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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.

Spanish, Castilian (La Nueva Biblia al Día)

John 1

El Verbo se hizo “hombre

1En el principio de todas las cosas era la Palabra, y la Palabra estaba con Dios y la Palabra era Dios. 2La Palabra estaba en el principio con Dios. 3Por medio de ella creó Dios todas las cosas, y sin ella nada de lo creado fue creado. 4Porque en la Palabra estaba la vida, y la vida era la luz que iluminaba a la humanidad. 5Esa luz brilla en la oscuridad, y la oscuridad no pudo extinguirla.

6Hubo una vez un hombre llamado Juan, al que Dios envió “ 7como testigo, para que diese testimonio de la luz y para que todos tuvieran oportunidad de creer por medio de él. 8Juan no era la luz, sino únicamente el enviado a dar testimonio de la luz.

9Aquel que era la luz verdadera había de venir muy pronto a este mundo, para iluminarnos a todos.

10Pero cuando la Palabra vino al mundo, que había sido creado por ella, el mundo no la reconoció.

11La Palabra vino a visitar a los suyos, y los suyos no quisieron recibirla. 12Pero a todos los que la recibieron, a los que creen en su nombre, les concedió el privilegio de poder ser hechos hijos de Dios. 13En ellos tuvo lugar un nuevo nacimiento, no como resultado de la voluntad humana de engendrar hijos según nuestra naturaleza de carne y sangre, sino de la voluntad de Dios.

14Aquella Palabra se hizo hombre, y como hombre vivió entre nosotros con plenitud de gracia y de verdad. Y fuimos testigos de su gloria, la gloria que pertenece al Hijo único de Dios Padre. 15Juan dio testimonio de él, proclamando:

—A este me refería yo cuando dije: “El que viene después de mí es superior a mí, porque ya existía antes que yo naciera”. 16Todos hemos recibido con plenitud las riquezas de su gracia, que él ha derramado sin cesar sobre nosotros. 17Porque ciertamente Dios, por medio de Moisés, nos reveló la ley; pero por medio de Jesucristo, en su venida, nos reveló la gracia y la verdad.

18Nadie ha visto jamás a Dios; pero su Hijo único, que está siempre con el Padre, nos lo ha dado a conocer.

Juan el Bautista niega “ser el Cristo

19Este es el testimonio de Juan, cuando los jefes judíos enviaron de Jerusalén sacerdotes y levitas a preguntarle:

—¿Tú quién eres?

20Juan les contestó con claridad:

—Yo no soy el Cristo.

21—Entonces ¿quién eres? ¿Quizá Elías?

—No —respondió.

—¿Acaso eres el profeta que había de venir?


22—¿Pues quién eres tú? Dínoslo, para que podamos llevar una respuesta a los que nos enviaron. ¿Qué dices de ti mismo?

23—Como dijo el profeta Isaías:

“Yo soy la voz del que clama en el desierto:

¡Allanad el camino al Señor!”

24Entonces los enviados de los fariseos le dijeron:

25—Pues si no eres el Cristo ni Elías ni el profeta, ¿quién te ha autorizado a bautizar?

26Les respondió:

—Yo sólo bautizo con agua, pero en medio de vosotros hay alguien a quien vosotros aún “no conocéis. 27Este es el que viene después de mí, de quien yo ni siquiera soy digno de desatar agachado las correas de su calzado.

28Este incidente sucedió en Betania, un pueblo situado a la otra orilla del Jordán, donde Juan estaba bautizando.

Jesús, “el Cordero de Dios

29Al día siguiente vio Juan a Jesús, que se acercaba a él, y exclamó:

—Mirad, ahí está el Cordero de Dios, que quita el pecado del mundo. 30Él es aquel de quien yo dije: “Después de mí viene un hombre que es superior a mí, porque ya existía antes que yo naciese”. 31Yo no sabía que él fuera el que esperábamos, pero he estado bautizando con agua para preparar el camino a su “manifestación a la nación israelita.

32Luego Juan dio su testimonio, diciendo:

—Yo vi al Espíritu Santo, que descendía del cielo como una paloma y se posaba sobre Jesús. 33Y no sabía que él fuese el que esperábamos, pero Dios, que me mandó a bautizar, me dijo: “Cuando veas que el Espíritu desciende y se posa sobre uno, ése es el que bautiza con Espíritu Santo”. 34Yo lo he visto, y he testificado que él es el Hijo de Dios.

Los primeros discípulos “de Jesús

Mt 4:18-22; Mr 1:16-20; Lc 5:2-11

35Al día siguiente estaba otra vez Juan en aquel lugar, acompañado por dos discípulos suyos. “ 36Jesús también estaba allí, y Juan, mirándolo, exclamó:

—¡Mirad, ahí está el Cordero de Dios!

37Al oírle decir esto, los dos discípulos se fueron y comenzaron a seguir a Jesús. 38En esto volvió Jesús la cabeza, y al ver que le seguían les preguntó:

—¿Qué estáis buscando?

Le contestaron:

—Rabí (que significa “Maestro mío”), ¿dónde vives?

Él les dijo:

39—Venid y vedlo.

Los dos, al punto, le siguieron, y fueron con él al lugar donde se alojaba. Eran como las cuatro de la tarde, y se quedaron con él aquel día. 40Luego, uno de ellos, Andrés, hermano de Simón Pedro, 41fue adonde este estaba y le dijo:

—Hemos encontrado al Mesías (que significa “el Cristo”).

42En seguida llevó a su hermano ante Jesús, que le miró y le dijo:

—Tú eres Simón, hijo de Juan; pero de ahora en adelante te llamarás Cefas (es decir, Pedro, que significa “piedra”).

Jesús llama a Felipe y “a Natanael

43Al día siguiente, Jesús decidió ir a Galilea. Allí vio a Felipe, y le dijo:


44Felipe, que era de Betsaida, el mismo pueblo de Pedro y Andrés, 45vio más tarde a Natanael y le dijo:

—Hemos encontrado a aquel de quien escribió Moisés en la ley, y a quien se refirieron los profetas. Es Jesús, el hijo de José, el de Nazaret.

46Natanael preguntó:

—¿Pero puede salir algo bueno de Nazaret?

—Ven conmigo y te convencerás.

47Jesús, al ver a Natanael que se le iba aproximando, dijo: —Aquí tenemos un hombre íntegro, un verdadero israelita.

48—¿De dónde sacas eso? ¿Acaso me conoces? —preguntó Natanael, y Jesús le respondió:

—Yo te vi cuando estabas debajo de la higuera, antes que Felipe te encontrase.

49Entonces exclamó Natanael:

—¡Señor, ya veo que tú eres el Hijo de Dios, el Rey de Israel!

50Jesús siguió:

—¿Crees en mí tan sólo porque te he dicho que te vi debajo de la higuera? Cosas más maravillosas que estas verás todavía. 51Luego, dirigiéndose a todos, añadió:

—Os aseguro que de aquí en adelante vais a ver el cielo abierto, y a los ángeles de Dios que suben y bajan sobre mí, el Hijo del Hombre.