What Does Logos Mean?

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What does the word Logos mean? What does this Greek word reveal about the nature of Jesus and his relationship with both God the Father and the world?

The word Logos (Strong's Concordance #G3056), in the Greek text of the King James Bible, is used 330 times in 316 verses. It is translated into words such as "cause" in Matthew 5:32, "communication" in 5:37, "sayings" in 7:24, "question" in Mark 11:29, "rumor" in Luke 7:17 and others. Its most common translation by far, however, is as "word" (Matthew 8:8, Mark 2:2, Luke 1:2, etc.). Logos is used more frequently in the book of Acts (64 times) than John's Gospel (40) or the book of Luke (33).


´╗┐What makes Logos unique is its use by the Apostle John. Unlike the other New Testament authors, John uses it six times in four verses (John 1:1, 14, 1John 1:1 and Revelation 19:13) to represent or personify Jesus Christ. His use of this term reveals the nature of Christ and his relationship to both God (the Father) and the world.

In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God . . . And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us (and we ourselves beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten with the Father), full of grace and truth (John 1:1 - 2, 14, HBFV).

Meaning of Logos

These two profound verses convey the following awesome information about our Savior.

1) As the Logos or Word, Jesus eternally existed with God before anything was made. He is not a created Being or had a beginning like everything else in existence.

2) The Logos has always had a perfect loving relationship with the Father.

3) The Word (Logos) is as much God and a distinct member of the Godhead as God the Father (see also Philippians 2:5 - 7).

4) It was the Word who willing divested himself of divinity so that he could be born a human and live among us.

Jesus Created Everything

Verse 3 of John 1 also underscores, in a reference back to Genesis 1:1 that the Father used Jesus to create the entire physical and spiritual universe that exists today. It was our Savior, the Logos, who created all the angels and who formed Adam and Eve. Colossians 1:16 adds that all things were also made FOR him.

Christ is also identified as the Word (Logos) of life in 1John 1:1 and the living embodiment of God's word who will forcefully bring the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth (Revelation 19:13)!

Both Jesus and God the Father, though two distinct Beings, are One in the Godhead because they both possess unchangeable holy righteous character. Christ, as "the Word" or Logos, is God the Father's way of manifesting himself to the world (John 14:9 - 11).

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All statistics quoted in this article are based
on the King James translation (KJV).