John 14:1-14 Uniform Lesson

For July 26, 2020 John 14:1-14

These commentaries and lessons are from the International Bible Lesson Commentary Archives (Uniform Lesson Series) from May 27, 2012.

I hope you find them helpful in teaching your class or for personal study.

John 14:1-14 for July 26, 2020

John 14:1-14 Easy-Print Commentary

John 14:1-14 Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for John 14:1-14

Teacher Study Hints for John 14:1-14 Large Print

International Bible Lesson

Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God, believe also in me”

(John 14:1).

Reasons Not to Worry

Reasons Not to Worry (Large Print)

Reasons Not to Worry (Bulletin Size)

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

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

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

Study of the Second and Third Letters of John

The July 19, 2020 International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson is a study of the Second Letter of John: Links to Resources Below.

The July 26, 2020 International Bible Study Commentary and Lesson is a study of the Third Letter of John: Links to Resources Below.

These commentaries and lessons are from the International Bible Lesson Archives and include some additional materials.

I hope you find them helpful in teaching your class or for personal study. We will return to our study of the Gospel of John on August 2, 2020.

2 John 1:1-13 for July 19, 2020

English Standard Version

2 John 1:1-13 ESV Easy-Print Commentary

2 John 1:1-13 ESV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

King James Version

2 John 1:1-13 KJV Easy-Print Commentary

2 John 1:1-13 KJV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible

2 John 1:1-13 NASB Easy-Print Commentary

2 John 1:1-13 NASB Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New International Version

2 John 1:1-13 NIV Easy-Print Commentary

2 John 1:1-13 NIV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version

2 John 1:1-13 NRSV Easy-Print Commentary

2 John 1:1-13 NRSV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

Audio Edition with New International Version

Audio Edition 2 Thessalonians 3: 1-5 & 2 John 1:1-13 NIV Commentary

International Bible Lesson [New Series]

“I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children
walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father”

(2 John 1:4).

Living Truthfully in Love

Living Truthfully in Love (Large Print)

Living Truthfully in Love (Bulletin Size)

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for 2 John 1:1-13

Teacher Study Hints for 2 John 1:1-13 Large Print

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

2 John 1:1-13

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

2 John 1:1-13

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

2 John 1:1-13

International Bible Lesson [Old Series]

“Everyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ,
but goes beyond it, does not have God;
whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son”

(2 John 1:9—NRSV).

Who Has the Father and the Son?

Who Has the Father and the Son? (Large Print)

Who Has the Father and the Son? (Bulletin Size)

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3 John 1:1-15 for July 26, 2020

English Standard Version

3 John 1:1-15 ESV Easy-Print Commentary

3 John 1:1-15 ESV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary

English Standard Version and Student Study Handout for 3 John 1:1-15

King James Version

3 John 1:1-15 KJV Commentary

3 John 1:1-15 KJV Large Print Commentary

King James Version and Student Study Handout for 3 John 1:1-15

New American Standard Bible

3 John 1:1-15 NASB Commentary

3 John 1:1-15 NASB Large Print Commentary

New American Standard Bible and Student Study Handout for 3 John 1:1-15

New International Version

3 John 1:1-15 NIV Commentary

3 John 1:1-15 NIV Large Print Commentary

New International Version and Student Study Handout for 3 John 1:1-15

New Revised Standard Version

3 John 1:1-15 NRSV Commentary

3 John 1:1-15 NRSV Large Print Commentary

New Revised Standard Version and Student Study Handout for 3 John 1:1-15

Audio Edition with New International Version

Audio Edition 3 John 1:1-15 NIV Commentary

Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further

Teacher Study Hints for 3 John 1:1-15

Teacher Study Hints for 3 John 1:1-15 Large Print

Crossword Puzzle with Answer Key

3 John 1:1-15

True and False Review Test with Answer Key

3 John 1:1-15

Word Search International Bible Lesson Puzzle

3 John 1:1-15

International Bible Lesson

“So if I come,
I will call attention to what he is doing
 in spreading false charges against us.

And not content with those charges,
 he refuses to welcome the friends,
and even prevents those who want to do so
 and expels them from the church”

(3 John 1:10—NRSV).

Facing Liars in the Church

Facing Liars in the Church (Large Print)

Facing Liars in the Church (Bulletin Size)

Receive our periodic International Bible Study Newsletter by sending me an email request to lgp@theiblf.com.

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

Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!! OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1. Use for private Bible study, mid-week Bible study and Sunday schools.

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

Playing the Blame Game—John 9:2

Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2).

