In the beginning was the Word… – John 1:1
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word in Greek is Logos and it means a thought expressed. The Strong’s Concordance states that Logos means, “…something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation.” The Encyclopedia Britannica tells us, “Logos, ( Greek: “word,” “reason,” or “plan”) plural logoi, in Greek philosophy and theology, the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning…” John was writing his Gospel at a time when the Lord had turned from the Jews and began dealing with the Genitles. They were immersed in the thought-world of Greek Philosophy. Thus, John is bridging the gap between Jewish though and Greek thought.
To the average Gentile reading John 1:1 it would have conjured up all kinds of thoughts regarding their upbringing and the philosophy of their day. To put it in the most basic terms they viewed Logos as the principle agent in creation and sustaining the universe. They viewed the Logos as the divine principle mediating between the seen and the unseen world. When they read that the Logos was in the beginning with God and actually was God they clearly understood that God created and sustains all things by His word, reason, or plan. When I speak of reason, in this sense, I speak of it in the sense of logic. The word logic comes from the word logos.
Let’s break it down even more fully.
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
God counseled with Himself before creation. Notice, the singular personal pronouns. He works all things after the counsel of His own will. That means that He is completely and totally sovereign in His choices and actions. This was God developing His plan for creation, history, time, salvation, etc. Remember, Logos means the expression, including the thought behind that expression. First, the Logos is in thought form, in this stage you can say the Logos was contained within God. Then when the expression of that thought comes we can say that the Logos goes forth from God. So, there are two stages to the Logos, first, it is in God and second, it is expressed and issues forth from God. For eternity the Logos was in God as His thoughts and then just prior to creation the Logos went out of God as His self-expression or self-revelation.
Notice what brother William Branham, the seven church age messenger, states regarding this;
God, in the beginning, was Spirit. And then, from God, went out the Logos, or the theophany, which was a form of a man, called the Son of God, prefigured.
57-0901E – Hebrews, Chapter Four
The question comes up, can we say that Jesus Himself was the Logos. The great revelation which the church is built upon was given to Peter and that was that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” If we say that Jesus is one-for-one with the Logos then we have a second God. Now, you are taking John 1:1 and making it “in the beginning was the Son and the Son was with the Father and the Son was God.” Now, you have God with God. Notice what brother Branham states regarding this very thing.
To misinterpret Jesus Christ being the Word, you would make Him one God out of three, or you would make Him the second Person in a Godhead. And to do that, you would mess the whole Scripture up.
65-0822M – Christ Is Revealed In His Own Word
The greatest commandment, according to our Lord Jesus is that God is One. Read Mark 12:29. The Logos is the self-revelation of the invisible God. It is not a second person or another being, it is God Himself, coming into a form whereby He can be seen and understood by His creation. And according to John 1:14 this Logos became flesh.
Let us look closely at how brother Branham teaches this in the latter parts of his ministry.
On top of Mount Zion will set the Lamb. And the city will need no light, for the Lamb is the Light thereof. And above the Lamb will be the Father, which is the Logos, God, the great Light, the eternal Light that’ll shine just above the throne. And Jesus will not be on His Father’s throne, He’ll be on His throne. And the Father will hover over the Son, which the Father and Son will be One.
64-0823E – Questions And Answers #2
Here we have the Lamb, our Lord Jesus Christ and above Him the Logos. Jesus Himself is not the Logos, rather, the Logos is the attribute of the fulness of God. Look closely at this differentiation brother Branham makes in Questions and Answers. [Breaking the quote up, upon high points for the sake of brevity. You can find it in its entirety at http://table.branham.org]
Now, that Pillar of Fire is the Logos that went out of God, the Logos, which is actually the attribute of the Fullness of God. When God become into a form to where It could be seen, It was the anointing of the great Spirit that went forth, It’s condescending, coming down, God, the Father, the Logos that was up over Israel, that…Then that Logos become flesh and dwelt among us; and where this Logos dwelt in a human body, which was the Sacrifice…Now, this Logos that was in Him, which was the Spirit of God, the Anointing…Now, on the day of Pentecost It come down, that Pillar of Fire, and broke apart like that, and tongues of fire set upon each of them…the Logos, separating Himself into men; God, not in one person, He’s in His Church universal… 64-0823E – Questions And Answers #2
Let’s break down the points the prophet is making;
- the Pillar of Fire is the Logos that went out of God (the Anointing of the Great Spirit that went forth)
- the Logos is the attribute of the Fullness of God
- God, the Father, the Logos that was up over Israel
- the Logos became flesh and dwelt among us
- the Logos was in and upon Jesus
- the same Logos is separating Himself into the believers in the universal Church
According to these verses the Logos was the anointing that came upon Jesus. The Logos was not birthed as Jesus, but was in and upon Him. Next, let’s look at a few more quotes to crystalize the teaching brother Branham is seeking to get across to us, especially after the Opening of the Seven Seals. It is not that his teaching completely changes after the Revelation of the Seals, but rather that it becomes crystalized. To read a more detailed explanation regarding the development of the brother Branham’s teaching on the Logos go to Logos: Father or Son?
