The Gospel of John: Introduction.

“As man (Christ), was living a human, and as the Word He was sustaining the life of the universe, and as Son He was in constant union with the Father.” Athanasius of Alexandria

John 20:30-31 says “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.”

As one author explains, regarding the Gospel of John, that it is like, “a pool shallow enough for a child to wade in yet deep enough for an elephant to swim in.”    

The Gospel of John is the biblical book I recommend new converts and young believers begin reading as followers of Jesus. At the same time, John’s Gospel contains some of the most daunting theological passages found in the Scriptures. For example, John 6:35-65. It can be a biblical book with which even the most seasoned saint may spiritually struggle to understand.

As believers in Christ, we acknowledge, according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” This statement applies to not only to the Epistle of Paul to the Romans but also to the books of Leviticus and Numbers.

However, if we are honest we acknowledge that there are certain biblical books which are perennial favorites. For, example the aforementioned Epistle to the Romans, along with Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, are two of my favorites. I would cite that included in this short list is the Gospel of John.

The Gospel of John, as one theologian put it, is a kind of “mini-systematic theology.” John’s Gospel not only speaks of the pre-existence of God, and notably Jesus Christ, but also delves into such wonderful God-images as shepherd, bread, light, life, fruit, way, truth and resurrection.

The ultimate purpose of John’s Gospel is set forth in 20:30-31. John indicated that his purpose for writing his account of Jesus’ life and ministry, at the Holy Spirit’s leading, was so that sinners would believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ, thereby receiving and possessing eternal life. Everything John writes, and even that which he did not, all point to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

In other words, John wrote concerning the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. As John personally recorded, the One in which he and the other disciples witnessed His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

It is this gospel in which we will begin studying today. I encourage you to begin reading John 1 and also to memorize John 20:30-31. May we grow in His Word, today.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

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