The Saint John Gospel is looked upon by theologians as a book which emanated out of poetic genius. They have however no understanding for what the Saint John Gospel means.
Whereas the three other evangelists relate the exoteric. Saint John relates what he experiences as an initiated seer, who could look into the Spiritual worlds. The writer of the Saint John Gospel wrote from the point of view of an initiate. Whoever looks upon it as a book that one should read and understand in the same way as one reads and understands any other book knows nothing of the Saint John Gospel. He alone has knowledge of it who can experience it. Most translators do not render the Spirit of it at all.
The first words of this Gospel, rightly translated, sound as follows:
In the primeval beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and with God was the Word.
The same was in the primeval beginning with God.
All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
In Him was the Life and the Life was the Light of men.
And the Light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John.
The same came for a witness to bear witness of the Light, that all might believe on it.
He was not the Light, but a witness of the Light.
For the true Light which lighteth every man, was to come into the world.
It was in the world, and the world was made by It, but the world knew It not.
It came into each individual man (even into the ‘I’ man It came) but the individual man (the ‘I’ man) did not receive It.
Those who did receive It, through It they could reveal themselves as Children of God.
They who trusted in His Name were not born of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of human will, but of God.
And the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us and we have heard His Teaching, the Teaching of the only Son of the Father, filled with Grace and Truth.
These words with their mighty content — one should not take them and speculate over them, but rather allow them to work upon one in the same manner as countless human beings have done through the centuries. Early in the morning when the soul was still virginal, they have let these words resound in their soul, up to the passage: “And the Word become Flesh and lived among us …” as above.
When a man does this day by day, then something shows itself in the soul which gives him new life, he is reborn, he is spiritually transformed. He sees around him a spiritual world of which he had previously no idea.
Everyone who takes the first verses of the Saint John Gospel and lets them work upon him for the education and training of his soul, experiences the Saint John Gospel itself in mighty pictures.
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA unknown – Esoteric Christianity: The Gospel of St. John and Ancient Mysteries – Dusseldorf, 27th November, 1906