Humans often spend a lot of time trying to assign blame for the diseases, misfortunes, and horrible evils in our world. Some blame God. When bad things happen, some say God is evil or not much of a god. Others say God causes every evil that happens, but He does not sin when He does evil. Similarly, when Jesus’ disciples met a man born blind, they wanted to know if he or his parents had sinned and caused his blindness. Jesus said neither. Jesus looked at people from God’s point of view. Jesus saw every person as created in the image of God, and in some mysterious way Jesus is involved in the creation and birth of every person. Rather than look for someone to blame when He saw an evil, a misfortune, sin, disease, or genetic disorder, Jesus looked for ways to solve problems and help those in need when given the opportunity. By helping those in need, by healing people, by telling people the truth, by dying to save sinners, Jesus did the work of God and those He helped revealed the work of God. Jesus told His disciples and everyone who wants to follow Him that they have God’s work to do. Rather than always trying to assign blame for all the bad things that happen, Jesus expects His followers to do as He did. Jesus prayed fervently every day for opportunities to help others, even those who wanted to kill Him. Jesus expects Christians to pray, study the Bible, learn the will of God, use God’s special gifts to them, prepare themselves, and look for opportunities to help others.

The International Bible Study Commentary on John 9:1-12, along with activities for students and a Study Guide to the questions below, will be published on the evening of June 7.

Thinking Further

1. Who sinned that the man was born blind?

2. In what special way did Jesus look upon the man who was born blind? How do you look upon people who have a genetic disorder?

3. How did Jesus explain our responsibility to do the works of God?

4. What did Jesus do to heal the man? Why do you think Jesus healed him this way?

5. What did the man do to receive his sight? If he had disobeyed Jesus, do you think he would have been able to see?

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF. You can also write me at lgp@theiblf.com if you would like to subscribe to our periodic newsletter.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

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 All His people,
L.G.

Jesus’ Answer to Racism—John 8:48

“The Jews answered Jesus, ‘Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?’” (John 8:48).

Jesus told the religious leaders who wanted to kill Him that their spiritual father was not Abraham or God but the devil, because the devil is a liar and a murderer, and they acted like the devil. Then, they attacked Jesus using a racial slur when they called Him a Samaritan. They hated Samaritans too. Amazingly, Jesus did not defend himself against the false charge that He was a Samaritan. Though the Bible does not tell us directly why Jesus did not defend himself against a racist insult, the Bible tells us enough about Jesus and His character to believe Jesus did not defend himself because Jesus saw nothing wrong with being a Samaritan (or a member of any other race, for He created all races and loves all races); therefore, He ignored the accusation. Jesus was not racially prejudiced against anyone. Jesus came to show the Father’s love and save the world, people of all races. For examples, He visited with a Samaritan woman at a well and led her and a Samaritan town to believe in Him as the Savior of the world (see John 4). He also told a parable that involved a good Samaritan who loved his neighbor as the LORD commanded and helped a stranger who had been left for dead (see Luke 10:25-37). Because Jesus was not racially prejudiced against anyone, He did not take the charge that He was a Samaritan as an insult. The Bible teaches that every person is “fearfully and wonderfully made” and God’s works are wonderful (Psalms 139:14). Jesus commanded: “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

Included with each week’s commentary on the Gospel of John is a short 300 word weekly Bible Lesson (the Bible Lesson above), and in light of all that is currently taking place in the United States today, I thought I would post it early on the International Bible Study Forum. Your comments are welcomed and may help others as we seek to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who need to hear and receive Him and His message. If you would like to read the Bible commentary on John 8:48-59, (which will be published in the evening on May 31), go to the International Bible Study Commentary.

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF. You can also write me at lgp@theiblf.com if you would like to subscribe to our periodic newsletter.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

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 All His people,
L.G.

The Most Misused Verse in the Bible

Jesus promised in John 8:32, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

The Jews in Jesus’ day knew truth, but they were not free. The leaders in Jerusalem still wanted to kill Jesus. They were slaves of sin. Many leaders in nations around the world know truth, but they are not free. They are slaves of sin. Many in all types of governments, all types of media, and even all types of churches know truth, but they still lie to their listeners, cheat others when “making deeds,” steal from and kill the less powerful, and mislead the uninformed. They are slaves of sin. It is one thing to know truth and quite another thing to be truthful instead of telling lies when truth is known. Some know truth and use it to deceive others, to control and manipulate others, and to achieve their selfish outcomes without regard to God or anyone but themselves. They are slaves of sin. So Notice: in John 8:32, Jesus did not say, as so many misinterpret, “When you know truth, truth will set you free.”

What did Jesus actually say in John 8:32?  “AND you will know THE TRUTH.” The “And” indicates that we must do something in order to know “the truth,” not just truth. To know “the truth,” people must do what Jesus said in John 8:31, “if you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples.” To know “the truth” we must be disciples of Jesus (students, learners) of Jesus. Until we are disciples of Jesus, we will be slaves of sin. The evils that many in all types of governments, all types of media, and even all types of churches say and do should not surprise us, because many are not disciples of Jesus. They are slaves of sin. To know “the truth, people must become disciples of Jesus and try to do what Jesus commanded and showed us as an example. It is quite clear that those who are not disciples of Jesus, no matter what they may claim to be or what church they claim to belong to, are slaves of sin. Slaves of sin suppress “the truth,” so “the truth” will not influence their thoughts and actions; they suppress and hide “the truth” and misuse many important truths so they can misuse others (see especially Romans 1:18-32). Only Jesus can free someone from slavery to sin.

