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John 1 - NIV

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was with God in the beginning.

3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a]  it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John.

7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.

8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

10 He 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, but his own did not receive him.

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)

16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah

19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[c] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”

22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”[d]

24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent

25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

26 “I baptize with[e] water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know.

27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

John Testifies About Jesus

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’

31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.

33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”[f]

John’s Disciples Follow Jesus

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples.

36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus.

38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.

41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).

42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter[g] ).

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael


a. John 1:5 Or understood
b. John 1:18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who
c. John 1:19 The Greek term traditionally translated the Jews (hoi Ioudaioi) refers here and elsewhere in John’s Gospel to those Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus; also in 5:10, 15, 16; 7:1, 11, 13; 9:22; 18:14, 28, 36; 19:7, 12, 31, 38.
d. John 1:23 Isaiah?40:3
e. John 1:26 Or in; also in verses 31 and 33 (twice)
f. John 1:34 See Isaiah?42:1; many manuscripts is the Son of God.
g. John 1:42 Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) both mean rock.

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God's Word Became Life
Shared by: Rick Burdette on Nov, 2016
Summary: God's Plan, The Incarnation, Life & Light
Scripture: John 1:1-5
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Light and darkness, Jesus is our light and our darkness.
Shared by: Gordon McCulloch on Nov, 2016
Summary: All Christians can say easily that Christ is the Light of their world, and they even mean it. But what is this light of the world, and if they knew, they would not say it so readily. Find out what this light truly is.
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Shared by: Elmer Towns on Oct, 2016
Summary: Not everyone responds to Jesus the first time He calls.
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Scripture: John 1:42
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 602
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The Incomparable Christ
Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Oct, 2016
Summary: A sermon to extol the virtues of Jesus Christ.
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Scripture: John 1:1-5
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Shared by: Rodney Kelley on Oct, 2016
Summary: First sermon in the series on the Gospel of John.
Scripture: John 1:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
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Shared by: Rodney Kelley on Oct, 2016
Summary: The introduction of John the Baptist
Scripture: John 1:6-28
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 79
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Shared by: Rodney Kelley on Oct, 2016
Summary: John the Baptist's declaration
Scripture: John 1:29-34
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 58
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What Seek Ye?
Shared by: Rodney Kelley on Oct, 2016
Summary: The first disciples seek to follow the Lord
Scripture: John 1:29-42
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 116
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Jesus the Word of God
Shared by: Rev.Andrew B Natarajan on Sep, 2016
Summary: The Word of God became the flesh
Scripture: John 1:1-14
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Views: 52
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In Christ Alone: "In the Beginning"
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Sep, 2016
Summary: Christ, as seen through the eyes of John. Bible scholars have long viewed his narrative as the most theological of the four narratives. Calvin wrote: "The first three exhibit His body...but John shows His soul."
Scripture: John 1:1-14
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 47
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In Christ Alone: "A Credible Witness"
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Sep, 2016
Summary: When a witness has no bias or ulterior motive and is truthful, then he can be considered a 'credible witness'.
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In Christ Alone: "I Did Not Recognize Him"
Shared by: Reverend Cooper McWhirter on Sep, 2016
Summary: Not once but twice, John the Baptist said: "I did not recognize Him"
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John Writes A Gospel Lesson 3
Shared by: Elmer Towns on Sep, 2016
Summary: The word "Gospel" means "Good News"
Scripture: John 1:1-21:25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 50
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Shared by: Elmer Towns on Sep, 2016
Summary: Jesus' First Miracle
Scripture: John 1:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 81
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Grace..."God's Second Chance"
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Sep, 2016
Summary: If someone was willing to give you a second chance wouldn’t you want to know about it? If someone was willing to forgive you wouldn’t you want to hear about it? If somebody loved you so much that they were willing to die for you, wouldn’t you....
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Scripture: John 1:16-18
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The Alive and Active Word of God
Shared by: Howard Strickland on Aug, 2016
Summary: In John’s day and time, the logos becoming flesh wasn’t acceptable. However, Jesus Christ became the logos, the Word, and He dwelt among men.
Scripture: John 1:1-5
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 187
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Who is this Jesus
Shared by: Mike Rickman on Jul, 2016
Summary: What does the Word of God say about the nature of Christ?
Scripture: John 1:1
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 112
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jul, 2016
Summary: We have the greatest gift in this whole world in Gods grace.
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Shared by: Coz von on Jun, 2016
Summary: one of the last century’s greatest scientific minds argues that, perhaps, aliens in spaceships first brought life to Earth, and that explains how we all got here. mmmmm??
Series: Is God dead?
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WHERE ARE YOU #2 (Relationship with God)
Shared by: Darin Gary on Jun, 2016
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Regeneration: My Nature Changed
Shared by: Archie Norman on Jun, 2016
Summary: What is Biblical Salvation?
Scripture: John 1:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 159
Curtis E. Nester avatar
Jesus First Miracle
Shared by: Curtis E. Nester on May, 2016
Summary: Series of messages on the Eight sign Miracles in the Gospel of John. John recorded these so people would believe that Jesus was, indeed the Messiah with power over nature, sickness and death. (see John 20:30-31) #1 is Jesus First Miracle at Cana
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Shared by: John Stackhouse on May, 2016
Summary: This is the second in my series on the Articles of Faith for the Church of the Nazarene.
Scripture: John 1:1-3
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 236
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What was Jesus’ Purpose?
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on May, 2016
Summary: Realizing who Jesus is AND living for Him becomes a matter of more than faith, but real (everyday) life application. Will we surrender to Him fully, or continue to hold onto our “stuff? If we will ever love others, we must start by loving Him first.
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Shared by: John Sears on May, 2016
Summary: A Mother's Day message about passing along the story of faith starting with our family.
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Scripture: John 1:35-50
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 571
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The Forerunner to the Messiah
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on May, 2016
Summary: John gives us three important lessons from his testimony: 1. We are not the focus of the witness; 2. We are not the light of the world; and, 3. We proclaim (for others) our own belief in Jesus. Before we can ever grow, we must realize these first!
Series: John
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The Voice
Shared by: Jimmy Dillon on May, 2016
Summary: Looks at John as being THE VOICE of the one crying in the wilderness
Scripture: John 1:19-28
Denomination: Baptist
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Jesus is Life and Light
Shared by: T.J. Conwell on May, 2016
Summary: In 5 sentences, John gives us a wonderful picture of who Jesus is and what He came to do. He came with a message of hope, from the place where hope is eternal, so that we may know His Father and the love that is provided free if we will accept it.
Series: John
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My Identity In Christ
Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Apr, 2016
Summary: When I am Christ, what does that mean?
Scripture: John 1:12
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Horn of Salvation
Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Apr, 2016
Summary: The Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Shoshana, was set in motion over 3,500 years, but was conceived in the heart of God in eternity.
Scripture: John 1:11-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 673