The Gospel of John - an Introduction

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An Introduction to the Gospel of John The Gospel of John is believed to be the last of the four Gospels in the New Testament to be written. While the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are similar in their common view, the book of John is distinct. In contrast, none of the parables are recorded in John, and only seven of the miracles are featured. Instead, John delivers the meaning of Jesus by giving the readers a deeper insight and a deeper understanding of Him. He establishes that Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah that was prophesized in the Old Testament, who was sent to earth by God in human flesh, gives his life on the cross, and then returns to the Father – all with the view that we may believe in him and receive eternal life.…show more content…
Water to wine: the ritual of law is replaced by the reality of grace (2:1-11); 2. Healing the nobleman’s son: the gospel brings spiritual restoration (4:46-54); 3. Healing the paralytic: weakness is replaced by strength (5:1-16); 4. Feeding the multitude: Christ satisfies spiritual hunger (6:1-13); 5. Walking on water: the Lord transforms fear to faith (6:16-21); 6. Sight to the man born blind: Jesus overcomes darkness and brings in light (9:1-7); 7. Raising of Lazarus: the gospel brings people from death to life (11:1-44)” (Wilkinson & Boa, 1983, p. 339).
Major Theme The main theme of the Gospel of John is straightforward: The way to the Kingdom of God is not by doing good works; it is by being born of God. The key to being born again is “believing”. This means to believe with the whole person, not just mentally. According to Gaebelein (1981), the word “believe” is used ninety-eight times in the Gospel of John, which is more than any other key word in the Gospel. John makes it clear that men are born “of God” and they can be born in no other way. This new birth is a miracle in itself and is a gift of God, only obtainable through belief. Key verses in the Gospel that signify this theme are: * “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his
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