The Goodness of Belonging

Rowan Hilsden | Dec 18, 2022

Scripture: John 1:1-14


In the beginning(A) was the Word,(B) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(C) He was with God in the beginning.(D) All things were created(E) through him,(F) and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life,[a](G) and that life was the light(H) of men. That light shines(I) in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome[b] it.(J)

There was a man sent from God whose name was John.(K) He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.[c] He was not the light, but he came to testify(L) about the light. The true light(M) that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.[d](N)

10 He was in the world, and the world was created(O) through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive(P) him,(Q) he gave them the right(R) to be[e] children(S) of God,(T) to those who believe(U) in his name,(V) 13 who were born,(W) not of natural descent,[f] or of the will(X) of the flesh,(Y) or of the will of man,[g] but of God.(Z)

14 The Word(AA) became flesh(AB) and dwelt[h] among us. We observed his glory,(AC) the glory as the one and only(AD) Son[i] from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Read full chapter


  1. 1:3–4 Other punctuation is possible:... not one thing was created. What was created in him was life
  2. 1:5 Or grasp, or comprehend, or overtake; Jn 12:35
  3. 1:7 Or it (the light)
  4. 1:9 Or The true light who comes into the world gives light to everyone, or The true light enlightens everyone coming into the world.
  5. 1:12 Or become
  6. 1:13 Lit blood
  7. 1:13 Or not of human lineage, or of human capacity, or of human volition
  8. 1:14 Or and dwelt in a tent; lit and tabernacled
  9. 1:14 Son is implied from the reference to the Father and from Gk usage.

Related Resources