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Introduction to the Gospel of John

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Introduction to the Gospel Of John

John wrote this divinely inspired gospel for our souls to explode with the sweet reality of God becoming man for our salvation.
John had missed the true identity of Jesus for 3 years as he followed him around on earth for his ministry and he desperately did not want us to miss Jesus Deity.
The most important question that anyone has to answer is, “Who is Jesus Christ?” Or, as he put it himself, “Who do you say the Son of Man is?”
How you answer that question determines your faith, and your fate.
Almost everyone believes that Jesus lived, that he was a teacher, a famous prophet, even a miracle worker, although they may not accept everything the Bible says about him.
Islam believes he was a good prophet, that he died and went to heaven, and that he will come again (as a prophet of Islam); but it does not believe that he is God and that his death was salvific.
And liberal teachers in the churches today might claim something similar, that he was a good man, a great teacher, a wonderful example, but not God in the flesh. But the Bible and thereafter the traditions of the church claim much more for him.
CS Lewis Logically argues convincingly with the Lord, Liar, or Lunatic illusratation. If Jesus was a Liar and could not have been a good man because he claimed to be God and the way to salvation. That is not a good prophet. If “The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love!”
“The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its love!”
Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man
If a mans greatest love is playing golf, Xbox, or viewing pornography, his soul will be diminished by small pursuits. The most valuable treasure in all the universe is Jesus Himself. In him we have true love, sacrificial living, astonishing Beauty, limitless power, unsearchable wisdom and grace. As our souls fall in love with Him they are lifted to excellence and inexpressible goodness and joy!
John is trying in his gospel to show us the deity, worth, and value of Jesus Himself in an effort to save us from our small pusuits and offer salvation to mankind.
The Gospel of John was written by the apostle John, the son of Zebedee, a Palestinian Jew and a member of Jesus’ inner apostolic circle during his earthly ministry.
John’s original audience consisted of both Jews and Gentiles living in the larger Greco-Roman world in Ephesus and beyond toward the close of the first century.
Mary the mother of Jesus lived with John after Jesus was crucified. John was the disciple referred to as the beloved. John lived most likely longer than any of the other disciples.
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Also look at the Purpose for the Gospel of John in 20.30-31
ESVNow Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Literary Features The main genre is gospel, which combines three ingredients—what Jesus did, what Jesus said (discourse and dialogue), and people’s responses to Jesus.

Divinely Inspired

One of the reasons that I say it is divinely inspired is that this is what Jesus promised to do. He said in
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But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Help him remember all that i have said to you. So the Holy Spirit (God’s Spirit) helped men remember and write the inspired word of God. The greatest reason I believe the Bible to be inspired is His spirit testifies to my soul or has a ring of truth. Let’s do a survey of John today and get a feel for some of the Key Verses from John
John 1:1 ESV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 ESV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:29 ESV
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
John 2:11 ESV
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
There were no less than seven supernatural signs given by Jesus. If He is God it seeems only fitting ghat miracles folow
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John 3:3 ESV
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 4:11 ESV
The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
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John 4:14 ESV
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 5:5 ESV
One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
John 5:39 ESV
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
John 6:44 ESV
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
John 7:37–38 ESV
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”
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John 8:24 ESV
I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
John 8:47 ESV
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
God’s people hear his voice
John 9:25–27 ESV
He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”
John 10:11 ESV
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
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John 10:27–30 ESV
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
No one can snatch the Christian from the Father’s hand. Our salvation is secure
john 10
John 11:25–26 ESV
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
This Jesus is saying to Martha
john 11.
John 11:35 ESV
Jesus wept.
shortest verse in the Bible. Was Jesus weeping over the suffering death had caused or bringgin Lazarus back from paradise?
John 12:24–25 ESV
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
We must be willing to give up our lives and allow Christ to live his life through us.
John 13:21 ESV
After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
Jesus Deity and divine plan on display
John 14:6 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
According to Jesus there is no other way to God. The Jehovah witness, the Muslim, Hendo,
John 14:26 ESV
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
John 15:4 ESV
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
Key to walking with Jesus is abiding in him.
John 17:14–15 ESV
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
john 17.
high priestly prayer Jesus praying for christians because the world hates them.
John 18:27 ESV
Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.
why was Peter so faithless?
John 19:30 ESV
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 20:30–31 ESV
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
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John 5:35 ESV
He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
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