In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1). Jesus Christ is eternal. And the Word was with God. The second person of the Trinity was with the first person of the Trinity from the beginning. And the Word was God. The Word was co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal with God. He was God of very God.
It is obvious that the Word, the second person of the Trinity, had a plan from the beginning, and He began to execute His plan. He spoke all of creation into existence. His first recorded words were “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:3). He continued to speak all of creation into existence: the firmament, the seas and dry land, the plants with their seeds, the sun, moon, and the stars, the small land and water creatures, the large living creatures, then man (Genesis 1:4-31). He spoke, and it was done. He commanded, and it stood fast (Psalm 33:9).
The Word continued to speak to people in the Old Testament. He called Abraham out of his country (Genesis 12:1), Moses to go to Egypt (Exodus 3:14), Joshua (Joshua 3:7), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:4), David (1 Samuel 23:2), Solomon (1 Kings 6:11-14), Elijah (1 Kings 17:2), Elisha (2 Kings 7:1), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:2), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3), Isaiah (Isaiah 7:3), Hosea (Hosea 1:1), Joel (Joel 1:1), Jonah (Jonah 1:1; 3:1-3), Micah (Micah 1:1), Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1), Haggai (Haggai 1:1), Zechariah (Zechariah 1:1), and Malachi (Malachi 1:1).
Then amazingly the Word took upon Himself a body and came into the world that He had created (John 1:14). When it was time, the Word of God in bodily form had to be about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49). He launched out to continue His plan that He had started back “in the beginning.” The Word knew the path that He was to follow, every step that He took was planned, and every word that He spoke was programmed. Nothing was left to chance. There was not one missed step or one misspoken word.
He called John the Baptist (Luke 3:2), Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Simon, Judas (son of James) and Judas (Iscariot). All of these are marked by His words, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). It should be obvious to the most casual Bible student that none of these were looking for God. He was looking for them. God’s Word always finds its target.
Isaiah said that God’s thoughts are infinitely higher than ours. How high is infinitely high? As far as the heavens are higher than the earth. How far do the heavens reach into the stratosphere above the earth? A very long way! Our thoughts are filtered through a fallen mind – a mind stained with the ravages of sin. Even though in Christ we become new creations and we are given the mind of Christ, still our thoughts fall far short of God’s. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Isaiah made this amazing statement: “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11). Notice the words “shall not,” “shall accomplish,” and “shall prosper.” The Word of God will not return to Him empty of its appointed purpose. Throughout all of history, God’s Word has and will continue to accomplish what He pleases. It will always accomplish His will. It never fails to do what He intends for it to do. The living Word is now seated at the right hand of God the Father in His glorified body. But He continues to do His will – right up to this very moment. Stay safe and stay tuned.