The book about the life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God
“Verse by verse”, the deeper meaning of this Bible book, explained in the light of the Israelitic tabernacle
This last of the four gospels was written at approx. 90 A.D. by the apostle John, a son of Zebedee (Matthew 4:21), and Salome, a devoted one of the Lord (Mark 15:40; 16:1): The Lord Jesus called him, together with his brother, the apostle James, “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17). Was this because of their spirit, which (initially) called for judgment (Luke 9:52-56)? And yet this apostle was later called pre-eminently “the apostle of love”. The Spirit of Christ had changed him that much by His sanctifying works of grace. His nickname became later on “the disciple whom Jesus loved” or “who loved Jesus” (John 13:23; 21:7).
Did Matthew describe Jesus in his gospel as the King of the Kingdom of heaven; Mark described Him as the Servant of God, “Who let his ear be bored through with an awl” (Psalm 40:7-9; Exodus 21:5-6), and Who had served God as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Luke described Him as the New Man, the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-47), Who was to defeat satan  for man – by His obedience unto God, even unto death (Philippians 2:7-8). John, on the other hand, described Him as the Only Begotten Son of God (John 1:14), the Lord of heaven, Who would fill the, by Him, purified person Himself with godliness and perfection/ fullness (2 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 1:23; Isaiah 60:1-3), sharing with him/her His own body (Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 12:2 and 27). Because of this, this Gospel is pre-eminently the Gospel for the last days, thus the time wherein we now live; the time wherein God, already here on earth, will fill His Church, temporarily at least part of it, with His perfection, namely His Bride(church) (Revelation 12:1; 14:5; Ephesians 5:27; 1 Peter 1:3-5). Therefore it is not surprising that John, after having introduced Jesus as the incarnate (i.e. the becoming man or flesh) Living Son of God (see chapter 1), involves this Son of God in a Marriage (see chapter 2:1-12).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only Gate (Entrance) to eternal, Godly life.
The sevenfold introduction of Jesus Christ
I. The first introduction:
Jesus was God’s Word before His carnation; He was with God and was God.
John 1 verse 1-2: “In the beginning (of creation) was the Word (already), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same (Word) was in the beginning with God.”
Jesus was and is and will (always) be the express image of God’s autonomy (Hebrews 1:3), the only begotten Son of the Father (John 1:14 and 18; 3:16 and 18), originated from the eternity of the past; the visible Part of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15; John 1:18); the Firstborn of all God’s children (Romans 8:39). And God’s children received their son-ship, because they have become members of His Body (Ephesians 1:23). And Jesus, after His atoning death on behalf of man, is seated at the right hand of God as the Head of the Church, and as High-priest (Hebrews 1:3; Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 5:6; Daniel 7:13-14).
II. The second introduction:
Jesus was the Creator of heaven and earth.
John 1 verse 3: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Jesus was also the Creator of all visible and invisible things (the world of the angels – see Hebrews 1:10); Who in the beginning, with the Father and the Spirit, created heaven and earth as the second Person in the Godhead (Genesis 1:1), as the spoken Word of God (Psalm 148:1-6), Who works through His sent-abroad Spirit (Psalm 104:30; Revelation 5:6).
III. The third introduction:
Jesus is our God-given Savior.
John 1 verse 4: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
For men Jesus is the resurrected Lord from heaven, and has been given to man by the Father for his/her Light and Life (John 11:25), for his/her only Savior (Acts 2:36; 4:12; 5:31; 1 Timothy 2:5).
God offers man grace through Jesus Christ.
John 1 verse 5: “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness (namely mankind surrounded / enveloped and controlled by darkness) comprehended it not.”
John 1 verse 9-11: “That was the true Light, which (as the Son of man) lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”
God’s outstretched hand unto salvation is not accepted by the majority of the people, wherefore this majority unfortunately is condemned (i.e. will have to be sentenced to hellish punishment), because they prefer to remain in the darkness, in sin, that is in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19), whereby they irrevocably come under the judgment and condemnation of God (Romans 2:12).
John 1 verse 6-8: “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a (divine) witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He (himself) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”
John 1 verse 15: “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred (was always already) before me: for he was (here) before me.”
John the Baptist, as His herald (i.e. someone, who in former days announced a prince, and made announcements, and such like, in his name), was to announce the first coming of the Savior, namely His coming as Man and Lamb of God (Malachi 3:1), that men might believe in Him. For man only receives salvation simply and solely from God by his/her faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16) – Who, by His death and resurrection, has won the victory for him/her over the sinful nature, the spiritual death, the nature of satan, wherein he/she was born – by opening his/her heart, his/her life, his/her being, completely for the Spirit of this resurrected Lord unto the salvation of his/her being (Titus 2:11; 3:3-7), unto the sharing of His death and resurrection (for it is a gift, a present from Him to share in this) (Romans 6:5).
