How many Gods are in John 1-2 "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning." ?


There's only one God, his name is Yahweh, His son Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit. One God in three persons. In one instance in John 14:9 Jesus says to one of the desciples, who asked of him to show them The Father: "If you see me, you've seen my Father" - meaning, they are one. Obviously, Jesus is The Son of God, but also one with The Father. A triune God if you will.

| improve this answer | |
  • Hi Ivan. This doesn't quite address the specific passage quoted by the OP, though you could make a connection between the two. – Tharpa Feb 4 at 16:50
  • Fair enough, but I went with some universal truth, of how the majority of christians view the trinity - hence, Jesus was present with the Father but it was still one God. – Ivan Korbijn Feb 4 at 17:53

There is one God in John 1:1. John 17:3 makes that clear.

In John 1:1 the Word is not IDENTIFIED as God. If he was, that would be modalism, the equating of the Father and Son.

The grammar at John 1:1c is a predicate nominative which predicates divine nature to the Word, but does not identify him as God.

He is also the representative of God as his Word-spokesman which is a component of the sense of λόγος (word).

This is made clear at the end of the prologue where the Word explains God to others.

Many consider that chiasm at 1:18 points to 1:1.

| improve this answer | |
  • 2
    While I am aware that there is at least one Christian sect that holds this view, it is not the general view of Christianity. – DJClayworth Feb 4 at 20:47
  • @DJClayworth It is the grammatical view. – Thomas Pearne Feb 4 at 20:48
  • 4
    In the view of one Christian sect it is the grammatical view. – DJClayworth Feb 4 at 20:49
  • 2
    This answer may be more suited to Biblical Hermeneutics, but it would definitely be improved by demonstrating with more examples of the Greek rather than burying a couple of words in comments, and identifying the denomination which holds this view. – Andrew Leach Feb 5 at 7:21
  • 1

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.