Just a Little Deeper: John 1:1-18

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Posted Monday, September 26, 2011 at 5:00 AM

The first verses in John, often referred to as the Prologue, act as a window into the rest of the Gospel of John: John touches on his key points that he will address later in the gospel. In a sense, these verses would act much like a movie trailer would today, it gives you just enough information for you to determine if you'd be interested in seeing how the movie (or gospel, in this case) builds those ideas out. Take a look at the parallels between the Prologue and the rest of the gospel of John:



Prologue

Gospel

The pre-existence of the Son

1:1-2

17:5

In him was life

1:4

5:26

Life is light

1:4

8:12

Light rejected by darkness

1:5

3:19

Yet not quenched by it

1:5

12:35

Light coming into the world

1:9

3:19; 12:46

Christ not received by his own

1:11

4:44

Being born to God and not to flesh

1:13

3:6; 8:41-42

The ‘one and only’ Son

1:14; 1:18

3:16

Truth in Jesus Christ

1:17

14:6

No one has seen God, except the one who comes from God’s side

1:18

6:46


Note: Again, this is not my own work, but from "The Gospel According to John" by D.A. Carson and part of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.

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