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Bible Gem 4 - Footnoted or not? (John 1:5,8 5:35)

March 3, 2019


In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He existed in the beginning with God.

God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5)




Look at the verse John 1:5 in your Bible. If there is no footnote on this verse you don’t have a good study Bible. Change it. Get a better study bible. This verse has 2 meanings. 


The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood was it.  Or overcome2 it. Which did John mean? Both. He making a play on words. John develops a theme of understanding and a theme of overcoming. 


Take note of John’s theme words. Light, life, world and many others. Water, Bread etc. These themes continue, keep following them to see how the thoughts develop. They are words worthy of studying. 


He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 1:8

John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message. 5:35

John contrasts himself with the Word, the Christ. John is the luknos (the small oil burning lamp) but Christ is the phos (bright shining light of the sun). 


And what's the real meaning behind "That was the true Light which lightens every man coming into the world."?  That’s a point for you to ponder. Does the phrase "coming into the world" refer to the Light, The Word, Christ or does the phrase refer to "every man". Does the light of Christ shine on everyone and therefore all will be saved, a universalist theory which comes from the second way to read this verse. Or does the meaning relate to the Light that was coming into the world? Time for you to ponder it. How does your answer fit with the rest of the Bible? Or the rest of John?



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