Gospel of John Explained

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We are about to begin study in the most spiritual book in the entire Bible, the Book of John. This is my own personal favorite of all the sixty-six books of the Bible. The Book of John is not like the Book of Matthew, Mark, or Luke which cover the same period of time.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell of the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, but they stress more what Jesus did than who He is. In John, the entire book is showing that Jesus was, is, and always will be deity. It shows that God took on the form of flesh and dwelt among us.

This book was written by the apostle John (the beloved of Jesus). He was very close to Jesus. He knew more about Him than anyone else.

When three were chosen to be with Jesus at specific times, such as at the transfiguration, John was always one of the three. John is the only apostle specifically mentioned at the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus loved and trusted John so much that He entrusted His own mother to him.

There is such a love oozing from every word in this book. We see a young man so devoted that he laid his head on Jesus' breast. John was the very first of the men to realize that Jesus had truly risen from the grave.

The name of John translated is Jehovah is merciful or the grace of Jehovah. This John was the brother of James; they were the sons of Zebedee, the sons of thunder. John was one of the first apostles chosen by Jesus.

This same John wrote First, Second, and Third John and the Book of Revelation. John remained loyal to Jesus and preached so boldly in Jesus' name that he was banished to the Isle of Patmos to get him quieted. That didn't work either, because this just gave John more time to pray and be with Jesus.

He received the information for the Book of Revelation while he was banished to this island. He loved Jesus so much that even though he was alone, he was in the spirit on the Lord's Day. I could write this whole series about this penman, but we are not looking at John, but at his work.

The Book of John shows a beautiful relationship between Jesus and the Father. In the Book of John, Christ speaks of God as the Father over 100 times. In the Book of John, we find that Jesus' ministry altogether was approximately 3 1/2 years.

In the Book of John, that we do not see in the other gospels is the conversation of Jesus with Nicodemus, the conversation with the woman of Samaria, and many more.

There are eight miracles of Christ recorded, and all of them show Jesus' Godhead. Six of these are mentioned only in the Book of John. John's information is all first-hand knowledge. He was there when it happened. This is a book also, that shows the opposites of Jesus our Lord to Satan. We see light and darkness, good and evil, truth and lies.

We see Jesus as the Light of the world, the Truth, the Way, the Life. John is the only penman who calls Jesus the Lamb of God. We will see Jesus as God in man's flesh in John. The divineness of Jesus was more apparent in John's writings. I believe this partially was because of John's close association with Jesus, and also because of the occasion when he heard the voice of the Father saying, "This is my beloved Son".

John had also seen Jesus with His divine nature at the mount of transfiguration. The one message that I see clearly throughout the Book of John which all the Scriptures focus upon is "this Word became flesh".

In the four headed beast (living beings), symbolic of the four gospels, John portrays the face of the eagle which symbolizes God. The divine fullness of the godhead is shown with no shadow of doubt in the book of John.

In the first 18 verses, we find that these verses constitute the prologue which introduces many of the major themes that John will treat, especially the main theme that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God”. Several key words repeated throughout the gospel such as life, light, witness, glory, appear here.

The remainder of the gospel develops the theme of the prologue as to how the eternal “word” of God, Jesus the Messiah and Son of God, became flesh and ministered among men so that all who believe in Him would be saved. Although John wrote the prologue with the simplest vocabulary in the New Testament, the truths which the prologue conveys are the most profound.

Six basis truths about Christ as the Son of God are featured in the prologue:

(1) the eternal Christ, verses (1-3);

(2) the incarnate Christ verses (4-5);

(3) the forerunner of Christ verses (6-8);

(4) the unrecognized Christ verses (9-11);

(5) the omnipotent Christ verses (12-13);

(6) the glorious Christ verses (14-16).

Each of the chapters are done individually. Some due to length, have been shorten into "continued" sections. Each section contains a questionnaire which follows the section which has been done to aid in the learning process. Each section can be accessed by the simple menu found at the bottom of the file. (i.e., continue to next section or return to previous section.

John Chapter 1

John Chapter 5 Second Continued

John Chapter 10

John Chapter 15 Continued

John Chapter 1 Continued

John Chapter 6

John Chapter 10 Continued

John Chapter 16

John Chapter 1 Second Continued

John Chapter 6 Continued

John Chapter 11

John Chapter 16 Continued

John Chapter 1 Third Continued

John Chapter 6 Second Continued

John Chapter 11 Continued

John Chapter 17

John Chapter 2

John Chapter 6 Third Continued

John Chapter 11 Second Continued

John Chapter 17 Continued

John Chapter 2 Continued

John Chapter 7

John Chapter 12

John Chapter 18

John Chapter 3

John Chapter 7 Continued

John Chapter 12 Continued

John Chapter 18 Continued

John Chapter 3 Continued

John Chapter 7 Second Continued

John Chapter 12 Second Continued

John Chapter 19

John Chapter 3 Second Continued

John Chapter 8

John Chapter 13

John Chapter 19 Continued

John Chapter 4

John Chapter 8 Continued

John Chapter 13 Continued

John Chapter 20

John Chapter 4 Continued

John Chapter 8 Second Continued

John Chapter 14

John Chapter 20 Continued

John Chapter 4 Second Continued

John Chapter 8 Third Continued

John Chapter 14 Continued

John Chapter 21

John Chapter 5

John Chapter 9

John Chapter 14 Second Continued

John Chapter 21 Continued

John Chapter 5 Continued

John Chapter 9 Continued

John Chapter 15

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