Category: Book of John

Jesus as the Bread of Life as Explicated in the Gospel of John

INTRODUCTION The Bread of Life discourse, outlined in John 6, immediately followed the feeding of the five thousand. In typical Johannine methodology, numerous Old Testament comparisons, in particular that of Moses and Christ, are presented as evidentiary proof to the Jews that Jesus is truly the Messiah, the Giver of life. Jesus clearly identified himself as the Bread of Life, a figure of speech pregnant with meaning and purpose for not only the 1st century hearer, but for the modern seeker of eternal sustenance. The Apostle John presents a magnificent theological interlude in his gospel account of the spiritual...

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The Work and Person of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John

The Synoptic Gospels have little to say when considering the person and work of the Holy Spirit. In the Fourth Gospel, the Evangelist spends three chapters (John 14-16) teaching on the Holy Spirit’s role in the life of the believer. The Gospel of John may be criticized on its structure and genre, but it is beyond dispute that John demonstrates a deep understanding of the Old Testament. Today, I will cover three sections the work of the Holy Spirit, the person of the Holy Spirit, and receiving of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit’s role in the...

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Eight signs of Jesus in the book of John

The miracle of water turning into wine in John 2:1-11 occurred at a wedding in Cana where they had run out of wine which was symbolic for joy. Jesus mother Mary came to Jesus asking Him to help out as the wedding ceremony to the poor was the highlight of their lives. Jesus is not disrespectful to his mother but rather tells her in verse 4 that, “His hour has not yet come”. Jesus tells the servants to fill the water jars with water and then tells them some to the master of the feast. After the master of the feast had some of the water turned into wine he went to the bridegroom and in verse 10 told him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine unto now.” In this miracle, the Lord was testifying that the old religious rituals were dead and that he was filling the urns with new life. Christ is changing the water of Jewish purification into the wine of a new age. This sign gives us a striking picture of the regeneration of a sinner. This sign shows Christ’s power over His creation. A.W. Pink said, “This was Christ’s first miracle and in it He shows us that God is pleased to use human instrumentality in performing...

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The Gospel of John and new believers

Every week I am going to take a question and answer it. If you have a question or questions feel free to submit it here: http://servantsofgrace.org/contact/ and it will be answered either on the website or privately. This week’s question is, “Why do many people tell new converts to begin reading the Gospel of John? and why is the Gospel of John so attractive to Jews?” Dr. Hughes said, “John is unique in his powerful presentation of Jesus as the great Creator-God of the Universe. His massive vision of Christ has been used countless times to open the eyes of unbelievers to who Jesus is and the way of redemption. This Gospel’s continuing effect on Christians is equally profound because in John’s account believers find an ongoing source for expanding their concept of the Savior’s greatness.” John’s Gospel account is simple to understand but its simplicity also gives us its greatest strength, which is its depth. The Apostle John is known for his ability to paint a picture. As an artist John takes his paint brush and paints a panoramic picture of Jesus. He also takes us into the life of Jesus but continues to weave the story so that we gain intimate knowledge of Jesus. John’s writing is easy to understand but plumbing the depths of his thought requires great effort. New converts are told to begin reading John because of...

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