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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.

En Levende Bok

Johannes 1

Gud ble menneske

1Ved tidenes begynnelse var allerede Ordet[a]. Ordet var hos Gud, og Ordet var Gud. Han var hos Gud allerede ved tidenes begynnelse. Gud lot ham skape alt som finnes til. Det finnes ikke noe som ikke har blitt skapt av ham. Alt liv kommer fra ham, og livet hans er lyset for menneskene. Hans lys skinner i mørket, og mørket kan aldri slokke det.

Gud sendte døperen Johannes for å fortelle om lyset, slik at alle kunne begynne å tro på grunn av budskapet hans. Johannes var ikke lyset. Han var bare den som skulle gjøre lyset kjent. Det sanne lyset, han som er hele menneskehetens lys, skulle nå komme inn i verden.

10 Men til tross for at Gud hadde betrodd ham å skape verden, så kjente ikke verden ham igjen da han kom. 11 Ikke en gang i hans eget land og blant hans eget folk tok de imot ham. 12 Men alle de som tok imot ham, ga han retten til å bli Guds barn. Ja, alle som tror på ham, får den samme retten. 13 De blir født på nytt, men ikke gjennom noen fysisk fødsel som et resultat av menneskelige følelser og handlinger. Nei, de blir født av Gud selv.

14 Og Ordet ble menneske og levde blant oss her på jorden. Vi så hans herlighet, den herlighet som den eneste Sønnen har fått fra sin Far i himmelen. Gjennom Sønnen har vi lært å kjenne Far i himmelen og hans kjærlighet og tilgivelse.

15 Døperen Johannes talte om Sønnen og ropte til folket: ”Det var ham jeg talte om da jeg sa: ’Han som kommer etter meg, betyr mer enn jeg, for han var til før jeg ble til.[b]’ ”

16 Ja, han var fylt av kjærlighet og tilgivelse, og gang på gang har vi fått oppleve hans godhet mot oss. 17 Moses ga oss loven[c]. Det er ved Jesus Kristus[d], den lovede kongen, som vi har lært å kjenne Gud og hans kjærlighet og tilgivelse. 18 Ingen har noen gang sett Gud, men hans eneste Sønn, som selv er Gud og er nær Far i himmelen, han har vist oss hvem han er.

Døperen Johannes taler om Jesus

19-20 De religiøse lederne sendte prester og tempeltjenere fra Jerusalem for å spørre døperen Johannes om han var Messias[e], den lovede kongen. Johannes forklarte åpent og ærlig: ”Nei, jeg er ikke Messias.”

21 ”Hvem er du da?” spurte de. ”Er du Elia[f]?”

”Nei”, svarte han.

”Er du profeten som skulle komme og holde fram Guds budskap?”[g]

”Nei”, svarte han.

22 Da sa de: ”Fortell oss hvem du er! Noe svar må vi kunne gi til dem som har sendt oss. Hva sier du om deg selv?”

23 Johannes svarte ved å sitere det Gud har sagt om ham ved profeten Jesaja. Han sa: ”Jeg er en stemme som roper i ørkenen: ’Gjør veien rett for Herren![h]’ ”

24 De som var blitt sendt ut av fariseerne[i], 25 spurte ham: ”Hvorfor døper du folk dersom du verken er Messias eller Elia eller den profeten som Gud skulle sende?”

26 Johannes svarte: ”Jeg døper dere med vann, men midt iblant dere står en som dere ikke kjenner. 27 Han er den som kommer etter meg, og han er så mektig at jeg ikke en gang er verdig til å knytte opp remmene på sandalene[j] hans.”

28 Dette skjedde i Betania, en by på den andre siden av elven Jordan der Johannes døpte.

Jesus er Guds lam

29 Neste dag fikk døperen Johannes se Jesus komme mot seg, og han sa: ”Der er Guds lam, han som tar bort synden hos menneskene. 30 Det var om ham jeg talte da jeg sa: ’Etter meg kommer en som betyr mer enn jeg, for han var til før jeg ble til.’ 31 Jeg visste ikke på forhånd hvem han var, men jeg er kommet for å døpe med vann, slik at Israels folk skal se hvem han er.”

32 Johannes fortalte: ”Jeg så Guds Ånd komme ned fra himmelen som en due og bli over han. 33 Jeg visste ikke på forhånd hvem han var, men da Gud sendte meg for å døpe med vann, sa han til meg: ’Når du ser Ånden komme ned og bli over en person, da vet du at han er den som døper med min Hellige Ånd.’ 34 Jeg så at dette skjedde, og derfor kan jeg vitne om at han er Guds sønn[k].”

De første disiplene

35 Dagen etter sto døperen Johannes der igjen med to av disiplene. 36 Da Jesus kom gående forbi så Johannes på han og sa: ”Der er Guds lam!”

