John 1:15-25 NIV

15 John testifies1 concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' "2

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      16 From the fullness3 of his grace4 we have all received one blessing after another.

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      17 For the law was given through Moses;5 grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.6

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      18 No one has ever seen God,7 but God the One and Onlyab8, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

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        • e 1:18 - Or "the Only Begotten"
        • f 1:18 - Some manuscripts "but the only" (or "only begotten") "Son"

          John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ

          19 Now this was John's9 testimony when the Jews10 of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was.

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          20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ.c "11

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            • g 1:20 - Or "Messiah." "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One"; also in verse 25.
              21 They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"12 He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?"13 He answered, "No."

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              22 Finally they said, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself ?"
              23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert,14 'Make straight the way for the Lord.' "d15

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                • h 1:23 - Isaiah 40:3
                  24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent
                  25 questioned him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"