John 1:1-18 Reading the Passage

Jesus Christ: The Revelation of God – John 1:1-18

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through him; and without him nothing was made that has been made. (4) In him was life; and the Life was the light of men.

(5) The Light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not extinguish it. (6) There came a man, sent by God, whose name was John. (7) He came as a witness, so that he might bear testimony about the Light, so that all men might believe through him. (8) He himself was not the Light; on the contrary, he came so that he might bear testimony about the Light. (9) The true Light, the Light that enlightens every man, was coming into the world. (10) He was in the world, and the world was made through him, but the world did not know him. (11) He came to his own people, yet those who were his own did not receive him. (12) But to all who did receive him, to those who believe on his name, to them he gave the right to become children of God—(13) they were born, not by natural descent, nor by human will, nor by a husband’s desire, but by God. (14) The Word became flesh, and lived* among us. We saw his glory, his glory as the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(15) John bears testimony about him, crying out, This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me has surpassed me; because he was before me. (16) From his fullness we all received, grace upon grace. (17) The law was given through Moses; the grace and the truth came through Jesus Christ. (18) No man has seen God at any time; the one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.

*Literally, “tabernacled among us”

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