John came to testify (Jn 1:8-1:8)

“John himself

Was not the light.

But he came

To testify

To the light.”

οὐκ ἦν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς, ἀλλ’ ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός.

John clearly said that this John himself was not the light (οὐκ ἦν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς).  He was not a false light, since he came to testify (ἀλλ’ ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ) concerning the true light (περὶ τοῦ φωτός).  This John was clearly subordinate to the Wordor the light that gave life that was Jesus himself.  There was an enigmatic relationship between Jesus and John.  John went before Jesus and also died before him.  Some of his followers went to follow Jesus, but others remained faithful to him, even after his death.  John, the gospel writer, left no doubt that John, the baptizer, was a witness to the light and not the light itself.  Do you testify to the light of Jesus?

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