John 1:1

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

From the first he was the Word, and the Word was in relation with God and was God.
- Basic English Bible

In [the] beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- Darby Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- Webster's Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- Weymouth Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- World English Bible

In the bigynnyng was the word, and the word was at God, and God was the word.
- Wycliffe Bible

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God;
- Youngs Literal Bible


Wesley's Notes for John 1:1

1:1 In the beginning - (Referring to #Gen 1:1|, and Prov 8:23.) When all things began to be made by the Word: in the beginning of heaven and earth, and this whole frame of created beings, the Word existed, without any beginning. He was when all things began to be, whatsoever had a beginning. The Word - So termed #Psa 33:6|, and frequently by the seventy, and in the Chaldee paraphrase. So that St. John did not borrow this expression from Philo, or any heathen writer. He was not yet named Jesus, or Christ. He is the Word whom the Father begat or spoke from eternity; by whom the Father speaking, maketh all things; who speaketh the Father to us. We have, in #John 1:18|, both a real description of the Word, and the reason why he is so called. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, who is in the bosom of the Father, and hath declared him. And the Word was with God - Therefore distinct from God the Father. The word rendered with, denotes a perpetual tendency as it were of the Son to the Father, in unity of essence. He was with God alone; because nothing beside God had then any being. And the Word was God - Supreme, eternal, independent. There was no creature, in respect of which he could be styled God in a relative sense. Therefore he is styled so in the absolute sense. The Godhead of the Messiah being clearly revealed in the Old Testament, (#Jer 23:7|; Hos 1:6; #Psa 23:1|,) the other evangelists aim at this, to prove that Jesus, a true man, was the Messiah. But when, at length, some from hence began to doubt of his Godhead, then St. John expressly asserted it, and wrote in this book as it were a supplement to the Gospels, as in the Revelation to the prophets.


People's Bible Notes for John 1:1

Joh 1:1-3 The Beginning of Christ's Ministry SUMMARY OF JOHN 1: The Word Made Flesh. The Witness of John. John's Disciples Pointed to Christ. The Lord Calls His First Disciples. An Israelite Indeed. In the beginning was the Word, etc. The first fourteen verses are introductory. In order to set at rest all controversy the Divine nature of Jesus, John glances, in the first three verses, back to the "beginning", recorded in Genesis, and affirms: (1) That he who was afterwards manifest as the Christ existed before creation began; (2) that he was present with God; (3) that he was divine; (4) that he was the Word; (5) that by or through him were all things made that were made (Joh 1:3). The first chapter of Genesis helps us to understand its meaning. God said, "Let there be light" (Ge 1:3), "Let there be a firmament" (Ge 1:6), "Let the earth bring forth" (Ge 1:11), etc., and it was done. God exhibits his creative power through the Word, and manifests his will through the Word. There are mysteries belonging to the divine nature and to the relation between the Son and the Father that we have to wait for eternity to solve. They are too deep for human solution, but this is clear: that God creates and speaks to man through the Word. As we clothe "our" thoughts in words, so God reveals his will by the Word, and when the Word is clothed in flesh, as the Teacher of men, we recognize it as Jesus Christ.


Comments for John 1:1

LOUISE's comment on 2015-07-27 23:23:29:

Why do you have to INTERPRET the Bible. JUST READ IT! In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The Word is not Jesus, people. The word is the primordial vibration that keep all things that are alive, alive.


Bright's comment on 2015-07-11 16:06:31:

Jesus is God himself! Revelation 1 vs 8. john was written what Jesus was speaking through the spirirt, he says I am the Alpha and the Omega, the begining and the end says the lord , the God that was, and is n which is to come the Almighty!!! The word came down with the name jesus, bcos every in this world must a name... Remeber wot was written in phil 2v9, the word came wit a name n dat name was exalted above all. The bible also say at the end i will write a new name on their head they will b my people and i will b their God. U cannot separate a man and the word from is mouth, so u can not separate God 's word from him becos it is the word that makes him God! So jesus is God


One Word's comment on 2015-06-27 19:59:35:

Haleluya praise God for John 1:1 the word can not be killed destoryed or erased. Once thought of once utter it exists forever. My God is an awesome God he reigns over heaven and earth


Mike D's comment on 2015-04-18 06:23:00:

This is John ' account about Jesus so it stands to reason this opening verse is about Him. There are two important doctrines introduced here. The first one is the eternality of God and the second is the diety of Jesus Christ. Let 's explore the first. "In the beginning ". Scripture teaches that God had no beginning. Verses like Psa. 41:13, Psa. 90, 1-4 Psa. 93:2, Isa 43:13, and my favorite is speaking of Jesus Heb, 1:8. In the beginning simply means before time and space and all created things. This is a hard thing to wrap your brain around for sure., but just because we can 't understand a thing does not negate that truth. Next phrase we will deal with is "was the Word. Notice the W in Word is capitalized, speaking of a person. We see as we look ahead in John 1:14 that that person is Jesus Christ as He is made flesh. The next phrase "and the Word was with God: Now we are looking at the eternality of the Word. The Word existed before time and creation. The next phrase "the Word was God ". This brings the second of the important doctrines, the diety of Jesus. Our entire Christian belief system hinges on this doctrine. His very purpose here was to be a sacrifice for the sins of mankind and that sacrifice had to be equal to God in holiness. Jesus is the only one who it is said is without sin or blemish.


Alfred James's comment on 2015-03-31 21:51:25:

John tells us that what ever we have or enjoying without god it wouldn 't have been possible.


James's comment on 2015-03-23 12:25:13:

Not a Greek expert but the Holy Spirit helps me understand this verse. In the beginning was means just that the Word already existed. This is proved by verse 14 that says "the Word was made flesh. The only thing you can reasonably conclude the the Word was Jesus pre flesh.


