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1In the beginning the Living Expression was already there. And the Living Expression was with God, yet fully God. 2They were together—face-to-face, in the very beginning. 3And through his creative inspiration this Living Expression made all things, for nothing has existence apart from him! John 1:1-3 TPT

Through whose creative inspiration did Jesus, the living expression make all things? God's? or His own?

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The TPT version, quoited by the OP, is so free that it is really an interpretive paraphrase which takes some literary liberties with the Greek text. So here is my overly literal translation directly from the Greek of John 1:1-3

In [the] beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God and the Logos was God. He was in [the] beginning with God. All things through Him came into being and without Him came into being not one [thing] that has come into being.

The antecedent of all the pronouns here is Logos, which is translated by most versions as, "the word". This continues through verse 4 as well.

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  • So Jesus made all things through His own inspiration? How does that make sense? Clear that to me and I'll give you a green tick. ^^ along with an upvote.
    – user50937
    Jul 7, 2022 at 11:20
  • @KokoGurung - the word "inspiration" is not in the Greek text. However, from this text and others like John 1:10, Col 1:16, 17, Heb 1:2, we indeed find that Jesus was the creator of all things.
    – Dottard
    Jul 7, 2022 at 11:30
  • Yes btw tpt was written from both greek and Aramaic nt texts. TPTs rendering of John 1:3 sounds like Jesus made all things through God's inspiration. He saw what God did. So he did the same. (John 5:19). The father creates, so the son also creates.
    – user50937
    Jul 7, 2022 at 11:42
  • @KokoGurung - perhaps, but the Aramaic does not have the word "inspiration" either.
    – Dottard
    Jul 7, 2022 at 11:56
  • Well I still love TPT T^T. It's easy to understand for a non native speaker like me.
    – user50937
    Jul 7, 2022 at 12:05

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