Fundamental Teachings Of John’s Gospel Part 1

Introduction

The Gospel of John was written by John. John was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples.

Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
John 13:23

We will find that John refers to himself as the one “whom Jesus loved” throughout his Gospel account. 

John became known as the apostle of love after Jesus’ resurrection. He was originally known as one of the “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17). This was because of his temper which can be seen when he and James asked Jesus to call down fire on the Samaritans.

And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
Luke 9:54

John started out with a temper but was changed as he spent time with Jesus. He became a different kind of man as a result of this fellowship. This is exactly what can happen to us if we will dedicate ourselves to spending time with Jesus on a daily basis. John became known as the Apostle of Love. This would not have happened without his first developing a close relationship with Jesus. 

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

John 20:30-31

The Gospel of John provides us the fourth account of the life and ministry of Jesus. We see the purpose for it in chapter 20 which tells us that John wrote his Gospel with the goal of the readers coming to a belief in Jesus.

The Gospel account is provided by four separate authors – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It was inspired by the Holy Spirit specifically to lead the reader into a revelation of Jesus as the Messiah. 

Jesus is deity. He is Christ and He is the son of God.

The Gospel of John is a revelation of love. It is an extremely powerful starting point for new believers as they are just beginning to walk with Jesus. I used to work with a street mission and also found it to be a great tool to assist the men we worked with to find a relationship with the Savior.

John’s Gospel was written to bring people to Christ. It also is a vital tool for the Christian as it provides us a continuous reminder of our Messiah and His love for us. 

We will find that this Gospel is filled with the life of God. The other three Gospels are different. They are referred to as the synoptic Gospel accounts. “Syn” means the same and “optic” means to see. Matthew, Mark, and Luke show us the same stories presented from different angles. They are very similar in content with different targeted audiences. The purpose for Matthew, Mark, and Luke’s Gospel account is completely different from that of John. Those books are focused on showing us the need for salvation. 

John’s Gospel is different. The book begins in the very first chapter emphasizing grace. Its emphasis does not change. This is why it is so refreshing to study. It is a beautiful book that reveals God’s grace, goodness, and mercy.

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