Monthly Archives: September 2012

“He Came as a Witness”

The English word witness translates a Greek word μαρτυρία in John 1.7: He [John] came as a witness, to bear witness about the light. Witness is a pretty good translation of the word because in the Greek it means: “confirmation … Continue reading

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Darkness vs. Light

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1.5) This seems like a pretty straightforward statement doesn’t it?  Darkness doesn’t overcome light.  Boom! Let’s move on to verse 6.  Not so fast.  Let me … Continue reading

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"The Life was the Light of Men"

Don’t you just love someone who gets right to the point of things?  They don’t tread around the edges of an issue; they jump right in even if it means whacking you over the head with a 2 x 4.  … Continue reading

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"In Him was Life"

What does John mean when he writes: In him [The Word] was life?  I’m glad you didn’t asked.  This is where it helps to either have a language commentary around or know a little bit of the Greek language.  John … Continue reading

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John: Christ as "The Word"

Why did John choose to represent Christ as “The Word” as in In the beginning was The Word?  (Short answer: He was under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but we are looking for the long answer).  The word “word” … Continue reading

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John: Was he a Monotheist?

How do we understand John’s statement that: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1.1)?  Was John a monotheist?  A polytheist?  Is he introducing something new to Christianity here? … Continue reading

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John: "In the Beginning Was"

If you asked someone what book of the Bible has the earliest reference in time, they would probably say Genesis.  After all, it starts: In the beginning God.  They would be wrong.  The Gospel of John has the earliest reference … Continue reading

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