John 1 verse 12-13: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe (sincerely) on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
But all, who accepted Him, all, who open their sinful being repentantly unto Him, and yield to Him, will receive Him in the Spirit (Revelation 3:20). He has all power in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18) and will destroy, if we sincerely desire this, also in us all powers and influences of satan (1 John 3:8), our completely sinful old “I”-life, and will them come in us with His life (2 Corinthians 4:10-11). His Spirit is the Power, Who will make us children of God, yes sons of God (whereby noted, that spiritually mature/perfect daughters also, spiritually seen, are/become sons of God), truly born of God, and will so be filled, saturated, in the Spirit of this resurrected Lord!
John 1 verse 14: “And the Word was made flesh (and thus Man), and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.”
That eternal Word of God was made Man among men to die, for the reconciliation of man, as their sin offering, as God’s requirement for the salvation of men from before the foundation of this world (1 Peter 1:18-20; Revelation 13:8b). He came as, and was, God’s spoken Word with regard to sinful man: He was full of grace and truth!
John 1 verse 16: “And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
From Him we receive grace for grace, for there is not a single merit of ours. We receive this from His limitless fullness, until we have become His equal (2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:13; 1 John 3:2) by the redemption and renewal, and the filling with His quickening Spirit (Ephesians 1:23) and Word (Hebrews 4:12).
John 1 verse 17: “For the law (of the Old Covenant) was given by Moses, but grace and truth (of the New Covenant) came (in force) by Jesus Christ.”
In the Old Covenant God gave the Law, wherein was stated the way man was to live before the face of his/her holy God. In the New Covenant God gave us Jesus. By Him, that is: by His Spirit, we too are filled with grace and truth (after that we have believed His Word, and let it work in our heart and life) that He could saturate us with His Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13) and His Word.
John 1 verse 18: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him (made Him known).”
We get to know intimately, and taste, the Being of God by the indwelling fullness of the Bringer of grace, the Lamb of God; and this knowledge is eternal life (John 17:3). Then we live His life instead of our life, and lead also a life full of grace and truth, just like Him. So we will be made unto a dwelling of God, a dwelling for His Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).
More about the witness of John the Baptist.
John 1 verse 19-23: “And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. and they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”
John testified that he was not Elijah. Elijah was to return in order to do a (divine) work for the Lord in the end-time (Malachi 4:5-6). This will be in the politically restored Israel, the Israelic state in the end-time. Scripture also says when Elijah will return: “before that great and terrible day of the Lord (namely the so-called ‘battle of Armageddon’) will come”. Elijah will return together with Moses (Revelation 11:4, see also the verses 3-13). Yet Jesus said of John, that he was Elijah, by which He meant that he acted in the same Spirit, Which urges to repent, just like Elijah did. Besides, Jesus said, that Elijah was still to come “in order to re-establish everything” (Matthew 17:10-13).
John testified that he was not the prophet, whereof Moses testified, that a “Prophet like him” was to come (Deuteronomy 18:15-22), namely the Christ. John testified of himself, that he was “the voice (of God), calling in the wilderness” (Isaiah 40:1-11), namely the wilderness of the human heart. In Malachi 3:1-6 it is also prophesied of him as being the forerunner, the herald, of the coming Messiah-King.
IV. The introduction as Baptizer with the Spirit:
John 1 verse 24-28: “And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Ilias, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.”
Read the verses 24-28 in connection with Matthew 3:11-12. John baptized, by order of and in the Name of God, in water, like every servant of God would do later on, but then in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the Lord Jesus would confirm this act, this water baptism, which in itself is a pointer towards the baptism with the Spirit, by that baptism with the Spirit itself. This baptism with the Spirit is a process; an ever increasing saturation with the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ezekiel 47:1-5). Indeed, only Christ Himself, the Baptizer with the Spirit, can perform this act. As an introduction unto this baptism with the Spirit, meant and sanctioned (i.e. confirmed) by God, John baptized his baptism unto repentance in water, and later on all servants of God would do this also, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
V. The introduction as Lamb of God:
John 1 verse 29-34: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin (of the people) of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me (has always been before me): for he was (already) before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.”
John announced Jesus as the Lamb of God, That was to die for the reconciliation of the sins of man, the ministry whereunto Jesus came unto earth.
The first ministry on earth of Jesus was that of prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15). That happened during His 3-year wanderings in Palestine.
