The first verse of John’s Gospel reads: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” Typically, Christians understand the Word to refer to the Son and God to refer to the Father. However, as John Schoenheit explains, this reading owes more to later trinitarian theology than the native biblical context. Instead of assuming the Word just is the Son, Schoenheit carefully shows how God’s word is his plan for salvation. In fact this is what became incarnate in Jesus in verse 14.
Here’s a link to John Schoenheit’s slideshow
- Listen to my interview with Schoenheit, called Word of Faith vs. Trusting God
- More on John 1.1 from a biblical unitarian perspective available at ChristianMonotheism.com
- Check out videos of the other presentations from KingdomFest 2017
- Intro music: “District Four” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.