STUDY THE BIBLE 15
“The Gospel of John”
THE MYSTERY with THE HISTORY
The gospel of John goes beyond just describing Jesus as the Son of man here on earth, to include Jesus the Son of God from heaven, with John tracing the beginning of Jesus Christ back before Genesis 1:1. Matthew (1:1-17) and Luke (3:23-38) outline the physical generation of Christ, with the former from Abraham, and the latter from Adam. John reveals more of the mystery of Christ from heaven while Matthew, Mark and Luke speak more of the physical history and earthly events of Christ here on earth.
JOHN IS THE MOST HATED OF THE GOSPELS
Many heresies and sects had quickly sprung up after Jesus had risen bodily from the dead, and they were trying to downgrade and discredit the fact that Jesus was God. So John, Jesus’ favourite disciple, writes strongly to refute these heresies. The modern day sects, JW’s, SDA’s, Mormons, Christadelphians and so on, are nothing new, just a re-working of the 1st century ones as outlined below. John is also written for the Buddhists , Hindus, New Agers, the Roman Catholics and others. This is why in the Mormon ‘bible’ and the New World Translation and other corrupt translations, have the Word was a God.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE “I AM”
Imagine someone asking you “Who are you?”, and you reply “I AM THAT I AM”.
You would be calling yourself both Jesus Christ and God, and describe yourself as follows:-
I AM the bread of life (John 6:35)
I AM the light of the world (8:12)
Before Abraham was I AM (8:58)
I AM the door (10:9)
I AM the good shepherd (10:11)
I AM the resurrection (11:25)
and I AM the life (11:25)
I AM the way, I AM the truth and I AM the life (14:6)
I AM the true vine (15:1)
The greatest and best man in the world must say “By the grace of God ‘I am what I am’ ”, but Jesus Christ says absolutely - and is more than any creature, man or angel can say – ‘I am THAT I am’. Being self-existent, Christ is self-sufficient, and therefore all-sufficient. Christ is eternal and unchangeable, and always the same, yesterday to-day and for ever. Christ will be what he will be and what he is. Christ says of himself “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8. We cannot by searching find him out (Job 11:7).
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
I AM hath sent me unto you.Ex 3:14
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58
AUTHOR and DATE
John Zebedee, the writer of John, and Jesus were cousins, as James Zebedee’s (Matt 4:21) mother was Salome, who was sister to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
It was probably written, along with 1-3 John, before AD 70, and sometime between 45AD – 65AD. Why? As the heresies about Christ quickly soon arose after his resurrection, would there be any point writing this book of John fifty years after? Hardly. If you, the reader, were Christ’s beloved disciple, as John was, wouldn’t you be rather eager to destroy the lies and rumours about your beloved master as soon as possible?
Now, John’s book of Revelation concerning future events, is probably written on the Isle of Patmos between 70-80AD. Revelation has entirely different content, being removed from the urgent and destructive heresies mentioned in the gospel of John and 1st, 2nd and 3rd John.
ALL MODERN DAY CULTS AND SECTS ARE SIMPLY A RE-WORK OF 1ST CENTURY HERESIES.
Docetists have Christ simply an angel, that appears as a man.
Ebionites say Christ was not divine.
Arians (Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons) deny his deity as God, saying he was a created being
Semi-Arians have Christ was similar of divine essence to God but subordinate to God.
Adoptionists have Christ being adopted by the Father at his baptism.
Monothelites have Christ with only a human will.
Monarchians have Christ with the same essence as God but a lesser being.
Apollinarians denied Christ’s human nature which was taken up by the divine nature (these are the modern day Hagin,
Copeland & the Word Faith movement).
Nestorians have Christ with two distinct natures - divine and human.
Eutychians have the divine and human natures of Christ so blended together as to form one nature.
Monophysites said that Christ was a fusion of the natures, with a deified human nature.
BRIEF OUTLINE OF MODERN DAY HERESIES
All heresies stem from a misunderstanding of the blood of Jesus.
Question: “Do you have eternal security or not?”
1. Charismatic groups 2. Church of Christ 3. Jehovah’s Witnesses
4. Roman Catholics 5. Seventh Day Adventists
6. Mormons 7. Christian Science 8. Unity School 9. Worldwide Church of God
10. Christadelphians 11. Scientology 12. Bahai
Numbers 1,2,3,4,5 have a type of “jesus” blood with NO ETERNAL SECURITY.
Numbers 6,7,8,9,10,11,12 have no blood atonement whatsoever
The Presbyterian Calvinist Jesus’ blood is heresy - not shed for all, only for those God chooses to save.
OMISSIONS IN JOHN
(showing less of the description of Christ’s earthly life)
No genealogy is recorded – neither through his legal lineage through Joseph (as given in Matthew)
not his personal descent through Mary (as given in Luke).
No birth account. Why? He was “in the beginning”
No boyhood account; No temptation account; No transfiguration; No appointing of disciples; No parables; No ascension account; No great commission
SEVEN WITNESSES STATE THAT CHRIST IS GOD
John the Baptist says “This is the Son of God” (1:34)
Nathaniel says “Thou art the Son of God” (1:40)
Peter says “Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God” (6:69)
Christ says of himself “I AM the Son of God” (10:36)
Martha says “Thou art the Christ, the Son of God” (11:27)
Thomas says “My Lord and my God” (20:28)
John says “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (20:31)
CHRIST’S SEVEN MIRACLES PROVES HE IS GOD
(Power over earth, water, body, sight, life)
1. He is Lord over his creation - turns water into wine (2:1-11)
2. He is Lord over his creation – walks on water (6:15-21)
3. He heals on the spot – the man at Bethesda (5:1-47)
4. He heals from afar – the nobleman’s son (4:46-54)
5. He feeds people – the 5,000 (6:1-14)
6. He gives sight – the blind man (9:1-41)
7. He raises the dead – Lazarus (11:1-57)
Chap 1 = Jesus is God. Deity; Light of the world; The Word made flesh; John’s testimony; First disciples
C2 = Establishes authority. Cana wedding; cleanses the temple
C3 = Nicodemus
C4 = Samaritan woman. Nobleman’s son
C5 = Crippled man at pool. Man healed on Sabbath. Moses established v46.
C6 = Feeding 5,000 True bread from heaven
C7 = Jesus at Jerusalem Plot to kill him; Debate over Christ’s identity
C8 = “I AM” Woman in adultery “I AM’
C9 = The blind man from birth
C10 = Jesus is the door Jesus is the shepherd
C11 = Lazarus
C12 = Entry into his city of Jerusalem
THE LAST SUPPER: C13 = The last supper Feet washing; Peter’s good intention
C14 = The last supper Let not your heart be troubled
C15 = The last supper True vine
C16 = The last supper Send the Comforter
C17 = The last supper Prayer
THE CROSS: C18 = Betrayal
C19 = Cross
C20 = Resurrection
C21 = On the beach Disciples go fishing Feed my sheep
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