THOMAS's comment on 2015-02-19 20:56:54:

A correction on my previous entry. The statement God makes " this day have I begotten thee " is referring to the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus is created he cannot propitiate Gods wrath toward sinners. If God is a singular there is no sacrifice to be offered thus no hope.


THOMAS's comment on 2015-02-19 20:10:58:

Jesus was preexistent with the father and the holy sprit from all eternity. Any view that attempts to make god into a singular being or make Jesus into a created being is a theology that can save no one. If Christ was not the God man then his sacrifice has no eternal efficacy. The term "this day I have begotten thee " is in reference to Christ staring his ministry. If Christ is not eternal or if he is created he can save no one. GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, GOD THE HOLY SPIRT, BLESSED GOD THREE IN ONE.


Jackie's comment on 2015-02-17 08:25:18:

Jesus is God 's first creation. God was not created. He is and has always been. He had no beginning. Jesus has a beginning because he was created. Jesus is God 's only begotten son, the only creation created directly by God. All other things were created through Jesus and for Jesus. Colossians 1:15,16 John 3:16 Hebrews 11:6. In John 14:28 Jesus stated that the Father is greater than I am. So if Jesus is God, as Satan who is the father of the lie, would love for you to continue believing, then why did Jesus never say that he was God? Why did he say that his "Father " was greater than he? Know that there is but one God and one Lord, Jesus Christ 1Corinthians 8:4-6.


Mabel's comment on 2014-11-03 10:08:48:

Actually, in the Greek text, the definite article ho, the, appears before the first God, but there is no article before the second. Regarding the Son s prehuman existence, John says In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. Joh 1 1, NW The King James Version and the Douay Version read In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Again in the Greek text, the definite article ho, the, appears before the first God, but there is no article before the second. Other translations aid in getting the proper view. The interlinear word for word reading of the Greek translation in the Emphatic Diaglott reads In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and a god was the Word. The accompanying text of the Diaglott uses capital and small capital letters for the God, and initial capital and lowercase letters for the second appearance of God in the sentence In the Beginning was the LOGOS, and the LOGOS was with GOD, and the LOGOS was God. These renderings would support the fact that Jesus, being the Son of God and the one used by God in creating all other things Col 1 15 20 , is indeed a god, a mighty one, and has the quality of mightiness, but is not the Almighty God.


Terry's comment on 2014-10-14 14:28:44:

Jesus says in John 10 30, "I and my Father are one. "


Terry's comment on 2014-10-14 09:57:25:

Jesus says in John 10 30, "I and my Father are one. "


Zeromind's comment on 2014-08-16 04:19:14:

Substitute "word " to "presence " and everything will become crystal clear.


Grant's comment on 2014-07-29 12:46:20:

Trinitarian Alert If your God is Jesus, and he died for us, who raised him from the state where he could do nothing? His father raised him. Gal 1 1 Why was Jesus unable to raise himself? He was dead! Eccl 9 5. Trinitairians, your God died! My God has never died.Your God doesnt know when the last hour is. by his own addmission.Mark 13 32 My God knows everything.


Christian's comment on 2014-07-20 12:32:14:

the son declared the father in word physically came out from the father of eternity past and has saved only them that believe thy are one and that the son paid the price of sin the gospel of his grace.


Dr. Tony's comment on 2014-07-06 01:05:05:

how did "word " get turned into "son "? in other words, how did "word " become another word for "jesus "? point "word " means "law " not "jesus. "


Toni's comment on 2014-06-28 18:35:20:

They that have ears, let them hear Who spoke the Word? God Who did the Word come from? God How is the Word God? The Word is who God is it 's His thoughts. It 's His testimony. It 's His declaration to man everything He has in store, what He has done and will do. It 's His wisdom, His power, His mercy, His grace and truth. The Word is the Spirit of Truth manifested in the flesh. It is God 's ONLY begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Without God 's Word, Jesus, nothing would be in existence. Jesus is not God. He is the Son of the true and living God. We must have God 's Word abiding in our hearts, in order to know how to live, how to walk and that we have the Spirit of Truth and not the Spirit of Error. It is the Holy Ghost that witnesses and testifies of who Jesus is. God Himself testified of His Son, when He spoke out of heaven and declared "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear him. " There are three, the Father, the Word Jesus and the Holy Ghost. Nothing that was made was made without the Word, which became flesh. Jesus is the Word spoken by God. "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. " John 1 17 He is God 's Word that gives light to all who are in darkness. "That which was from the beginning, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have hand of the Word of Life. For the life was manifested and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew you that eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested unto us. " 1John 1 1 2


MockingBird's comment on 2014-06-28 08:51:08:

Jesus The Father God and the word are all one. I cannot have one without the other.'s comment on 2014-05-29 21:29:24:

Jesus has a divine nature just like how All of God 's angels have a divine nature. But even then even, imperfect human Judges Rulers were called gods. John 10 34 "Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are "gods " '? " Exodus 4 16 " He will speak for you to the people, and he will be your spokesman, and you Moses will serve as God to him. " Exodus 7 1 " The LORD then said to Moses See, I have made you like God to Phar 8242 aoh " 1Corinthians 15 40 "And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies but the glory of the heavenly bodies is one sort, and that of the earthly bodies is a different sort. " 1Corinthians 15 47 " The first man is from the earth and made of dust the second man is from heaven. "


Stan's comment on 2014-03-13 01:03:50:

In Genesis 1 1 the Hebrew word Elohim is a plural form of El which was the later translated to God that proves that one God is manifested in 3 ways at different times God The Father God The son and the Holy Spirit John 1 1 In the begining was the Word refers Jesus and the Word was with God refers to God the father and the Word was God refers to Jesus before He was made flesh that He was God


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