John was a witness (Jn 1:7-1:7)

“John came

As a witness

To testify

To the light.


All might believe

Through him.”

οὗτος ἦλθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν, ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός, ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσιν δι’ αὐτοῦ

John said that this other John came along (οὗτος ἦλθεν) as a witness (εἰς μαρτυρίαν) in order to testify (ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ) concerning the light (περὶ τοῦ φωτός).  Thus, all the people (ἵνα πάντες) might believe (πιστεύσωσιν) through him (δι’ αὐτοῦ).  John was not the light.  He was a witness or a martyr for the light.  He was there to help others believe in the light, the life of Jesus, the Word.  Testimony and witness have a Greek root word that could be translated as martyr because the martyr testifies by his death and suffering.  Belief in God came through John, not in John the Baptist.  Are you willing to believe and testify to the light of God?

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