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Hymns about Him III One and Many John 1: 1 -18
The Greek Word This is a chair, there are many of them Somewhere there is an essence of chair This is the Logos was part of a philosophy that sought to make sense of the One and the Many. It came to be recognised as the force behind creation, the reason that things are as they are.
The Hebrew Word In the beginning God said… This is the Word God’s creative act The Hebrew equivalent of Logos is the speech -act of God said… and it was. This is true of creation, and also true of all the times when God spoke and something came into existence (including judgment, covenants, babies).
The Word was God John messes with both world views Logos was there, with God Logos was God In this hymn, John declares that the creative impulse that shaped the world was none other than God the Word. And this perfect word became flesh and we call him Jesus. And we learn that God is One and Many.
God’s Word to Us The Word became flesh and dwelt The Word held out hope The Word created something new In Jesus, the high and the divine comes to us. The creative force that made and sustains the world is God’s self-revelation to us. In Jesus we know God and are invited to be one with God.
Making Sense of the World I’m stuck in traffic OR Many are stuck, for we are traffic We are all One and Many Christians have the same existential angst created by being One in a world of Many. But we are Many Ones who are joined as One. There is a radical possibility of being known and having an identity that is both One and Many.