Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 1
Before reading this blog/Bible study, please start your time with first praying to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through this Bible study. Ask God to give you insight and knowledge to understand the secrets and treasures He has stored for us in this chapter of the Bible. Also I ask to read (even more then one time) the chapter first before proceeding with reading this Bible study. God knows what you need to learn, not me .. I just write what I receive from the Holy Spirit.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we start with the Bible study on the Gospel of John. I pray that God will also bless us while we are on this journey through the fourth and last of the Gospels. It has already been a great journey so far with doing the Bible studies over the first three Gospels and I ask God to also bless this Bible study on the Gospel of John. That He will guide us and show us all that we need to learn and know!
Thank you also for blessing this blog for this coming year!
In the first chapter of the Gospel of John we will discuss the following chapters:
- The word became flesh
- John the Baptist denies being the Christ
- Jesus the lamb of God
- Jesus’ first disciples
- Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael
The word became flesh
This first part of the chapter is very powerful! John starts his gospel by making it very clear that Jesus was not just “created” at that time, but that He has always been there! Jesus is the Word that became flesh. And here we read that the Word was there from the beginning, the Word was with God and that the Word is God! Wow, how beautiful to see that before the world was created, that Jesus was already there and His coming on earth was not just something that God decided on later on, but He already decided on it before the earth was even created!
After this introduction on Jesus, then John tells how John the Baptist was sent to gives Jesus praise, by letting us know that everything that was made, was made through Jesus. That life was in Him, and that the light was the light of men. And indeed He is the light in our life as He died for our sins and through Him we can come to the Father! And also He shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not understood it. This shows that He was to bring salvation on this earth, that is so dark through the presence of the devil here on earth. And the devil could not understand this big plan where Jesus came to save us by dying on the cross for our sins!
Now John the Baptist is introduced and it is made clear that he was sent by God as a witness to testify on Jesus, so that we all could know that Jesus finally came! It is beautiful how he gives all praise and attention to Jesus and not to Himself. Also John tells us that Jesus made the world, but the world did not recognize Him. That Jesus came to save us still did not follow Him. But the ones that did recognize Him and followed Him, He gave them the right to be called children of God (not born of natural descent, but of God!)
Here he describes that when Jesus was born, He became the Word that became flesh! Also where the Law came through Moses, the grace and truth came through Jesus Christ!
John the Baptist denies being the Christ
In this chapter we see the priest and Levites were with John the Baptist to question Him. They thought by his testimony that he claimed himself to be Jesus, but he made it very clear by stating: I am not the Christ!.
Then they were still confused and wanted to know who he was then. After they made a few guesses, he then let them know that he was the voice of one calling in the desert, “Make straight the way for the Lord!”. After his testimony they were still not satisfied and asked him why he was baptizing if he was not the Son of God nor Elijah, nor the prophet. Now he tells them that he baptizes in water, and that amongst them one stands they did not know. He came to tell about Jesus and how we did not see Him, while He was already amongst us! He tells them that Jesus was coming after him, and that He is so great that he could not even stand in his shadow. All the praise be to God!
Jesus the lamb of God
The next day John the Baptist was again baptizing people in water, when Jesus came. See how he already knew that Jesus was coming, while no one else recognized Him. This gave him the chance to give Jesus the introduction he deserved by saying: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”. He tells that Jesus was already there before him, and that He surpassed him greatly. I love the humbleness of John the Baptist, because of his ministry he had every chance to take the honor and praise of the men around him, but he was very humble and had not desire to take the place of Jesus! Also John now tells that his ministry was to introduce Jesus and to baptize Him (a son of a priest in the line of Melchizedek that baptized Jesus as a priest!). From the moment He was baptized Jesus could start His ministry!
Then John the Baptist gave his testimony by stating: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”
Jesus’ first disciples
The next day John the Baptist was sitting there with two disciples, when Jesus came by. At that moment John said to them: Look this is the Lamb of God. How amazing that John continually gives Jesus the praise and not himself. We also need to take his example and be humble and in everything give God the honor of the things that we are blessed with in our lifes. After the introduction the 2 decided to follow Jesus. Jesus then turned around and asked them why they are following Him. They wanted to know where He was staying and Jesus told them to follow Him to know! Andrew, Simon Peters brother, was one of the 2 following Him. After hearing Jesus, he went to find his brother Simon to tell him: “We have found the Messiah!”. And he took his brother to Jesus. Jesus wants us to not only follow Him ourselves, but to tell of Him and bring others also to faith in Him! Jesus now tells Simon that He from no on will be know as Cephas (which is translated in Peter).
Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael
The next day He was leaving Galilee, when he found Philip, He told him to follow Him. Jesus will also come to each and everyone of us, to tell us to follow Him. It is up to Him to listen to His request. By accepting this request you will make the best decision of our lifes!
Then Philip went and find Nathanael to tell him that they found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the propeths also wrote: Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Then Nathanael asked Him if anything good can come from Nazareth. In that time people in Israel did not think high of Nazareth. I believe that God for this reason let Jesus grow up there, to even more show the mighty name of Jesus.
When Jesus saw both of them come He told about Nathanael that he is a true Israelite, of whom there is nothing false. Nathanael was surprised by this and Jesus explained him that He already saw him sitting under the fig tree, before Philip called Him. This shows that Jesus already knows us and can see us even before we are ready to know and accept Him! Then Jesus tells them that they will come to see a lot of amazing things that Jesus will do while on earth!
Thank you for reading this bible study. This first chapter of the Gospel of John is really amazing and so powerfull! Thank you God for blessing us with all you want us to learn during this Bible study!