THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN

(King James Version)

CHAPTER 1

The Word

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 by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth (gives light to) every man that cometh into the world.
10 The world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Many Bible scholars and Christians believe the Bible reveals only one true God, and that three distinct Divine Beings dwell together in God. These Beings are commonly called the Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit. The Word (afterwards called Jesus Christ) existed with the Father and the Holy Spirit before anything was created (15:26; 17:5). The word “was,” used three times in verse 1, is the imperfect tense of “to be,” which “conveys no idea of origin for God or for the Word, simply continuous existence.” – Robertson’s N. T. Word Pictures. God is therefore eternal, and the Word, called God by the inspired apostle, is eternal as well. Vs. 3-5: The Word was the Author of creation and the Source of all life, including eternal life, which is called the “light of men” but all people may have it (3:16). The light of the Gospel shines as a becon of hope in a world full of moral and spiritual darkness, brought on by sin and ignorance of the one true God. Jesus said, “Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you” (12:35). We must find Jesus now before darkness overcomes us. Vs. 6-8: John the Baptist was sent to proclaim the coming of Jesus and to prepare the people for His arrival (v. 23). Most of the Jews rejected Jesus as their Messiah, or Savior (v. 11), yet some did receive Him as such (vs. 41, 42). V. 9: “Whatever light any man has, he is indebted to Christ for it, whether it be natural or supernatural” (Matthew Henry).