John 1:1

in the biginningWhat about John 1:1?  Isn’t Christ spoken of here as being God? This is possibly the most widely quoted verse by trinitarians. Let’s take a look at it in the original Greek.

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In beginning was the Word
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and the Word was with
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the God and God was
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the Word the same was in
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beginning with the God

“In the beginning was the Word [the Son of God], and the Word was with [the] God, and the Word was God [Notice: He is not “the God” whom He was with]. The same was in the beginning with [the] God.” (John 1:1, 2) Notice the distinction that is made when the word the is inserted in the proper places. The definite article the is in the original Greek, but was left out of most English translations.

There is no question that this verse refers to Christ as God, but it does not refer to Him as the Most High God, or the Almighty God. Jesus is God, but He has a God. “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.” (Ephesians 1:17) Jesus Himself says, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (Revelation 3:12) After His resurrection Jesus said to Mary, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. (John 20:17)

Jesus is God, but not the Most High God, whom He is the Son of. A devil-possessed man said to Jesus, “What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.” (Mark 5:7) Jesus is not “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,…” (Ephesians 1:3)

Jesus Christ has a God, God the Father does not. Jesus Christ worships God the Father. Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” (John 4:22) God the Father never worships His Son. God the Father is greater than Jesus Christ for Jesus said, “my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28) Jesus Christ is not greater than God the Father. Jesus Christ has a head over Him, God the Father does not. “I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3)

John 1:1 says that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God. The Word was in the beginning. The beginning of what? It has to be the beginning of something. Was it the beginning of this world? Was it the beginning of the creation of the angels? Whichever beginning you place it at, it has to be the beginning of something. Many Trinitarians use this to say that Christ always was, and had no beginning. That is not what the verse says. Also, the word with has to mean something. The Word was with God. They cannot be the same being, or one could not be with the other. You cannot walk to the corner with yourself.

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