John 1:1King James Version (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Most bible versions will say “the Word was God.” New World Translation says “the Word was a god”. The common agreement is the Word was Jesus Christ.
Using this as a noun leaves some contradictions or rewording. For instance:
John 8:40New King James Version (NKJV) – reworded, replacing Man with God. This creates confusion. For that matter, He would have had to say in John 17:1-3 “that they may know us, the true God”
40 But now you seek to kill Me, a God who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.
1 Timothy 2:5New International Version (NIV) replacing man with a god:
“5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, a god Christ Jesus,”
Hosea 11:9New King James Version (NKJV)
9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim.
For I am God, and not man,
The Holy One in your midst;
And I will not come with terror.[a]
Hosea 13:4King James Version (KJV)
4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me (some capitalize “no God”).
The above words are of the Almighty Father.
Yeah some will say “God can be beside Himself” in “the Word was with God”. Keep it simple since usage as a noun makes John 1:1 confusing.
Revised English Version and NEB say “the Word was what God was”. This indicates use as an adjective, meaning having God’s qualities. It keeps John 17:1-3, John 8:40, 1 Tim 2:5, John 20:17 and Matt 27:46 intact. Therefore you would not be incorrect in saying Jesus is God because we are referring to qualities and not the Being called the Father; this would be the same as saying “Elvis is Rock N Roll.” This maintains the separation between the Father and Son.
Colossians 2:9New International Version (NIV)
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
Christ is divine. The above verse confirms. Again. to reiterate, the NWT uses “divine quality” and KJV uses “Godhead” vice “Deity.”
John 1:1 makes sense in the adjective sense because the Word can be with God and have the qualities of God (“the Word was God”)
So how does John 1:1 as an adjective put it all together in John 1:14?
John 1:14King James Version (KJV)
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Based on Eccl 12:7 and Matt 27:50 the spirit pre-exists with God.
Ecclesiastes 12:7King James Version (KJV)
7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Matthew 27:50King James Version (KJV)
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Jesus did not return to dust like most of us, given that he was dead only 3 days. If you think about a casket funeral, it is often about 7-10 days after the day of death and that body in the casket is still intact.
We know what God’s plan is in John 3:16. “Manifesting Himself in Jesus” is carrying out His plan.
John 3:16King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
So how did He do it?
Matthew 1:18King James Version (KJV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Galatians 4:4New International Version (NIV)
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
Jesus’ state of being since birth has been flesh and bone.
Hebrews 13:8King James Version (KJV)
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Luke 24:36-39King James Version (KJV)
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
We know that Jesus is still the mediator between God and man in 1 Tim 2:5 and He even said he was a man in John 8:40.
Logically, a perfect spirit being cannot incarnate as Jesus and then return to spirit status. What would be the point? Vain sacrifice? John 3:16 would be only symbolic and Matt 27:46 would be empty words.What would a spirit being be doing during the 9 months Jesus was in the womb? (Michael the Archangel is a topic unto itself; this is a belief by some that he incarnated as Jesus and then returned to being an angel). Jesus also had no blood in His wounds in John 20:27 (or at least no evidence); JWs will try to use 1 Cor 15:50 to justify Him being a spirit.
Matthew 27:46King James Version (KJV)
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
John 20:27King James Version (KJV)
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
1 Corinthians 15:50King James Version (KJV)
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
John Schoenheit of the Biblical Unitarian movement gives a very thorough explanation of John 1:1 at http://www.biblicalunitarian.com; however, I personally disagree with most Unitarian based religion that Jesus was created. The spirit was there in the beginning, confirmation of “In the beginning was the Word.” The act of converting a spirit into flesh and bone is transformation.
Not going to touch the topic of Unitarianism, Armstrongism, Monotheism, Trinitarianism or Pentecostal Oneness because each group thinks the other is wrong and doomed to the lake of fire.
There might be some out there that think the Godhead is hierarchy of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Armstrongism believes God is a family of Father and Son.
John 10:29-30King James Version (KJV)
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.
Matt 1:18 implies Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and there are verses where God and Jesus both send the Holy Spirit. Jesus was sent by the Father in John 17:1-3. John 10:30 refers to the unity of the Father and Son.
The divinity of Jesus: https://religiousrealist.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/the-divinity-of-jesus/