I am resposting here (with edits) what I posted in CARM regarding John 1:10, possibly quoted there with the thought that this proves that Jesus is creator, since, as it reads in many translations, it states, “the world was made by him.” The word “by” in the Greek is a form of “dia” (Strong’s #1223). This word carries the general meaning of “through”; one can verify this on biblestudytools com or studylight org. Strong gives it the meaning: “dia, dee-ah’; a prim. prep. denoting the channel of an act.” It was the only true God whom the Logos was with before this world was made who created this world through his Logos (His son). (John 17:1,3,5) All things are of the only true God, through Jesus His son. — 1 Corinthians 8:6.
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IN THE WORLD HE WAS, AND THE WORLD THROUGH HIM
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CAME TO BE, AND THE WORLD HIM NOT KNEW.
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Westcott & Hort Interlinear
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.
John 1:11 He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: — World English.
The Logos of God indeed “was” in the world, the world that was made through him, and which world did not recognize him, the world of mankind. It is obvious that John is stating that the world that God made “through”* (di — a form of dia – Strong’s #1223) Jesus was the same world that did not recognize Jesus. That “world” does not include the spirit world, for we know that the angels, even the demons, recognized Jesus. (Mark 5:7,8; Luke 8:27,28) That world which was made through Jesus, into which Jesus came, and which did not recognize Jesus, is “all the creation” that Paul wrote about in Romans 8:22:
For we know that all the creation groans together and travails together until now. — Romans 8:22.
For we know that all creation is sighing together, and travailing-in-birth-throes together until the present, – Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible translation.
The old creation — the world [kosmos] made through Jesus — that is being spoken of is the world [kosmos] of mankind that God created through Jesus, which world became corrupted due to sin.
Sin entered into the world [kosmos – the world made through Jesus] through one man, and death through sin. — Romans 5:12.
Hebrews 1:10,11 tells us that this old creation — the heavens and earth which are the works of the hands of Jesus — is to perish.
It is because the old creation has been corrupted through sin that it is necessary for the new birth, regeneration, a new creation. — Matthew 19:28; John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5.
Adam was a son of God until he became corrupted through sin. (Luke 3:38) Due to sin, he became by nature of sin a child of wrath, and a son of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:2,3) Through him, the same corrupted, crooked, condition came upon all mankind, out of which no man could deliver himself.
By [means of] the transgression of the one the many died. — Romans 5:15. — New American Standard (NAS)
The judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation. — Romans 5:16, NAS.
By [means of] the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one. — Romans 5:17, NAS.
Through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men. — Romans 5:18, NAS.
Through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners. — Romans 5:19, NAS.
As a result of sin, God subjected all the creation — the world of mankind — to futility.
The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it. — Romans 8:20, NAS.
It is a heavy burden that God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. — Ecclesiastes 1:13. – World English.
God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity. Romans 1:24, World English.
God gave them over to degrading passions. – Romans 1:26, World English
All is vanity and a chasing after wind. — Ecclesiastes 1:14, World English.
All of us are born into this world with this condemnation upon us. Thus, we read:
You have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. — Romans 2:1, NAS.
Both Jews and Greeks … are all under sin. – Romans 3:9, World English
It is because of Adam’s sin, and the resulting condition upon mankind, that Solomon states:
Ecclesiastes 1:13 I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under the sky. It is a heavy burden that God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.
Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.
Ecclesiastes 1:15 That which is crooked can’t be made straight; and that which is lacking can’t be counted [reckoned as straight, just].
Man under this crooked condition cannot make himself straight, and the result of that condition would have been eternal death, had it not been for the ransom sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. Because God sent his son into the world to save — deliver — the world now condemned, there is a regeneration, a new creation, of the seed of faith as sons of God (Psalm 82:6; John 1:12; 10:35; Romans 3:25; 4:13,15; 8:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; 1 John 4:10) in this age, and of the unbelievers in the age to come. — Matthew 19:28; John 3:17; 4:42; 5:28,29; 12:47,48; Romans 8:19-22; 1 Timothy 2:5,6; 1 John 2:2.
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I am not with the JWs, and I have never heard any JW argue John 1:3 as is being attributed to them in the above post [on the site linked to]. Nevertheless, without Jesus, nothing in the world of mankind was made that was made. All things are of the only true God (John 17:3) through (dia – Strong’s #1223) Jesus. (1 Corinthians 8:6) The God and Father of Jesus (Ephesians 1:3) created “all” (pas) creation (Romans 8:22) of the world of mankind through His son.
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I am not with the JWs, but I disagree with the idea that one has to imagine and assume that Jesus is the Creator in order to understand John 1:3. The “all” (form of pas) that the only true God (John 17:3) created through the Logos is all pertaining to the world of mankind (John 17:5), in to which world the Logos came and and the world did not recognize him. (John 1:10) It is “all creation” that is spoken of in Romans 8:22 as travailing in pain and sin. This “all creation” is not the whole created universe, but the world of mankind into which sin came through Adam. (Romans 5:12) All things are of God through Jesus. — 1 Corinthians 8:6.