In Conclusion from part 3, The House of The Nazarene spiritual study series brings you a teaching journey through the gospel of John. This is the last part of a series of teachings throughout this wonderful gospel This has been a very in-depth deep-dive two-year study of the Book of John.
I know that some of you have read through it and let’s be realistic and honest some of you haven’t. The ones who have received a blessing in knowing our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth more intimately and the ones who haven’t cared, or took the time, well… Jesus said He would separate you goats from us sheep that do care and Love Him!
Who wrote the book?
Not surprisingly, the gospel of John never provides the name of its author. Such identifications were not made in any of the other three biblical gospels either. However, two significant factors point to the identification of John as the author. First, the book itself identifies the author as the disciple whom Jesus loved. This description likely pointed to John for three reasons: the author had to be one of the twelve disciples because he was an eyewitness to the events in the gospel (John 21:24); he was probably one of the inner circle of three disciples (James, John, and Peter) because he was among the first Mary told of the resurrection (20:1–10); and this disciple is distinguished from Peter in the book, while James died too soon after the resurrection to be the author.
The second significant evidence for John’s authorship is the unanimous testimony of early Christians, among them the second-century Christian Irenaeus, who declared that John was the disciple who laid his head on Jesus—the disciple “whom Jesus loved” (13:23)—and the author of the gospel.
Where are we?
In Christian tradition, John’s gospel has always been referred to as the fourth gospel, meaning it was composed after the other three. Polycarp, a second-century Christian martyr who knew John personally, told Irenaeus that John had written the book during the apostle’s time serving the church in Ephesus. These factors suggest that John wrote the book between AD 85 and AD 95.
Why is John so important?
John did not include the nativity story in his gospel; instead, he introduced his book by going back even further into history. Invoking the “in the beginning” language of Genesis 1:1, John made a direct link between the nature of God and the nature of the Word, Jesus Christ. The emphasis on the deity of Christ is a striking quality of John’s gospel. It also comes through clearly elsewhere in the book, particularly in John 8:58 when Jesus claimed the divine name—“I am”—for Himself, which led an angry mob of Jews to try and kill Him for blasphemy.
What’s the big idea?
While the other three gospels portray Jesus as the King, the Servant, and the Son of Man, John portrays Jesus as the Son of God. John stated his theme more clearly than any of the other gospel writers. He wrote so that his readers might “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,” so that they may have life in His name (John 20:31). To accomplish that goal, John presented a riveting and distinctive picture of Jesus Christ, one in complete unity with the portraits in the other three gospels, but one that also adds significantly to the Bible’s revelation of Jesus Christ, the God-man, while the other three gospels point to Him being man-God.
John used a variety of techniques to communicate to his readers the nature of Jesus. These include his citation of Jesus’s seven “I am” statements, in which Jesus spoke of Himself in terms such as “the Light of the world” (8:12), “the resurrection and the life” (11:25), and “the way, and the truth, and the life” (14:6). Much of John’s gospel (chapters 2–12) might be called the Book of Signs, as it recounts Jesus’s performing of seven different miracles—such as the turning water to wine at Cana and raising Lazarus from the dead at Bethany. These miracles illustrate His identity as the Son of God.
How do I apply this?
In the Golden Age to come, the saints of God will have a city forged by the very hands of the Lord. It will be the headquarters of the universe, the place where the Final Judgment will be made upon the White Throne at the time of the resurrection of the lost.
Satan will endeavor to conquer the holy city with the allegiance of the unsaved when it lands upon the earth, all which occurs after he is released from his 1,000-year state of being bound to an Earth in contemplation of his rebellion. The Lord will then issue the Final Judgment, with the consequence of all sin and corruption being eradicated by the Lake of Fire. The saints of God, however, (i.e His redeemed, or elect) will have a lifestyle that we could never imagine. Beauty, glory & power will embrace them as their existence and the city will go on, the pic I used is but a poor example of what the true city will actually look like. The earth and heavens after the Lake of Fire will all be reborn with beauty and splendor that no eye could ever envision. Will you accept Christ and be there to witness this new chapter of eternity that begins in a time-frame that continues to imminently approach?
Jesus’s identity as the divine Son of God sets Him apart from any other man who ever lived. He carries with Him the transcendence that comes only with God Himself. Therefore, His work on our behalf makes our salvation sure. Because He is God, His sacrifice on the cross has eternal implications, unlike the limited effect of the animal sacrifices in the Old Testament. Jesus, the God-man, has atoned for our sins. We can place our confidence in Him because of His divine nature.
For readers of John’s gospel, the question is simple, though significant,
Praise the Lord I know its gotta be a better place than this world we live in now I know you are coming back for me and my Brothers and Sisters soon Lord to save us from this evil, and out of control place. We can’t wait to go to our real home called heaven the New Jerusalem!
I’m ready to go to Heaven and I am so sorry for my sins. Jesus Christ is lord Glory to God, are you my Brothers and Sisters?
HALLELUJAH! Praise the Lord!
Praise JESUS, King of kings & Lord of Lords!
Thank you so much for being a part of this huge endeavor!
Lord Jesus! Come quickly!