JOHN CHAPTER ONE

OBSERVATION STAGE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The purpose of the observation stage is to maintain focus on the text at hand in accordance with the framework in which it was written: a framework which is defined by the normative rules of language, context and logic - rules which do not impose undue, unintended meanings to the text , and which largely limit the observer to the content offered by the Gospel of John. In order for any passage from elsewhere to be considered, it must have a relationship with the context at hand, such as a Scriptural quotation or a specific cross reference in the passage at hand by the author. This will serve to avoid going on unnecessary tangents elsewhere; and more importantly, it will provide the framework for a proper and objective comparison with passages located elsewhere in Scripture.

Remember that something elsewhere may be true, but in the text at hand it may not be in view.

I) [Jn 1:1-3]:

A) (Jn 1:1-3) "IN [THE] BEGINNING" REFERS TO THE BEGINNING OF ALL TIME AND ALL CREATION WHEN ALL THINGS CAME INTO BEING

B) (Jn 1:1-3) "IN [THE] BEGINNING" CANNOT REFER TO THE TIME OF THE WORD BEING CREATED, AS SOME MAINTAIN, BECAUSE THE PHRASE "IN [THE] BEGINNING WAS THE WORD" STATES THAT THE WORD ALREADY "WAS" IN [THE] BEGINNING, I.E., HE IS ETERNAL, UNCREATED, PREEXISTENT AND GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:1-3]:

C) (Jn 1:1-3) THE GREEK "HO LOGOS" RENDERED "THE WORD" PORTRAYS A PERSON

1) [Compare Jn 1:1-11]:

D) (Jn 1:1-3) SINCE THE WORD IS ETERNAL, THE WORD IS GOD

E) (Jn 1:1-3) THE WORD WAS ALREADY THERE "IN [THE] BEGINNING" OF ALL TIME AND ALL CREATION AND AT THAT BEGINNING THE WORD WAS "WITH," IN THE SENSE OF DIRECTED / ORIENTED TOWARDS GOD ON AN EQUAL LEVEL, FURTHER CORROBORATING AN ETERNAL PERSON EQUAL TO GOD - NOT SIMPLY WORDS FROM GOD AS SOME MAINTAIN BECAUSE WORDS EMANATED FROM A PERSON CANNOT BE EQUAL TO THAT PERSON

F) (Jn 1:1-3) THE PERSONS OF GOD THE FATHER AND GOD THE SON, THE WORD, ARE IN VIEW IN THE PHRASE "AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD"

1) [Compare Jn 1:14 NKJV]:

G) (Jn 1:1-3) AND GOD - THE NATURE, ALL THE QUALITIES AND ESSENCE OF GOD WAS THE WORD WHO ALREADY WAS IN [THE] BEGINNING OF TIME AND CREATION. HENCE THE WORD IS A MODE OF EXPRESSION OF GOD, THE SON OF GOD, JUST AS GOD THE FATHER IS. IN VIEW ARE TWO PERSONS OF GOD

H) (Jn 1:1-3) THE 'WORD' CANNOT BE A GOD OR BE QUALIFIED BY AN ADJECTIVE RENDERED "DIVINE" IN THE SENSE OF BEING THE DIVINE WORD, AS SOME MAINTAIN. THE WORD "WORD" IN JN 1:1C MUST REFER TO GOD

1) "THEOS" = GOD IN THE 3RD CLAUSE OF JN 1:1 IS THE PREDICATE NOMINATIVE CASE OF THE INTRANSITIVE, COPULATIVE VERB "WAS" WHICH IT PRECEDES. SINCE THERE IS NO DEFINITE ARTICLE WITH IT, THEN "THEOS" DEFINES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF "LOGOS." AND SINCE THERE IS NO WORDING TO IMPLY 'A' GOD, THEN "THEOS" DOES NOT REFER TO 'A' GOD

2) THE TWO FORMS OF THE WORD GOD, THEON (2ND CLAUSE) AND THEOS (3RD CLAUSE) DO NOT REFER TO DIFFERENT GODS AS SOME MAINTAIN, BUT REFER TO THE ONE AND ONLY ALMIGHTY GOD. THEY DIFFER BECAUSE OF GRAMMAR NOT DEFINITION. NEITHER REFERS TO 'A GOD'

I) (Jn 1:1-3) VERSE 2 REITERATES THE MESSAGE OF VERSE ONE FOR EMPHASIS AND LEAVES NO DOUBT THAT THE WORD IS A PERSON. "THE WORD" IS NOT A COMMUNICATION FROM GOD AS SOME MAINTAIN. HE IS A PERSON WHO ALREADY WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME AND CREATION, HENCE HE HIMSELF IS UNCREATED, PREEXISTENT, ETERNAL AND GOD

