Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


When, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John wrote as his opening statement, “In the beginning,” it was not mere wordplay on Genesis 1. Moses gave us Eden, Adam, and the fall of man. John gives us Christ, who was “in the beginning with God.” He is not simply introducing the biographical center of his work, he is pulling back the curtain to reveal the root cause and purpose of all things. In his opening, John amplifies Genesis. John makes it impossible for us to merely place Christ at a point in linear history. He elevates Christ above all other voices in God’s unfolding revelation through time and covenants. He puts Christ at the head of the procession of fathers, prophets, kings, and priests. The Jesus who steps out in John’s gospel declares, “Before Abraham was born, I am.” In Revelation, John hears Jesus’ voice of testimony saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” Everything in the Bible must then be seen through the lens of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We cannot divide our Bible into two halves as though the Old Testament and New Testament are distinct stand-alone works. To see the Scripture as such is like trying to take in the glory of Mt. Everest by looking at a map.


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