Christ Divinity Explained in John 1:1c


John 1:1 is the Beginning of Creation that supersedes Genesis 1:1. For example, we read, "When the morning stars joyfully cried out together, And all the sons of God began shouting in applause?" (Job 38:7) Morning stars are among the first angels or the beginning angels of creation. All the angels existed before Abraham and existed before the earth itself. Notice that morning star is in plural. We know by reading Ezekiel Chapter 28, we learn that the angel who was the anointed cherub covering in the garden of Eden was at one time, a faithful son of God. Then he became haughty and Isaiah writes. "How you have fallen from heaven, O shining one, son of the dawn!" (Isaiah 14:12) Satan was a morning star, but who is the other morning star? "I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to you about these things for the congregations. I am the root and the offspring of David and the bright morning star." (Rev 22:16)


What does this have to do with John 1:1? Everything! The Hebrew and Greek languages often use feminine nouns to point to a creation. According to the strong concordance theos can be rendered two ways. One way, is in the Masculine sense as in the first instance of (John 1:1) But what about in the second instance as in John 1:1c? Isn't that scripture describing his qualitative sense? His divinity in being divine?


Strong's Concordance theos: God, a god Original Word: θεός, οῦ, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine; Noun, Masculine Transliteration: theos Phonetic Spelling: (theh'-os) Short Definition: God, a god Definition: (a) God, (b) a god, generally.

Many Scholars know this, but withhold the fact that theos can be rendered (a god) as it was with Paul and Moses. Other variations of rendering John 1:1 also exist:

1808: "and the Word was a god" – Thomas Belsham The New Testament

1822: "and the Word was a god" – The New Testament in Greek and English

1829: "and the Word was a god" – The Gospel History According to the Four Evangelists

1863: "and the Word was a god" – A Literal Translation (Herman Heinfetter)

1879: "and the Word was a god" – Das Evangelium nach Johannes (J. Becker, 1979)

1885: "and the Word was a god" – Concise Commentary on The Holy Bible (R. Young, 1885)

1911: "and the Word was a god" – The Coptic Version of the N.T. (G. W. Horner, 1911)


1935: "and the Word was divine" – The Bible: An American Translation, by John M. P. Smith and Edgar J. Goodspeed, Chicago

1955: "so the Word was divine" – The Authentic New Testament, by Hugh J. Schonfield, Aberdeen.

1958: "and the Word was a god" – The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Anointed" (J. L. Tomanec, 1958);

1975 "and a god (or, of a divine kind) was the Word" – Das Evangelium nach Johnnes, by Siegfried Schulz, Göttingen, Germany

1975: "and the Word was a god" – Das Evangelium nach Johannes (S. Schulz, 1975);

1978: "and godlike sort was the Logos" – Das Evangelium nach Johannes, by Johannes Schneider, Berlin


The use of a feminine nouns emphasis the fact that the Word was created. When? "In the Beginning was the Word" (John 1:1) Words such as godlike, divinity, or deity are all in the feminine sense. Strong's Concordance: arché: beginning, origin Original Word: ἀρχή, ῆς, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: arché Phonetic Spelling: (ar-khay') Short Definition: ruler, beginning Definition: (a) rule (kingly or magisterial), (b) plur: in a quasi-personal sense, almost: rulers, magistrates, (c) beginning.

HELPS Word-studies 746 arxḗ – properly, from the beginning (temporal sense), i.e. "the initial(starting) point"; (figuratively) what comes first and therefore is chief(foremost), i.e. has the priority because ahead of the rest ("preeminent").

Jesus is preeminent is he not? "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;" (Colossians 1:15)

Strong's Concordance ktisis: creation (the act or the product) Original Word: κτίσις, εως, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: ktisis Phonetic Spelling: (ktis'-is) Short Definition: creation, creature, institution Definition: (often of the founding of a city), (a) abstr: creation, (b) concr: creation, creature, institution; always of Divine work, (c) an institution, ordinance.

HELPS Word-studies Cognate: 2937 ktísisproperly, creation (creature) which is founded from nothing (this is also the sense of this term from Homer on); creation out of nothing

Wisdom can be spoken of in the neuter sense (it) or in the feminine sense (SHE) as in being brought forth as through labor pains. "Jehovah produced me as the beginning of his way, The earliest of his achievements of long ago.  From ancient times I was installed, From the start, from times earlier than the earth. When there were no deep waters, I was brought forth, When there were no springs overflowing with water." (Proverbs 8:22-24)

If Jesus was brought forth, begotten, then at one time he was not. In a debate with a modalist, Tertullian stated that some say the rendering of (Genesis 1:1) should read "In the beginning God created for himself a Son."

The Bible even states that "Christ is the Wisdom of God." (1 Corinthians 1:24) Strong's Concordance sophia: skill, wisdom Original Word: σοφία, ας, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: sophia Phonetic Spelling: (sof-ee'-ah) Short Definition: wisdom Definition: wisdom, insight, skill (human or divine), intelligence.

Look up the word Deity. Strong's Concordance theotés: deity Original Word: θεότης, ητος, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: theotés Phonetic Spelling: (theh-ot'-ace) Short Definition: deity, Godhead Definition: deity, Godhead.

Jehovah' Witnesses certainly do believe in the Deity of Christ. The Godhead is a divine arrangement of authority given to others. (Jesus, Paul, Moses) "Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth." (Matthew 28:18)


Jesus even admitted of coming from the gods whom the word of God came! Jesus answered them: “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said: “You are gods”’?  If he called ‘gods’ those against whom the word of God came—and yet the scripture cannot be nullified— do you say to me whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You blaspheme,’ because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? (John 10:34-36)

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