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                              Phil Scovell

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                           THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

                              Study Guide


                              Phil Scovell

               Each of  the four  Gospels provide a  different view  of our
          Lord.  Matthew as (King), Mark as  (Servant), Luke as (the Son of
          Man), and  John  as (the  Son of  God).   John's Gospel  account,
          however, is unique  in its presentation  of Jesus.   Even as  the
          first chapter is read,  we clearly see Jesus as (God  come in the
          flesh)--  "And the  Word  was  made flesh,"  [1:14].   The  first
          doctrine John addresses is Jesus as   (The Creator God)-- "In the
          beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God,  and the Word
          was God.   The same  was in the  beginning with God.   All things
          were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was
          made." [1:1-3].   We even discover the true purpose of His coming
          in the first chapter-- "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,"  [1:12].    Because  of  this  Gospel's    doctrines,
          Scriptural  truths,  and   spiritual  principles,  it   is  truly
          suggested reading for those newly born again; but it should never
          be neglected by any Christian for very long.

               There  are three practical  ways of studying  John's Gospel.
          The first  is simply to  read it chapter-by-chapter as  you would
          any book.   It is mostly chronological and  sequential in events;
          thus easy to  follow.  It is also easy reading,  even in the King
          James, and almost reads  as a novel in modern translations.  John
          was known as  "the discipline whom Jesus loved;"  and his writing
          of his Lord demonstrates his love for Him clearly.

               The second method  of viewing the Gospel is  by the miracles
          performed by  our Lord  and recorded  by John.    Only eight  are
          mentioned by John but each reveal  an aspect of our Lord's nature
          which is comforting  to us  as His  children.   The miracles  are
          recorded as follows:

          1.  The turning of water into wine: [chapter 2].
          2.  The healing of the nobleman's son: [chapter 4].
          3.  The healing of the lame man: [chapter 5].
          4.  The feeding of the five thousand: [chapter 6].
          5. Jesus walking on the water: [chapter 6].
          6.  The blind man healed: [chapter 9].
          7.  Lazarus raised from the dead: [chapter 11].
          8.  The one hundred fifty-three fish: [chapter 21].

               These  eight miracles were  performed by Jesus  publicly and
          not only  represent aspects of His eternal nature as God, but can
          likewise be viewed as various stages  of spiritual development in
          the Christian walk:

          1.  Conversion:  The turning of water into wine.  [chapter 2.]   
              Being born again.

          2.  Conflict:  Healing of the nobleman's son.  [chapter 4].      
              Immediately following salvation, one will experience conflict
          and will need  to establish trust in  the truth of God's  Word by
          faith as the nobleman did in John 4.

          3.   Completeness: The lame  man of thirty-eight  years. [chapter
          5].      (restoration, Sanctification, justification)
              Often the Devil will attempt  to paralyze us in our Christian
          walk by  circumstances and  situations beyond  our control--  our
          Lord always restores us to (walking status).

          4.  Credibility:  Jesus walking on the water.  [chapter 6].
              Jesus  established His credibility  with His disciples  as he
          came walking to them on the  water.  He often reveals Himself  in
          unusual ways in the Christian life;  thus is glorified.  Look for

          5.  Contentment:  Feeding the five thousand.  [chapter 6].       
              He fills us and we are content.

          6.  Cleansing:  Healing of the blind man.  [chapter 9].          
              I John  1:9  is often  experienced  in the  Christian  growth

          7.  Confidence:  Lazarus raised from the dead.  [chapter 11].    
              It  will come but Jesus  is the resurrection  and the life in
          all that we face.

          8.  Commitment:  The one hundred fifty-three fish.  [chapter 21].
              Nothing  is  gained  in  our  walk  with  the  Lord   without
          commitment to Him and His Word.

               There is  yet a third way  of reading and studying  from the
          book of John which I recommend; By outline--

               I.  His Witness/Message.  [chapter 1].

              II.  His Works/Miracles.  [chapters 2-11].

             III.  His Words/Ministry.  [chapters 12-18].

              IV.  His Will/Mysteries.  [chapters 19-20].

               V.  His Wisdom/Meaning.  [chapter 21].

                                   * A FINAL NOTE *

               There  are actually nine  miracles in  John's Gospel  if you
          include  our Lord's bodily  resurrection recorded in  chapter 20.
          Although His resurrection most certainly was a miracle, it stands
          alone  from the  other  eight public  miracles  which reveal  His
          Sonship and Deity.

               However you choose to read or study this Gospel, you will no
          doubt conclude  with the  confession of  John the baptizer--  "He
          must increase, but I must decrease."  [John 3:30].

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