John 1:1-18 In the first eighteen verses of John 1, we are told about two cousins. One is called the Word or the Light. The other is called the witness of the Light, and his name is John. This article will cover what these few verses say about this man John. This is a different […]The Witness — Little Brother’s Thoughts on the Bible
In the opening verses of the Gospel according to John, we learn about two cousins. One was the Word or Light. This is Jesus. The other was witness to that Light. This is John the Baptist. The first three verses present a lot of doctrine about the eternal nature of Jesus and the Trinity.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John clearly teaches that Jesus has always existed. Jesus was already in existence at the creation of our universe. And not only was Jesus not created, He created everything else!
John also teaches us some details about the mystery of the Three-One God (Trinity). He says that Jesus was both with God…
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And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.– John 20:30-31
John is the “unidentified” disciple whom Jesus loved (John 13:23). He wrote the gospel as well as the three small letters bearing his name, and the Book of Revelation. He was one of the original twelve disciples and the only one to live to an old age. He and his older brother were sons of a man named Zebedee. In Matthew chapter 4, they are with their father in a ship in the sea of Galilee. They are mending their nets when Jesus calls them. They drop their work and follow immediately. He, along with Peter and James, were the only witnesses to the raising of Jarius’ daughter from the dead, the transfiguration, and the agony in Gethsemane. After the persecution in Jerusalem, John is probably centered out of Ephesus.
John’s gospel account is very different than the other three “synoptic” gospels that give a synopsis of the life of Christ. John does not include as many historical details but rather focuses on many important doctrinal and theological points. John’s emphasis is on the fact that Jesus is God. He begins before the incarnation showing that Jesus has always been God the Word. John also shows the dual nature of Jesus, being God and man at the same time, refuting the Gnostic claims just like Luke did.
John records his purpose for writing his gospel account in John 20:31. He desires that his readers have a full understanding of the deity of Christ so that they may live a life of liberty in Jesus. It can therefore be concluded that John was writing to believers who wanted to understand even more deeply Who their Savior was.
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. – Luke 1:1-4
During the early years of the church, the Apostles and others ministers regularly preached about the events of Jesus’ life in their sermons. The four inspired gospel accounts had not yet been written so many people began recording these stories and collecting them into accounts of the life of Jesus. Not being led by the Holy Spirit, this led to inaccuracies and…
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For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45
Mark (John Mark) was a nephew to Barnabas (Col. 4:10). He was a young man when we find him in the book of Acts chapter 12. He grew up in the church in Jerusalem, it actually met in his mother’s house (Acts 12:12). James, the half brother of Jesus, was his pastor. He heard James and Peter preach on a regular basis. He travels with Paul and Barnabas and was actually a point of contention between these two when he wanted to return home sick. In 2nd Timothy 4:11, Paul tells Timothy to bring Mark with him because he is profitable. They had obviously reconciled and Mark had become a beneficial minister of the gospel.
Mark may be…
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