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  • How to explain John 1:1

    How do we explain John 1:1.

    • First, we need to have a look at the rest of what John is saying in his books that he wrote.
    • Second, we need to then look at the translation and see if what we have is correct to what the Greek says.
    • Third, Scripture needs to line up with other verses in the Bible. There cannot be contradiction.

    Let us start to look at the verses in John's books.

    John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    John 1:1 is used to prove the Trinity doctrine. Yet it does not line up with John 3:16. This verse does not say that "GOD so loved the world, that He gave GOD (Himself)". This is why we need to look at other verses to understand what GOD is telling us.

    John 1:18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

    How can JESUS declare the Father if He has not seen Him? JESUS answers this to Philip.

    John 14:9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

    Looking at John 17:3. JESUS says that the Father is the only true GOD.

    John 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

    JESUS never said that He was the only true GOD.

    1 John 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

    JESUS in the Scriptures is called the Son of GOD. This GOD has said. We make Him a liar by saying something else!

    1 John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

    The testimony of GOD in HIs Word is that JESUS CHRIST is His Son! So, what was John saying in the first verse of his Gospel?

    Let us look at two other Bible versions to see how they translated this verse.

    John 1:1 Before the world was created, the Word already existed: He was with GOD, and He was the same as GOD. (Good News Bible)

    John 1:1 When all things began, the Word already was. The Word dwelt with GOD, and what GOD was, the Word was. (New English Bible)

    These translations show the same thought that John is saying in the KJV. These verse convey the same message as in the rest of John's books and in the rest of the Bible. This verse states that there are two persons. The Father and His Son!

    It also follows what Paul is saying about JESUS.

    Philippians 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

    Colossians 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

    Hebrews 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

    2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

    The word image in Greek is:

    from G1503; a likeness, i.e. (literally) statue, profile, or (figuratively) representation, resemblance:—image.

    When you look at humans that are part of a family. The son looks like the mother or dad, or both. The son or daughter is a likeness or resemblance to their parents.

    The Son of GOD is the likeness or resemblance of the Father in Heaven.

    1 John 5:1  Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

    In this verse we have one that begat and one that is begotten. This would line up with the rest of Scripture in that JESUS was with GOD as in John 1:1. It also lines up with Hebrews 1:1-8.

    Hebrews 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

    Hebrews 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

    Hebrews 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

    Hebrews 1:4  Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

    Hebrews 1:5  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

    Hebrews 1:6  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

    Hebrews 1:7  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

    Hebrews 1:8  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

    Paul explains here in Hebrews that GOD the Father has a Son. Who is called GOD by the Father. This is not hard to understand as when you look at humans they have nothing other than little humans as babies. So when GOD the Father tells us that He has a Son. The Son has all the attributes of His Father. This is why JESUS said:

    John 14:9  Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

    In order to understand this a brief look at the original words is necessary. There are two forms of a word which denote deity in John 1:1. The two forms are: 1. theon, and 2. theos.
    Ton Theon is the word God with a definite article in front which means “the God.” This then is the particular One known as the Supreme Being. So in John 1:1 we read “the word was with (the) God - that is the only true God, the Father. The only true God is always “ton theon” the God. Of course, in English we do not say the God, we always say “God.” The definite article is understood. In the Greek the only true God always has the definite article.

     John 1:1  In <en> the beginning <archḗ> was <ēn> the<ho> Word <lógos>, and <kaí> the<ho> Word <lógos> was <ēn> with <prós> (the<ton>) God <theós>, and <kaí> the Word <lógos> was <ēn> God <theós>.

    And the word was “theos.” There is no definite article in front of the word theos! Without the definite article it is not the Father. It is a divine being like the Father but it is not the Supreme Being it is His Son. In order to reveal this thought John states very carefully, “the word was with God (the Father), and the word was Deity (just like His Father). That is the entire Bible message in the plan of salvation. The Father sent His Son to redeem mankind.

    In John 17:3 The Sender is called by John, monon alethinon - the only true Supreme Being, the Father. Of course the sent one (Jesus Christ) is His Son.

    For a more detailed look we may notice:

    1 John 5:5 ho huios - the Son tou theou - the God

    1 John 5:5  Who <tís> is <estí> he that overcometh <nikáō> the world <kósmos>, but <ei mḗ> he that believeth <pisteúō> that <hóti> Jesus <Iēsoûs> is <estí> the<ho> Son <huiós> of (the<tou>) God <theós>?

