Summary: Jesus it the Word of Life
10 26 14: John 1:4 The Word of Life: “In Him, Life was…”
John, the Jewish evangelist writes in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (Clearly in every way, this verse describes Jesus Christ’s Eternality, His Deity, and His eternal existence in relationship with the Father.)
2 “He was in the beginning with God.” (This Word, this Jesus, co-existed with the Father as God.)
3 “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (Jesus as Eternal Creator of ALL THINGS. He is Creator over all the created.)
4 “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.”
ἐν αὐτῷ ζωὴ ἦν καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἦν τὸ φῶς τῶν ἀνθρώπων
en autos zoe eimi kai ha zoe eimi to phos anthropon
In Him Life was and the life was the light of men.
“In Him Life Was”
“In Him was Life:” The statement again supports the fact that the WORD, Jesus, is deity: He is God. The construction of the sentence tells us this: IN HIM LIFE WAS. The same verb and tense is used here, the imperfect active indicative tense, denotes continuous action in the past, and so the PRE-EXISTENT WORD is also the SELF-EXISTENT LIFE. John 5:26 says: “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” Jesus existed in time past, in fact, BEFORE time, having life in HIMSELF: IN HIM LIFE continuously existed. “In Him Life Was and THE Life was the Light of men.” In Him life was, and that which has been made is LIFE IN HIM. (John will continue to build upon this truth throughout His Gospel, using the word “life”(zoe: zō-ā') 47 times, and the word “light” (phōs) 23 times!)
This verse reinforces what John already has stated in the first three verses, and then adds to it: Jesus has Life in Himself. The word used for life is “zoe” and means much more than physical existence; “zoe” is life in its fullest sense. THE WORD, the LOGOS, is the very LIFE OF THE WORLD. In the same way that “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being,” there is NO LIFE in the universe apart from Him. Life does not exist in its own right: In the same way that Created matter could not exist on its own but points to a power greater than itself, a Creator, in the same way that a leaf does not dance down the street on its own but needs a power behind it to do so, in the same way that the wind does not exist on ITS own, but there has to be a power greater than itself.
So LIFE DOES NOT EXIST by its own will, but there must be a power greater than life, a LIFE-GIVER…AND JESUS IS THE GIVER OF ALL LIFE. JESUS IS THE LIFE-GIVER. There is none other who creates LIFE. The WORD is more than SELF-EXISTANT LIFE to Himself: Jesus, the WORD, SHARES His life by giving LIFE.