Translations by English Standard Version, unless otherwise stated.
The Trinity faith believe The Father and The Son and The Holy Spirit are THREE separate beings, yet the same ONE TRUE GOD.
While The Oneness Pentecostal faith do not believe in the Trinity, but believe there is one God, a singular divine Spirit, who manifests himself in many ways, including as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
In other words, GOD The Father is The Son, and also The Holy Ghost.
And because John 1:1c goes on to say: and the (Word) was God, this is why MOST therefore believe Jesus is the ONE TRUE GOD, because MOST believe the (word) is Jesus the Son.
The lovely and sincere people of The Jehovah Witnesses correctly believe Jesus is NOT GOD, but also wrongly believe the word is Jesus in John 1:1 and use their own translation saying John 1:1c should be (a God), and not THE ONE TRUE GOD, and also believe Jesus was Michael the Angel who pre-existed His flesh before He was BORN as the MAN Jesus.
So MOST therefore believe Jesus was with GOD the Father before all creation.
I was one who was deceived by believing this, until I was shown and proved to be wrong and again repented for being deceived.
I Simon Brown will now share what I know with you, in hope to also help you see, by demonstrating how MOST are all wrong by believing the word in John 1:1 is a person called Jesus.
I will prove how the enemy of our souls has caused enormous confusions and deceptions right at the very beginning of John 1:1 which is probably the No 1 most misunderstood verse in the whole Bible and within Christianity.
First notice how Jesus does not say I always was the (word),
but instead tells us the word is not His but GOD His fathers:
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the (word logos λόγος) that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
Lets now examine the meanings of the (word).
As GOD and Jesus speak words, we also speak words.
We all know that the very words we speak from our very mouths are NOT a person, but come out from a person.
So as the words come OUT of a persons MOUTH, does that make the very spoken words a PERSON?
The simple answer is NO.
In fact the Trinitarians themselves describe the meaning of (word) spoken in the Strong’s Concordance: Usage: a thing spoken, (a) a word or saying of any kind, as command, report, promise, (b) a thing, matter, business.
For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. John 12:49.
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. Deuteronomy 18:18.
Notice how GOD says: I will put my words in his mouth?
Notice what God tells us here in Deuteronomy 18:18 is identical to John 1:1:
In the beginning was the (Word),
So we read in Deuteronomy 18:18 and John 1:1 how GOD’s word was WITH GOD and from GOD from the beginning, and that His (word) goes forth.
Notice in John 17:14 how Jesus says the (word logon λόγον) is GODS word, and says nothing about Himself being the word:
So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. John 8:28
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. John 14:10
For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. John 17:8
Here are the Biblical facts:
If Jesus was the (Word) in John 1:1, then John would have simply said: In the beginning was the (SON), and the (SON) was with God, and the (SON) was God, or was a God.
However there is nothing by John saying the word is a person in John 1:1a and b, or that the word is Jesus or the SON anywhere in John 1:1.
So this proves the translation of John 1:1 saying: In the beginning was the (word), and the (word) was with God, and the (word) was God. John 1:1 is perfectly correct.
And in the very next verse of John 1;2 we read another false translation, by the fact the translators have added in the word saying (HE) was in the beginning with God.
The correct word (THIS) has been changed for the wrong word (HE).
The word (HE) is to deceive people into believing John was teaching the false word (HE), is a person, who is (Jesus HE), who was in the beginning with God.
But as we see, on close examination, the correct word is (THIS) and NOT (HE).
We now move to John 1:3, where we read: All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Again, because John 1:3 goes on to say: All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made, MOST therefore believe GOD created: All things through (him), Jesus.
However, again on close examination, we find there are many other translations of John 1:3, that do not have the word (HIM) but instead say (IT).
Example: Mr Anthony Buzzard has made me aware of many other translations of John 1: like:
"In the beginning was the word, and the worde was with God, and that worde was God. The same was in the begynnyng with God. Althinges were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made. In it was lyfe, and the lyfe was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkeness, and the darknes comprehended it not” (William Whittingham, The Newe Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Conferred Diligently with the Greke, and Best Approved Translation, Geneva: Conrad Badius, 1557).
“In the beginning was the Worde, and the Worde was with God and that Worde was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made. In it was lif, and the lif was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkenes, and the darkenes comprehended it not” (Geneva Bible, The Bible and Holy Scriptures conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament, Geneva: Rouland Hall, 1560).
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was that Word. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by it, and without it, was made nothing that was made. In it was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darknesse, and the darknesse comprehendeth it not” (Bishops’ Bible, The Holie Bible, London: Richard Jugge, 1568).
“In the beginning was that Word, and that Word was with God, and that Word was God. This same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made. In it was life, and that life was the light of men. And that light shineth in the darknes, and the darknesse comprehended it not” (Lawrence Tomson, The New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Translated out of Greeke by Theod. Beza, London: Robert Barker, 1607).
In the beginning there was God’s Grand Design, the declaration of His Intention and Purpose, and that declaration was with God as His project, and it was fully expressive of God Himself. This was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through it, and without it nothing of what came into being existed. In it there was life and that life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overwhelm it. A Translation of John’s Gospel from the Greek by Anthony Buzzard
Please go to the link: John 1 in 50+ English Translations. Sir Anthony Buzzard, and there you will see there are many Translations that have the word (IT) and not (HIM) used in John 1:3.
So what is the truth?
What did John say and mean in John 1:1, 2 and 3?
Is the word in John 1:1 Jesus?
World English Bible:
By Yahweh’s word, the heavens were made; all their army by the breath of his mouth.
There is NO second PERSON here, but ‘ Yahweh'' GOD the FATHER alone.
Hence, this is why we read John saying: and the (Word) was God. John 1:1c, Yahweh’s word, and the breath of (Yahweh’s) mouth.
There is only ONE person who is called Yahweh, and He is GOD the FATHER.
John is telling us the (word) was GOD because the (word) is FROM GOD, so the words GOD speaks are GOD the Fathers.
And there is nothing by John saying the word is a SEPARATE SECOND PERSON.
For I am Yahweh; I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall be performed; it shall be no more deferred: for in your days, rebellious house, will I speak the word, and will perform it, says the Lord Yahweh. Ezekiel 12:25. World English Bible