J) (Jn 1:1-3) THE WORD IS PERSONIFIED BY THE PRONOUN, 'HIM,' THE AGENT OF ALL CREATION, HIMSELF UNCREATED, PREEXISTENT, ETERNAL AND GOD

K) (Jn 1:1-3) SINCE ALL THINGS THROUGH HIM (THE WORD) CAME INTO BEING AND APART FROM HIM NOTHING CAME INTO BEING THAT HAS COME INTO BEING; THEN IF HE HIMSELF IS A CREATED BEING - A GOD, AS SOME CONTEND, COULD HE BE A CREATED GOD BY CREATING HIMSELF? THIS IS A CONTRADICTION THAT DOES NOT HARMONIZE WITH GOD'S WORD WHEN READ IN THE PROPER MANNER AS TAUGHT IN GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND THEREAFTER

II) [Jn 1:4]:

A) (Jn 1:4) IN HIM WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE LIFE, FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME AND CREATION. HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE SOURCE AND SUSTAINER OF THE LIFE (TEMPORAL AND ETERNAL) OF ALL THINGS, AND THE SOURCE OF ETERNAL LIFE. HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE CREATOR, ETERNAL AND GOD

B) (Jn 1:4) IN HIM WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE LIFE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME AND CREATION. HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE SOURCE AND SUSTAINER OF THE LIFE OF ALL THINGS, AND THE SOURCE OF ETERNAL LIFE. HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE CREATOR, ETERNAL AND GOD; AND HE - THE LIFE - WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE LIGHT OF MEN - THE ILLUMINATION TO MEN OF HIMSELF AS CREATOR, ETERNAL AND GOD AND OF TRUTH ABOUT GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:9-14]:

2) [Compare Jn 1:1, 4-5, 12-18]:

III) [Jn 1:5]:

A) (Jn 1:5) IN HIM WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE LIFE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME AND CREATION. HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE SOURCE AND SUSTAINER OF THE LIFE OF ALL THINGS, AND THE SOURCE OF TEMPORAL AND ETERNAL LIFE. HE WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE CREATOR, ETERNAL AND GOD; AND HE - THE LIFE - WAS IN [THE] BEGINNING AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE LIGHT OF MEN - THE ILLUMINATION TO MEN OF HIMSELF AS CREATOR, ETERNAL AND GOD AND OF TRUTH ABOUT GOD. NEVERTHELESS MEN HAVE DELIBERATELY REMAINED IN DARKNESS - IN SIN, WILLFULLY OPPOSED TO COMPREHENDING AND KNOWING GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:10]:

IV) [Jn 1:6-7]:

A) (Jn 1:6-7) IN VERSES 6 & 7, AUTHOR JOHN BEGINS WITH THE PHRASE, "THERE CAME A MAN," USING THE GREEK VERB "EGENETO" MEANING 'THERE CAME INTO BEING A MAN;' AS OPPOSED TO USING THE VERB "EN" RENDERED "WAS" WHICH DESCRIBES THE WORD IN VERSES 1-2 & 4 WHICH PORTRAYS AN ETERNAL, UNCREATED, PREEXISTENT EXISTENCE EXCLUSIVE TO GOD ALONE

SO A [CREATED] MAN WAS SENT [LIT. HAVING BEEN SENT] BY GOD WHOSE NAME WAS JOHN REFERRING TO A JOHN DIFFERENT FROM THE AUTHOR, TO BE CORROBORATED LATER AS JOHN THE BAPTIST. SO JOHN WAS SENT FROM GOD - IN THE SENSE OF BEFORE JOHN CAME INTO BEING - TO BEAR WITNESS TO MEN OF THE LIGHT, THE LIFE (TEMPORAL AND ETERNAL), THE WORD, ETERNAL CREATOR - GOD; THAT ALL MEN THROUGH HIM, (THE LIGHT) MIGHT BELIEVE IN ORDER TO HAVE AN ETERNAL LIFE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. THIS IN TURN IMPLIES THAT AN ATONING SACRIFICE FOR THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE PROVIDED

1) [Compare Jn 1:23 and Isa 40:3]:

