The actual translation of John 1:1-5 (NASB version) states:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
My amplified version of John 1:1-5.
These verses are saying to us, basically —
1 In the beginning, (before the great Creation of all the universe, including Earth, its creatures – and mankind), the Word existed (Jesus Christ/part of the Triune God, the “Trinity”: Father God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit), and the Word (Jesus Christ) was with the Triune God (three entities but One God), and the Word (Jesus) was God Himself (as an integral entity of the Trinity – the Triune God).
2 He (Jesus), this “Son entity” of the Triune God, existed from the very beginning of Creation with the Triune God. 3 All things (anywhere – but specifically “all things” in the great Creation) came directly into being, into initial existence by creation — through Him (Jesus Christ), and apart from Him (Jesus) nothing came into being that has ever come into being. Not a thing!
4 In Him (Jesus Christ) was “life” – the essence of what keeps us alive, and the life (Jesus) was the Light of men (the Light showing “God” to mankind, becoming the visible likeness of God in the flesh for us to know Him). 5 The Light (Jesus Christ) shines in the darkness of ignorance and rebellion, and the darkness of ignorance and rebellion did not comprehend it (never reached an understanding of His message of salvation through Christ’s sacrifice).”
Originally published in the article: What God has going on with us here on this planet