The Trinity and John 1:1

A friend of mine asks:

“How do you deal with John 1:1 ” and the word was god ” This is the one verse giving me trouble .”

The question assumes what you are being told this verse means is what the Trinitarians say it means. They say hey look, the verse clearly says Jesus is God. So Jesus is the same person as God?

Well no, the Trinitarians will say!

But you just said the verse says he is God.

Well yes but we mean he is the same nature as the Father but not the same person.

But the passage doesn’t say that and the distinction the Trinitarian is making is complete nonsense. The numeric nature/person distinction is meaningless sophistry. But Paul tells us what this passage means. It means the word is the image and representation of God.

Col. 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Heb. 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 [a]in these last days has spoken to us [b]in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the [c]world. 3 [d]And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and [e]upholds all things by the word of His power.

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