Jesus is God. He was fully Man and is fully God. This may seem like a basic truth to Christians, but to those reading the Gospel of John and the Epistles of John, this seemed far-fetched. John wrote his gospel and letters into a time when gnosticism was getting its start, in a time when the body was considered evil, and the spirit was considered pure. Therefore, “theories” about Jesus quickly emerged – that He was “just” a man, or that He was God performing some sort of optical illusion to make Himself look like a man. John writes against these theories, showing his audience that Jesus was fully man (enabling Him to become the propitiation for our sin) and that Jesus is God (meaning God died for our sins). Today, many people continue to feel that Jesus was “just” a man, or that He was only divine, never human. We don’t call that gnosticism anymore, but such theories remain as false as they ever were. Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 622-59) and the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18); He and the Father are One (John 10:30). Jesus is the only way to God, for He is God.
My next post will be about Revelation; it deserves its own post! It only takes about an hour to read, and if you have never read it before, get ready for a lot of unusual imagery! Keep in mind that people have been debating about this book for the last 1900 years, so don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” if you don’t totally get it – I would suggest that no one “totally gets it!” That being said, remember that this book is a message of comfort above all else, so if it seems scary and weird, remember that this book is meant to encourage those who know Jesus, giving them hope for the day He will return.
Gospel of John
Main Idea: Jesus is the light of the world, the only way to the Father and eternal life.
Reason Written: John writes so that all may know Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that all may have life in his name.
TT: Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6).
Main Idea: John urges the OR to walk in the light, living in a holy way, loving one another as true believers.
Reason Written: The church was plagued by false teachers who were questioning the testimony of God – the divinity of Christ.
TT: Believers are called to walk out sacrificial love (1 John 4:11).
Main Idea: Do not tolerate false teachers.
Reason Written: False teachers were taking advantage of believers, using them to spread their false doctrine.
TT: Loving one another is the best way to combat false teaching (2 John 1:6-7)
Main Idea: Support those who are teaching the truth.
Reason Written: John writes to commend Gaius for his servant heart and for his discernment in the truth.
TT: Believers are called to support missionaries (3 John 1:6-7).