In the first verse of the fourth Gospel of St. the Apostle John the Theologian calls the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity. The Greek word Logos, which the evangelist John uses, means not only a word taken in the ordinary and direct sense, but also a thought, a reason. Therefore, with reference to the Son of God, the Word also means Wisdom. The Holy Apostle Paul says: we preach Christ crucified ... God's power and wisdom of God (1Cor.1: 23-24). The expression in the beginning in biblical texts has several meanings. In this place it means "forever", "always". This holy evangelist John expresses the most important theological idea of the eternity of the Son of God. In the Old Testament, the same idea is present in the book of Proverbs: The Lord had me the beginning of his way, before his creatures, from the beginning (Prov. 8: 22).
The fact is that the initial phrase "the Gospel of John" was addressed, by no means to us. Here you need to know the cultural and historical realities of that era. The words - Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ Λόγος, καὶ ὁ Λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν, καὶ Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος ("In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God") - the apostle John addresses primarily to the intelligentsia of the Roman Empire . The concept of the Logos played a very important role in ancient philosophy.
We are all given the ability to think and speak. But is everyone given the floor? What is thought and reason? Do we all remember that the Son of God is Wisdom-the Word?
We talk with each other, we communicate, we give advice to each other and want to hear advice. We talk. But do we remember that our words are thought and reason? Or is it just empty talk?
Every word said has power. And if this is a thought, and if it is a mind, then it is said for good. If our speech is empty, then by its emptiness it will destroy the expectation of an answer. A speech filled with sincere thought will be the word that the interlocutor wanted to hear. Vain words will disappoint and turn away. It is worth remembering this. It is worth remembering that the Word, as the Son of God, is Wisdom. Therefore, our speech should not be just a blowing wind, from which it is useful only in hot weather. Our speech must be filled with thought, like the Word, with the mind, like the Word. Because the interlocutor expects this. Do not disappoint someone who wants to hear advice or just talk. But do not talk if the speech is empty and lazy. Better not say anything. A fool, without saying foolishness, looks more wise than intelligent, who says stupidity.
Worse than empty talk is cursing. It is not for this that we are given the Word, so that we, with our malicious speech, cover up our stupidity and the paucity of the mind. Not that the Word is given for us to cover our sins with the sin of anger and ignorance towards the interlocutor.
Have patience, thought and reason in conversations with other people who want to talk to you, and more than that - to hear advice. And, if you hear the question, your answer is not filled with thought and reason, be silent. After all, the Word has tremendous power and your response or advice can bring not only good, but also harm.
Remember the words of the Apostle John: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
We are people! Every word spoken is the responsibility before people, before ourselves and before our Lord!
"REFLECTIONS" Grandpa Go