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.
John chapter one can be looked at as a testimonial for the Lamb of God.
The purpose of John should be considered before trying to outline any part of the book. Fortunately John tells us: “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31) So every piece of a coherent outline should be under the purpose: “that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Now looking at John One, I see a very clear outline:
1) John presents Jesus as the Savior in creation and John as his spokesman. 1:1-18
A. John testifies that The Creator is Jesus v. 1-5
a) John testifies of the Word v. 1,2
Jesus is God, was with God in the beginning
b) John testifies of the Creator v. 3
c) John testifies of the life and light of men v. 4,5
B. John testifies that John the Baptist heralds the Light
a) John the Baptist testifies of the Light v. 7-9
Parenthetical testimony of John: Jesus made the world, but the world knew
Him not. v. 10
Parenthetical testimony of John: His own did not believe Him, v 11
Parenthetical testimony of John: All who receive Him are born of God.
e) John testifies of the superiority of Jesus v. 15
Parenthetical testimony of John: His grace is given for all v. 16
Parenthetical testimony of John: Law compared to grace v. 17
Parenthetical testimony of John: God the Father is unseen, the Son, seen,
declares him v. 18
2) John presents John the Baptist as the Herald of the Savior v. 19 – 28
A. John confesses he is not Christ v. 19 – 20
B. John confesses he is not Elijah v. 21
C. John confesses he is not that Prophet v 21
D. John testifies he is the voice
E. John testifies he baptizes with water to proclaim the greater One
3) John the Baptist presents Jesus as the Lamb of God John 1:29-34
A. His baptizing was that He might be revealed v. 31
B. John testifies that he saw the Spirit descend on Jesus v. 32-34
4) John the Baptist presents to his disciples Jesus as the Lamb v. 35-39
A. Andrew and John follow Jesus v. 37-39
5) John records Andrew’s testimony to Peter v. 40-42
6) John records that Philip follows Jesus v. 43-44
7) John records that Philip finds Nathanael and brings him to Jesus v. 46-51
Thus there seem to be seven clear sections to chapter one that tell me about Jesus. They tell me that He is God, comes from God, that He is life, that He is light, and that he is the Lamb of God. Thus John presents Jesus in the first chapter as:
2) With God
9) Son of God
10) King of Israel
Clearly in every one of the seven presentations of John, Jesus is depicted as the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight:
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest:
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
Lyrics: Frances Jane (Fanny J.) Crosby