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John 1

The Deity of Jesus Christ

1In the beginning [before all time] was the Word ([a]Christ), and the Word was with God, and [b]the Word was God Himself. He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being. In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines on in the [c]darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].

The Witness of John the Baptist

There came a man commissioned and sent from God, whose name was [d]John. This man came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe [in Christ, the Light] through him. John was not the Light, but came to testify about the Light.

There it was—the true Light [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] which, coming into the world, enlightens everyone. 10 He (Christ) was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception). 15 John testified [repeatedly] about Him and [e]has cried out [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me [f]has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’” 16 For out of His fullness [the superabundance of His grace and truth] we have all received grace upon grace [spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favor upon favor, and gift heaped upon gift]. 17 For the Law was given through Moses, but grace [the unearned, undeserved favor of God] and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father].

The Testimony of John

19 This is the testimony of John [the Baptist] when the Jews sent priests and Levites to him from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 And he confessed [truthfully] and did not deny [that he was only a man], but acknowledged, “I am not the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)!” 21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the [promised] Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing, if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize [only] [g]in water, but among you there stands One whom you do not recognize and of whom you know nothing. 27 It is He [the preeminent One] who comes after me, the [h]strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie [even as His slave].” 28 These things occurred in Bethany across the Jordan [at the Jordan River crossing], where John was baptizing.

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God [i]who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I and has priority over me, for He existed before me.’ 31 [j]I did not recognize Him [as the Messiah]; but I came baptizing [k]in water so that He would be [publicly] revealed to Israel.” 32 John gave [further] evidence [testifying officially for the record, with validity and relevance], saying, “I have seen the [l]Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not recognize Him [as the Messiah], but He who sent me to baptize [m]in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this One is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I myself have [actually] seen [that happen], and my testimony is that this is the Son of God!”

Jesus’ Public Ministry, First Converts

35 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked along, and said, “Look! The Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they [n]followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following Him, and asked them, “What do you want?” They answered Him, “Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), where are You staying?” 39 He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went [with Him] and saw where He was staying; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the [o]tenth hour. 40 One of the two who heard what John said and [as a result] followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first looked for and found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the [p]Messiah” (which translated means the Christ). 42 Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas (which is translated [q]Peter).”

43 The next day Jesus decided to go into Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me [as My disciple, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher, and walking the same path of life that I walk].” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote about—Jesus from Nazareth, the son of Joseph [according to public record].” 46 Nathanael answered him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Here is an Israelite indeed [a true descendant of Jacob], in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor duplicity!” 48 Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do You know [these things about] me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, when you were still under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered, “Rabbi (Teacher), You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus replied, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe [in Me]? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then He said to him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man [the bridge between heaven and earth].”

Notas al pie

  1. John 1:1 In John the Apostle’s vision (Rev 19), he sees Christ returning as Warrior-Messiah-King, and “...His name is called The Word of God...and LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev 19:13, 16).
  2. John 1:1 In this phrase, “God” appears first in the Greek word order, emphasizing the fact that “the Word” (Christ) was God—so “God Himself.”
  3. John 1:5 I.e. the world immersed in sin: all that stands in opposition to God and biblical truth.
  4. John 1:6 The births of both John the Baptist and Jesus were foretold by the angel, Gabriel (Luke 1:5-80). This passage is about John the Baptist, the son of Zacharias the priest and his wife, Elizabeth. Elizabeth was related to Mary the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:36). John the Baptist is considered to be the last of the OT prophets, and is not to be confused with John the Apostle who wrote this Gospel, three brief letters (1 John, 2 John, 3 John) and Revelation.
  5. John 1:15 Here John the writer uses the Greek perfect tense (“has cried out”), emphasizing the truth and continuing importance of John the Baptist’s testimony.
  6. John 1:15 Lit has become before (in front of) me, because He was first of me. The Greek is difficult because John the Baptist was making a word-play on the adverbs/adjective “after” (or “behind”), “before,” and “first.” The playful wording assumes the form of a riddle which, like some of Jesus’ parables, conceals the speaker’s meaning from those who are hostile toward him and have neither the patience nor the spiritual inclination to learn from him.
  7. John 1:26 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  8. John 1:27 During this era it was customary for a household servant to remove a guest’s sandals and wash the dust from his feet. John is saying that he is not worthy even to remove Christ’s sandal, let alone to touch His feet.
  9. John 1:29 John is referring to the fulfillment of the need for the OT Passover lambs which was now fulfilled in Christ’s sacrifice, the ultimate and final sacrifice for sins.
  10. John 1:31 John the Baptist and Jesus were related through their mothers, Elizabeth and Mary, but He was unknown as the Messiah until God revealed it to John at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
  11. John 1:31 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  12. John 1:32 The descent of the Holy Spirit identified Jesus in His humanity for His ministry as the Messiah.
  13. John 1:33 The Greek here can be translated in, with or by.
  14. John 1:37 The concept of “follow” can represent three separate possibilities: in the early stages of His ministry (1) walking with Him physically (literally), that is merely being in His presence regardless of personal belief or commitment; (2) accepting and identifying with the salvation He offered; and later on (3) being identified with Him by being subject to the scorn and rejection of unbelievers because of personal belief and commitment to Him.
  15. John 1:39 The Romans reckoned time from midnight, so in Roman time the tenth hour would be 10:00 a.m. The Jews reckoned daytime from sunrise (about 6:00 a.m.), so in their system the tenth hour would be 4:00 p.m. Here, either time is possible, though the Roman reckoning may be more likely because if it were 4:00 p.m. the disciples might have felt compelled to go home before evening set in.
  16. John 1:41 The words “Messiah” and “Christ” are not personal names, but titles derived respectively from Hebrew and Greek verbs meaning “to anoint.”
  17. John 1:42 I.e. rock or stone in Greek.