Remember: Jesus said, “if you continue in my word.” Jesus is the Word of God who perfectly revealed the mind, intention, will, love, and commands of God to the world. True disciples of Jesus continue to learn and do Jesus’ words in the power of the Holy Spirit. True disciples of Jesus are filled with the Holy Spirit who guides, empowers, and gives them the love and understanding to do all that Jesus has commanded with God’s help. Though true disciples of Jesus do not follow and obey Jesus perfectly, continuing in the words of Jesus is the direction of their lives and sin is the exception (not the direction) of their lives—because Jesus has freed them from slavery to sin. Knowing Jesus and the truth, and living as a disciple of Jesus, does not guarantee that a disciple will not be mistreated and killed by those who are slaves of sin, but in many situations Jesus’ followers will recognize when someone is telling lies or telling truths so as to have true freedom from fear, sin, and death as they face the future with Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

So, next time you hear John 8:32 misused, try to explain from memory what John 8:31-32 actually mean and the conditions that Jesus said believers in Him, disciples of Jesus, need to fulfill in order to know “the truth.” If people will do what Jesus commanded, Jesus, who is THE TRUTH will free them from slavery to sin. Indeed, in John 8:36, we read this promise, “So, if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

We all need to be “free indeed,” freed from slavery to sin. All who lead our nations around the world, our media, and our churches need to be freed from slavery to sin, but only Jesus Christ, the Word of God, can make people who believe in Him “free indeed,” and He will only do so if we will continue in His word as He promised. To learn more about how to be free, read the International Bible Study Commentary.

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

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.

Jesus and the Best Bible Teachers—John 8:21-30

Those who heard Jesus speak called him “Rabbi” or “Teacher.” What made Jesus the best teacher?

Jesus was the best teacher because of the Person Jesus represented. Jesus represented the Father who sent Him to teach. Jesus did not represent the ideas or teachings of some other rabbi who came before Him as His teacher. Jesus did not choose between several different systems of thought and then try to teach one of them better than someone else. God the Father served as Jesus’ Teacher before and after the Father sent Him into our world. Jesus always taught according to the Scriptures and He came to fulfill them.

Jesus was the best Teacher because He did not teach His own ideas or inventions. Jesus was the best Teacher because He only taught the truths His Father instructed Him to teach. Jesus did not stray off into any “rabbit trails,” so to speak, when He taught. For the sake of discussion, Jesus never spoke as “the devil’s advocate.” When He taught, Jesus was always and only an advocate for His Father. Jesus only taught what He learned from the Father in heaven and only what the Father wanted Him to teach.

Jesus was the best Teacher because His life conformed to His teaching. Unlike the religious leaders of His day, Jesus was not a hypocrite. Jesus did not say one thing while doing another. Jesus did not tell anyone to do what He would not do himself. Jesus even washed His disciples’ feet and died to save sinners. Jesus always did what was pleasing to God the Father. If we want to know what character traits and what behaviors are pleasing to God, Jesus is the only perfect example and teacher for us.

So, who do you think are the best Bible teachers? Most obviously Jesus. Following Jesus’ example, in our day, the best Bible teachers will be those who teach the Bible and not the ideas of someone else or some other group in addition to or other than what the Bible teaches. The best Bible teachers will represent and teach what God wants them to teach from the Bible. They will always try to teach what is consistent with the Bible’s teachings. The best Bible teachers will pray for the Holy Spirit to help them teach the Bible, the Word of God, without mistakes—knowing that we all make mistakes, and praying that when mistakes are made that they will be corrected and no one is misled. The best Bible teachers will focus on the Bible as the true Word of God which does not contain errors or mistakes. The best Bible teachers will not try to change, edit, or rewrite what the Bible teaches in thought, word, or deed so their teaching will conform to systems of thought or cultural trends that they have learned from others; instead, they will try to conform all of their thoughts and actions to the teachings of the Bible—making corrections wherever and whenever they are found. They will stay focused on what the Bible says and will not stray from the Bible’s teachings. They will live according to what the Bible says and try to live as good examples for others, especially according to the commands of Jesus. They will live and teach as disciples of Jesus Christ who they love as their Savior and Lord and they will love their neighbors as themselves.

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

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.

Judging, but Not Condemning—John 8:1-20

In this and next week’s Bible lessons on John 8, Jesus will show us how to judge without condemning someone.

