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GOSPEL OF JOHN: AN INTRODUCTION
Author: Apostle John is the author of the Gospel of John. Polycarp, a second-century Christian martyr who knew John personally, told Irenaeus(leader of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire; now Lyon, France) 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.
Background: The Gospel according to John presents Jesus as the eternal Word of God, who became a human being and lived among us. John’s gospel has always been referred to as the fourth gospel. 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). 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.
John used 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.
Main topic: John the baptist and the first disciples of Jesus, Jesus’ public ministry, the last days in and near Jerusalem, the resurrection and the appearance of the Lord, and another appearance in Galilee.
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Happy Reading and Being Transformed 🙂
Charles Tan KW
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