This is no ploy to get you to read this post. It is just basic understanding of who Jesus is, was, and what He has done for us.
The Bible says Jesus “was” God in John 1:1 and to reinforce the statement adds that He was with God in the beginning (verse 2). Though I am no Greek scholar, I can see that there is no word for “was”, or “is” in Strongs however it has always been translated as was and I believe God would not let it be translated wrong every time. It also agrees with the rest of the Bible.
In order to understand parts of the Bible one must understand other parts. You must understand death in order to understand life. There are two deaths in the Bible, the physical death, that we all must face and spiritual death which is not mandatory. The world looks at death as the end of life, but we know there is no end of life. Life is a permanent gift to every one. Death is actually a permanent separation. Physical death is a permanent separation from this world and all that is in it: even ones body. Spiritual death is permanent separation from God.
The second death is for those who did not turn to God in this life. It is the punishment for our sin. It is said correctly that Jesus died for us and that He paid the price for our sin: took our punishment for the sin that we committed.
Jesus died a physical death on the cross, but that is not all of what we deserve. We deserve permanent separation from God. If Jesus died the first death for us we would not have to die a physical death. However we must all die the first death. He died the second death for us, so that we do not have too.
Can you see that if separation from God is the second death and Jesus paid our penalty that He is now separated from God?
It is exactly as the Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” and that Jesus is the Son of God.
If you want to better understand who Jesus is, study the “Arm of God”.