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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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.
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.
EVANGELIST JOHNSON's comment on 2013-10-13 23:35:13:
IN THE BEGINNING GENESIS 1;1 STARTS WITH THE MOMENT OF CREATION AND MOVES TOWARD TO THE CREATION OF HUMANITY JOHN 1;1 STARTS WITH CREATION AND CONTEMPLATES ETERNITY PAST THE FACT THAT THE WORD WAS WITH GOD SUGGESTS A FACE TO FACE RELATIONSHIP IN THE ANCIENT WORLD IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT PERSONS OF EQUAL STATION BE ON THE SAME LEVEL, OR FACE-TO FACE WHEN SITTING ACROSS FROM ONE ANOTHER THUS THE WORD WITH INDICATES A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP BUT ALSO IMPLIES EQUAL STATUS THE WORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF IS AN ACTIVE PERSON IN COMMUNICATION WITH THE FATHER LOOK AT 1 JOHN 1;2 MOREOVER THE WORD WAS GOD THE WORD ORDER IN GREEK SHOWS THAT THE WORD WAS GOD NOT A god THIS IS A STRAIGHTFORWARD DECLARATION OF CHRIST'S DEITY SINCE JOHN USES WORD TO REFER TO JESUS THE WORD WAS OF THE VERY QUALITY OF GOD WHILE STILL RETAINING HIS PERSONAL DISTINCTION FROM THE FATHER
Apst.Bonface Munene's comment on 2013-10-11 00:20:10:
In the begining was the word and the word was God...the word became flesh,and that's Jesus who became flesh to save mankind.Let's believe in one God and we will be saved.
Fenton McCahill's comment on 2013-09-17 06:17:19:
Regarding John 1:1 debate. Let us look at it from whom God is. To be The God of scripture Christ would have to exist in three major attributes, namely: Be all knowing (omniscient), All powerful (omnipotent), and everywhere present(Omnipresent). Scriptures teach that Christ has all three. First, John 1:12 tells us that it is Christ who gives us the power or authority to become children of God when one receive Him. He would not be able to do so if He were not Omnipresent and Omniscient. He would not be able to be our personal Savior not knowing us. He would not know any thing about us. He is to judge the world how could He do that if He is not God who knows all about everyone of us. He couldn't be our personal shepherd if He does not have the three God attributes. He could not be sovereign over all principalities powers and Lord over the His Church if He were not present over every born again member within His Body called the church. Lastly, John 1:1-3 and 1 John 1:1-3 are not prefaces but prologues. John throughout His teaching showing how the Christ (the Word) has to be God in human flesh and to be worshiped as God as also the Father as the one true God. Both John 1:1-3 and 1 John 1:1-3 are stressing that the Logos is eternal (existing before all creation). The Christ (The Word) was before creation as we have in Gen. 1:1. Christ is the eternal Word is what John is getting at. Christ is eternal and not merely from a point forward as everlasting.
Mosima's comment on 2013-09-17 00:11:17:
In the beggining the was the word, the is God. Without reading His word you can never get the true revelation on who He really is. Going to church without reading the word you can never grow. Thus read his word
Daniel's comment on 2013-09-10 17:47:23:
Jesus is God. Also the Holy Spirit completing the trinity is also God. When us christians and the world realize what this book,(John), is telling us and open our hearts to the Truth, then, and only then will we be saved. ch.14. v.6
Thess's comment on 2013-08-11 20:33:24:
John 1:1 " in the begginning..... .. " if the Word is God and also Jesus is the Word can we consider that this Word is also a the Bible according to the p***age of John 1:1 please answer thanks
Adrian's comment on 2013-08-08 19:02:10:
in Gen.26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;
the word "Let Us" make man in "Our" image, according to "Our likeness; so the Father, the Word and Holy Spirit is always agree in all Their plan and purpose specially in man that He loved....
Sneha's comment on 2013-07-20 04:50:33:
its true as always
John Lebeoa's comment on 2013-05-03 07:30:48:
jesus is the 'word';"before your great ancestor abraham was born,i was there".through jesus(word) the world was created. meaning, he was there before Adam too.the question is; if the son is the 'word',is that mean the father is the 'thought'? (because the 'word' comes out from the 'thought'.)