Said, “There is the Messiah, I see a Light above Him, like a dove coming upon Him,” bore record. Said, “He that told me in the wilderness, ‘Go baptize with water,’ said, ‘Upon Whom thou shall see the Spirit, that Light, like a dove coming down.'” Was perhaps the same Pillar of Fire that followed the children of Israel in the wilderness, coming upon Him, because that was the Anointed, the Logos.
64-0304 – Sirs, We Would See Jesus
One day he saw a young Man coming, walking down. He saw that Pillar of Fire, in the form of a Dove, coming down from Heaven; a Voice, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I’m pleased to dwell in.” Says, “Whom I’m pleased to dwell,” it’s just the verb before the adverb, so it’s just the same.
64-0313 – The Voice Of The Sign
Here we see that the point that the Logos was made flesh was at the baptism of the Lord Jesus when the Spirit of God entered into Him. The same Pillar of Fire, Logos, that led the children of Israel, now became fully identified and manifested in the Son of God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. John 1:14 tells us that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Greek word “dwelt” literally means tabernacled. Jesus became the tabernacle of the Logos so that when you saw Jesus, you were seeing the Logos.
Now, let’s continue on, because we want to see, was Jesus the pre-existence Logos? Notice, in the sermon “Who Is This Melchisedec” brother Branham tells us:
Now, the different between Him and you, as a son. See, He was, at the beginning, the Word, an en morphe body. He came in and lived in that, in the Person of Melchisedec. Then, later, we never heard no more of Melchisedec, because He became Jesus Christ. Melchisedec was the Priest, but He became Jesus Christ. Now, you by-passed that. Because, in that form, He knowed all things, and you have never been able to know that yet.
We bypassed our theophany and came directly to flesh from the attribute, but Jesus went directly to His Theophany. This is the absolute truth, but let’s balance it out with two other points brother Branham makes.
The Bible said, “He is the beginning of the creation of God.” How did He begin? In the wombs of a woman.
64-0802 – The Future Home Of The Heavenly Bridegroom And The Earthly Bride
And this Melchisedec was not Jesus, for He was God. And what made Jesus and God different, that, Jesus was the tabernacle that God dwelt in. See? Now, Melchisedec. Jesus had both father and mother. And this Man never had father or mother. Jesus had a beginning of life and He had an end of life. This Man had no father, no mother, no beginning of days or ending of life. But, It was the selfsame Person, it was. Melchisedec and Jesus was One; but Jesus was the earthly body, born and fashioned after sin. God’s own body, His Own son, born and fashioned after sin, to take the sting out of death, to pay the ransom, and to receive sons and daughters unto Himself. You get it? That’s the reason that He had—He had a beginning, He had an ending.
57-0922E – Hebrews, Chapter Seven #2
Now notice, “He abideth forever.” He has a testimony here, that, “He liveth. He never dies.” He never did. He never was nothing else but alive. “He abideth forever.” Now, Jesus was made, likened unto Him. Now, the reason that there’s a difference between God and Jesus: Jesus had a beginning; God had no beginning. Melchisedec had no beginning, and Jesus had a beginning.
57-0915E – Hebrews, Chapter Seven #1
So, let’s break down these four points and see how that we can properly understand the big picture revelation God is bring to us.
- Jesus didn’t bypass His Theophany, He went to it in the beginning, He was the Word, an en morphe body, He came and lived in that in the Person of Melchisedec
- Jesus had his beginning in the womb of Mary.
- Melchisidec was not Jesus, He was God
- Jesus was the earthly tabernacle of God
- Jesus had a beginning and God (Melchisedec) had no beginning
Let’s work on reconciling these thoughts. Jesus came and lived in the Word Body in the form of Melchisedec and yet Melchisidec was not Jesus because Jesus had a beginning in the womb of Mary. Since Jesus, the Son of God, is the visible expression of the invisible God, that Theophany that went forth in the beginning was His Theophany. Yet, He was not born yet, it was merely His life and Theophany that were in the Logos. So, when you saw that Theophany, en morphe body, you were seeing Jesus in a pre-figure, before He was actually came into being in the womb of Mary.
- The Theophany of God in the beginning was Jesus
- Yet Jesus was not born yet
- The Life in that Theophany was the very same life that was later born as Jesus of Nazareth
Then at His baptism at 30 years of age, the Logos, the Pillar of Fire, the attribute of the fullness of God, came down in the form of dove and entered into Jesus of Nazareth.
While the Logos can be a very complicated doctrine, as you examine it through the years on how brother Branham taught it, the clarity builds and builds. What a glorious light to be under and a part of in this hour. To the world it seems as foolishness, but to the believer it is the glory of God made manifest before our very eyes.