The Gospel of John – Review

GIVE GOD TIME 

The hymn is under worship at the end now

A WORD IN YOUR EAR 

The Gospel of John – Review

This week is slightly different as we have finished going through the Gospel of John now. So now we are looking back by way of a review. John shows us the Divinity of Jesus so that all can see who Jesus really is. 

In 568 BC Heraclitus in Ephesus said that to find the answer to anything, just look for “the reason why”, (or in Greek “the logos”.) Much later the Greek philosopher Philo took up this idea and labelled it as if the idea were a person. John captured this idea in order to articulate something he was trying to explain about Jesus. John used the word “Logos” to explain that Jesus is the reason for everything, when he said, “In the beginning was the Word (“Logos”)…” He then went on say something which sets Jesus apart from all others. In the original Greek he added “God was the Word”, which we read as “…the Word was God”. 

a). Jehovah’s Witnesses changed the translation in John 1:1 which says “The Word was God”, to say instead; “the Word was a god”. Therefore Christians call it a cult, because;-

b). Then they go on to teach that Jesus was the first created being. That is why they are labeled as a cult by those who learned ancient Greek at college. 

Well, it is the Apostle John who provides us with the tools we need to teach us about the Divinity of Jesus – regardless of the heretical teachings of people like David Jenkins, the former Bishop of Durham. Only after he had finished being paid an enormous salary as a Bishop and living in a mansion, doing enormous damage to the faith of those seeking the truth, did he eventually acknowledge much later in life – after retiring, that he had been wrong. 

Too late to undo the damage done to those seeking after truth.  He was a stumbling block to churchgoers. During the service when the congregation is asked if they approved of his appointment as Bishop, a lone voice objected, who was then promptly escorted out of the cathedral, which shows that the words in the ritual are empty ritualistic phrases. 

John is writing to believers with a discipleship manual. We need it so we too can teach others. (Something to consider the next time the Jehovah’s Witnesses come knocking?)

John includes teaching on joining God’s family, and explains that the choice is between living under God’s love or under His wrath. 

He also writes in an academic teaching style and not in the evangelistic style of the other Gospel writers. The Gospel of John was used as the text by which we had to learn Greek when I was at London Bible College, for this reason. (However, the Revelation according to St John was written using Greek which was more like a student’s notes, because he was told not to alter one word!)

  • Today’s Challenge

For an example of obedience;- the person who pointed out to me that the New Testament taught believer’s baptism by immersion, became an Anglican vicar, which I felt was not really an honest response to what he said was the truth. When we read the Bible, do we treat it as an academic exercise or do we obey what we read? Do we obey God or men? The honest response is to obey the truth as revealed to us. Doesn’t that challenge you?

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Prayer, Praise and Worship

Pray along with this hymn… “Thank you…”

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Pray along with this hymn… ‘Breathe on me, Breath of God’ at this link… 

“Breathe on me, Breath of God” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5keJHZdWYM

  • Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    Fill me with life anew,
    That I may love what Thou dost love,
    And do what Thou wouldst do.
  • Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    Until my heart is pure,
    Until with Thee I will one will,
    To do and to endure.
  • Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    Till I am wholly Thine,
    Until this earthly part of me
    Glows with Thy fire divine.
  • Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    So shall I never die,
    But live with Thee the perfect life
    Of Thine eternity.

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