Here is an exciting piece of new understanding
about God and the Word and how they lived up until the time they formulated their plan for reproducing themselves. Note that I said new understanding. Not new truth because it has been plainly written in the Bible all this time. Nobody else … nothing else … was around to provide fake news!
John 1:1 reveals the truth that God and the Word were two God Beings without a beginning. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” God and the Word just always were. Both uncreated. Both self-existing.
Note that there is not a word here about God being in authority over the Word. But when I was taught the foundational exciting truths of the Bible 49 years ago, I was taught that God was in authority over the Word so that there would be “government of God” in a hierarchy.
Recently I heard a sermon stating that God and the Word had to be equal or the Word’s willingness to be slain as the Lamb of God would have been meaningless. What’s the big deal if the Word was expected to submit and become the human!
My mind resisted because of what I’d always been taught by teachers I respected. But I continued to ask God to show me His truth and I thoroughly studied the question with an open mind to be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11).
“Equal with God”
Thank God, He showed me when I looked up an obvious scripture on the subject: Php. 2:5-6. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God …” The NLT puts it “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to …”
God’s Word is truth (John 17:17)! And there it was, saying what it always has said: “equal with God.” I had always read it as “equal with God who was in authority over Him.”
In John 5:18, the Jews understood that Jesus’ statements were “making Himself equal with God.”
So the truth is that God and the Word were equal when they formed their exciting plan of salvation to reproduce themselves with potentially billions of God Beings to expand their Family and Kingdom.
This new understanding opens up exciting concepts!
Free moral agency is a cornerstone of God’s plan
It started with God and the Word having free choice just like we humans would be given. Jesus said He laid down His life for us by His own volition—“I sacrifice it voluntarily” (John 10:18)—not because God being greater would have compelled Him to do it even if God hadn’t actually pulled rank and forced Him to.
Jesus’ words in His real Lord’s Prayer of John 17 have even more depth of meaning: “glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (v. 5). God and the Word so loved each other that they were of “one accord, of one mind” (Php. 2:3), in lowliness of mind each esteeming the other as better than himself, looking out for the interest of the other (vs. 3-4).
God and the Word can teach us about true humility because they
model it. They do not think of themselves more highly than they
ought (Rom. 12:3). Imagine that because they are the highest!
At some point, however long it took them, God and the Word formed their plan of salvation to the minutest exquisite detail including what role and tasks each of them would handle.
They formed a new relationship for the rest of eternity!
A family relationship where God would become the Father, the Word His Son, and Jesus willingly chose to become a bondservant to the Father (v. 7), happy to have the Father greater than He, for the joy of bringing many sons and daughters to glory (Heb. 2:10).
They pledged individually that each would do His part to make the plan surely succeed (Isa. 46:9-10). So while Jesus would be facing the pulls of human nature tempted by the wily satan in all points like as we are (Heb. 4:15), where just one sin would ruin the plan and result in eternal death for Jesus and us humans, it was certain He would succeed because He and the Father were totally committed to it!
God and the Word were both love, joy and all the other seven fruits of the Holy Spirit. They were always full of wisdom and unchanging character. But they were
Never yellow pencils
They were two Beings with unique personality! God was happy to rule the universe from the third heaven, manning the throne, overseeing the whole plan. Seemingly more of an adventurer, the Word was happy to roar about the universe in His gyroscope portable throne, come wrestle with human nature, thoughts and fears, take on the Pharisees and satan, die an excruciating death and actually be nonexistent for three days and three nights, because He knew the Father would restore Him to glory and together they would complete the plan!
For divesting Himself of His divine privileges to be the captain of our salvation, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Php. 2:9-11). Surely the Bible features Jesus more throughout its pages.
What a plan!
What a God!!
Both of them! May we fully appreciate their awesome plan even more than ever. And be motivated to more faithfully choose by our own gift of free moral agency, in each daily decision, to yield ourselves to their Family and Kingdom!