The Bible tells us that God is not just a word or idea but rather a living being who has always been present before all other beings. According to Colossians 1:16–17, He created all things in heaven and on earth, whether visible or invisible, and He holds them all together with His incomparable power and authority.
Similarly, as seen in John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” In the Apostle John’s gospel, we see that the Lord is not just a concept or idea but an eternal being worthy of our utmost worship and praise.
What Did John Mean When He Declared That Jesus Is The Word Of God?
John writes in his gospel account to explain the unique nature of Jesus Christ and His divine relationship with God. In John 1:1, he states: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
This verse is one of several passages in which John identifies Jesus as being the same as the Word of God. Genesis 1:3 shows that not only had God made the world, but He made it through His Word, and that His Word was the beginning. This proves that Jesus is already at the beginning as well.
The significance of this declaration lies in its implications for who Jesus is in relation to God. By proclaiming that the Lord is the Word of God, John’s gospel clarifies that He had an essential role when God created the world and had a unique and direct relationship with God. It is an affirmation of Jesus’ divinity, as the Word was seen to have a special relationship with God in the Old Testament.
The Greek word translated by John to describe Jesus as “the Word” (logos) also carries profound meaning, which he no doubt intended to communicate to his readers. Logos has connotations both of reason and logic—which can be seen as essential qualities or attributes of divine wisdom—but also of communication, connection, and understanding between two people or groups.
By declaring that Jesus is the Logos, John wrote that through Him alone, people could come into the right relationship with God and find peace and understanding in their lives. In a spiritual sense, John’s declaration that Jesus, God’s Son, is the Word of God can be seen as an affirmation that He is the only way to know and experience a true relationship with God—the only one who can bridge the gap between humanity and its Creator.
By proclaiming Jesus as divinely connected to the Word, John was making a powerful statement about His identity as Savior of the world. And in so doing, he provided us with a timeless reminder of how deeply we need Jesus if we are to come into the right relationship with our heavenly Father.
Why Was Jesus Called The Word Of God?
The Bible—both the Old Testament and the New Testament—clearly answers why Jesus, God’s only Son, is known as the Word of God. From the Gospel of John, we know that Jesus is the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). This statement reflects a fundamental Christian belief in the incarnation: Jesus was fully human yet also divine. He was sent by God to bring about redemption for humankind.
In addition, throughout His ministry, it was made clear that Jesus came from God and that He spoke on behalf of God. We can see this in various episodes where Christ confronts others with authority and speaks authoritatively about matters related to spiritual truth.
For example, when questioned by Jewish leaders about His identity, Jesus responds, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He also proclaims himself as “the light of the world” (John 8:12) and often speaks of Himself in terms befitting His true identity—God’s Word.
The title “Word of God” further indicates that Jesus is more than just a man. It helps to illustrate His unique relationship with God as His only Son and serves to remind believers that Jesus not only spoke on behalf of God during His time on earth but still speaks today through the Holy Scripture and other means.
Furthermore, while the significance of Jesus’ life and teachings resonates universally, specific communities like the Amish hold His teachings at the heart of their values. Central to Amish teachings is the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, emphasizing humility, family, and community. This serves as a testament to the enduring impact of Christ’s message across various cultures and traditions.
How Is Jesus The “Word”?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.— John 1:1
The Bible teaches that Jesus is God’s Word. This verse clearly indicates that not only is Jesus equal to God (as He is referred to as both “God” and “the Word”), but also that He has always existed. This helps us understand who Jesus Christ is and why He is so important to Christians today.
To understand further how Jesus can be called “the Word” in a biblical context, we must look at other passages of scripture. First, Hebrews 4:12 tells us that God’s Word is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. This implies that His Word carries great power and authority, which can penetrate hearts and minds. Ephesians 6:17 tells us to put on “the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Holy Spirit, which is the word of God”—referring to Jesus.
The Bible also teaches us that “the Word became flesh” (John 1:14). This means that Jesus took on human form through incarnation to minister on earth. Through Jesus’ life, teachings, miracles, and death on the cross for our sins, we come to understand how Christ fulfills all expectations of who the Father should be—loving and compassionate yet just and fair.
Finally, the Bible teaches us that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a Savior (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 2:11). As “the Word,” He was sent by God to redeem mankind from sin (John 3:16–17). Through His perfect life and sacrifice, He allowed people to be reconciled with the heavenly Father—something we could never do ourselves.
Even in His final words, Jesus remains to be the Word of God. He is the living embodiment of God’s will and God’s love for humanity. Through Jesus’ teachings, we learn how to love one another unconditionally, offering grace and mercy instead of condemnation.
Through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, we have been granted salvation. He has allowed us to share an eternal relationship with our Creator in Heaven. We can trust that every word Jesus speaks is true because He Himself is Truth incarnate—the living Word of God. Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ!