I've never seen a translation that used the word "father" in those verses. Your word replacements are getting the better of you.You do have to realize that the capitalization of "word" in that passage is an added commentary to the passage. The English translations before the KJV did not capitalize "word". Do the actual word replacements yourself.
In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with the Father, and Jesus was the Father.
Make sense? No? Well, make your word replacements until they make sense to you and get back to me.
Ok. Then we are in agreement that the word is God.As I mentioned before to Right-Divider, this makes the best sense when one thinks of the the word as being a part of God like Wisdom in Proverbs 8. God created through speaking in Genesis 1. The word is not Jesus. The word is God.
[Jhn 1:14 KJV] 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) ...
Your version says that God became flesh, and that's what I was saying, too.
That's why I quoted such a large portion: because together they say more than you're willing to admit.Jesus is mentioned in verse 14. And no, he is not the word. The word of God is revealed through the human Jesus.
Ok. This is what Matthew said: [Mat 3:3 KJV] 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.In verses 15 and 30 John the Baptist is not saying that Jesus pre-existed the world. John the Baptist is saying that Jesus surpassed him - See Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Here's the verse Matthew was citing:
[Isa 40:3 KJV] 3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God."
You do have to realize that the capitalization of "LORD" in that passage is an added commentary to the passage. The Hebrew translations before the KJV did not capitalize "LORD", because that's not the actual word that is used. Rather it was YHWH, which was the name God gave to Moses when he asked Him who to say sent him. Do the actual word replacements yourself.
Somebody's not looking very carefully...I don't see any Biblical evidence of that.