ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Jesus, God the One and Only, a Bible Study of John 1:18, part 2

Updated on January 27, 2014

How to Study the Bible: Using Different Translations

I hope you enjoyed the first part of this study, Miss Charlotte by the Sea. I wanted to come up with a creative picture of how Jesus makes God known to us. But there is a lot more to be discovered from John's words in this verse. I also want to introduce you to another tip for studying the Bible - using different translations. I hope you find this helpful in your own Bible Study.

There are several things we can learn about Jesus and the Father from John 1:18. Sometimes it is helpful to look at several translations or even a direct Greek translation to find the meaning of a verse. To demonstrate this exercise I have chosen the New International Version (NIV), the New American Standard Version (NASB), the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), and the Word Study Greek-English New Testament by Paul R. McReynolds which gives a literal word for word translation of the Greek into English.

John 1:18 Comparing Different Versions

NIV – John 1:18 – “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father side, has made him known.”

NASB – “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”

NRSV – “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.”

Literal word for word – “God no one has seen ever yet; only born God the one being in the lap of the father that one explained.”

The Controversy of Begotten

You may wonder why I would go to all this trouble. Looking at different translations sometimes gives you a deeper insight to the meaning of the verse. In this case, I looked at the different versions because I wanted to have a clearer understanding of what God the One and Only meant. The NASB along with the King James, which I don’t have here, translates One and Only as only Begotten. This turned out to be a very controversial word. To the Muslim, the word begotten conjures up images of a very base, dirty sexual act that they could never associate with a pure and holy God. It is one of the main reasons they object so strongly to Christianity and to Jesus being the Son of God. The Jehovah’s Witness, believes that begotten means Jesus was created and therefore could not be God. Neither one seems appropriate to this verse. Here is where the NRSV and the literal translation came in handy. Most people are willing to agree that Jesus was definitely born of a woman in Bethlehem. Since He is also God, this makes him the only born God to ever exist. With a better understanding of the phrases used in the verse, we can now move on to the rest of its meaning. Take a closer look at what is being said:

What does John 1:18 say about God and Jesus?

1. No one has ever seen God.

a. This agrees with the Old Testament account found in Exodus 33: 17 – 23, where Moses asks to see God’s glory and is told that no one can see God and live.

2. God the One and Only is Jesus

a. I find it very significant that Jesus is called God here.

3. Jesus is at the Father’s side

a. Or very close to him, practically within Him

4. Jesus makes the Father known to us

Confirming Christ's Deity

Finally we must ask; what does this mean to me? For me it confirms Jesus’ deity and makes me very thankful that through Him I can personally know God. There is no better relationship that we can have.

Thank you for reading my hub. If you would like to continue with this study, please read John the Baptist is questioned.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)