B) (Jn 1:6-7) LONG AFTER THE BEGINNING OF CREATION, AT THE TIME OF JOHN THE BAPTIST, THE WORD, THE LIGHT BEGAN A UNIQUE REVELATION OF HIMSELF TO MEN SO THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST COULD BEAR WITNESS TO MEN OF HIM THAT ALL MEN COULD READILY ENCOUNTER HIM, CHOOSE TO KNOW HIM, HENCE UNDERSTAND WHO GOD IS, AND BELIEVE IN HIM UNTO AN ETERNAL LIFE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. SO THE WORD, THE LIFE, THE LIGHT TOOK UPON HIMSELF HUMANITY IN THE SENSE OF ADDING TO HIMSELF HUMANITY IN ORDER TO PROVIDE HIMSELF AS AN ATONING SACRIFICE FOR THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD. THIS IMPLIES THAT FROM THE BEGINNING, MEN CHARACTERISTICALLY DID NOT BELIEVE AND DID NOT HAVE AN ETERNAL LIFE RELATIONSHIP OR ANY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AT ALL. MEN HAVE CHARACTERISTICALLY AND WILLFULLY ALIENATED THEMSELVES FROM GOD BECAUSE OF THEIR SINS

1) [Compare Jn 1:14]:

a) [Compare Jn 1:5]:

C) (Jn 1:6-7) JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS A MAN CREATED AND SENT BY GOD TO TESTIFY ABOUT, I.E., PUBLICLY PROCLAIM THE LIGHT, THE LIFE, THE WORD TO MEN SO THAT ALL WHO HEAR HIS MESSAGE MIGHT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS A MOMENT OF FAITH ALONE IN HIM (THE LIGHT) ALONE WHICH WOULD RESULT IN AN ETERNAL LIFE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:12-13]:

V) [Jn 1:8]:

A) (Jn 1:8) JOHN HIMSELF WAS NOT THE LIGHT, THE WORD. HE CAME ONLY AS A WITNESS TO THE LIGHT

VI) [Jn 1:9]:

A) (Jn 1:9) THE WORD, WHO IS ETERNAL, CREATOR, THE LIFE - GOD, GIVES ETERNAL LIFE TO EVERY MAN WHO BELIEVES IN HIM. HE IS THE TRUE LIGHT, I.E., THE TRUE REVELATION OF WHO GOD IS TO EVERY MAN. HE ENTERED HISTORY IN A UNIQUE FORM AT THE TIME OF JOHN THE BAPTIST IN THE FORM OF HUMANITY SO THAT MEN MIGHT READILY ENCOUNTER HIM THROUGH THE ONGOING WITNESS OF JOHN AND OTHERS, CHOOSE TO KNOW HIM HENCE UNDERSTAND WHO GOD IS AND BELIEVE IN HIM UNTO AN ETERNAL LIFE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:4]:

2) [Compare Jn 1:7 with 1:9]:

3) [Compare Jn 1:5, 10-11]:

VII) [Jn 1:10]:

A) (Jn 1:10) AT THE TIME OF JOHN THE BAPTIST, THE LIGHT, THE WORD, THE LIFE, CREATOR - GOD BEGAN AN ONGOING UNIQUE PRESENCE IN THE WORLD TAKING UPON HIMSELF HUMANITY TO ENLIGHTEN ALL MEN ABOUT HIMSELF SO THAT MEN MIGHT CHOOSE TO KNOW HIM, HENCE UNDERSTAND WHO GOD IS AND BELIEVE IN HIM UNTO AN ETERNAL LIFE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. ALTHOUGH THE WORLD THROUGH HIM WAS MADE, THE WORLD DID NOT CHOOSE TO KNOW HIM

VIII) [Jn 1:11]:

A) (Jn 1:11) THE WORD, THE LIFE, THE LIGHT OF MEN - CREATOR AND GOD, ENTERED THE WORLD IN HISTORY IN HIS HUMANITY, COMING TO ALL THINGS AND INDIVIDUALS OF HIS OWN [NEUTER, PLURAL = ALL THINGS IN THE WORLD INCLUDING MANKIND]; AND HIS OWN PEOPLE [MASCULINE, PLURAL], I.E., ISRAEL DID NOT RECEIVE / BELIEVE IN HIM TO HAVE AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:45 NKJV]:

2)[Compare Jn 7:1]:

IX) [Jn 1:12]:

A) (Jn 1:12) AS MANY INDIVIDUALS OF HIS OWN CREATION WHO RECEIVE THE WORD, THE LIFE, THE LIGHT OF MEN, CREATOR, ETERNAL GOD IN A COMPLETED ACTION INSTANT OF BECOMING BELIEVERS IN HIS NAME, I.E., BY TRUSTING IN HIS CAPACITY, WILLINGNESS AND TRUSTWORTHINESS TO PROVIDE AN ETERNAL LIFE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH HIS ATONING SACRIFICE FOR SINS; ARE BORN OF GOD, AS CHILDREN OF GOD, TO WHOM GOD GAVE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE AUTHORITY TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD, RESULTING IN AN ETERNALLY SECURE ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:12-13]:

