John 1:1–18 The Prolog of John’s Gospel
A. Jesus: with God,In the beginning was the Word,
and reveals God
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- He was in the beginning with God.
B. Old Creation was through JesusAll things were made through him,
and without him was not any thing made that was made.
C. His life was available to humankind, but not receivedIn him was life, and the life was the light of men.
- The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not mastered it.
D. The greatest in the Old CovenantThere was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
pointed to Jesus
- He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light,
that all might believe through him.
- He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
E. Jesus was bornThe true light, which enlightens everyone,
was coming into the world.
F. Old creation humanity rejects JesusHe was in the world,
and the world was made through him,
yet the world did not know him.
G. Not receivedHe came to his own,
and his own people did not receive him.
G2 ReceivedBut to all who did receive him,
who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God,
F2 New Creation humanitywho were born, not of blood nor of the will
born of God
of the flesh nor of the will of man,
but born of God.
E2 Jesus was bornAnd the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory—
God himself came to live with us
the glory of the One and Only,
full of grace and truth,
who came from the Father.
D2 The greatest in the Old points forward to the newJohn bore witness about him, and cried out,
“This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me
ranks before me, because he was before me.’”
C2 He is now receivedAnd from his fullness we have all received,
grace upon grace.
B2 The New Creation is through JesusFor the law was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
A2 Jesus: with GodNo one has ever seen God.
and reveals God
The One and Only, himself God,
who is in closest fellowship with the Father,
has made God known.
(based on ESV & NET Bibles with some changes by Andrew Fountain)