1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In the beginning "was the Word" [was] Greek word = "aions", = simply no number. Christ Jesus is The Word and IS.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
"The Word" was in the beginning with God
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
The Word spoke and brought everything into existence. EVERYTHING! There are many things we can't see yet, but will.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
God created life and through Him, His Spirit, His Son, is The Light in which to see. Without The Word, you live in darkness.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Christ is The Only One Who can brighten your soul. You can light a candle a mile away on a dark night and you will see it. That light will penetrate the darkness. The light can't be stopped! Those that live evil lives, live in darkness, refusing The Light, Christ Jesus, won't understand The Truth because they choose that darkness.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The John spoken of here is John the Baptist, not the John writing this book.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
The forerunner to Christ, John was sent to witness of The Lights coming.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Every soul born of the womb, into this flesh, has the opportunity to choose Christ, The Light of the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Worldly minds can't grasp this Truth. The Light, Christ Jesus, made the world because He Is The Creator. Worldly souls refuse Him. They refuse The Truth.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
The Light, The Word, Christ Jesus came unto His own flesh, His own genetic bloodline and His own refused Him.
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:
Condition! "As many as received him" they are given "power" and become "the sons of God", that's freewill, everyone's choice. The whole purpose of this flesh life. The Old Testament sons of God are the angels, but in The New Testament, the sons of God are those who choose Christ and become God's children. That's The Only Way! You must "believe on His name" receiving Him into your EVERYDAY life.
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Have you asked Christ into your life? Have you received Him? [ IF ] Yes, than you have become born from above. You have become a child of God.
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.
The Living Word! God came in this flesh, bringing with Him everything we need in order to grow. In Him is life and in His Word are power and freedom, peace of mind, favor and Truth. Christ Jesus is The Living Word.
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.
John was six months older than his cousin Christ Jesus and here, he is acknowledging that Christ Jesus was here before John was even born. John 1:1-2 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
In the fullness of Christ is the fullness of God, because they're one in the same. From the favor of One, is the favor of the Other and is of the same.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Moses carried the law and by it was a shadow of things to come. Christ brought us salvation and with Him here, Truth was also.
18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
No flesh man can see God and comprehend what they see. Only Christ Jesus can because He is God. Moses and Ezekiel and others had the opportunity to see God while in this flesh, but they couldn't wrap their minds around what they were seeing. "Hath seen" = †ὁράω horáō, hor-ah'-o; properly, to stare at (compare G3700), i.e. (by implication) to discern clearly (physically or mentally); by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear:—behold, perceive, see, take heed. [to see with the mind, to perceive, know].
19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
These kenites heard about John baptizing and preaching of Christ coming, so they sent some of their own to spy on him.
20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
John let them know right off, he wasn't The Christ.
21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
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?
They're questioning John's authority. I just had someone ask me where I got my education for teaching The Word because he didn't like what I'm teaching about the origins of "easter". That kind of person isn't going to like The Truth because of their traditions. John's going to set tell them who he is and why.
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.
Esaias had spoke of this and John's confirming it. Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
24 And they whichwere sent were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
They question John's authority. Only fleshly, worldly people what to know who gives you the authority to do the things of God. They want to see pieces of paper on the wall, a big building or shiny robe. They want things to be short and sweet; a good show instead of too much teaching. They want easter egg hunts for the kids and a santa to give out gifts. (It's for the children after all.)
26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
John knows Christ is on earth. He has since he was in the womb of his mother Elisabeth. Yes! In the womb. Luke 1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit:
27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
Christ is about to show up and John is letting these kenites know he isn't the Messiah that the world needs.
28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
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.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
I refer you back to the verses 1, 2 and 15 of this Book.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
John didn't get to grow up with Christ. Christ lived with His Uncle, Joseph of Arimathea in Glastonbury, England. John's baptizing with water and Christ Jesus is to be taught to all the tribes of Israel. I suggest a book called, "Traditions of Glastonbury". You can get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Traditions-Glastonbury-Biblical-Missing-Answered/dp/0934666105 or type in the title on your search engine.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
You had better believe The Spirit of God has been with Christ all along. Remember the beginning of this book, The Three are One. The dove was but a sign for fleshly eyes to see. Luke 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, "Thou art My beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
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 Spirit.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
What he has seen, states a fact of his own witnessing "this is the Son of God".
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
John the Baptist standing there and these two disciples are John, the writer of this book and Andrew. They're watching as The Spirit of God descended for eyes to see as a dove lands on Christ Jesus.
36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
Christ Jesus, our Passover Lamb! The last sacrifice for all time. He came to die for you and me. He came, that we may live. Christ, our Passover † 1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
John and Andrew.
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?
If you hear The True Word, you know why they're following Him. You can't help but hunger for more. "Rabbi" = ῥαββί rhabbí, hrab-bee'; of Hebrew origin (H7227 with pronominal suffix); my master, i.e Rabbi, as an official title of honor:—Master, Rabbi. Rabbi, a title used by the Jews to address their teachers (and also honour them when not addressing them) "Master" = διδάσκαλος didáskalos, did-as'-kal-os; from G1321; an instructor (genitive case or specially):—doctor, master, teacher, in the New Testament one who teaches concerning the things of God, and the duties of man, by preeminence used of Jesus by himself, as one who showed men the way of salvation.
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.
It's 4pm and getting late, so Christ invites them to see where He lived.
40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
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 stone.
Christ is our Rock, Peter the stone. An immovable stone, Peter would be the one to establish Christ church. Christ gave Simon Peter the name Cephas because it wasn't a Hebrew name, but a Aramaic name. This was done in order to reach beyond Israel and out unto the rest of the world. "Simon" = Σίμων Símōn, see'-mone; of Hebrew origin (H8095); Simon (i.e. Shimon), the name of nine Israelites:—Simon. Compare G4826. Peter = "a rock or stone". "Jona" = Ἰωνᾶς Iōnâs, ee-o-nas'; of Hebrew origin (H3124); Jonas (i.e. Jonah), the name of two Israelites:—Jonas. [Jonah or Jonas = "dove"]. "Cephas" = Κηφᾶς Kēphâs, kay-fas'; of Chaldee origin (compare H3710); the Rock; Cephas (i.e. Kepha), a surname of Peter:—Cephas. Of Aramaic origin cf כְּף (H3710) = hollow of a rock.
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
"Philip" = Φίλιππος Phílippos, fil'-ip-pos; from G5384 and G2462; fond of horses; Philippus, the name of four Israelites:—Philip, a lover of horses. Christ knows Philip because of those things he had done in the first age. Philip was chosen way before this day and because Philip has keep the same soul as before, Christ tells him, "Follow Me". Eph. 1:3-5 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
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.
"Nathanael" = Ναθαναήλ Nathanaḗl, nath-an-ah-ale'; of Hebrew origin (H5417); Nathanaël (i.e. Nathanel), an Israelite and Christian:—Nathanael, "gift of God" an intimate disciple of Jesus Christ.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
All twelve tribes are Israelites. Nathanael being of the house of Judah.
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.
The Only One that could know that is Christ. He saw him surrounded by those bad figs = kenites and Christ calls him out from them to join with the rest. Understand what this "fig tree" is.
Jeremiah 24:2-3 2 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. 3 Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. This is a parable that takes you from the garden in Genesis, through the whole Word and brings you to today. Israel became a nation again in 1948 and is full of bad figs. Mark 13:28-30 28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. 30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
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.
Just wait, you haven't seen anything yet.
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.