"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:1-3, NIV
In the beginning - Usually when we read of the beginning it comes with a definition telling us what it is the beginning of. John begins his gospel the same way Moses began Genesis - In the beginning. In the beginning of what? In the beginning of everything! Both John and Genesis go back to where only God existed. Before the creative acts of God, there was nothing except God. It is impossible to completely wrap our minds around this. Even space is a creation and did not exist before the beginning!
was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - The Word is an essential part of God's being. God is a communicator. If we are not hearing from God it is not because God is not speaking, but because we are not listening! The Almighty God knows how to communicate. Notice in creation week [7 days NOT millions of years] nothing happened until God spoke. God's Word from the uncreated Spirit is the ultimate power, but unless He speaks it is impotent. This is the same way we, as created spirits, operate. We form words, usually verbally, and then we act upon them. We work to bring them to pass. Sometimes others build words into us that affect our lives. For example, if, especially as children, we are constantly told we are no good, then we come to believe it and act accordingly. If on the other hand, we received many words of praise, we also come to believe we are valuable and act accordingly. This is why we have to evaluate the words we hear and speak daily by the Word of God to see if they are words of truth or lies.
One cult changes the above verse in their version of the Bible to read, "the Word was a God." There is absolutely no reason in the Greek to insert the "a." It is "the Word was God." Inserting "a" is a simple perversion of Scripture to try to establish a false doctrine.
He was with God in the beginning. - The Word of God is not an immaterial sound wave or even a printed Bible. The Word of God is a Person. Jesus Christ, the second Person of the holy Trinity, is the Word of God. The Word was God. He is the perfect communication of the Father. His life showed us what God is like. The words He inspired to be written in the Bible [Genesis to Revelation] is a perfect representation of God.
He was with God in the beginning. - Jesus Christ, as the Word, was in the beginning with the Father. The terms Father and Son do not mean that One came before the other. Both the Father and the Son are eternal. The terms show relationship and authority. The Father sent the Son, the Son voluntarily took upon Himself to redeem us, etc.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. - Although all the Persons in the Godhead had a role in creating, this verse specifically points to Jesus Christ as the Creator. Everything was made by Jesus Christ. This means that everything belongs to Jesus Christ. We walk on His earth, we look at His stars, we breathe His air, our bodies, souls and spirits belong to Him. It is the depth of rebellion, depravity and unthankfulness to try to be independent from Him. He has the perfect right to do with us whatever He wants to. That is part of the overwhelming joy that should be ours, that we who deserve hell have been given the free gift of life. We deserve nothing, but He have His life that we might have everything.