Ang Pulong Sa Dios

Juan 1

Ang Pulong nga Naghatag ug Kinabuhi

1Sukad pa kaniadto,[a] anaa na ang gitawag nga Pulong. Ang Pulong kauban na sa Dios, ug ang Pulong mao ang Dios. Sukad pa gayod kaniadto ang Pulong kauban na sa Dios. Pinaagi kaniya, gibuhat ang tanang mga butang, ug wala gayoy nahimo nga dili pinaagi kaniya. Ang Pulong mao ang gigikanan sa kinabuhi. Ug kini nga kinabuhi sama sa suga kay mao kini ang nagalamdag sa hunahuna sa mga tawo. Kini nga suga mao ang iwag diha sa kangitngit,[b] ug ang iyang kahayag wala mapildi[c] sa kangitngit.

Karon, adunay tawo nga gipadala sa Dios. Ang iyang ngalan mao si Juan. Gipadala siya sa Dios sa pagsugilon kon kinsa ang suga, aron pinaagi sa iyang pagsugilon makatuo ang tanang katawhan. Dili si Juan ang suga, apan mianhi siya sa pagsugilon kon kinsa ang suga. Si Jesu-Cristo mao ang tinuod nga suga nga mianhi dinhi sa kalibotan ug naglamdag sa hunahuna sa tanan nga katawhan. 10 Mianhi siya sa kalibotan, apan bisan ug gihimo ang kalibotan pinaagi kaniya, ang mga tawo sa kalibotan wala moila kaniya. 11 Mianhi siya sa iyang kaugalingong katawhan, [d] apan ang kadaghanan kanila wala modawat kaniya. 12 Apan si bisan kinsa nga midawat ug mituo kaniya gihatagan niya ug katungod nga mahimong anak sa Dios. 13 Nahimo silang anak sa Dios dili pinaagi sa lawasnon nga pagkatawo o kaha sa kabubut-on sa tawo, kondili pinaagi sa kabubut-on sa Dios.

14 Ang Pulong nagpakatawo ug nakig-uban kanato. Nakita namo ang iyang kadungganan ingon nga bugtong Anak sa Amahan. Maluloy-on gayod siya ug pulos kamatuoran ang iyang gipanulti.

15 Nagpamatuod si Juan mahitungod kaniya. Nag-ingon siya, “Siya mao ang akong giingon nga moabot sunod kanako. Apan labaw pa siya kay kanako, kay sa wala pa ako matawo, anaa na siyang daan.”

