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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 Sang Dios

Juan 1

Ang Pulong nga Ginahalinan sang Kabuhi

1Sang una pa nga daan,[a] ara na ang ginatawag nga Pulong. Ang Pulong kaupod na sang Dios, kag ang Pulong mismo Dios. Halin pa gid sang una ang Pulong kaupod na sang Dios. Paagi sa iya, ginhimo ang tanan nga butang, kag wala gid sing may nahimo nga indi paagi sa iya. Ang Pulong amo ang ginahalinan sang kabuhi. Kag ini nga kabuhi pareho sa suga tungod kay amo ini ang nagapasanag sa hunahuna sang mga tawo. Ini nga suga nagapasanag sa kadulom[b] kag ang iya kasanag wala nadaog sang kadulom.[c]

Karon may tawo nga ginpadala sang Dios. Ang iya ngalan si Juan. Ginpadala siya sang Dios sa pagsugid kon sin-o ang suga, agod paagi sa iya pagsugid magatuo ang tanan nga tawo. Indi si Juan ang suga, kundi nag-abot siya sa pagsugid kon sin-o ang suga. Si Jesu-Cristo amo ang matuod nga suga nga nag-abot diri sa kalibutan kag nagapasanag sa hunahuna sang tanan nga tawo. 10 Nag-abot siya diri sa kalibutan. Kag bisan ginhimo ang kalibutan paagi sa iya, ang mga tawo sang kalibutan[d] wala nagkilala sa iya. 11 Nagkadto siya sa iya mismo mga kasimanwa, pero ang kalabanan sa ila wala magbaton sa iya. 12 Pero ang bisan sin-o nga nagbaton kag nagtuo sa iya[e] ginhatagan niya sing kinamatarong[f] nga mangin anak sang Dios. 13 Nangin anak sila sang Dios indi paagi sa lawasnon nga pagkatawo ukon sa pagbuot sang tawo, kundi paagi sa pagbuot sang Dios.

14 Ang Pulong nagpakatawo kag nagpakig-upod diri sa aton. Nakita namon ang iya kadungganan bilang bugtong nga Anak sang Amay. Maluluy-on gid siya kag puro kamatuoran ang iya ginasugid.

15 Nagpamatuod si Juan parte sa iya. Nagsiling siya, “Siya amo ang akon ginasiling nga magaabot nga ulihi sa akon. Pero labaw pa siya sang sa akon, kay sa wala pa ako natawo, ara na siya nga daan.”

16 Tungod sa dako nga kaluoy ni Cristo ang iya mga pagpakamaayo sa aton tanan nagasinunod-sunod lang. 17 Ang Kasuguan ginhatag sang Dios sa aton paagi kay Moises, pero ang kaluoy kag ang kamatuoran nag-abot sa aton paagi kay Jesu-Cristo. 18 Wala gid sing bisan sin-o nga tawo nga nakakita sa Dios nga Amay. Pero ginpakilala siya sa aton sang bugtong nga Anak nga Dios nga kaupod permi sang Amay.[g]

Ang Mensahi ni Juan nga Manugbautiso

19 Nagpamatuod si Juan parte kay Jesus sang ginpakadto sa iya sang mga lider sang mga Judio sa Jerusalem ang pila ka mga pari kag mga Levita agod pamangkuton siya kon sin-o gid siya. 20 Ginprangka sila ni Juan, “Indi ako ang Cristo nga inyo ginahulat.” 21 Nagpamangkot sila, “Kon indi ikaw ang Cristo, sin-o? Si Elias nga propeta?” Nagsabat si Juan, “Indi ako si Elias.” Gani nagsiling sila liwat, “Siguro ikaw ang ginasiling nga Propeta nga magaabot?” Pero nagsabat naman si Juan nga indi siya ang Propeta nga ila ginasiling. 22 Gani nagsiling sila, “Ti sugiri kami kon sin-o gid ikaw agod may isugid man kami sa mga nagsugo sa amon. Ano ang masiling mo parte sa imo kaugalingon?” 23 Nagsabat si Juan, “Ako ang tawo nga gintagna ni Isaias nga propeta. Indi bala nagsiling siya,