B) (Jn 1:12) SINCE THE WORD - ETERNAL, CREATOR, GOD, THE LIFE, THE TRUE LIGHT FROM THE BEGINING HAS REVEALED THE TRUTH ABOUT HIMSELF SO THAT MEN MIGHT KNOW HIM AND THROUGH FAITH IN HIM HAVE ETERNAL LIFE; AND SINCE THE WORD CAME INTO THE WORLD WITH HUMAN FORM SO THAT MEN MIGHT ALL THE MORE BELIEVE IN HIM AS TESTIFIED TO BY JOHN THE BAPTIST AND THOSE WHO FOLLOW IN JOHN'S FOOTSTEPS; AND SINCE AS MANY AS DO RECEIVE HIM - TO THOSE BELIEVING IN HIS NAME, I.E., TRUSTING IN HIS ATONING SACRIFICE FOR SINS, ARE BORN OF GOD AS CHILDREN OF GOD INTO AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM; THEN ALL MEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE HAD PROVISION MADE FOR AND BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BELIEVE IN HIS NAME UNTO ETERNAL LIFE - CORROBORATING THE DOCTRINE OF UNLIMITED ATONEMENT

C) (Jn 1:12) TO RECEIVE THE WORD, THE LIFE (ETERNAL & TEMPORAL), THE LIGHT OF MEN, CREATOR OF ALL THINGS - GOD - IS TO BELIEVE IN HIS NAME, I.E., HIS CAPACITY, WILLINGNESS AND TRUSTWORTHINESS THROUGH HIS ATONING SACRIFICE FOR SINS TO PROVIDE AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AT THE MOMENT ONE BELIEVES RESULTING IN BECOMING A BORN OF GOD CHILD OF GOD WHOM GOD GAVE AUTHORITY TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD

D) (Jn 1:12) BEFORE ONE BELIEVES IN THE NAME OF THE WORD, ONE IS NOT A CHILD OF GOD, I.E., NOT IN THE FAMILY OF GOD

X) [Jn 1:13]:

A) (Jn 1:13) BUT AS MANY OF HIS OWN CREATION AS DID RECEIVE HIM - TO THE ONES BELIEVING IN HIS NAME, I.E. TRUSTING IN HIS CAPACITY, WILLINGNESS AND TRUSTWORTHINESSS TO PROVIDE HIS ATONNG SACRIFICE FOR SINS - WERE BORN NOT OF MIXING OF BLOODLINES THROUGH PROCREATION, NOR OF A WILL OF AN INDIVIDUAL TO HAVE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, NOR OF A WILL OF A MAN TO DECIDE TO HAVE CHILDREN, I.E., DESCENDANTS, (HEIRS); BUT BORN OF GOD AS CHILDREN OF GOD TO WHOM GOD GAVE AUTHORITY TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD RESULTING IN AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM

B) (Jn 1:13) TO BECOME BORN OF GOD AS CHILDREN OF GOD TO WHOM GOD GAVE AUTHORITY TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD RESULTING IN AN ETERNALLY SECURE ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS NOT BY THE MIXING OF BLOODLINES, NOR BY A WILL OF THE FLESH TO HAVE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, NOR BY A WILL OF A MAN TO DECIDE TO HAVE DESCENDANT CHILDREN, BUT IT IS EXCLUSIVELY VIA BEING BORN OF GOD IN THE SPIRITUAL NOT THE NATURAL REALM

C) (Jn 1:13) REGENERATION DOES NOT PRECEDE SAVING FAITH, SAVING FAITH COMES FIRST AND RESULTS IN REGENERATION - BEING BORN OF GOd

1) [Compare 1 Jn 5:1]:

2) [Compare Acts 16:31]:

XI) [Jn 1:14]:

A) (Jn 1:14) THE WORD - ETERNAL, CREATOR, THE LIFE, THE LIGHT OF MEN - GOD ADDED TO HIS ESSENCE PERFECT HUMANITY AND DWELT AMONG MEN SO THAT ALL MEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY, INCLUDING THE FUTURE THROUGH WITNESS ACCOUNTS BEGINNING WITH JOHN THE BAPTIST MIGHT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE, KNOW AND BELIEVE IN HIM UNTO AN ETERNAL LIFE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:14 KJV]:

2) [Compare Jn 1:4, 6-11]:

B) (Jn 1:14) AUTHOR JOHN AND OTHERS EXPERIENCED SEEING THE GLORY OF GOD IN THE WORD IN HIS PERFECT HUMANITY - THE ONE AND ONLY WHO CAME FROM THE FATHER