    [Can look at this website to see how the Greek is written. Scripture4all]

    vs 9 tou huios - the Son, tou theou - the God

    1 John 5:9 If <ei> we receive <lambánō> the witness <martyría> of men <ánthrōpos>, the witness <martyría> of (the<tou>) God <theós> is <estí> greater <meízōn>: for <hóti> this <hoûtos> is <estí> the witness <martyría> of (the<tou>) God <theós> which <hós> he hath testified <martyréō> of <perí> his <autós> (the<tou>) Son <huiós>.

    vs 10 tou theo - the God

    1 John 5:10  He that believeth <pisteúō> on <eis> the Son <huiós> of (the<tou>) God <theós> hath <échō> the witness <martyría> in <en> himself <heautoû>: he that believeth <pisteúō> not <mḗ> God <theós> hath made <poiéō> him <autós> a liar <pseústēs>; because <hóti> he believeth <pisteúō> not <ou> <eis> the record <martyría> that <hós> God <theós> gave <martyréō> of <perí> his <autós> Son <huiós>.

    vs 11 ho theos - the GOD

    1 John 5:11  And <kaí> this <hoûtos> is <estí> the record <martyría>, that <hóti> (the<ho>) God <theós> hath given <dídōmi> to us <hēmîn> eternal <aiṓnios> life <zōḗ>, and <kaí> this <hoûtos> life <zōḗ> is <estí> in <en> his <autós> Son <huiós>.

    vs 12 tou theou - the God

    1 John 5:12  He that hath <échō> the Son <huiós> hath <échō> life <zōḗ>; and he that hath <échō> not <mḗ> the Son <huiós> of (the<tou>) God <theós> hath <échō> not <ou> life <zōḗ>.

    vs 13 tou theou - the God

    1 John 5:13  These things <taûta> have I written <gráphō> unto you <hymîn> that believe <pisteúō> on <eis> the name <ónoma> of the Son <huiós> of (the<tou>) God <theós>; that <hína> ye may know <eídō> that ye <hóti> have <échō> eternal <aiṓnios> life <zōḗ>, and <kaí> that <hína> ye may believe <pisteúō> on <eis> the name <ónoma> of the Son <huiós> of (the<tou>) God <theós>.

    vs 18 tou theou - the God

    1 John 5:18  We know <eídō> that <hóti> whosoever <pâs> is born <gennáō> of <ek> (the<tou>) God <theós> sinneth <hamartánō> not <ou>; but <allá> he that is begotten <gennáō> of <ek> (the<tou>) God <theós> keepeth <tēréō> himself <heautoû>, and <kaí> that wicked one <ponērós> toucheth <háptomai> him <autós> not <ou>.

    vs 19 tou theou - the God

    1 John 5:19  And we know <eídō> that <hóti> we are <esmén> of <ek> (the<tou>) God <theós>, and <kaí> the whole <hólos> world <kósmos> lieth <keîmai> in <en> wickedness <ponērós>.

    vs 20 ho huios tou theou - the son of the GOD, ho alethinos theos - the true God

    1 John 5:20  And <dé> we know <eídō> that <hóti> the<ho> Son <huiós> of (the<tou>) God <theós> is come <hḗkō>, and <kaí> hath given <dídōmi> us <hēmîn> an understanding <diánoia>, that <hína> we may know <ginṓskō> him that is true <alēthinós>, and <kaí> we are <esmén> in <en> him that is true <alēthinós>, even in <en> his <autós> Son <huiós> Jesus <Iēsoûs> Christ <Christós>. This <hoûtos> is <estí> the<ho> true <alēthinós> God <theós>, and <kaí> eternal <aiṓnios> life <zōḗ>.

    Joh 1:1 therefore presents the sublime reality of two Beings who are both equally Deity, or divine but one is the Father and the other is the Son. There is nothing in this text that introduces a third party. That is mere speculation. What might be worse is accusing John of saying that the Word was with someone when there was no one else there.

    Have a look at Scripture 4 All for Greek Bible.

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  • John 17:3, Who is the true GOD?

    John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

    JESUS is praying to His Father as we see in this first verse.

    John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

    JESUS says that life eternal is knowing the 'true GOD and JESUS CHRIST". Well we all know who JESUS is, OR do we? These studies are on the True GOD and JESUS CHRIST. This is important as John reveals in 1 John.

    1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

    Are we as Christians denying the true GOD as mentioned in John 17:3? Are we antichrist and don't even know it? Is this because we have not studied our Bibles? As we have just listen to our pastors, theologians, scholars and what the denomination says! Are we in trouble of denying the Father and His Son? I believe we are. This is all due to John 17:3. How can we have eternal life when we believe that GOD is one in three or three in one, a trinity. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that believing in the trinity is life eternal. I have seen statements from a denomination that claims this.

    1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

    1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

    The trinity doctrine does not have a true Son of GOD. It has "God the Son", which is just a title and is not the same as the Son of GOD. You see the Son of GOD is a Son of the true GOD. We see that the true GOD is the Father. This is done in another more in depth study.

    1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

    John believed that JESUS is a literal Son of the true GOD!

    John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

    John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    Son is not a metaphor here in the Bible otherwise GOD and JESUS would have lied to us. It is absurd to think that people today are saying this, that Son is a metaphor. This is said by the so called learned men in the denominations.

