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for the Gospel of John

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Gospel of John 

Bible Study of the Gospels and the Gospel Writers

The Gospel, the Writer, and YOU!

The Gospel Writers

John's Gospel Reveals

Jesus as God's only Son, the Deity of Christ!

When you see this cross, it is a suggested stopping place.
Each Gospel lesson will have five crosses and can be used as one week of studies!
Stop and reflect A new beginning.

The Gospel

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John is talking about Jesus in these verses. Read it again and use Jesus in place of the Word and you will see what I mean!
 
 
How can that be? I will tell you, it is no longer a mystery to me. When I quit trying to reduce God to what the human mind is capable of understanding, He turned the light bulb of revelation on in my brain. The God that created all the universe has no restrictions. He always knew His creation would choose to sin and be in need of a Savior. He always knew how He would provide that salvation. He has always been God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. All parts of God are equal as God, no one more important or more God that the other. Jesus was with God in the beginning, because Jesus was God in the beginning. Just as heat is a part of fire, and water is a part of ice. When John calls Jesus the Word, He is talking about the God-breathed inspired Words of God, which we later learn is the Power unto salvation for the believer. Without the Word of God, How could we know? Without Jesus, there is no saving grace. Jesus lives in every book of the Bible, Old and New Testaments. Someday God will show you this....just keep seeking.
 
Below is the circle of time. Look at it carefully. Now, make a mental note of where on this circle God began. Where will God end?
 
What's the problem?
 
 
God called Himself "I AM," in the Old Testament. He is the Beginning and the End the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last of all time which has no beginning or end. Since God has always been God, and He will always be God, let's call this, the Eternal Circle of God, or Eternity. We have a beginning, but we do not have an end. Through Jesus alone, God invites us into that circle to live with Him for eternity. John wants us to know what Jesus said about who He is. Please read each one carefully.
 
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
 
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
 
John 8:23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
 
John 8:24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim to be], you will indeed die in your sins."
 
John 8:28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [the one I claim to be] and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
 
John 8:58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
 
John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
 
John 10:7 Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
 
John 10:9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
 
John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
 
John 10:14 "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me--
 
John 10:36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, `I am God's Son'?
 
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
 
John 12:32 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."
 
John 13:13 "You call me `Teacher' and `Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am.
 
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
 
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
 
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
 
John 14:10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
 
John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves.
 
John 14:20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.
 
John 15:1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
 
John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
 
John 16:28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
 
John 17:21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
 
John 17:24 "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
 
 
Are you getting this WORD picture from God in John's Gospel?
 
 

 

Please realize, John's gospel (good news) was actually written after the other gospels, about 100 A.D. (after the birth of Christ). John serves to confirm other writers and add information not mentioned in the other Gospels. He wants us to be sure of the Deity of Jesus. God came and walked on the earth to save mankind. He also brings focus to the way we are to walk the walk of a Christian (a Christ's one or one belonging to the Christ) as we follow Jesus as Lord. We are not to have a weak belief. Those who believe in Jesus as the Christ are to, trust in, adhere to, and rely fully on Him.
 
Ps. 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
 
Ps. 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
 
Ps. 125:1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
 
Prov. 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
 
Isa. 50:10 Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.
 
Jer. 39:18 I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the LORD.'"
 
Nahum 1:7-8 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of [Nineveh]; he will pursue his foes into darkness.
 
John 14:1-10 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
 
Rom. 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
 

 

Think on these verses! There is Spiritual strength in this kind of believer. A Christian should have a strong belief that what God says is truth. John wants us to be 'true believers' who trust in, stay close to, and fully rely on God!
 

 
 
The Writer
 
Who was John, the Gospel writer? He was also the writer of the Epistles (letters) of 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and the Revelation of Jesus Christ. He is not John the Baptist. We will study about him in a later lesson. This is John, the brother of James. They were the sons of Zebedee, a respected and influential business man of his time. Jesus referred to these brothers as the "sons of thunder." They were Galilean fishermen, working for their father when Jesus called them to be His disciples. Peter, and Andrew, also John's brother, were also fishermen called to follow Jesus in His ministry on the earth.
 
John was one of the three who were present at the transfiguration experience, confirming Jesus as the Son of God.
 
Matt. 17:1-8 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters --one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
 
John repeatedly calls himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved." He was an eye witness to the miracles Jesus preformed and records some of these in his gospel. He was the one Jesus entrusted His mother (Mary) to, when He was dying on the cross. John cared for the mother of Jesus until she died. It is reported that His mother Salome was probably a sister to Mary the mother of Jesus. John was also the first one of the disciples to witness the empty tomb. He later walked with, talked with, and even ate with the resurrected Christ.
 
John also witnessed Jesus ascending back to Heaven. He received God's Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. John was one of the early church founders. He was responsible for forming seven churches in the area of Ephesus.
 
 
I hope this quick overview of the Gospel as recorded by John, will help your understanding of God's Word. There is much more to learn about John and you need to give time and study to him again when God prompts your interest. But for now, please grasp that John, as well as all those who have written the scriptures, are very real people who were chosen, as God breathed His Words into existence. He did this as miraculously as He spoke the world into existence. He breathed His plan of redemption so we could find our way back to Him. Jesus is the only way to God. He is indeed an Awesome God, worthy of all our praise.
 
2Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

Hosea 12:10 "I spoke to the prophets, gave them many visions and told parables through them."
 
When God's Word makes sense, don't mess with it. When they don't, pray for God's revelation to you. Then ask for confirmation. He will send it either through His Word, your circumstances or other mature believers. Ask Him to accomplish His will for your life and for the lives of others. He always meets the needs of those who seek to know Him. Be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. He is your teacher. Don't argue with others who do not believe. You will show the truth with your actions. God wants us to love others into the Kingdom and leave the stubborn, argumentative unbeliever for Him to argue with. He knows best how to lead them to His Truth! We must trust God to do it!
 
Hebr. 3:6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.
 
2Tim. 2:23-26 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
 

And YOU!

Don't forget to go back now and read the Gospel of John.

Gramma Cherbear
 

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