John 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

John 1:3, ESV: "All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made."

John 1:3, KJV: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."

John 1:3, NASB: "All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being."

John 1:3, NLT: "God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him."

John 1:3, CSB: "All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created."

What does John 1:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The role of God as Creator is established in verse 3. The universe is not the product of mindless matter, but an intelligent Creator. In John 1:1 and John 1:2, Jesus is said to be identical to God. Here, Scripture makes the interesting point that nothing created was created apart from Jesus. This is important for several reasons. First, it proves that Jesus is not an angel, a man, or some other formed being. Secondly, it implies a difference between things which begin to exist, and the One who always existed. In other words, there is one thing that did not "begin to exist," which did not "come into being." This one—and only—thing is God. The fancier term for this idea is the "Cosmological Argument," or the argument from a "first cause." This is an important purpose of the first 18 verses of John: countering all other concepts of what God is, or is not.