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John Introduction

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Below is a link and the outline provided on this study.
It's only a 15 minute version, but one I hope you will enjoy.
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Gospel of John - Introduction

THE PROLOGUE
John 1:1-18


INTRODUCTION. A prologue is an opening to a story that establishes the setting and provides the background. An epilogue is a final chapter that brings conclusion to the story. John’s gospel begins with a prologue (1:1-18) and ends with an epilogue (21:1-25).

THE DIVINE LIFE IN ESSENCE. John 1:1-5

The Lord’s Person. (1:1-2)

Jesus is Eternally God. (1:1a) “In the beginning was the Word.” John’s opening statement does not refer to a start, but rather to an infinite state. Jesus said, “…Before Abraham was, I am” in John 8:58.

Jesus is Equally God. (1:1b) “…and the Word was with God.” God revealed himself in three persons: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit (1 Jn. 5:7). Jesus Christ is the second person of the trinity (Colossians 2:9) and is equal to the Father (Php. 2:6).

Jesus is Essentially God. (1:1c-2) “…and the Word was God.” John did not waste words arguing with the Gnostics. He boldly stated what he knew – that Jesus Christ is God. This was no casual statement for John Zebedee. He was a Palestinian Jew who fully understood the gravity of his words. He opened his inspired gospel with a clear statement about the deity of our Lord Jesus.

1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

Philippians 2:6, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”

1 Timothy 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

The Lord’s Power. (1:3-5)

His Power of Creation. (1:3) The Bible proclaims God as the Creator in the very first verse. Jesus is God the Creator. Compare Colossians 1:16.

His Power of Communication. (1:4-5) The Lord Jesus possesses power in communicating life (1:4) and in communicating light (1:5). He is the Creator and as such, he is the author of life. Additionally, “he is the light of men.” He literally created light, and light illustrates truth. Light dispels darkness.

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”

Hebrews 1:2, “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”

Luke 11:35, “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.”

THE DIVINE LIGHT IN EVIDENCE. John 1:6-13

The Witness and the Light. (1:6-8)

The Messenger. (1:6) The “man sent from God” is, of course, John the Baptist. He was a priestly descendent of Aaron (Luke 1:5) and he was the last of the Old Testament prophets (Luke 16:16).

The Method. (1:7) “The same came for a witness.” A witness speaks the truth and tells what he knows. John the Baptist was a witness.

The Motive. (1:8) “He was not that Light.” The ministry of John the Baptist was not about John. It was to prepare the way for the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 3:3, John 3:30).

Luke 7:26, “But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.”

Luke 16:16, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.”

John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

The World and the Light. (1:9-13)

The Light Revealed. (1:9) All have some light. Those who possess no written revelation have the light of creation (Psalm 19:1) and conscience (Romans 2:15). The Jews were given the additional light of the Old Testament Law. Now, God has given the light of Jesus Christ.

The Light Resisted. (1:10-11) The Creator was rejected by his creatures. The Roman world rejected him, but his own countrymen also rejected him. This seemed to astonish John.

The Light Received. (1:12-13) “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:” Those who “receive him” and “believe on his name” “become the sons of God.” They do not become sons through a physical birth, but rather a spiritual.

III. THE DIVINE LOVE IN EXPERIENCE. John 1:14-18

Incarnation. (1:14) The eternal “Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” He is the “only begotten of the Father” in that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Identification. (1:15) “This was he…” John the Baptist identified Jesus as the Christ.

Imputation. (1:16) The last apostle inserted his witness. “And of his fulness have all we received, grace for grace.”

Implementation. (1:17) The Law was given, but “grace and truth came” in the person of Jesus Christ.

Illumination. (1:18) No man has seen God the Father (John 4:24), but “the Son hath declared him.” Compare John 14:9.

Romans 8:3, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:”

Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

John 14:9, “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”
 

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