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John 1:50-51 The Passion Translation (TPT)

50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe simply because I told you I saw you sitting under a fig tree? You will experience even more impressive things than that! 51 I prophesy to you eternal truth:[a] From now on[b] you will see[c] an open heaven and gaze upon the Son of Man[d] like a stairway reaching into the sky[e] with the messengers of God climbing up and down upon[f] him!”


  1. John 1:51 As translated from the Aramaic. John records Jesus using this phrase twenty-five times. The Greek is “Amen, Amen I say to you.”
  2. John 1:51 As translated from the Aramaic.
  3. John 1:51 Or “you [plural] will spiritually see.” This is a promise for every believer today.
  4. John 1:51 This is a messianic term pointing to Christ, not as the son of a man, but the Son of Man (humanity). He is the true Man. He is not Joseph’s son, but the Son of God.
  5. John 1:51 This is an obvious reference to “Jacob’s Ladder” as the fulfillment of his dream found in Gen. 28:10-22. Jesus Christ is that stairway that joins earth to heaven and brings heaven to earth. The word for “angels” can be translated “messengers” and could be humans given access into the heavenly realm through the blood of Jesus. Jesus, as the stairway, is both in heaven and on earth as he speaks this to Nathanael. What mysteries surround him!
  6. John 1:51 Or “next to.”
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