‘May magawali sing mabaskog sa kamingawan. Magasiling siya sa mga tawo,
Tadlunga ang alagyan nga pagaagyan sang Ginoo!’ ”[h]

24 Ang mga nagsugo gali sa ato nga mga tawo nga nagkadto kay Juan amo ang mga Pariseo.[i] 25 Ginpamangkot nila liwat si Juan, “Ngaa nga nagapangbautiso ka sang mga tawo kon indi ikaw ang Cristo, ukon si Elias, ukon ang Propeta nga amon ginahulat nga mag-abot?” 26 Nagsabat si Juan, “Ako nagapangbautiso sa tubig, pero may ara sa inyo subong nga wala ninyo makilala. 27 Siya ang ginasiling ko nga magaabot nga nagasunod sa akon, pero indi gani ako takos nga mangin iya suluguon.”[j]

28 Natabo ini sa Betania, sa tabok sang Suba sang Jordan, nga sa diin nagapangbautiso si Juan.

Ang Karnero sang Dios

29 Sang madason nga adlaw nakita ni Juan si Jesus nga nagapalapit sa iya. Nagsiling dayon si Juan sa mga tawo, “Ari na ang Karnero sang Dios nga inughalad agod magkuha sang sala sang mga tawo sa kalibutan. 30 Siya amo ang akon ginasiling nga magaabot nga ulihi sa akon, pero mas labaw pa siya sang sa akon, kay sa wala pa ako natawo, ara na siya nga daan. 31 Sang una bisan gani ako wala makakilala kon sin-o gid siya. Pero nagkadto ako diri nga nagapangbautiso sa tubig agod ipakilala siya sa mga taga-Israel. 32 Nagapamatuod ako nga nakita ko ang Espiritu Santo nga nagkunsad sa iya halin sa langit nga pareho sang pating kag nagpabilin sa iya. 33 Sang una bisan gani ako wala makakilala kon sin-o gid siya, pero ang Dios nga nagsugo sa akon nga magbautiso sa tubig amo ang nagsiling nga daan sa akon nga kon makita ko na gani ang Espiritu Santo nga magkunsad kag magpabilin sa isa ka tawo, ina nga tawo amo ang magabautiso sa Espiritu Santo. 34 Kag ina nakita ko gid. Gani napamatud-an ko gid nga siya amo ang Anak sang Dios.”

Ang Nahauna nga mga Sumulunod ni Jesus

35 Sang madason nga adlaw, didto naman si Juan kaupod ang duha ka tawo nga iya sumulunod. 36 Pagkakita niya kay Jesus nga nagalabay, nagsiling siya, “Ari na ang Karnero sang Dios.”[k] 37 Pagkabati sadto sang duha niya ka sumulunod, nagsunod sila dayon kay Jesus. 38 Pagbalikid ni Jesus, nakita niya sila nga nagasunod. Gani nagpamangkot siya, “Ano bala ang inyo kinahanglan?” Nagsabat sila, “Rabbi, sa diin ka bala nagaestar?” (Ang buot silingon sang Rabbi “Manunudlo.”) 39 Nagsiling siya, “Dali, upod kamo sa akon agod makita ninyo.” Gani nag-upod sila kag nakita nila ang iya ginaestaran. Mga alas kuwatro na sadto sang hapon, gani didto na lang sila nagpabilin hasta mag-aga. 40 Ang isa sa duha nga nakabati sa ginsiling ni Juan kag nagsunod kay Jesus amo si Andres nga utod ni Simon Pedro. 41 Pagkaaga, ginpangita niya dayon ang iya utod nga si Simon kag ginsugiran niya nga nakita nila ang Mesias. (Ang buot silingon sang Mesias “Cristo.”) 42 Dayon gindala niya si Simon kay Jesus. Pag-abot nila kay Jesus, gintulok ni Jesus si Simon kag nagsiling, “Ikaw si Simon nga anak ni Juan. Pero halin subong tawgon ka na nga Cefas.” (Ang Cefas pareho man sa ngalan nga Pedro nga ang buot silingon “bato”.)

