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1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. 24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. 35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. 43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

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1 Sarah Mangum = "Top 10 Christian Verses for Those Starting New Ventures"
2 Deena E = ""The Word was God"The parallel between this Gospel and the Genesis creation story start with the beginning.Genesis 1:3 reads "In the beginning...God said"John 1:1 reads "In the beginning...the Word was God"Jesus is the Word of God according to Revelation 19:13"
3 Raymond Huerta = "God translated divine sound (his word, also known as Logos) into matter and being, thereby bringing the cosmos, the earth, and the earth's inhabitants, into existence. The creation through the word in John parallels the creation in Genesis 1:1Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
4 Raymond Huerta = "Also known in Hebrew as Yohanan the Dipper (John the Baptist). Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
5 Jeff Smith = "See a video explaining Anton Raphael Mengs' "St. John the Baptist Preaching". An image of that painting is below."
6 Raymond Huerta = "John was not the light, meaning he was not the messiah, but the lamp carrying the light. His testimony as a prophet is secondary to Christ, who is the messiah. Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
7 Raymond Huerta = "The "him" throughout this sentence is Yeshua the Mashiah (Jesus Christ).Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
8 Raymond Huerta = "Jews and other prophets poke of one messiah, whom the majority of the Jews did not accept when he came. Jews who did recognize Christ as the messiah did so in early first century, and eventually broke off from the mainstream Judaism. They did, however, share with traditional Jews the Torah as their holy scripture, since the New Testament was't yet canonized, nonetheless written.Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
9 Cary W = "It is God Himself that calls us back to Himself, and not because we have sought Him, for of ourselves, we can do nothing.  Jesus also said that He chose us from the foundation of the Earth to be His children, not born of the will of man,  but of God.  Divine birth comes by Grace, and by the living Word of the Father, through His Spirit."
10 Raymond Huerta = "God's word became human flesh in the person of Jesus."
11 Jeff Smith = "Hear a sermon on John 1:14, the Word Made Flesh, by the Rev. Meredith Garmon of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, Fl."
12 Raymond Huerta = "Hebrew for Moses is "Moshe""
13 Raymond Huerta = "The use of "Jew" here and in most places throughout the book of John is to distinguish Jews who do not believe Jesus to be the son of God from those who do, as well as to cast hatred on and condemn the unbelievers to immediate and eternal punishment at the day of judgment. Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
14 Raymond Huerta = "Also means Elijah or Eliyahu "
15 Sarah R = "The account of Jesus' baptism can also be found in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, and Luke 3:21-23."
16 Sarah R = "Why was Jesus baptized?"Quite simply, Jesus was baptized so he could enter into the Melchizedek priesthood, so He could be the High Priest and offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins... Jesus was baptized because He had to fulfill the legal requirements for entering into the priesthood. He was priest after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4Heb. 5:8-106:20). Priests offered sacrifice to God on behalf of the people. Jesus became a sacrifice for our sin (1 Pet. 2:242 Cor. 5:21) in His role as priest."- See the full article at: http://carm.org/questions/why-was-jesus-baptized "
17 Raymond Huerta = "A Rabbi's purpose was to lead a congregation and interpret Jewish law.Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
18 Raymond Huerta = "The Messiah, also means "the anointed" "
19 Raymond Huerta = "By called Peter (Cephas), "Kefa", meaning stone, Jesus is suggesting that Peter will be the rock of the church. The irony in this prediction, since else in the gospels Christ chooses Peter to ridicule among his students. Christ predicts that Peter will deny him three times, and, after the crucifixion, Peter is beaten by Christ's "most beloved" student in their race to find Christ in the empty tomb. Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
20 Raymond Huerta = "Galilee from the Greek (Galilaia), from the Hebrew (galil). "Galil" is a circle, district, or province. Barnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
21 Raymond Huerta = "Place north of Lake Gennesaret. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_of_GalileeBarnstone, Willis. "John." Restored New Testament: A New Translation with Commentary, Including the Gnostic Gospels Thomas, Mary, and Judas. New York: Norton. Print."
22 Jeff Smith = "Hear these verses related to 1 Samuel 3 in a sermon by Rev. Ed Heim of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church on the importance of listening in order to hear when God is calling you. The sermon is about 30 minutes into the service."
23 Raymond Huerta = "the "Law" in Hebrew is "Torah." Torah most commonly means the first five books of Moses (the pentateuch)"