En archē ēn ho Lógos, kai ho Lógos ēn pros ton Theón, kai Theós ēn ho Lógos.
Concordant Literal NT
1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was toward God, and God was the word.
2 This was in the beginning toward God.
notice the correct order in Greek ..GOD was the word....
If you research the Greek word, ἦν (ēn), translated 'was' in English in John 1:1; it is in the Active voice in all three places in the verse. There are 315 occurrences of this verb that clearly point to active PRESENCE, rather than passive ESSENCE.
In English, it is very difficult to convey the active presence of our God's declarations with 'was'. For the first phrase, I believe that 'came about' is a more coherent rendering of the Greek word - ἦν (ēn). This conclusion is based on carefully looking at its translation in all 315 occurrences.
Our God's essence does not change and is timeless; therefore, the phrase "In the beginning", connotes a holy and divine intervention in the world; revealing and declaring the presence of the Light of God and the Life of God coming into the world through His Son, Messiah Jesus.
The context of the whole Gospel is the how, when, and why, concerning Our Father's Will to begin His work and declarations manifest in the flesh through Messiah Jesus for the glory and eternal purposes of Our God.
Logos is that which make known...or declares
Even today....if you see the LOGO of McDonalds ...figuratively ...you see McDonalds
When the Logos was made flesh...Lord Jesus came and said to us...."Whoever has seen Me....has seen the Father"..
This is the clarity and coherence that is brought out from a better translation of the Greek text.
Notice that the Logos in John 1:1...'CAME TO BE'. Scripture corroborates this in Matthew 1:18...when we see the birth of Lord Jesus 'CAME TO BE'.
Here it is in Greek:
Τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ Χριστο̰
Matt. 1:18 Now Jesus Christ's birth was thus: At the espousal of His mother, Mary, to Joseph, ere their coming together, she was found pregnant by holy spirit.
Notice the ἦν in Matt. 1:18 translated...."was thus" ...is the identical Greek word for the three uses of "was" in John 1:1.
This is clear textual evidence that the LOGOS is that which came about toward God in the beginning.....just as the birth of Lord Jesus came about in due time in Mary.
This refutes the problematic notion of a literal preexistence of the man, Lord Messiah Jesus....
Obviously true men do not literally preexist, but come into being at the time that God has arranged.