John 1:1b states that “the Logos was with God.” Since the Logos is best understood as God’s creative utterance, one needs to attempt to get at what the author was trying to convey with this statement which places this very word with the one God. I have attempted to demonstrate in my previous post (see below) that the Johannine Prologue needs to be understood within its poetic framework, thereby taking seriously the metaphoric themes, such as the personification of God’s attributes. Consider the following parallels with John 1:1b,
Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within You. (Job 10:13, not in the NIV)
For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such decrees are with Him. (Job 23:14, also not in the NIV)
My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you. (Prov. 2:1)
But if they are prophets, and if the word of the LORD is with them, let them now entreat the LORD of hosts (Jer. 27:18)
And Wisdom is with you, who knows your works (Wisd. of Sol. 9:9)
All wisdom is from the Lord and is with Him forever. (Ecclus. 1:1)
It seems, therefore, that to indicate in a poetic context that one’s word is with God has nothing to do with a separate pre-existent person being in the presence of God. Rather, it more likely suggests that God’s creative utterance is near to him, in his midst, or close by. Stay tuned for further installments on the Johannine Prologue.