C) (Jn 1:14) THE WORD BECAME FLESH, I.E., ADDED TO HIMSELF PERFECT HUMANITY AND IN THAT HUMANITY HE IS ONE AND ONLY FROM THE FATHER IMPLYING A UNIQUE SONSHIP WITH THE FATHER

D) (Jn 1:14) BOTH THE FATHER AND THE WORD - THE SON OF GOD ARE IN VIEW AS INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITIES, I.E., MODES OF EXPRESSION OF GOD. THE WORD BECAME FLESH, I.E., ADDED PERFECT HUMANITY TO HIS ESSENCE WHICH CAME FROM THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE FATHER

E) (Jn 1:14) THE WORD IS FULL OF GRACE - THE GRACE OF SALVATION AND THE WHOLE OF THE GRACE OF GOD, BECAUSE HE IS GOD - THE SON OF GOD

F) (Jn 1:14) THE WORD, CREATOR OF ALL THINGS, GOD - BECAME FLESH, I.E., ADDED TO HIMSELF PERFECT HUMANITY AND CAME INTO THE WORLD FULL OF TRUTH: THE TRUTH OF WHO GOD IS, OF (HIS) CREATION AND LIFE, AND THE TRUTH THAT HE IS, BECAUSE HE HAS MADE HIMSELF TO BE, THE SOLE MEANS BY WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL CAN BE BORN OF GOD AS A CHILD OF GOD UNTO AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BY GRACE THROUGH A MOMENT OF FAITH ALONE IN HIS NAME ALONE

XII) [Jn 1:15]:

A) (Jn 1:15) JOHN THE BAPTIST, CONTINUING TO BEAR WITNESS TO THE LIFE, THE LIGHT OF MEN, THE WORD, WHO WAS TO COME INTO THE WORLD, SAID;

"THIS WAS HE OF WHOM I SAID, 'HE WHO AFTER ME IS COMING

(REFERRING TO THE WORD'S COMING INTO THE WORD, HAVING ADDED TO HIMSELF PERFECT HUMANITY AND COMING IN THAT HUMANITY AT THE TIME OF JOHN)

HAS COME BEFORE ME

(REFERRING TO THE WORD'S PRESENCE IN THE WORLD AT THE BEGINING OF TIME AND CRATION - LONG BEFORE HE ADDED TO HIMSELF PERFECT HUMANITY)

FOR HE WAS BEFORE ME

(REFERRING TO HIS ETERNAL EXISTENCE AS GOD)' "

1) [Compare Jn 1:26-30]:

2) [Compare Jn 1:1]:

XIII) [Jn 1:16]:

A) (Jn 1:16) OUT OF THE FULLNESS OF THE WORD - FROM HIS FULLNESS OF THE GRACE AND TRUTH OF GOD - DID ALL MANKIND RECEIVE TIME AFTER TIME, LIKE THE WAVES OF THE OCEAN; NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH ARE THOSE GRACIOUS AND DAILY UNMERITED BLESSINGS WHICH SUSTAIN ONES TEMPORAL LIFE; AND THE EVER COMING MESSAGES OF THE TRUTH ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY THROUGH THE WORD, THE LIGHT OF MEN OF AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BY GRACE THROUGH A MOMENT OF FAITH ALONE IN HIS NAME ALONE

XIV) [Jn 1:17]:

A) (Jn 1:17) OUT OF THE FULLNESS OF THE WORD DID ALL MANKIND RECEIVE, EVEN GRACE IN PLACE OF GRACE: THE LAW, A GRACE GIFT OF THE STATUTES OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR TEMPORAL BLESSING THROUGH MOSES TO HIS PEOPLE AND INDIRECTLY TO ALL MANKIND, WAS REPLACED BY THE GRACE AND TRUTH OF GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, THE WORD BECOME FLESH, TO FULLFILL THE LAW AND BY BEING A SACRIFICE FOR SINS, BECOME THE MEANS BY WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL COULD BE BORN OF GOD AS A CHILD OF GOD INTO AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD BY GRACE ALONE THROUGH A MOMENT OF FAITH ALONE IN HIS NAME ALONE

B) (Jn 1:17) FOR THE FIRST TIME, AUTHOR JOHN PROVIDES THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, (= MESSIAH / = HEBREW: HAMASHIOCH) TO IDENTIFY BUT NOT BE LIMITED IN SCOPE TO THE PERFECT HUMANITY OF THE WORD, THE LIFE, THE LIGHT OF MEN, THE SON OF GOD HAVING COME INTO THE WORLD; FOR THE WORD, JESUS CHRIST IS ETERNAL, HE WAS IN THE BEGINNING AND FOREVER WILL BE JESUS CHRIST

