John presents a very different Jesus compared to the synoptic gospels. It is clear that for John Jesus has many complex elements to his personality and without all of these the picture is not complete. The above quote by Käsemann suggests that in the gospel of John Jesus’ divinity is definite and his presence is felt on the entire world through his words and actions. This allows for the human Jesus but implies the divine Jesus is imperative.
In the “Acts of John”, John and James both see Jesus, but John sees him as a “man with a fair and cheerful countenance” while James sees a child (88). That image again changes with John sees him as “bald with a thick beard” and that he
Unlike the other gospels, Jesus is portrayed as deity; the Word became flesh and dwelled among men. The Synoptics cannot compare with the Gospel of John when it comes to the incarnation. Opposite of Mark’s fast paced account of the events of Jesus;
Most scholars do not believe that the author of John’s Gospel was based on the earlier Gospels (Harris, 2014). Scholars, such as Thomas Brodie, had a difference of opinion pertaining to whether the Gospel of John was created on behalf of John own account with Jesus (Harris, 2014). He challenged
John is presented in a very exalted manner in the sense that he was the man sent from God. However, his identity is not dwelt on, but there is a stressing that he was himself not the light. He is described purely in the light of his ministry of bearing witness to the light. Brown states that this fourth gospel was written in order to correct a sectarian group in the writer's audience who saw John the Baptist as the Messiah or being equal in status with the Messiah. Therefore, this becomes the force of the argument presented in verses 6-9 and advanced in the latter parts of the chapter. However, this is not to claim that the gospel denies John the credit and respect for his role. Further, this polemical purpose should not be seen to veil other correspondingly significant impetuses for John's
Johannine literature truly portrays Jesus as God, with the theme of His deity interwoven throughout numerous passages. In this respect, John’s style differs from the other four gospels, as Bickel & Jantz (1998) point out that the other three had been written prior to John’s gospel, therefore, “he wasn’t interested in just retelling the events” (p. 222). Since Jesus is the focal point of Scripture, a scholar of the New Testament with uncertainty concerning Jesus’ oneness with God will fail to perceive the crux of Christianity. Therefore, in spite of its importance, John does not focus on Jesus’ entrance into the
The Four Gospels present different insights into the life of Jesus Christ. A highly literary and symbolic account, John’s Gospel serves a theological purpose to proclaim the divinity of Jesus Christ as The Word and as a real presence in the Eucharist. Although John differs from the Synoptic Gospels
The Book of 1 John is a very important book because even thought it was written during the 90 A.D and the authorship of this book has not been discover. It has some meaningful information for the people during that time and is even relevant to the believers and unbeliever of today. The Book of 1 John has many themes displayed throughout this book even though it only has five chapters in the entire book. One of the major themes displayed in this book is love. 1 John 2:7-17 scriptures let us know that God’s greatest command and greatest gift to people is Love. He lets the people of this time that this is not a new commandment because it was required in the Old Testament and it remains in the New Testament. As a believer we must love everyone just as God love us. Another example of love being displayed in 1 John is 3:11-24 when God provided us with a clear example of his love by providing a bad example and a positive example of how love should be. From this example Blomberg mentioned that “We should expect the world to hate us as they hated Christ, but we should lay down our lives for one another if necessary. The next most powerful demonstration of the genuineness of our love comes when we share from the surplus of our material possessions to help those in need (Blomberg. 2006)”. Then lastly, 1 John 4:7-21 talks about love again, that when you love it should be divine and genuine. That love should be displayed in an emotion way but we should also show love to God by obeying
1 Peter 5:10 says, “and after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
The ability to relax, gazing with an eagle-eye Him illuminating the essence of His pure and undefiled love upon my tongue to expound wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
Webster’s Dictionary defines the word love with several definitions. However, the definitions of love are interpreted in different ways. Even though love is a small abstract four-letter-word, it affects those who experience it in various ways. Love is the one unifying word that binds us together as humans as
After a month of getting to know the mother of this family, she sits down close and concedes that what she was taught about Christianity doesn’t line up with how I live and act in relationship with her. She asks me to explain the gospel and the following is my response.
Throughout the ages, many have tried to comprehend the human experience of love and its ineffable and mysterious force that leads us to complete euphoria or utter despair, with songs, paintings, and stories. In Plato’s Symposium, six guest including Socrates, tackle and attempt to define love amongst each other. With each attempt, and our study of Johns gospel, the intertextuality between the symposium and John 15:8-17 helps one better understand the portrait that John portrays of Jesus as the ultimate lover and only way to being fully complete.