Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:34 AM

Book of John

Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:34 AM
Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:34 AM

The Gospel of John has a wonderful structure and an easy to understand declaration by John. John declares that the book was “written that you may believe”. John demonstrates that Jesus fulfilled all that the Jewish nation would expect Him to fulfill by the Old Testament prophecies.

Jesus fulfills the Sabbath in ch. 5, the Passover in ch. 6, the water ceremony of the Feast of Tabernacles in ch. 7, the light ceremony of the Feast of Tabernacles in ch. 8 along with the giving of light to the blind in ch. 9, and finally Hanukkah or the Feast of Dedication in 10:22–42.[1]

At the end of the Gospel in 20:31, John declares, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.[2]

A chiastic structure of this verse holds the entire reason that John wrote the Book of John.

These are written that you may

   A.    Written to believe

             B. Christ is the Son of God

   C. Believing you have life


[1] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[2] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (29–30). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

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