John 1:1

Study on what John 1:1 means.

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

study 862994 640

GTranslate

enfrdeitptrues

John 1:1

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.

pdf1 John 554.58 KB

pdfJohn 199.51 KB

Web Analytics