16 Tungod sa dako nga kalooy ni Jesu-Cristo walay puas ang iyang pagpanalangin kanatong tanan. 17 Ang Kasugoan gihatag sa Dios kanato pinaagi kang Moises, apan ang kalooy ug ang kamatuoran miabot kanato pinaagi kang Jesu-Cristo. 18 Wala gayoy tawo nga nakakita sa Dios nga Amahan. Apan gipaila siya kanato sa bugtong Anak nga Dios nga kauban kanunay sa Amahan.[e]

Ang Mensahe ni Juan nga Tigbautismo

19 Gisugo sa mga tigdumala sa mga Judio sa Jerusalem ang mga pari ug ang mga katabang sa mga pari sa templo[f] nga adtoon si Juan ug pangutan-on kon kinsa gayod siya. 20 Gisultihan sila ni Juan sa walay lipodlipod, “Dili ako ang Cristo nga inyong gihulat. 21 Nangutana sila, “Kon dili ikaw ang Cristo, kinsa ka? Si Elias ba nga propeta?” Mitubag si Juan, “Dili ako si Elias.” Busa miingon sila pag-usab, “Tingali ikaw ang Propeta nga among gipaabot?” Apan mitubag pag-usab si Juan nga dili siya mao ang Propeta nga ilang ginaingon. 22 Busa miingon sila, “Sultihi na lang kami kon kinsa gayod ikaw aron may ikatubag kami sa mga nagsugo kanamo. Unsa ang ikasulti mo mahitungod sa imong kaugalingon?” 23 Mitubag si Juan, “Ako ang tawo nga gipanagna ni propeta Isaias. Dili ba miingon man siya nga,

‘May magwalig makusog sa kamingawan. Mag-ingon siya sa mga tawo,
Tul-ira ang agianan nga pagaagian sa Ginoo!’”[g]

24 Ang mga nagsugo niadtong mga tawo nga miadto kang Juan mao ang mga Pariseo. 25 Gipangutana nila pag-usab si Juan. “Nganong nangbautismo ka sa mga tawo kon dili ikaw ang Cristo, o kaha si Elias, o kaha ang Propeta nga among gipaabot.” 26 Mitubag si Juan, “Ako nangbautismo pinaagi sa tubig, apan may usa nga ania dinhi karon nga wala pa ninyo mailhi. 27 Siya ang akong giingon nga moabot sunod kanako, apan dili gani ako takos nga mahimong iyang sulugoon.”[h]

28 Nahitabo kini sa Betania, tabok sa Suba sa Jordan, diin nangbautismo si Juan.

Ang Nating Karnero sa Dios

29 Pagkasunod adlaw nakita ni Juan si Jesus nga nagapadulong kaniya. Miingon dayon si Juan, “Ania na ang Nating Karnero sa Dios nga mowagtang sa sala sa kalibotan.[i] 30 Siya mao ang akong giingon nga moabot sunod kanako, apan mas labaw pa siya kay kanako, kay sa wala pa ako matawo, anaa na siyang daan. 31 Kaniadto bisan gani ako wala makaila kon kinsa gayod siya. Apan mianhi ako dinhi nga nangbautismo pinaagi sa tubig aron ipaila siya sa mga taga-Israel. 32 Nagapamatuod ako nga nakita ko ang Espiritu Santo nga mikunsad kaniya gikan sa langit sama sa salampati ug nagpabilin diha kaniya. 33 Kaniadto bisan gani ako wala makaila kon kinsa gayod siya, apan ang Dios nga nagsugo kanako nga mangbautismo pinaagi sa tubig nag-ingon nang daan kanako nga kon makita ko na gani ang Espiritu Santo nga mokunsad ug magpabilin sa usa ka tawo, kana nga tawo mao ang mangbautismo pinaagi sa Espiritu Santo. 34 Ug kana nakita ko gayod. Busa napamatud-an ko gayod nga siya mao ang Anak sa Dios.”

