The Gospel According to John: A Pentecostal Introduction

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The Gospel According to John, An Introduction Post #4

Purpose and Literary Content of the Fourth Gospel

John states his purpose for writing in 20:31 “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Some important very early manuscripts read “continue to believe,” suggesting that John’s audience consisted of Christians whose faith is to be deepened by the book: compare 19:35. Surely, both the evangelistic and pastoral nature of the Gospel is evident.

The Gospel of John begins with a masterful prologue which introduces many of the major themes and motifs of the Gospel; in much the same way as an overture does for a musical work. The prologue introduces Jesus as the incarnate Word of God manifesting to the world Father God in fleshly form. John reaches with one hand to the western thought of logos and with the other hand he reaches for the eastern thought of phos (light) and draws them both into Jesus of Nazareth – the Christ of God. John introduces the superseding of the Old Covenant by the New, in verse 17 – which sets the tone for the theme of his Gospel.

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? David Ignatius

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