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The Book of: John

John has been called the apostle of love and is known as a man of great faith. We encourage you to pause and go through our Small doors titled love and faith.

As we trail through various rooms on our journey we will see the love of God and the faith that brings His love to mankind. Therefore we will call our path the pathway of Love and Faith

God The Father is the designer and architect of our path and all that we see along the way. See the small door The Nature of God.

Jesus Christ, the Word of God, has built all that we see and has fulfilled the plan of God. The holy spirit of God will be our Comforter and True Guide and Teacher.

Before we enter through the first door into the room that will contain the gospel of John we would like to present an interesting sidelight on the Word history. The Bible from Genesis to the last chapter of the book of revelation is the history of mankind past present and future, as told by Jesus Christ the Word of God. It is His story and our history. So if you say His story and superimpose the S's, you then have history.

Again we invite you to pray this prayer with us as we embark on our journey through a Bible doors.

"Dear Heavenly Father we again approach Your throne in the name of our most holy Lord Christ Jesus and pray that Your Holy Spirit will be our guide and teacher as we continue our journey in Your Word amen."

Now come with us through the door which contains the gospel of John...

We now open the door to the first room of the Gospel of John and have entered into the study of God's Word. We have chosen the gospel of John to start with for a number of reasons. It is considered by many to be the simplest of the four Gospels and the easiest for the beginner to understand, but its depth of meaning seems to be infinite. A student can spend a lifetime mining this gospel for God's rich nuggets and never ever exhaust it. If you've read the three books labeled Faith, Love and I AM, you will understand these terms more completely as they are liberally used throughout this Gospel. John has been considered to be inexperienced and uneducated but God can take a weak and unprepared individual and uses them for His own purposes and glory.

Gospel of John chapter 1

In verses 1-4 we have the identification a Jesus Christ as the Word of God. In verse 14 He is identified as "God in the flesh".

What is it saying? The Word existed before time and created all things and then in response to God's plan He came to Earth in human form as Christ Jesus the Savior of all mankind. In verse 51 Jesus uses the term "verily-verily", or "truly-truly" which He often uses to establish the importance of what He is about to say. In other words, it means this is absolutely true and we should pause and think about what is being said:

(chpt:  1 Vs: 001)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 002)  The same was in the beginning with God. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 003)  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 004)  In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 005)  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 006)  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 007)  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 008)  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 009)  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 010)  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 011)  He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 012)  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 013)  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 014)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 

The John that is named in verse 15 is John the Baptist, not John the Apostle. John does not name himself in this writing.

John the Baptist's main ministry was to identify Jesus Christ as the son of God, God in the flesh which he does in verses 15 through 36.

(chpt:  1 Vs: 015)  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 016)  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 017)  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 018)  No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 019)  And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 020)  And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 021)  And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 022)  Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 023)  He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 024)  And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 025)  And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 026)  John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 027)  He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 028)  These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 029)  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 030)  This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 031)  And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 032)  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 033)  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 034)  And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 035)  Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 036)  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 

Verses 37 through 51 cover the calling of the initial group of Disciples.

(chpt:  1 Vs: 037)  And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 038)  Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 039)  He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 040)  One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 041)  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 042)  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 043)  The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 044)  Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 

Verses 45 through 51 strike a note of interest with the old teacher. Apparently Nathaniel had been hiding under the fig tree for the purpose of praying. From the context it is an easy assumption to make. For those of you are familiar with the fig tree you'll recognize that in midseason its branches and leaves form a rather private hollow place where one could hideaway for his own purposes. This is an easy assumption to make considering Jesus's greeting to Nathaniel and Nathaniel's question in verse 48 and Jesus answer and then again in verse 49 Nathaniel's response. Is easy for Philip to come to the conclusion that Jesus is God because he expects God to hear and answer his prayer. I like to guess that he was asking for the opportunity to serve.

(chpt:  1 Vs: 045)  Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 046)  And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 047)  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 048)  Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 049)  Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 

(chpt:  1 Vs: 050)  Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 


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