In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1. As the mental work in man is the thought of the mind by which the mind holds converse with itself insensibly — that is, without effort and without passion or emotion — and is the perfect image and similitude of the mind from which it proceeds, so does the Son derive a free and unseen origin from the Father, being His express image and similitude.
2. As the mind holds converse with itself by its own thought and cogitation, and sees and knows itself and all things by means of this thought, so does the Father see Himself as in a mirror in the person of His Son.
3. As the intellectual, immaterial word abides in man's mind, so does the Divine Word abide and remain in the bosom of the Father.
(W. Denton, M. A.)
1. Where the Word was — in the beginning.
2. Where the Word was — with God.
3. What the Word was — God.
Parallel VersesKJV: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.