True or False?
In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God…
I posed this question a few days ago but received only one response. Thanks Mark for your bravery. One of my favorite theologians once said, “Be a sinner, and sin boldly; but believe more boldly still.” You did just that.
I’ve been reading through Athanasius’ On the Incarnation of Christ. He writes to Marcarius, a friend who seems to not clearly understand the Word before He took on flesh and the Word after He took on flesh. I really like his encouragement to his friend so let it be mine to you:
Now, Macarius, true lover of Christ, we must take a step further in the faith of our holy religion, and consider also the Word’s becoming Man and His divine Appearing in our midst. That mystery the Jews traduce, the Greeks deride, but we adore; and your own love and devotion to the Word also will be the greater, because in His Manhood He seems so little worth. For it is a fact that the more unbelievers pour scorn on Him, so much the more does He make His Godhead evident. The things which they, as men, rule out as impossible, He plainly shows to be possible; that which they deride as unfitting, His goodness makes most fit; and things which these wiseacres laugh at as “human” He by His inherent might declares divine. Thus by what seems His utter poverty and weakness on the cross He overturns the pomp and parade of idols, and quietly and hiddenly wins over the mockers and unbelievers to recognize Him as God.1
To answer the question as it is asked, the statement is false. John got it right in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” The Word was in the beginning. The Word had not taken on flesh at Creation; He was not yet the God-Man. Jesus, the Word that took on flesh, was born about 2,000 years ago. The Word was in the beginning; His body of flesh was not.