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John 1:3 Who is Aruis?

Updated on January 23, 2014

John 1:3 - "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."

3 questions for bible study

1. What does it say?

2. What does it mean?

3. What does it mean to me?

In my previous hub, John 1:3 Jesus is creator, how to study the Bible, I showed you three simple steps to use when you read the Bible. Using John 1:3, we learned that Jesus created everything. Not everyone believes that this verse is true. I would like to introduce you to a man named Arius, a Libyan priest in Egypt in the early 300’s AD. He was instrumental to spreading the belief that Jesus was not God, but rather a created being. The Son, he claimed, was a creature made from nothing, God’s first production before all the ages. This meant that he had a beginning and was not co-equal with God. These views got him excommunicated by his Bishop, Alexander of Alexandria. After this he continued to spread his views causing uproar and dissention in the church. The Emperor, Constantine heard about the conflict. Desiring peace in his kingdom, Constantine called together the Council at Nicea. Approximately 300 Bishops attended. Arius was there and about 22 of the Bishops were his followers. For over a month the group debated the issue of the Deity of Christ. The debates were heated and the scriptures searched in an effort to reach an agreement on the Truth. In the end, all but two men signed what would become the Nicene Creed, which affirmed that the Father and the Son were co-equal and eternal. The Son was not created but begotten. (Meaning that they were of the same substance, unique from anything else) Constantine banished Arius and had all his writings burned. Later, after the death of the Alexandrian Bishop, the Emperor invited Arius back and demanded that the church accept him again. Arius died just before his first communion. On his deathbed, Constantine was said to be baptized by the Arian priest Eusebius of Nicodemia. His views continue today in the beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

One of the main reasons to study the Bible is to be able to discern the truth. There are many false teachers who want to come into our lives. This is why it is important to know what we believe and why. When we hear something new, we should compare it to what the Bible says to see what is true. In the case of Arius, we can look at this verse in John to see that his views were false. This is further confirmed with similar passages and the previous verses in John. Understanding the term Logos in John 1:1 and what the Greeks and Jews knew about it gives even more support to an eternal Christ, equal with the Father. John chose his words carefully. The Greeks knew that the Logos was eternal and that he was the ultimate Reason behind the universe. The Jews knew Logos as the words spoken by Jehovah. He tells them that they don’t have a complete picture but that the Logos is Jesus. He was in the beginning with God because he was God. So when John says that “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” It tells us Jesus could not have been created if nothing was made without him.

God gave us the Bible and the Holy Spirit to help us understand what He wants us to know. We should approach the Bible with prayer and respect; however we should not be afraid to ask questions, to search the scriptures for the truth. God is not afraid of our questions and an honest question does not show a lack of faith. Remember that He loves you and He promises that “…you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” (Isaiah 29:12 – 14)

Thank you for reading my hub. If you would like to read more, please visit What is Darkness?

For more on Arius and the Nicene Council from a fellow hubber you can read "Who decided Jesus was God?" by busillis22


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      newenglandsun 5 years ago

      I'm sorry, I meant 2 Cor. 5:17.

      2 Cor. 5:17 - Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.

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      newenglandsun 5 years ago

      2 Cor. 5:19 - that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

      "The ideas of Socinianism date from the element of the Protestant Reformation known as the Radical Reformation, and have their root in the Italian Anabaptist movement of the 1540s, such as the Antitrinitarian Council of Venice in 1550. Lelio Sozzini was the first of the Italian Antitrinitarians to go beyond Arian beliefs in print and deny the pre-existence of Christ in his Brevis explicatio in primum Johannis caput – a commentary on the meaning of the Logos in John Chapter 1:1–15 (1562). Lelio Sozzini considered that the "Beginning" of John 1:1 was the same as 1 John 1:1 and referred to the new creation not the Genesis creation." (

      John 1:1 - WHEN ALL THINGS BEGAN, the Word already was. The Word dwelt with God, and what God was, the Word was.

      Another Socinian commentary on John 1:

      Additionally, the word "di'" can be translated "by instrumentality of". The Word Christology of the author here might stem from Proverbs 8 in which, in verse 22, declares that the Wisdom that was with God was created. This is Wisdom Christology.

      Revelation 3:14 - "And to the angel of the church in La-odice'a write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.

      I think I've asked about this verse on another one of your hubs. Sorry.

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      April Reynolds 6 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you James! I agree, I don't think Arius was condemned by God any more than I was before I accepted Christ's death for my sins. I don't know if Aruis ever accepted that sacrifice or not. You are right, only God knows our hearts. I think when the time comes we will all find that we were wrong about some of our thoughts and doctrines! The history of Arius and the Nicene council is an excellent example of church leaders searching the scriptures to confirm or deny a belief new to them. I appreciate your comment, thank you again for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the rest of my articles!

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Although I do not agree with Arius, I can see the logic of his argument, such as passages where Jesus says "only the Father" knows this or that, and others. I don't think God condemned Arius for this error as He is a reader of hearts and not doctrines and I think the heart of Arius was in the right place.

      Thank you for an excellent article. Welcome to the HubPages Community!