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John

Author – John
Time – 4 B.C. to 30 A.D.

Summary – The book of John was written in order that men may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and consequently the Redeemer of all who believe in him and the things concerning the Kingdom of God. John cites eight signs to establish and prove this point, culminating in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. John is the only one of the four Gospels that does not cite any parables; instead John emphasises Jesus as the manifestation of God.

Key Verse – "but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name." John 20 v 31

Unique Features – There are many key words in John’s Gospel, and dominant throughout is the word "believe", which occurs over eighty times. The word, however, implies a belief that has developed into faith or conviction. As such, this Gospel was written for believers. They are enabled thereby to perceive the inner strength of Jesus, and to see that it stemmed from a greater than he, even God. Another peculiarity is the frequent use of the word "Jew". It is only found once in Matthew, twice in Mark and in Luke, but over sixty times in John.

John concerns himself more with the Judean ministry, which Matthew and Mark hardly touch upon, and he records eight miracles (which he terms "signs") that set in sequential order the whole purpose of God in Christ.
From everlasting – Chapter 1 v 1 to 18
Passage
Subject
1 v 1 to 8 God before Christ
1 v 9 to 18 God in Christ

God Manifest in the Flesh – Chapter 1 v 19 to 19 v 42
Passage
Subject
1 v 19 to 12 v 50 In the world
13 v 1 to 17 v 26 To his own
18 v 1 to 19 v 42 Arrest, trial and crucifixion

To Everlasting – Chapter 20 v 1 to 21 v 25
Passage
Subject
20 v 1 to 18 The empty tomb
20 v 19 to 21 v 25 Resurrection appearances

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