XV) [Jn 1:18]:

A) (Jn 1:18) NO ONE - NO FINITE HUMAN BEING HAS EVER SEEN GOD IN HIS ESSENCE WITH ONES PHYSICAL EYES

B) (Jn 1:18) THE CORRECT RENDERING OF VERSE 18 HAS "THE ONE AND ONLY GOD" IN IT AS OPPOSED TO "THE ONE AND ONLY SON" OR "THE ONLY BEGOTTEN..." TO CONVEY THE FACT THAT NO HUMAN BEING HAS SEEN GOD AT ANY TIME, BUT GOD THE ONE AND ONLY - THE WORD IN HIS PERFECT HUMANITY WHO IS IN THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER HAS DECLARED HIM, I.E., MADE HIM KNOWN

C) (Jn 1:18) NO FINITE HUMAN BEING HAS SEEN GOD AT ANY TIME; BUT THE ONE AND ONLY GOD, THE WORD, WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN FACE TO FACE WITH GOD - ABLE TO SEE AND INTIMATELY KNOW GOD, WHO IS IN THE BOSOM OF THE FATHER - IN THE CLOSEST PERSONAL INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM - HAS BECOME FLESH. AND IN HIS PERFECT HUMANITY HE HAS COME INTO THE WORLD TO DECLARE THROUGH HIMSELF WHO GOD IS. MANKIND CAN NOW BEHOLD THE GLORY AS OF THE ONE AND ONLY FROM THE FATHER, FULL OF THE GRACE AND TRUTH OF GOD. THE WORD BECOME FLESH HAS MADE GOD KNOWABLE AND KNOWN TO MANKIND, SO THAT MEN CAN CHOOSE TO KNOW GOD AND TRUST IN THE WORD UNTO AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

XVI) [Jn 1:19-28]:

A) (Jn 1:19-28) THE JEWISH RULERS SENT PRIESTS AND LEVITES FROM JERUSALEM TO INTERROGATE JOHN THE BAPTIST WHICH IMPLIES THAT HE DID NOT CONFORM TO THEIR SPHERE OF RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL AUTHORITY

1) [Compare Jn 1:24]:

B) (Jn 1:19-28) THE PRIESTS AND LEVITES ASKED JOHN THE BAPTIST, 'WHO ARE YOU?' EVIDENTLY WITH SOME CONCEPT OF "THE CHRIST" IN MIND. JOHN RESPONDED CURTLY AND INTUITIVELY, 'I AM NOT THE CHRIST,' ANTICIPATING WHO THEY THOUGHT HE MIGHT BE. THE NAME 'THE CHRIST,' ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, IS THE MESSIAH / SAVIOR /RULER OF ISRAEL AND THE WORLD WHO BEING GOD AND MAN WAS TO COME FROM GOD AND OUT OF ISRAEL TO DELIVER ISRAEL AND MANKIND FROM BONDAGE AND SIN INTO THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD - THE CHRIST!

1) [Compare Isa 40:1-5]:

2) [Compare Ps 2:1-12]:

C) (Jn 1:19-28) THEN THE JEWISH INTERROGATORS ASKED JOHN THE BAPTIST "WHAT THEN" ARE YOU ELIJAH?" EVIDENTLY REFERRING TO THE PROPHET OF ANCIENT TIMES WHO SCRIPTURE FORETOLD WAS TO COME BACK INTO THE WORLD AFTER HE WAS TRANSLATED INTO HEAVEN HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO

1) [Compare 2 Ki 2:11]:

2) [Compare Mal 4:5-6]:

D) (Jn 1:19-28) THE JEWISH INTERROGATORS PERSISTED WITH JOHN THE BAPTIST. THEY ASKED, "ARE YOU THE PROPHET," THEIR THIRD CHOICE OF WHOM THEY THOUGHT JOHN THE BAPTIST MIGHT BE. THEY WERE REFERRING TO SCRIPTURE TO THE ONE WHOM MOSES FORETOLD WOULD BE A PROPHET LIKE HIMSELF - THE KEY PROPHET OF ISRAEL - WHO WOULD LEAD THEM IN A FINAL EXODUS FROM THEIR ENEMIES AND FROM SIN INTO THE PROMISED ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD - THE CHRIST!

