Why Study the Gospel of John?

In the first and last chapters of the Gospel of John and in the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John begins and ends with two reasons to study his gospel and share what we learn with others.

First, in John 1:12, we read, “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” If we have received Jesus and believe in His Name, by His power we have become children of God. If not, the gospel of John will give anyone good and sufficient reasons to receive Jesus and believe in His Name so they can become children of God. As Christians, we can study the Gospel of John so we can be prepared to share the good news of Jesus Christ with believers and unbelievers. Those who are not Christians should at least be intellectually honest and study the evidence in the Gospel of John.

To fully learn the Name of Jesus (“the name above all names”—Philippians 2:9), the names that reveal the nature and character of Jesus, we need to study the Gospel of John. For example, in just the first few verses of John’s first chapter we learn that the Name of Jesus includes “Word,” “God,” and “Lamb of God.” For this reason alone, and I am sure there are others, in the Book of Revelation 19:12, John wrote, “His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself.” And then in Revelation 19:13, John repeated the Name he used to begin teaching about Jesus in his gospel, “He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God.” As the Lamb of God, Jesus’ robe was dipped in blood, His own blood. For this reason, John wrote this in John 1:29, “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’” And on His robe, Jesus has this name, as we read in Revelation 19:16, “On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’”

Second, as John drew his gospel to a close, in John 20:30-31, he wrote, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” Jesus is the Life and Light that all people need and can receive by believing in Him (see John 1:4). We believe in Jesus and study the gospel of John to learn more about and praise the One who said of himself in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Because Jesus “did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book,” as Christians we study all four gospels and the entire New Testament. As John concluded his Gospel in John 21:25, he wrote: "But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written."

Finally, you are invited to begin your study of the Gospel of John at any time by going to the International Bible Study Commentary and selecting theJohn Contentstab. If you go on vacation or are ill for a week or two, you can always go to the John Contents tab and resume your study.

If you are using a printed curriculum on Sunday mornings, consider starting a mid-week Bible study in your church or home. John gives us many reasons to study his gospel.

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May God continue to bless your Bible study and teaching and encourage you by His Word and Spirit!

Teaching the Truth in Love for the Love of God’s Word and His people,
L.G.
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