Gintawag ni Jesus si Felipe kag si Natanael

43 Sang madason nga adlaw, nagdesisyon si Jesus nga magkadto sa Galilea. Pag-abot niya didto, nakita niya si Felipe kag ginsilingan, “Dali, sunod sa akon!” 44 (Si Felipe nga ini taga-Betsaida.[l] Taga-didto man si Andres kag si Pedro.) 45 Dayon ginpangita ni Felipe si Natanael. Kag sang nakita na niya, nagsiling siya sa iya, “Nakita na namon ang tawo nga ginmitlang ni Moises sa Kasuguan kag ginmitlang man sa ginsulat sang mga propeta. Siya gali amo si Jesus nga taga-Nazaret nga anak ni Jose.” 46 Nagsiling si Natanael, “May ara bala nga maayo halin sa Nazaret?” Nagsabat si Felipe, “Dali, upod bala agod makita mo.”

47 Pagkakita ni Jesus kay Natanael nga nagapalapit sa iya, nagsiling siya, “Ari ang matuod nga Israelinhon nga wala gid nagadaya.”[m] 48 Nagsiling dayon si Natanael sa iya, “Ngaa kilala mo ako?” Nagsabat si Jesus, “Sa wala ka pa gintawag ni Felipe, nakita ko na ikaw didto sa idalom sang kahoy nga higera.” 49 Gani nagsiling si Natanael, “Manunudlo,” matuod gid nga ikaw ang Anak sang Dios! Ikaw ang hari sang Israel. 50 Nagsiling dayon si Jesus sa iya, “Nagatuo ka bala sa akon tungod kay nagsiling ako sa imo nga nakita ko ikaw didto sa idalom sang kahoy nga higera? Mas sobra pa dira ang imo makita sa pila ka adlaw.” 51 Kag nagsiling pa gid si Jesus sa iya, “Sa pagkamatuod, ginasugid ko sa inyo nga magaabot ang adlaw nga makita ninyo ang langit nga nagaabri kag makita man ninyo ang mga anghel sang Dios nga nagasaka-panaog pakadto sa akon nga Anak sang Tawo.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Sang una pa nga daan: ukon, Sang wala pa matuga ang kalibutan.
  2. 1:5 kadulom: buot silingon, kalibutan nga nadulman tungod sang sala.
  3. 1:5 wala nadaog sang kadulom: ukon, wala naintiendihan sang mga ara sa kadulom.
  4. 1:10 mga tawo sang kalibutan: buot silingon, mga tawo nga nagasunod sa malaot nga pagginawi kag prinsipyo sang kalibutan.
  5. 1:12 sa iya: sa literal, sa iya ngalan.
  6. 1:12 kinamatarong ukon, katungod.
  7. 1:18 nga kaupod permi sang Amay: ukon, nga ginahigugma sang Amay; sa literal, nga ara sa dughan sang Amay.
  8. 1:23 Isa. 40:3.
  9. 1:24 Ukon, Ang iban sa mga ginsugo nga mga tawo nga magkadto kay Juan mga Pariseo.
  10. 1:27 indi gani ako takos nga mangin iya suluguon: sa literal, indi gani ako takos sa paghubad sang iya sandalyas.
  11. 1:36 Karnero sang Dios: buot silingon, si Jesus pareho sang karnero nga ihalad para sa kapatawaran sang sala sang mga tawo.
  12. 1:44 Betsaida: isa ka lugar sa probinsya sang Galilea.
  13. 1:47 wala gid nagadaya: ukon, wala gid nagabutig.