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The Greek word order and The Word of God

“That is to say, the word order tells us that Jesus Christ has all the divine attributes that the Father has; lack of the article tells us that Jesus Christ is not the Father. John’s wording here is beautifully compact! It is, in fact, one of the most elegantly terse theological statements one could ever find. As Martin Luther said, the lack of an article is against Sabellianism; the word order is against Arianism.”

David Anspaugh, who gives this quotation, finishes his post on the importance of learning Greek, with this remark: “So the next time a Jehovah’s Witness comes to your door and says that the real translation of John 1:1 is ‘and the Word was a god’, tell them they need to study their Greek better, cause there is no room for that nonsense in the original language.”

1 Comment

  1. Stephen Todd

    Thank you so much for this little post. I am going to use this quotation in my sermon Sunday morning.