Word order is important

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.

  1. In the beginning was the Word
  2. And the Word was with God
  3. And God was the Word.

Linguistically, the order of the equation in number 3 makes no difference to the reality being stated, that the Word is Divine. But no one translates it this way: God was the Word. Indeed everyone goes apoplectic with my translation above. “No no!” they shout. “God is NOT the Word.” Don’t you know Philip, that the who sees me sees the Father?

The flow of the logic of John’s three assertions is that God, you know, um, like, GOD is the Word. He’s making a theological point.

I wouldn’t want to take terminal bus furiously asserting that God is NOT the Word.

After all, He is the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception and will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

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