At the start of his gospel, John wants us to be clear, and we need to get hold of both verses 1 and 2 to make sure that we believe right. “The Word was God” (v1). So, Jesus is fully 100% God. And yet, He is not the same person as God the Father. So, He is with God (v1). But He is not created and different in the sense of having a totally different being. So, “He was in the beginning with God” (v2).
So, here in these verses, we have Jesus’ deity and the fact that Jesus is one with the Father without being the same person as the Father. Later in John, Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit as God also. So we have One God, three Persons. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We may find it hard to understand fully, but this is the teaching of the word of God. We who are small and finite and human can’t expect to fully understand the eternal God who is SO great and SO far above us. If we could understand Him fully, He wouldn’t be worthy of our worship.
This unity (One God) and yet three Persons is fantastic news for us. Let’s just think for a moment: if the Father was alone and then created Jesus later, He would only start showing love after creation began. If God’s love had a beginning then it could have an end.
But Jesus is not created. Father, Son and Holy Spirit have been forever together in perfect unity and perfect love. So, when the Bible says, “God is love”, we can be sure it is true. God’s love did not have a beginning when He created the universe, but God’s love has always been.
And because God’s love always has been, it always will be. When He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” that love has flowed to you from the eternal love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and it will continue to you forever and ever.