    If GOD did not send His literal Son then we have no eternal life. This is what the Scriptures are telling us here. Eternal life is believing in the true GOD and JESUS CHRIST whom He sent. The Scriptures reveal to us that GOD had a Son to send and that is what He did!

  • One GOD

    This study is about the "one GOD" in the Bible. Majority of Christians believe that GOD is three in one. The question arises, is this true? Is this what the Bible actually teaches? Or has man with his philosophy distorted who GOD is? We will use the Bible and the Bible alone in these studies. There are a lot of quotes out there that could be used, but we feel that it would be better to stick to a "thus saith the Lord". This is what Jesus used against Satan in the three temptation in the wilderness.

    Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

    Matthew 4:7  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

    As Christians we should follow the example if our Lord and Saviour. We should only use the Bible and the Bible alone. Let us begin with the study.

     We will have a look at all the verses that speak of the "one GOD"

    Deuteronomy 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

    Malachi 2:10  Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

    Mark 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

    What was JESUS' response to the scribe?

    Mark 12:34  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

    JESUS did not reply and say that he was wrong and that there are three in one god. The Israelites never believed in a god that was more than one. We need to remember this, as GOD had given them the truth so they could take it to the world and to teach them who GOD was.

    Romans 3:30  Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

    1 Corinthians 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

    Paul says that it is the Father who is the "one GOD". What did Jesus have to say about this?

    John 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

    John 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

    JESUS is praying to the Father. This we see in verse 1.

    John 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

    JESUS calls the Father the "only true GOD"! Jesus never prayed to the Holy Spirit, or did He ever teach us to either. He taught us to pray to the Father. There is no authority in the Bible to pray to the Holy Spirit as some denominations are doing today.

    Matthew 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

    1 Timothy 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    The verse in Timothy does not have a three in one god here. If it did, then JESUS would be mentioned twice.

    James 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

    The devils believe that there is only one GOD. The majority of the Christian world today does not even believe what the devils believe. The devils were once angels that stood before GOD, so they must know better and James says that they know that there is only one GOD. Yet again the verse does not mention three in one. GOD could have easily put this in the Bible so that there would be no confusion in who He is. JESUS Himself also says that GOD is one.

    Mark 12:29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

    Is JESUS not better authority than some pastor, theologian or scholar? Well of course He is better than all these! Before you say, well where did you get your degree from? Just remember that JESUS did not go to the schools of the pharisees. He too was not educated like the people that we are listening to today. Where in the Bible does it say that we need an education to understand what GOD is teaching us? This is what GOD says:

    Isaiah 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

    Let us reason with GOD. The only way to do this is through His Word, the Bible. Let us not go to man for our answers. Let us go to GOD.

    The Father is GOD and He is the only one!

     

  • The Father

    What did JESUS say about the Father?

    John 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
    John 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
    John 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

    JESUS is praying to His Father and in verse 3 He calls Him the "only true GOD". We can't argue with what JESUS says as He should know!

    John 17:25  O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

    This also shows that JESUS has a Father. In the trinity doctrine there is no actual Father as they are all one. A three in one god, or a one in three god does not have a literal Father as JESUS is saying here in John 17. JESUS calls GOD His Father.

    John 8:19  Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.
    John 8:54  Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:
    Matthew 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 10:32  Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 10:33  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 11:27  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
    Matthew 12:50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
    Matthew 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 18:10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 18:19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 20:23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
    Matthew 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
    Matthew 26:29  But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
    Matthew 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
    Matthew 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
    Luke 2:49  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
    John 5:43  I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
    John 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

    Even when JESUS went to Heaven after His resurrection He still called GOD His Father.

    Revelation 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
    Revelation 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
    Revelation 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

     We can trust what JESUS says over man as He is the truth!

    John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    JESUS says He has a Father and we must believe what He says, otherwise we make JESUS a liar! Did JESUS have a GOD?

    John 20:17  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

    He says that He has a Father and a GOD, so we must believe what the Bible says!

    What did the apostles say about GOD been the Father? Did they come up with a man made theory like the trinity?

    2 Peter 1:17  For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
    1 Corinthians 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

    Paul says one GOD, the Father. Today it is taught that it is a three in one god or a one in three god. This is not what Paul was teaching. He said one GOD, the Father!

    Galatians 1:1  Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
    Galatians 1:3  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
    Ephesians 6:23  Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    1 Thessalonians 1:1  Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Here in Thessalonians, Paul calls GOD our Father. He did not say "GOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit" as Christians are saying today. No, GOD is our Father!

    2 Timothy 1:2  To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Titus 1:4  To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
    1 Peter 1:2  Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
    2 John 3  Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
    Jude 1  Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

     We are taught by JESUS and the apostles that we have a Father in Heaven. This we have to believe that the true GOD is our Father and that JESUS has a Father too.

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