1) [Compare Dt 18:15-19]:

E) (Jn 1:19-28) JOHN TELLS HIS JEWISH INTERROGATORS THAT HE IS THE VOICE WHICH ISAIAH WROTE ABOUT: THE ONE WHO CRIES OUT IN THE WILDERNESS, TELLING ISRAEL TO MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD WHO IS COMING INTO THE WORLD TO ESTABLISH HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM RULE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AT JERUSALEM THROUGH HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE ISRAEL. SO ALL ISRAEL MUST TRUST IN THE LORD FOR DELIVERANCE FROM SIN AND COMMIT TO RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT THE GLORY OF THE LORD WILL BE REVEALED TO ALL MANKIND

****** EXCERPTS FROM ISAIAH CHAPTERS 7, 9 & 40 ******

IN VIEW OF THE IMMINENT RETURN IN ANCIENT TIMES OF ISRAEL FROM BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY TO A JERUSALEM WHICH WOULD BE REBUILT, A VOICE OF A PROPHET CRIED OUT TO THE PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM TELLING THEM IN A FIGURATIVE / SPIRITUAL SENSE, NOT A LITERAL SENSE, THAT IN THE WILDERNESS THEY WERE ALL TO PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD IN THE SENSE OF MAKING THE WAY OF THE LORD RIGHTEOUS; AND IN THE SAME SENSE, MAKE A STRAIGHT HIGHWAY FOR OUR GOD IN THE DESERT, AND LIKEWISE HAVE EVERY VALLEY LIFTED UP, EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL LEVELED, AND UNEVEN GROUND BECOME SMOOTH AND ROUGH PLACES A PLAIN, I.E., SO THAT THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WOULD BE CHARACTERIZED AS HAVING THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD THUS HAVING REMOVED THE SPIRITUAL HINDRANCES WITHIN THEMSELVES TO THE COMING OF THE LORD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT ALL MANKIND WOULD SEE THE GLORY OF THE LORD WHEN HE COMES TO RULE OVER HIS EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF HEAVEN ON THE EARTH, AS DECLARED BY THE PROPHET TO BE TRUE, FOR ISAIAH DECLARED THAT THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HAD SPOKEN IT TO HIM. SO THE TIME OF THE LORD'S RULE WOULD BEGIN WHEN EACH ONE OF NATIONAL ISRAEL, TO WHOM THE MESSAGE OF THE PROPHET CRYING OUT WAS EXCLUSIVELY DIRECTED, RESPONDED TO IT EVIDENTLY VIA A MOMENT OF FAITH ALONE IN THE COMING LORD ALONE TO DELIVER ONE FROM ONE'S SINS SUCH THAT EACH ONE WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH THE GIFT OF GOD'S PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS WITHIN ONESELF UNTO ETERNAL LIFE AND BY THAT PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD TO COME TO RULE OVER HIS EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF HEAVEN ON THE EARTH THROUGH HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL. NOTICE THAT THIS REPENTANCE CANNOT MEAN DOING GODLY WORKS IN ORDER TO RECEIVE REMISSION (FORGIVENESS) OF SINS IN ORDER TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AS SOME CONTEND; BECAUSE DOING GODLY WORKS CANNOT ERASE SINFUL DEEDS. NOR CAN REPENTANCE MEAN TO TURN FROM SIN IN THE SENSE OF NOT COMMITTING SINS ANY MORE; FOR THAT IS A TASK WHICH IS NOT POSSIBLE GIVEN THE SINFUL NATURE OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL. ISAIAH INDICATED PREVIOUSLY THAT THIS OUTCOME WAS TO BEGIN WITH A CHILD BORN SUPERNATURALLY OF AN ISRAELITE MAIDEN / VIRGIN - A SON AND CHILD OF ISRAEL, WHO WOULD BE DECLARED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE WHO WOULD COME TO ESTABLISH HIS EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF HEAVEN RULE OVER THE WORLD UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID FROM JERUSALEM THROUGH HIS PEOPLE, ISRAEL AS BOTH GOD AND MAN

[Compare Isa 7:14-16]:

[Compare Isa 9:6-7]:

[Compare Isa 6:3]:

****** END OF EXCERPTS FROM ISAIAH CHAPTERS 7, 9 & 40 ******

E cont.) (Jn 1:19-28) JOHN TELLS HIS JEWISH INTERROGATORS THAT HE IS THE VOICE WHICH ISAIAH WROTE ABOUT: THE ONE WHO CRIES OUT IN THE WILDERNESS, TELLING ISRAEL TO MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD WHO IS COMING INTO THE WORLD TO ESTABLISH HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM RULE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AT JERUSALEM THROUGH HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE ISRAEL. SO ALL ISRAEL MUST TRUST IN THE LORD FOR DELIVERANCE FROM SIN AND COMMIT TO RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT THE GLORY OF THE LORD WILL BE REVEALED TO ALL MANKIND, (cont.)

