John Chapter 1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him. Without him, nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn't overcome it.
6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.
9 The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn't recognise him.
11 He came to his own, and those who were his own didn't receive him.
12 But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name:
13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 The Word became flesh, and lived amongst us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John testified about him. He cried out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.' "
16 From his fullness we all received grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realised through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, has declared him.
19 This is John's testimony, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
20 He declared, and didn't deny, but he declared, "I am not the Christ."
21 They asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the prophet?" He answered, "No."
22 They said therefore to him, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
23 He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as Isaiah the prophet said."
24 The ones who had been sent were from the Pharisees.
25 They asked him, "Why then do you baptise, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?"
26 John answered them, "I baptise in water, but amongst you stands one whom you don't know.
27 He is the one who comes after me, who is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to loosen."
28 These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptising.
29 The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
30 This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for he was before me.'
31 I didn't know him, but for this reason I came baptising in water: that he would be revealed to Israel."
32 John testified, saying, "I have seen the Spirit descending like a dove out of heaven, and it remained on him.
33 I didn't recognise him, but he who sent me to baptise in water said to me, 'On whomever you will see the Spirit descending and remaining on him is he who baptises in the Holy Spirit.'
34 I have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God."
35 Again, the next day, John was standing with two of his disciples,
36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"
37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, being interpreted, Teacher), "where are you staying?"
39 He said to them, "Come, and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.
40 One of the two who heard John and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41 He first found his own brother, Simon, and said to him, "We have found the Messiah!" (which is, being interpreted, Christ).
42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, and said, "You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas" (which is by interpretation, Peter).
43 On the next day, he was determined to go out into Galilee, and he found Philip. Jesus said to him, "Follow me."
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, "We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
46 Nathanael said to him, "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said about him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!"
48 Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
49 Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are King of Israel!"
50 Jesus answered him, "Because I told you, 'I saw you underneath the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these!"
51 He said to him, "Most certainly, I tell you all, hereafter you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
- Verse 5 (overcome)
- The word translated "overcome" can also be translated "comprehended." It refers to getting a grip on an enemy to defeat him.
- Verse 18 (Son)
- Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies critical text Greek New Testament reads "God"
- Verse 23
- Isaiah 40:3
- Verse 29 (Behold)
- "Behold" means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
- Verse 39 (tenth hour)
- 4:00 p.m.
- Verse 41 (Christ)
- "Messiah" (Hebrew) and "Christ" (Greek) both mean "Anointed One".
- Verse 42 (Cephas)
- "Cephas" (Aramaic) and "Peter" (Greek) both mean "Rock".
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John Chapter 1 Guide
The Gospel of John brings us into the profoundest facts concerning the Person of Jesus. The first eighteen verses constitute the introduction to the whole Book. The main declaration is found by bringing together verses John 1:1; John 1:14; John 1:18. In these the Eternal is linked to the temporal, and the temporal is revealed as the interpretation of the Eternal.
The rest of the prologue consists of three parentheses.
- Verses John 1:2-13, in which the glories of the Word are revealed in the varied processes of God's relation to humanity.
- Verse John 1:14, an exclamation by John over the glory he beheld.
- Verses John 1:15-17, which give the double witness of John the Baptist and John the Apostle.
The remainder of the chapter contains an account of John's conflict with the rulers, and of the first things in the ministry of Jesus as Messiah as He gathered His earliest disciples. In it we see a group of men of different temperaments coming into contact with Him, and we observe His varying methods with them, and His winning them to Himself as we hear their differing names and titles for Him, all unified in a recognition of His authority.
From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.