Summary: The Word is a unique Witness within the Godhead; He is God and Man and the one who reveals the invisible God.
We’re in a study on the Godhead and our main verse is First John 5:7—“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” We know from the context that they bear record that we’ve overcome the world and that we have eternal life. We’ve seen over the past several weeks how the Holy Spirit is involved in this and how He gives life and keeps us until the last day. We’ve also seen that the Father is called that because of His part in giving the inheritance to His Son and all His children.
Now we’re going to turn to the third Witness and look at the one called the Word. None of the Witnesses are simple, but the Word is unique. We’re going to see that He exists as both God and Man. He is called the Word, but He is also called the Son. He is God, and yet He is the man Jesus Christ. He is omnipotent and yet He submitted to death at the hands of men. He is omnipresent and yet He confined Himself to a body within the nation of Israel.
He is special and unique.
The first question we want to answer is why is He called the Word?
He’s called that here in First John, but I can think of at least three other places that use the same name. Let’s look at the first two:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God (Jn. 1:1-2).
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God (Rev. 19:11-13).
The Greek word for “Word” is λόγος (logos) and it does mean “word.” In the Liddell and Scott lexicon you’ll find a definition saying this word means “that by which the inward thought is expressed.” Words are the basis of communication and the expression of thoughts. We have an English word that comes from this Greek word. A “logo” is a “symbol representing graphically a product, idea, etc.”
God is a Spirit, so He has no known form other than Jesus Christ, the Word of God, who reveals God to us.
How does the Word reveal God?
First of all, He is the image of God:
[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: […] 19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell (Col 1:15; 19).
In Christ “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9)
[Christ] is the image of God (II Cor. 4:4).
Second, being God’s image He took on the form of a servant:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:5-8).