The second ministry is that of the Lamb of God on earth during His suffering and His death on the cross, “His three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40). He was anointed hereunto, during His water baptism by John, with the Holy Spirit, in the shape of a dove, by God the Father. In Israel a dove was a sacrificial animal (Genesis 15:9), and thus it was the confirmation that Jesus, too, as the Lamb of God, would (have to) be sacrificed. In this way He was strengthened by the Holy Spirit in His ministry as Lamb of God (Hebrews 9:14). After this the Holy Spirit has not descended on anyone else (but Jesus alone) in the shape of a dove, for there is only one Lamb of God. Upon us the Holy Spirit may come as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:2-3); these are fiery tongues of testimony, but they also form an indicator of the purifying working of God’s Spirit in the willing convert (Malachi 3:1-2; Matthew 3:11-12).
The third ministry of Jesus is that of High-priest (Hebrews 8:1-3). He has this ministry during the bestowing of grace (this is the estowing of the Holy Ghost on earth); namely the period between His ascension and His return to earth (Hebrews 7:21-28). Unto this we could also link His ministry as the Founder/Builder of the Church (Matthew 16:18).
The fourth, last and eternal ministry of Jesus is that of King-Bridegroom of the Church in the Millennium and thereafter (Psalm 2; Revelation 19:16; Isaiah 9:6; 1 Corinthians 15:25).
The first introductory steps of Jesus unto the forming of His Church.
John 1 verse 35-37: “Again the next day after John stood (at Bethabara), and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.”
John again announced Jesus as the Lamb of God, That takes away the sin of the world, as The One unto Whom every sinner must come to be cleansed and renewed. This is the task of every evangelist: proclaim Jesus (i.e. make Him known) to the people, and not himself, not his own church or denomi-nation. Not to seek one’s own honor or gain, no self-devotion (thus: not making oneself the centre of attention), but to glorify Jesus as our almighty Deliverer and Savior, that the souls may chose for Jesus as soon as possible. Thus, we should not draw souls unto ourselves! No gathering of souls unto ourselves; no wishing to establish a little kingdom of one’s own! John the Baptist gave the following testimony about this: “Then there arose a question between some of John (the Baptist)‘s disciples and the Jews about purifying. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi (i.e. Master), he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth (by) and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase (i.e. come to spiritual growth in us), but I must decrease. (John 3:25-30)
John 1 verse 38-39: “Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was (according to the Jewish manner of reckoning) about the tenth hour (i.e. four o’clock in the afternoon with us).”
The disciple’s question: “Where do You live?” is nothing else but wanting to be where Jesus is; not willing to stay any longer in the darkness of satan, but wanting to be led, by God’s grace, into the Kingdom of the Son of God’s Love (Colossians 1:13).
VI. The introduction as heavenly Bridegroom; the first steps to the forming of His Bride.
The first four disciples (Basic characteristics of true discipleship)
John 1 verse 40: “One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him (Jesus), was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.”
Andrew. The so-called “St. Andrew cross” is linked to his name, because of the way he was crucified and died a martyr. This thought speaks to us of: wanting to die to our old, sinful life, with Jesus; thus, not wanting to live in sin any longer, but being planted together with Jesus in His death (Romans 6:5). To put it differently: Andrew speaks to us of a life in (complete) conversion unto God.
John 1 verse 41-42: “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”
Simon Peter speaks to us of a solid faith in Jesus (Matthew 16:15-19).
John 1 verse 43-44: “The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida (which means: fish house), the city of Andrew and Peter.”
Philip, because of his prayer: “Show us the Father!” (John 14:8-10), tells us of a hunger for God, to a life in God (Psalm 42:2-3).
John 1 verse 45-50: “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi (i.e. Master), thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.”
Nathanael (also called Bartholomew). Jesus called him a man “without guile (deceit)” (verse 47). His nature tells us of sincerity. One of the characteristics a Christian should have from the start. The name “Nathanael” means: God has given.
VII. The introduction as King of the Kingdom of God:
John 1 verse 51: “And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending (to heaven) and descending (from heaven) upon the Son of man.”
Through Jesus the repentant congregation of people, whom the bible calls the Kingdom of heaven (on earth), or the Church, knows again the alliance with the Kingdom of God in heaven. God’s hallowed servants (angels) form the spiritual Jacob’s ladder (Genesis 28:10-15), the connection with heaven, where the divine High-priest and King is seated at the right hand of the Father, praying for the repentant church members (Romans 8:34).
By E. van den Worm
A Dutch Bible teacher
 We write the word satan not with a capital, as it is not a name, but a word meaning opponent or adversary, accuser.
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