37 De to disiplene til Johannes hørte dette og begynte å følge etter Jesus. 38 Jesus vendte seg om og så at de fulgte etter ham, og han spurte: ”Er det noe dere vil?”

De svarte: ”Rabbi, som betyr mester, hvor bor du?”

39 Jesus sa: ”Kom, bli med meg og se.” De gikk med ham til det stedet der han bodde. Klokken var rundt fire på ettermiddagen da de fulgte med, og de ble hos ham til kvelden. 40 Den ene av de to som hadde hørt det Johannes sa, og seinere fulgt etter Jesus, var Andreas, Simon Peter sin bror.

41 Det første Andreas etterpå gjorde var å lete opp sin bror Simon. Da han fant ham, sa han: ”Vi har funnet Messias, den lovede kongen”. Messias betyr den som er salvet.[l] 42 Han tok med seg broren til Jesus. Jesus så på Simon og sa: ”Du er Simon, sønn av Johannes. Du skal få navnet Peter, som betyr klippen.[m]

43 Dagen etterpå tenkte Jesus å gå til Galilea. Da møtte han Filip og sa til han: ”Kom og bli min disippel.” 44 Filip var fra Betsaida, som var Andreas og Peter sin hjemby.

45 Filip gikk for å lete opp Natanael og sa til ham: ”Vi har funnet den mannen som Moseloven og profetene[n] skriver om. Han heter Jesus og er sønn til Josef fra Nasaret.”

46 ”Nasaret!” utbrøt Natanael. ”Kan det komme noe godt fra Nasaret?”

”Kom og undersøk selv”, svarte Filip.

47 Da Jesus så Natanael nærme seg, sa han: ”Se der, her kommer en ærlig og oppriktig mann, en ekte israelitt[o].”

48 ”Hvordan kan du kjenne meg?” undret Natanael.

Jesus svarte: ”Jeg så deg under fikentreet før Filip fant deg.”

49 Da utbrøt Natanael: ”Mester, du er Guds sønn, Israels konge!”

50 Jesus sa til ham: ”Tror du dette bare fordi jeg sa at jeg så deg under fikentreet? Du kommer til å få større bevis enn som så. 51 Jeg forsikrer at dere skal få se himmelen åpen og Guds engler stige ned og stige opp over meg, Menneskesønnen[p].”[q]

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 ”Ordet” kunne for grekerne bety ”tanken, det prinsipp som styrer universet”. For jødene betydde det ”Gud”.
  2. 1:15 Menneskelig sett var Johannes seks måneder eldre enn Jesus! Se Lukas sin fortelling om Jesus 1:26.
  3. 1:17 Moseloven, eller den jødiske loven, finnes skrevet ned i Første til Femte Mosebok.
  4. 1:17 ”Kristus” betyr ”den salvede” på gresk. Blant Israels folk ble konger, prester og profeter salvet med olje før de begynte oppgaven sin. Gud hadde ved profetene lovet å sende en salvet konge som skulle herske over alle folk. Jødene ventet på at denne kongen skulle gjenopprette Israel som nasjon. Det hebraisk ordet ”Messias” betyr også ”den salvede”.
  5. 1:19-20 Det hebraisk ordet ”Messias” har samme betydningen som det greske ”Kristus”. Se fotnoten til 1:17.
  6. 1:21 Elia var en profet som bar fram Guds budskap, og som i stedet for å dø ble ført rett opp til Gud. Se Andre Kongebok 2:1-11.
  7. 1:21 Se Femte Mosebok 18:15,18, der Moses sier at en profet lik ham skal komme.
  8. 1:23 Se Jesaja 40:3.
  9. 1:24 Fariseerne var et religiøst parti blant jødene.
  10. 1:27 Dette var en oppgave for slaver.
  11. 1:34 En del håndskrifter har: Guds utvalgte.
  12. 1:41 I grunnteksten: Messias betyr Kristus. Begge ordene betyr ”den salvede”, det vil si den som ble innviet til konge.
  13. 1:42 I grunnteksten: Du skal bli kalt Kefas, det betyr Peter. Kefas er ”fjellet” på arameisk, som var morsmålet til Jesus.
  14. 1:45 Moseloven og profetenes bok er to av delene i den jødiske Skriften, det vil si Bibelens første del, den som vi kaller Det gamle testamente. Den tredje delen er salmene.
  15. 1:47 Israelitt er et annet navn for jøde. Israelitt betyr etterkommere til Israel, som også het Jakob. Se Første Mosebok 32:27-28. Jakob hadde en sønn som het Juda, og han har gitt navn til jødene.
  16. 1:51 ”Menneskesønnen” er et hebraisk ord for å si ”av mennesker”. Det var en tittel på Messias, den lovede kongen, hentet fra Daniel 7:13-14.
  17. 1:51 Se fortellingen om Jakobs stige i Første Mosebok 28:10-17.