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John 1

John 1

The Word [Logos] was present at creation with the member of the Elohim [Mighty Ones] family who became God the Father. In the beginning the two members of the Elohim family said:

Genesis 1:26 And God [Elohim, Mighty Ones] said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word [who was an Elohim member, the Implementing Creator who later became the physical Jesus Christ], and the Word was with God [the Word was a part of the Elohim family and was with another member of that family- the Executive Creator – who later became God the Father], and the Word was [a member of the Elohim family along with the other member of the God family] God [the Father].

There were two revealed beings in the beginning, both called God [Elohim; the family of Mighty Ones]

1:2 The same [Logos, Christ] was in the beginning with God [the Father].

All things were made by the Logos [Christ] the Implementing Creator in consultation with the Other. The Other who became God the Father gave instructions as the Executive Authority, and the Logos who became the Son carried out the actions of creation as the Implementing Authority, by commanding all the heavenly angels in their tasks.

All things were made in the beginning by the Logos who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh as the Son, Jesus Christ.

1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

The life of the Logos made flesh; is the example and light by which all men should live. Yet those without God’s Spirit, who live in the darkness of ignorance could not comprehend the example and instructions of Christ.

1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John Baptist is introduced, see Luke one.

1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

John was sent to prepare the way for Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua] the light of the world

1:7 The same [John] came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him [The Light being Christ, that all people might be saved through sincere repentance and the atonement of Christ] might believe.

1:8 He [John] was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

Jesus Christ was the light of spiritual understanding, and the way to salvation for all peoples.

1:9 That [Jesus Christ, Yeshua the Messiah] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

The Creator made the world and came to the people he had created, and they neither knew nor received him.

1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Those people which God the Father calls to Christ who respond positively; become the disciples of Christ and receive the blotting out of their sins through sincere repentance and the application of Christ’s sacrifice and committing to “Go and sin no more:”  Through which they are reconciled to God the Father.

The called out, become the sons of God the Father, through their espousal to Christ, as son’s in law of the Father; this happening through the will of God the Father who called them into his family.

1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

When the Creator gave up his God-hood to be made flesh, he was not made a combination of spirit and flesh.  The Creator was changed from spirit to become completely flesh as the smallest possible human being and placed in the womb of Mary who was his his surrogate mother. In this manner the Creator Elohim was made flesh.

John and the disciples were witnesses to all the sayings and acts of Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua] who became the Son of God the Father when the Father placed him in the womb of Mary.

1:14 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 prepared the way by calling people to repentance and bearing witness of the Savior of humanity who would come in his lifetime.

1:15 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. 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

As Moses was the mediator of the Mosaic Covenant; Jesus Christ has become the Mediator of a New and Better Covenant (Jer 31:31); which reconciles us to God the Father, through the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to repentant sinners.

1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace [forgiveness for repented sin] and truth [spiritual understanding] came by Jesus Christ.

God the Father was not seen or known until the Creator came in the flesh and revealed HIM.

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 [revealed] him.

John made NO claims about himself, only teaching that the Christ should come in his days.

1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

John said that he was preparing the way for Messiah,  as Isaiah had foretold

1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.

When John was asked why he baptized with water to wash away sin; he responded that the physical washing was only an example of what the Christ would do by his sacrifice.

1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

Bethabara is just north of the Dead Sea where the Jordan’s waters in the spring flood were the greatest.

1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John recognizes Christ coming to him

1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

John says that he did not know who Christ was, only that he was coming; and he recognized Christ by the Spirit of God descending upon him.

1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 1:33 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. 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

Two of John Baptist’s disciples follow Christ

1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 1:39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour [4 PM] .

Andrew, Peter’s brother, understood that Jesus was the Christ from the words of John Baptist.

1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.

At this point Jesus goes out into the wilderness to be tried, and Andrew goes to get his brother Peter.

Cephas or Petros: The word Peter in Greek is petros, which means “a piece of rock; a small stone; a single stone; movable, insecure, shifting, or roll­ing”, a pebble. 

The word Rock; upon which the church is built is “Petra,” and means “a rock; a cliff; a projecting rock; mother rock; huge mass; solid formation; fixed; immovable; enduring, a mountain” and refers to Jesus Christ.

1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 

1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A [petros or pebble, a small stone] stone.

After his temptation Jesus goes into Galilee (Mat 11-12).

Doubtless Andrew and Peter went about telling their friends of Christ and Jesus begins to call disciples first in Bethsaida.

1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

Nathanael a humble, honest, forthright person is called

1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

1:50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

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