who had by then lost touch with the Hebrew roots of Jesus, John and of the other early disciples began to propose that God’s word was a “Person” in itself – another in addition to the Father.
But Jesus never says that before he was born he was a “Person” called the “Word.” Neither did Jesus say that a “Person” called “the Word” was in him. Rather, he said that it was the Father himself who was in him:
The words that I speak to you I speak not of myself – but the
Father that dwells in me, he does the works (John 14:10).
Likewise, Jesus tells people that rather than being a Person called the Word, that his Father actually taught him the words that he spoke. (John 7:17; 12:48-50).
There have always been, and continue to be, faithful Christians who believe that God’s word is not a Person in addition to the Father, but rather the Father’s own spoken word by which he created all things in the beginning. We are among those people. So was the apostle Peter who wrote:
God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the
earth out from the water and surrounded it with water (2 Peter 3:5 – NLT).