CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS: REFLECTION ON THE LOGOS THE WORD OF GOD
By Bro. Cleb Calimutan
St. John wrote a very deep and remarkable truth, the “Logos” or the Word of God who is God. The Word here is not the spoken word but it is the intellect the unspoken word: the mind of God. Hence it is consubstantial with God – or in one with the very substance of God. And so since God is eternal the word is also eternal, as St. John said, “In the beginning was the Word” it is when the beginning (time) started – the Word existed already, for it is co-eternal with the Father. For if the Word is not co-eternal with God then God would exist in eternity without a Word, which is explicitly absurd.
And since the Word is consubstantial with God the Word is also infinite with God for if not then in the very substance of God there would be something that is not infinite namely the Word; again this opposite proposition leads to absurdity. And so it remains that the Word is infinite with the God. But two diverse infinite beings cannot exist at the same respect in the same sense; for they become the limit to each other. Hence, the truth then proceeds to the next manifestation that the very, “Word of God is God” as the apostle declared. He is not a different God but God in one with the nature of God.
Now a distinction is made manifest that the Word of God – is of God wherefore even they exist in one but the distinction remains for God is declared in the first hence in the first person and the Word is manifested as the second person as the apostle declared, “The Word was with God.” And so the procession is enunciated, that God is the first and the Word is in the next – namely the 2nd from the first; and so the Word is the Second Person of God.
Consequently a proposition of truth is verified that in the very nature of God there is always a First and a Second Person. But, between the first and the second Person in this very one God a relation is existing for if there is no relation then the two persons exist with absolute diversity hence they cannot exist as one, but they exist as one, hence the spirit of relation is realized with the first and the 2nd Person hence the third one proceeds from the first and the second persons which must follow as the third or the third person. Now the truth of the mystery is complete that in one nature of God there exist three different persons.
The mystery is so deep that a thorough reflection is needed, and God who got a dialogue with mankind revealed Himself with an ultimate mode of communication that this very Word is made flesh and now known as the Son of God (Jn.1:18). And so if the Second Person is the Son it follows that the First is the Father for I started my argument of truth from the Son, however the truth can be demonstrated in different many ways of elucidation.
The “Word is made flesh” a term indicating a lot of solid truth – for flesh is used as a synecdoche pertaining to the humility of God who became a man. And so the Second Person assumed another and a lower nature of being that is the nature of man. And so Jesus the Second Person of God united Himself with the nature of man. He is now Person with two natures one is of His Divinity and the other one is of His Humanity.
The motive then of the incarnation is knowing and loving. For God loves us and He wanted us to love Him. But, man cannot love whom he does not know and so God manifested Himself as the truth – the very Word of God whom we shall know and love. For, He the Lord who knows us in the most absolute way manifested His love in the most perfect way. That is through His death on the cross.