In our first lesson on John 8:1-11, we will see how the Pharisees condemned a woman for her sin and how they wanted Jesus to condemn her too. Because Jesus came as the Savior of the world, not to condemn the world, Jesus refused to condemn her. However, without condemning her, Jesus did judge that she had broken the revealed Law of God, one of the 10 Commandments listed in the Bible. Then, He began the process of trying to save her from her sins when He told her to go and sin no more.

The incident of the woman caught in adultery has a similarity to the man Jesus healed at the pool of Bethsaida. When Jesus saw him for the last time as far as we know, Jesus did not condemn him. Rather, He told him not to sin again lest something worse happened to him. We do not know what sins he had committed, but we know he had violated the revealed Law of God, and without condemning him, Jesus warned him not to do it again.

John does not tell us what the man and woman did after Jesus told them not to sin again. John may not have known. Hopefully, they turned from their sins and turned to Jesus; then, hopefully, they believed in Him and received the gift of eternal life from Him.

In our second lesson on John 8:12-20, we learn that the distinction between judging and condemning may not make sense to those who practice evil, such as the Pharisees and others. But as the light of life, Jesus did not come primarily to condemn or judge anyone. In addition to sacrificing His life on the cross for our sins, Jesus came to show and tell people how to follow Him and receive the gift of eternal life. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus calls His followers the light of the world; so, we too, as we follow Jesus, will show and tell people how to follow Jesus and live as children of God. We will also learn that some people, such as the Pharisees, judge and condemn others using human standards, whereas, Jesus judged using divine standards—the revealed will of God in the Scriptures. If we judge without condemning, we must use the divine standards of Jesus.

Sometimes following Jesus will mean that we will need to tell someone they need to turn from their sin and follow Jesus. Unhappily, they may take what we say and do as condemning them, even though we are seeking to free them from slavery to sin through faith in Jesus—that He might save them from their sins and grant them eternal life. As we follow Jesus, our intentions may be the same as Jesus’ intentions, but as with Jesus’, we may experience some of what He suffered. In John 7:7, Jesus explained to His unbelieving brothers, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil.”

As followers of Jesus, with prayer, with the help of the Holy Spirit, with the revealed will of God in the Scriptures, without condemning, we need to testify to the world that its works are evil—this will not be easy. As the light of life, Jesus did this, and He expects us to be the light of the world. In doing this too, some will think we are condemning them, and they will not hesitate to condemn us, just as the unbelieving religious leaders condemned Jesus—eventually leading Him to the cross. Still, with prayer, with the Bible as our guide, with the love of Jesus, and with the work of the Holy Spirit, through our showing and telling others about Jesus and what He taught as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, some will receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and begin to enjoy the life He has promised to all those who will follow Him.

Let us continue to pray for one another and for the preparation of these lessons — that they would glorify and honor God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as well as be true to the Bible and helpful. May we always love God and one another and remember one another in prayer!

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

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.

Two Resurrection Sunday Bible Studies!

On April 12, some of you may want to celebrate and study the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a Bible study from John 20:1-10 & 1 Peter 1:3-9 . Hopefully, those using the Uniform Lesson Series on 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-14, 42-45, will find the 1 Corinthians Commentary, Lesson, Activities, and Resources on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22 helpful.

Let us continue to pray for one another and for the preparation of these lessons — that they would glorify and honor God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as well as be true to the Bible and helpful. May we always love God and one another and remember one another in prayer!

Do you or someone in your Bible study group have a question? Send your questions to me at lgp@theiblf.com and I will answer them (or try to) here on the IBSF.

If you have not yet started to study the Gospel of John, you can join us and begin with the Bible commentary and Bible lesson on John 1:1-14, or you can begin with today’s lesson. Begin your study of the Gospel of John now!!  OR Go to the “Contents” page to begin with John 1:1.

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.

John 7:14-24 Commentary & Lesson — April 5, 2020

During a time of shelter in place or quarantine because of Covid-19, the KJV, NASB, NIV, and NRSV Commentaries, the International Bible Lesson, “The Law and the Will of God,” and the Activities (Crossword Puzzle, True and False Test, and Word Search) and other study resources are ready for you now at the International Bible Study Commentary website. Still in preparation are the Application, the Audio Commentary and Praying Through John 7:14-24.

Covid-19 and Encouraging Words to Remember

From John 1:12-14, “But to all who received him (Jesus), who believed in his (Jesus) name, he (Jesus)  gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his (Jesus) glory the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

From John 4:41-42, “And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.’”

From John 14:1-3, Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”

Please share some of your favorite and helpful “Words to Remember” from the Bible in the Comments. Please tell us where you are from and what church you attend (if you would like to). For your privacy, I will only post first names. If you prefer, I will post your verses or the verses of your class for you, please send them directly to lgp@theiblf.com. It will be very helpful if you send me or post the entire verse or verses and not just the references. Thank you and God bless you!