John One


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1-5 KJV

John didn't want his readers to misunderstand who Jesus is. He begins by clearly stating the Word was in the beginning, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He then clearly states that everything was made by the Word.

In case there is some question as to whether Jesus is the Word, look at the next few verses:

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 1:14-17 KJV

"The Word became flesh", which is a person. "And dwelt among us", among John and the disciples. John the Baptist (who is different than John who wrote the Gospel of John) bore witness of Him. For some, "He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me." is confusing. Maybe this will help - The Gospel of Luke tells us John the Baptist was the son of a priest named Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth was pregnant six months before Mary, mother of Jesus. This means John was born six months before Jesus. So He (Jesus) who came after me (John the Baptist), was before me. This is because the Word was in the beginning, which was before John the Baptist. A few verses later, John makes it perfectly clear who the Word is:

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

John 1:29-34 KJV

In Colossians, Paul confirms that Jesus made everything:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Colossians 1:16-17 KJV

For those to whom this is new information, you may wish to think about John 1 and Genesis 1.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:1-3 KJV

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:1 KJV

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