John 1 via Mirror Word Version
1 To go back to the very beginning is to find the Word already present there. The Logic of God defines the only possible place where humankind can trace their genesis. The Word is I am; God’s eternal eloquence echoes and concludes in him. The Word equals God. (arche, to be first in order, time, place or rank. The Word, logos, was ”with” God; here John uses the Greek preposition pros, which indicates direction, forward to; that is toward the destination of the relation. Face-to-face. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and return, having accomplished their purpose (canceling distance and saturating the earth and awakening the seed in the soil), so shall my word be that proceeds from my mouth.” [Isa 55:10, 11]). The destiny of the word is always to return face to face.
Three times in this sentence John uses the imperfect of eimi, namely en, to be, which conveys no idea of origin for God or for the Logos, but simply continuous existence, “I am”.Quite a different verb egeneto, “became,” appears in John 1:14 for the beginning of the Incarnation of the Logos. See the distinction sharply drawn in John 8:58, “before Abraham was born (genesthai from egeneto) I am” (eimi, timeless existence.)
2 The beginning mirrors the Word face to face with God. (Nothing that is witnessed in the Word distracts from who God is. ”If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” [John 14:9])
3 The Logos is the source; everything commences in him. He remains the exclusive Parent reference to their genesis. There is nothing original, except the Word!
4 His life is the light that defines our lives. (In his life man discovers the light of life.)
5 The darkness was pierced and could not comprehend or diminish this light. (Darkness represents man’s ignorance of his redeemed identity and innocence [Isa 9:2-4, Isa 60:1-3, Eph 3:18, Col 1:13-15].)
6 Then there was this man John (Jesus’ cousin) commissioned by God;
7 his mission was to draw attention to the light of their lives so that what they witnessed in him would cause them to believe (in their original life redeemed again).
8 His ministry was not to distract from the light, as if he himself was the light but rather to point out the light Source.
9 A new day for humanity has come. The authentic light of life that illuminates everyone was about to dawn in the world! (This day would begin our calendar and record the fact that human history would forever be divided into before and after Christ. The incarnation would make the image of God visible in human form. In him who is the blueprint of our lives there is more than enough light to displace the darkness in every human life. He is the true light that enlightens every man! [Col 1:15; 2:9, 10; 2 Cor 4:6])
10 Although no one took any notice of him, he was no stranger to the world; he always was there and is himself the author of all things.
11 It was not as though he arrived on a foreign planet; he came to his own, yet his own did not recognize him. (Ps 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell in it [RSV].” The word, paralambano, comes from para, a preposition indicating close proximity, a thing proceeding from a sphere of influence, with a suggestion of union of place of residence, to have sprung from its author and giver, originating from, denoting the point from which an action originates, intimate connection; and lambano, to comprehend, grasp, to identify with.)
12 Everyone who realizes their association in him, convinced that he is their original life and that his name defines them, in them he endorses the fact that they are indeed his offspring, begotten of him; he sanctions the legitimacy of their sonship. (The word often translated, to receive, lambano, means to comprehend, grasp, to identify with. This word suggests that even though he came to his own, there are those who do not grasp their true origin revealed in him, and like the many Pharisees they behave like children of a foreign father, the father of lies [Jn 8: 44]. Neither God’s legitimate fatherhood of man nor his ownership is in question; man’s indifference to his true origin is the problem. This is what the Gospel addresses with utmost clarity in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus has come to introduce man to himself again; humanity has forgotten what manner of man he is by design! [Jas 1:24, Deut 32:18, Ps 22:27].
The word, genesthai [aorist tense, which is like a snapshot taken of an event that has already taken place], from ginomai, to become [See 1:3]. The Logos is the source; everything commences in him. He remains the exclusive Parent reference to their genesis. There is nothing original, except the Word! Man began in God [see also Acts 17:28]. “He has come to give us understanding to know him who is true and to realize that we are in him who is true.” [1 Jn 5:20].)
The word, exousia, often translated “power;” as in, he gave “power” to become children of God, is a compound word; from ek, always denoting origin or source and eimi, I am; thus, out of I am! This gives legitimacy and authority to our sonship; teknon, translated as offspring, child.
“He has given,” didomi, in this case to give something to someone that already belongs to them; thus, to return. The fact that they already are his own, born from above, they have their beginning and their being in him is now confirmed in their realizing it! Convinced, pisteo; his name onoma, defines man [see Eph 3:15].
“He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.” — The Message)
13 These are they who discover their genesis in God beyond their natural conception! Man began in God. We are not the invention of our parents!
8 Suddenly the invisible eternal Word takes on visible form! The Incarnation! In him, and now confirmed in us! The most accurate tangible display of God’s eternal thought finds expression in human life! The Word became a human being; we are his address; he resides in us! He captivates our gaze! The glory we see there is not a religious replica; he is the authentic begotten son. The glory (that Adam lost) returns in fullness! Only grace can communicate truth in such complete context! (In him we discover that we are not here by chance or accident or by the desire of an earthly parent, neither are we the product of a mere physical conception; we exist by the expression of God’s desire to reveal himself in the flesh. His eternal invisible Word, his Spirit-thought, became flesh, ginomai, as in be born and theaomai, meaning to gaze upon, to perceive. We saw his glory, doxa, the display of his opinion, the glory as of the original, authentic begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. He is the “only begotten,” monogenes; begotten only by the Father and not of the flesh; in him we recognize our true beginning. as in the authentic original mold. He is also the “first born from the dead”, declaring our new birth. [Col 1:18, 1 Pet 1:3]. He is the revelation of our completeness.
And of his fullness have we all received, grace against grace, garin anti garitos, grace undeserved. For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. He who is in the bosom of the Father, the only original, authentic begotten of the Father; he is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us. Interesting that the revelation of the Incarnation in verse 14 doesn’t follow verse 2 or 3, but verse 12 and 13! Genesis 1:26 is redeemed!)
14 John the Baptist raised his voice to announce emphatically that Jesus was what his ministry and prophetic message were all about. He declared that Jesus, though younger than him, ranks above him and was “born” before him, since he always was!
15 He is the source of our completeness. Grace against grace! (garin anti garitos, grace undeserved. Grace prevailed against the tide of darkness due to Adam’s fall. His fullness is the source of all that grace communicates as our portion, against all odds!)
15 Against the stark backdrop of the law, with Moses representing the condemned state of mankind, Jesus Christ unveils grace and truth! (He is the life of our design redeemed in human form).
16 Until this moment God remained invisible to now the authentic begotten son, the bluepr man; int of man’s design who represents the innermost being of God, the son who is in the bosom of the father, brings him into full view! He is the official authority qualified to announce God! He is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us. (Begotten only of God, monogenes. Official guide, eksegesato, from ek, preposition denoting source, and hegeomai, the strengthened form of ago, to lead as a shepherd leads his sheep; thus hegeomai means to be officially appointed in a position of authority.
2 Cor 4:18 It is the unseen eternal realm within us that has our full attention and captivates our gaze!
2 Cor 3:18 The days of window-shopping are over! In him every face is unveiled. In gazing with wonder at the blueprint likeness of God displayed in human form we suddenly realize that we are looking at ourselves! Every feature of his image is mirrored in us! This is the most radical transformation engineered by the Spirit of the Lord; we are led from an inferior mind-set to the revealed endorsement of our authentic identity.)
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