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Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 5

Gospel of John

Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 5

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.

Bible study

Dear brothers and sisters,

Welcome back to 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 fifth chapter of the Gospel of John we will discuss the following chapters:

  • The healing at the pool
  • The authority of the Son
  • Testimonies about Jesus

The healing at the pool

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Jesus went near Jerusalem to a sheep pool, called Bethesda. At this pool a lot of disabled people used to lie. When Jesus came there was also a disabled man, which had been disabled for 38 years.

When Jesus saw him and learned that he had been this way for a long time, Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well. The disabled man replied that when he tried to get in the water that someone was always faster than Him. Then Jesus (because of his faith) said that the man should stand up and take his mat. And He was healed!

This healing took place on the Sabbath and the man walked away with his mat. He passed the Jewish leaders and instead of them being happy that he was healed were asking him why he was carrying his mat during Sabbath. See how wicked people can be that they find their own rules more important, than that people get healed. Later on the temple Jesus met the healed man again, and he told him to stop sinning or something worse will happen. This shows that one of the reason for sicknesses is actually our sins!

The authority of the Son

the authority of the son

Because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath the Jewish leaders began to persecute them. When they confronted Him, He told them that His father is also always working (also on the Sabbath). Not only working on the Sabbath, but also calling God His father (making himself equal to God). Then Jesus said the following:

“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. 24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

This is an amazing testimony by Jesus on God.

Testimonies about Jesus

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John was sent also a testimony to Jesus, as Jesus cannot testify on himself. But the most important testimony is from God. And God testified in the Bible about Jesus even in the Old Testament, so that we already knew about Jesus and that it is our own choice to accept Jesus as the Son of God. But we can never claim that we did not know about Jesus, because God has testified on Him! And if we do not believe God, how can we believe Jesus? So we need to believe both God and Jesus!

God bless you!

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Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 1

Gospel of John

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.

Bible study

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

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

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

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

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

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!

 

Amen!

 

 

Daily word 3 October 2014 – Hosea 14:9

Daily encouraging word

Daily word for 3 October 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Hosea 14:9, which says:

9 Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

This verse shows how important it is to not be rebellious to God, but to trust on Him and walk in the ways of the Lord. God will bless your life if you set yourself open to follow Him!

Daily word 1 October 2014 – Romans 15:1-3

Daily encouraging word

Daily word for 1 October 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 15:1-3, which says:

1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”

As Christians we need to always put our own desires after helping out someone near you. Jesus showed this to die for us on the cross and by following this example of serving others, then you will see how this will not only bless the other person, but also your own life! God bless you all!

Daily word 21 September 2014 – Habakuk 3:17-19

Daily encouraging word

Daily word for 21 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Habakuk 3:17-19, which says:

17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

Even in times when everything in life seems to go wrong, don’t stop trusting the Lord, because He is always your strength. And He will guide you out of that moment and bring you blessings in abundance!

Daily word 15 September 2014 – Mark 9:35-37

Daily encouraging word

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 9:35-37 which says:

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Following Christ also means that the way we are should be different from the world. To follow Christ means that you need to be able to serve others and don’t expect only people to serve you. Also when we welcome people and help them, then we know that God will also welcome you! So don’t look how others can serve you, but how you can serve others! Amen!

Daily word 14 September 2014 – Collosians 2:9-10

Daily encouraging word

Daily word for 14 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Collosians 2:9-10 which says:

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Always remember what Jesus did for us, and that by Him coming to earth to die for our sins, he made it able for us to befull in Christ. Know that in everything God has all power and authority, so trust only on Him!

Daily word 13 September 2013 – Galatians 5:1

Daily encouraging word

Daily word for 13 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Galatians 5:1 which says:

Freedom in Christ

1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

When God died at the cross, He did so for our sins! Through this beautiful act of Him we are set free. For this reason we should never allow ourselves to be put in slavery from any kind of burden or sin. Life you life free in Jesus Christ!

Daily word for 12 September 2014 – Proverbs 29:25

Daily encouraging word

Daily word for 29 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Proverbs 29:25 whichs says:

25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

Never put your reliance on man, but always on God! If you to this then you will always be safe. Because with man you will never have that guarantee.

My view – Natural hair

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My view on natural hair

God bless you all!

As I mentioned in my last ‘My view’ my wife is born in Ghana. As a black woman she has been confronted with a discussion that is still ongoing to this day: natural hair versus weave/wigs.

 

Going natural is not something that everyone just understands and accepts. Even for her taking the step to go natural with her hair took her some weeks of doing research on it and how she can take the best care of her natural hair. After that period she finally took the step and see did the ‘big chop’ (see part of natural hair journey: How I coil my TWA kinky hair ) which means that she cuts of her hair and losing the hair that has been straightened.

She is now really loving her natural hair (and I even more!), but she can’t wait until it has grown longer. She loves this length, but she knows that when it is longer she “rocks” it even more.

Now my view on natural hair:

I love it that my wife made the decision to go natural and no longer to straighten her hair and use weave and wigs. I love her natural hair and she looks even more beautiful now with her natural hair then she did before. But also I believe that God wants us to be natural. The first part on which I base this is a favorite Bible verse of mine: Genesis 1:27

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and femalehe created them.

This verse already makes it very clear that God loves very much and knew exactly how He created each one of us. If people don’t like something about your appearance, then it is your problem, but never hide or change something on your body. God made every sort of hair in His image as well, he loves African hair just as much as the hair of any other race on this earth. So never feel that you have to wear a wig with European style hair, because God made every woman beautiful with her own hair, and as I mentioned earlier, my wife’s hair looks far more beautiful then any weave or wig she has worn.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 11 God also tells us that the beauty and the glory of a woman lies in her hair. God doesn’t want man to have long hair, but for a woman He gives glory in her long hair. My wife loves to have her natural hair grow longer, because God has put that desire in her. But also this chapter makes it clear that the glory is in HER hair, so not in synthetic hair or hair from someone else you bought!

God bless you for bringing my beautiful wife in my life (and my fantastic 3 children as well of course!) and giving her glory and beauty with her natural hair.