Tom Thumb's comment on 2013-04-04 20:33:11:
Jesus himself stated that "the Father is greater than I am." – John 4:28. This statement is true and I believe Jesus was referring to his form at the time which was in the flesh and before and after his existence he was and is God as he and the Father are the same.
Jacques's comment on 2013-03-20 05:29:43:
The problem was not the Word, as the Word is the truth. The Word clearly teaches us, that My people perish due to lack of knowledge. How do we receive knowledge if we are not lead by Spirit. We can interpret words to an understanding that will suit us and never come to the Truth.
Marceanie Walker's comment on 2013-02-27 19:33:31:
I think that God wanted us to see that he has been here, so he brought John here to teach us in letting us know about his word. Because what John said was true, and came from God. In that God and Jesus are the same. God is spirit and he sent Jesus down to walk in man’s body.
Farm Nelson's comment on 2013-02-25 19:04:08:
I believe it for exactly what it says. Jesus is the TRUE AND LIVING GOD. There is only one church he, Jesus is coming after and that is the true church of Christ. It’s time to admit who he is and let’s get some people saved to increase this kingdom. To see our families saved let’s stop tearing him apart and get the power back in our church.
Akuro's comment on 2013-02-14 03:59:51:
To understand God (the Invisible) one has to look at His creation (the visible). If you are a student of genetics then the meaning of the Word becoming flesh becomes clearer. In genetics, a new DNA strand is created with the other as a template. Genetically speaking, Jesus (the Word in the beginning) was the template (code) from God through whom He (God) created everything. So in a sense Jesus is like God but he is nothing without God. He came from God and went back to God to 'complete' the Strand from which he was separated (seating at the right hand side of God).
Akuro's comment on 2013-02-13 06:46:55:
What is the difference between “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God's”. The second would correspond with Proverbs 8, and denotes two separate and distinct entities. Whether Jesus' beginning was from everlasting does not matter. What matters is that he has a beginning in God terms. Let us create man in our own image does not mean trinity. It simply goes to prove the point that God will not do a new thing without first revealing it to His prophets, angels (remember there was no issue of fallen angels then!). God has asked - who is my equal and to whom can you compare me? John 10:30 is often quoted out of context. One has to read the whole chapter to understand what Jesus meant. Simply put God gave Him the authority to exercise that power on His behalf.
Baltimore's comment on 2013-01-30 16:50:38:
Jesus Christ is God, and is the only God. Unless one has an understanding of the Scripture they will continue to misinterpret the Word of God. It was necessary for Jesus to open the understanding of the disciples before He ascended back into heaven after His resurrection. So it is today a true revelation of God will put to rest a lot of confusion regarding the Godhead and the none Biblical doctrine of the trinity.
Alan's comment on 2013-01-25 20:49:40:
The Word was God, no doubt about it! Consider this in Isaiah 9:6, who is referred to as the everlasting Father? Find out yourself with the Holy's Spirit guidance, also if the New Testament is correct, then does it make Jehovah a liar? Read Isaiah 43:10-11. Jehovah is clearly saying that "before me was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I even I, am the Lord and beside me there is no saviour"... My question is this, why then did he make (a God) as they say in John 1:1? Did he change his mind? Did he forget that the Word was a God (as they claim), Or was the Word God all along??? You decide. "How long halt ye between two opinions"? To God be the Glory.
Miller Rodgers's comment on 2012-10-27 09:33:15:
I do like thy teachings.
Edward Patterson's comment on 2012-05-22 14:39:18:
What really upsets me is what some "sects" alleging to be "Christian" have done to John 1:1, such as the Watchtower Society which changed John 1:1 in 1960 to "and the Word was a god" from "and the Word was God", even though the official bible of the Jehovah's Witnesses from when they were founded in the late 1870's until their release of their version of the bible called "The New World Translation" in 1960 ! So for their first 80 years they acknowledged the diety of Christ, but then they demoted Him to "a god"! Therefore Jehovah's Witnesses are not really "Christians" as they claim to be because they do not believe in the diety of Christ.
Samone's comment on 2012-04-17 23:08:36:
We can pick at the translations and debate the meaning of text or its original intent in Hebrew versus Greek. But in the end, the power of truth is far greater than the limitations imposed upon us by our language. How do we know the correct interpretation of John1:1? By knowing Jesus.
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