The Gospel Of John Overview in 5 minutes

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The Gospel of John is different than the other Gospels

The Gospel of John is  not a synoptic or synoptic simply means similar look you might recognize the word optic from ophthalmologist and the Greek word sin means similar so similar look most of the Synoptics start with the birth of Christ and then the Ministry of John the Baptist and Christ ministry in Galilee and then Christ journey to Jerusalem and then Christ’s ministry in Jerusalem and then his crucifixion and his resurrection in Matthew Mark and Luke all fall of that formula John is kind of a mold breaker he doesn’t follow that information at all he has a totally different structure so it’s not one of the Synoptics but really the key verse in the book of john to understand it is john 20 verses 30 and 31 which most people take as a purpose statement of the book these verses say therefore many other signs Jesus performed in the presence of the disciples which are not written in this book but these have been written that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name so there’s a lot of great things we learn about John’s gospel just by looking at this purpose statement first of all John didn’t tell us everything Jesus said or did there’s a lot of information about Christ’s life that has been left out but John highlights a few things about Christ’s life but it’s written to present Jesus Christ in such a way that the reader sees Jesus as the Son of God and then believes on him has begins to experience eternal life or what we call regeneration in the name of Christ so that’s John’s purpose in writing he has a soteriological purpose which means he’s trying to get folks saved through faith alone in Christ alone and then he has a christological purpose in writing which is to portray Jesus as he really is so people would see him as the Son of God and the one worthy to believe on so what John does is he documents Christ signs he records about seven signs the first sign is the water to wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee and the last sign is the resuscitation of Lazarus from the dead John 11 and there’s seven of these signs total and as you go through these signs you very clearly see that Jesus is not just an ordinary man at all but he is in fact the son of God and John also documents who Jesus is by recording Christ various am statements all the way through John’s Gospel Jesus will say things like I am the bread of life I am the light of the world I am the way the truth and the life and by claiming to be the I am which in Greek is a go a me I am he’s claiming for himself a divine title you might recall in the book of Exodus chapter 3 verse 14 I am is a divine title so as you read through these various IM statements in John’s Gospel you see Jesus is the Son of God and we know that from his science and his self claims through these various IM statements and this is not just a lesson in theology but it’s designed to get people to believe in this man Jesus Christ and as they believe in this man Jesus Christ they are then given the gift of eternal life and so John’s Gospel for us should be used as our primary point of evangelism to the unsaved world because that’s why John wrote his book and so it’s a wonderful book and its really unique among the other Gospels

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