If you want orientation re The Gospel of John see my Introduction.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
For many years I just took this for granted; the Word meant Christ. In a recent return to naturalistic theology, I had to question it. Just what does it mean?
The first thing that comes to mind is that it displays a departure from pure Hebraic thought to Greek thought.
You can also see it as an editorialization of Gen. 1., or a supplement.
We’re led to believe that John was written late, and that it reflects the situation and circumstances of the community at Ephesus or for whomever John wrote.
Then there’s the matter of my mood, my level of consciousness, etc. It tells me I will believe and understand various things at various times.
I try to penetrate all this data to reach a truth. I’m led like the blind man in chapter 9, to conclude that “Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see..”
So I finally arrive at the need to ask God, what am I supposed to do with and/or about this verse?
Lord, enlighten my mind and spirit.
Christ, are you God? I recall his statement to the young ruler (none good, but God). and his statement: Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say.
And “8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Also “John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. ”
My awareness of Word, Christ, God is deeply influenced by what I do– about him, for him, to him.