1) [Compare Jn 1:14]:

F) (Jn 1:19-28) THE JEWISH INTERROGATORS, SENT BY THE PHARISEES, RULERS OF THE JEWS, DEMANDED TO KNOW WHY JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS BAPTIZING JEWS AT BETHANY ACROSS THE JORDAN. JOHN'S ANSWER: HIS WATER BAPTISMS WERE PUBLIC EXPRESSIONS WHICH SYMBOLIZED ISRAELITES' ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE COMING OF THE LORD, "THE CHRIST," WHICH INCLUDED BELIEVING IN HIM FOR FORGIVENESS OF SINS UNTO AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND A COMMITTMENT TO LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY BEFORE THE LORD IN ORDER TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR HIS ENTRY INTO THE WORLD TO ESTABLISH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM THROUGH HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE ISRAEL. IN VIEW OF THE GLORY AND RIGHTEOUS CHARACTER OF THE CHRIST WHO IS TO COME, JOHN DECLARED HIS UNWORTHINESS TO LOOSE THE CORD OF HIS SANDAL

1) [Compare Jn 1:15 YLT]:

a) John The Baptist, Continuing To Bear Witness To The Life, The Light Of Men, The Word, Who Was To Come Into The World, Said;

"This Was He Of Whom I said, 'He Who After Me Is Coming (Referring To The Word's Human Presence, The Christ To Come, At The Time Of John)

Has Come Before Me

(Referring To The Word's PreMessianic Presence In Human Form In The World)

For He Was Before Me

(Referring To His Eternal Existence As God)' "

b) [Compare Jn 1:26-30]:

c) [Compare Jn 1:1]:

d) [Compare Jn 1:29-30]:

XVII) [Jn 1:29-34]:

A) (Jn 1:29-34) AT THE MOMENT WHEN JOHN THE BAPTIST FIRST KNEW THAT JESUS WAS THE CHRIST, JESUS WAS COMING TOWARD HIM AND JOHN DECLARED THAT HE WAS THE LAMB OF GOD, (THE ATONING SACRIFICE), WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD. HERETOFORE, JOHN HAD ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WAS A MAN, (THE CHRIST) WHO WAS TO COME AFTER HIM; WHO (IN PREMESSIANIC HUMAN FORM) HAD COME BEFORE HIM BECAUSE HE (BEING ETERNAL GOD) WAS BEFORE HIM. JOHN DID NOT KNOW THE CHRIST UNTIL THE TIME HAD COME FOR THE CHRIST TO BE ANNOUNCED AND REVEALED TO ISRAEL; AND THEN GOD REVEALED HIM TO JOHN THE BAPTIST. JOHN WATER BAPTIZED ISRAELITES TO SYMBOLIZE THEIR ACCEPTANCE BY FAITH IN THE COMING OF CHRIST AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO AN ETERNAL LIFE FAMILIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD

1) [Compare Jn 1:12-13]:

2) (Review Jn 1:23 NKJV):

B) (Jn 1:29-34) JOHN THE BAPTIST BORE FURTHER WITNESS OF THE CHRIST WHEN HE SPOKE OF SEEING THE HOLY SPIRIT DESCENDING FROM HEAVEN LIKE A DOVE AND REMAINING UPON JESUS AS GOD'S CONFIRMATION TO JOHN THROUGH THIS REVELATION THAT JESUS WAS THE CHRIST, THE COMING MESSIAH. JOHN DID NOT KNOW JESUS AS THE CHRIST BEFORE THIS, BUT NOW JOHN DECLARES THAT THE CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD AND THE ONE WHO BAPTIZES WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT IDENTIFYING THE BELIEVER WITH CHRIST AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS

XVIII) [Jn 1:35-51]:

A) (Jn 1:35-51) AS JOHN THE BAPTIST CONTINUED TO ANNOUNCE JESUS AS THE LAMB OF GOD, ANDREW AND ANOTHER DISCIPLE OF JOHN BEGAN TO FOLLOW JESUS. SIMON PETER, PHILIP AND NATHANAEL JOIN THEM. DECLARATIONS ARE MADE OF FINDING THE MESSIAH IN JESUS, AND THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD AND KING OF ISRAEL. DUE TO NATHANAEL'S REMARKABLE FAITH IN HIM, JESUS SAYS TO NATHANAEL: "HEREAFTER YOU SHALL SEE HEAVEN OPEN, AND THE ANGELS OF GOD ASCENDING AND DESCENDING UPON THE SON OF MAN"

1) [Compare Jn 1:38 Greek]:

2) [Compare Gen 28:10-12]:

3) [Compare Dan 7:9-14]:

4) [Compare Ps 80:14-17]:

CORROBORATION AND FURTHER COMMENTARY OF VERSES 1-18