Ang Unang mga Sumusunod ni Jesus

35 Pagkasunod adlaw, didto na usab si Juan uban sa duha sa iyang mga sumusunod. 36 Sa pagkakita niya kang Jesus nga miagi, miingon siya, “Ania na ang Nating Karnero sa Dios.” 37 Sa pagkadungog niadto sa duha niya ka sumusunod, misunod dayon sila kang Jesus. 38 Paglingi ni Jesus, nakita niya sila nga nagasunod. Busa nangutana siya, “Unsa ba ang inyong tuyo?” Mitubag sila, “Rabbi, asa ba ikaw nagapuyo?” (Ang buot ipasabot sa Rabbi, “Magtutudlo.”) 39 Miingon siya, “Dali, uban kamo kanako aron makita ninyo.” Busa miuban sila ug nakita nila ang iyang gipuy-an. Mga alas kwatro na kadto sa hapon, busa nagpabilin na lang sila didto hangtod sa buntag. 40 Ang usa sa duha nga nakadungog sa giingon ni Juan ug misunod kang Jesus mao si Andres nga igsoon ni Simon Pedro. 41 Pagkabuntag, gipangita dayon niya ang iyang igsoon nga si Simon ug gisultihan niya nga nakita nila ang Mesiyas. (Ang buot ipasabot sa Mesiyas “Cristo.”) 42 Ug gidala niya si Simon kang Jesus. Pag-abot nila kang Jesus, gitutokan ni Jesus si Simon ug giingnan, “Ikaw si Simon nga anak ni Juan. Apan sukad karon tawgon ka na nga Cefas.” (Ang Cefas sama usab sa ngalan nga Pedro nga ang buot ipasabot “bato.” )

Gitawag ni Jesus si Felipe ug si Natanael

43 Pagkasunod adlaw, nakahukom si Jesus nga moadto sa probinsya sa Galilea. Pag-abot niya didto, nakita niya si Felipe ug iya kining giingnan, “Dali sunod kanako!” 44 (Kini si Felipe taga-Betsaida.[j] Taga-didto usab si Andres ug si Pedro.) 45 Ug gipangita ni Felipe si Natanael. Ug sa dihang nakita na niya, iya kining giingnan, “Nakita na namo ang tawo nga gihisgotan ni Moises diha sa Kasugoan. Ug gihisgotan usab siya sa mga propeta. Siya diay mao si Jesus nga taga-Nazaret nga anak ni Jose.” 46 Miingon si Natanael, “Aduna bay maayo gikan sa Nazaret?” Mitubag si Felipe, “Dali, uban aron makita mo.”

47 Sa pagkakita ni Jesus kang Natanael nga nagpadulong kaniya, miingon siya, “Ania ang tinuod nga Israelinhon nga wala gayod manglimbong.” 48 Nangutana si Natanael kaniya, “Nganong nakaila ka kanako?” Gitubag siya ni Jesus, “Sa wala ka pa tawga ni Felipe, nakita ko na ikaw didto sa ilalom sa kahoy nga higera.” 49 Busa miingon si Natanael, “Magtutudlo,” tinuod gayod nga ikaw ang Anak sa Dios! Ikaw ang hari sa Israel. 50 Unya miingon si Jesus kaniya, “Nagtuo ba ikaw kanako tungod kay miingon ako kanimo nga nakita ko ikaw didto sa ilalom sa kahoy nga higera? Mas labaw pa unya niana ang imong makita.” 51 Ug miingon pa gayod si Jesus kaniya, “Sa pagkatinuod, sultihan ko kamo nga moabot ang adlaw nga makita ninyo nga maabre ang langit ug makita usab ninyo ang mga anghel sa Dios nga magsaka-kanaog ngadto ngari kanako nga Anak sa Tawo.”

Notas al pie

  1. Juan 1:1 Sukad pa kaniadto: o kaha, Sa wala pa gimugna ang kalibotan.
  2. Juan 1:5 kangitngit: buot ipasabot, kalibotan nga nangitngitan tungod sa sala.
  3. Juan 1:5 wala mapildi sa kangitngit: o, wala masabti sa mga anaa sa kangitngit.
  4. Juan 1:11 kaugalingong katawhan: buot ipasabot, mga Judio.
  5. Juan 1:18 kauban kanunay sa Amahan: o, gihigugma sa Amahan; sa literal, anaa sa dughan sa Amahan.
  6. Juan 1:19 mga katabang sa mga pari sa templo: nga mao ang mga Levita, nga mga kaliwat ni Levi.
  7. Juan 1:23 Tan-awa usab ang Isa. 40:3.
  8. Juan 1:27 dili gani ako takos nga mahimong iyang sulugoon: Sa literal, dili gani ako takos sa paghubad sa iyang sandalyas.
  9. Juan 1:29 Nating Karnero sa Dios . . . sa Kalibotan: ang buot ipasabot nga si Jesus sama sa karnero nga ihalad alang sa kapasayloan sa sala sa mga tawo.
  10. Juan 1:44 Betsaida: usa ka lugar sa probinsya sa Galilea.