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John 1-3. Facts about John. The Gospel of John is notable for its omissions as well as for its content. John shared deep spiritual insights as well as severely lengthy discourses. John apparently wrote to both the Jews and the Gentiles.

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    1. John 1-3

    2. Facts about John • The Gospel of John is notable for its omissions as well as for its content. • John shared deep spiritual insights as well as severely lengthy discourses. • John apparently wrote to both the Jews and the Gentiles. • His primary purpose was to present Jesus as the Son of God. • Of the Four Gospels, the vocabulary and the language of the Dead Sea Scrolls is nearest to John’s.

    3. John was a fisherman and the youngest of the original twelve Apostles. • He was often called the “beloved.” • He wrote to “everyone,” he himself being a Jew. • He also wrote I, II, III John and the Book of Revelation. • He was independent of the other Gospels, not a synoptic gospel. • His message seemed to be, “Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.”

    4. The Seven I am’s 1. Bread of Life 6:35 2. Light and Life of the World 8:12 3. I am the Door 10:9 4. I am the Good Shepherd 10:11 5. I am the Way, Truth and Life 14:6 6. I am the True Vine 15:1 7. I am the Resurrection and Life 11:25

    5. He never said that He was the “Living Water” (John 7:38-39). The Holy Ghost seems to be the “Living Water.” 7 miracles, 7 discourses! He loved the number 7. He used “water” a lot in his teachings!

    6. John 1:1-3 “The Word was God” and “All things were made by Him.” Moses 1:33 Although it was the Council of the God’s that supervised the creation, numerous scriptures indicated that Jehovah, the pre-mortal Jesus Christ, was actually given the responsibility for carrying out the work of the creation. Not for this earth alone, but also for innumerable others (Teachings, Joseph Smith, 157).

    7. Michael helped. He labored with the Savior Jesus Christ. I have a strong view or conviction that there were others who also assisted. Perhaps Noah and Enoch and why not Joseph Smith (Doctrines of Salvation 1:74-75). 4 Accounts of the Creation • Genesis • Moses • Abraham • The Temple

    8. “Thou shalt be called Cephas” John 1:42 Perhaps Peter’s first indication he would be President of the Church. John 1:46 “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” A town or city in Galilee mentioned only in the New Testament. Josephus never mentioned it. The town was regarded as unimportant by Judeans and Galileans themselves. Nazareth owes its celebrity status to its association with Jesus Christ (Jesus the Christ, 113).

    9. “First Recorded Miracle” John 2:10 For some reason not explained, she manifested concern and personal responsibility in the matter of providing for the guest. Evidently her position was different from that of one present by ordinary invitation. v.4 “Woman” - actually showed respect! v.6 “Firkens” - equal to about 9 gallons (about 100-150 gallons). v.10 “Good wine” - aged wine! Not only did He turn water into wine, He aged it as well!

    10. “Destroy this Temple” John 2:19 The Jews refused to forgive or forget these words. The Jews who waited on Pilate also certainly had in mind the utterance of Jesus (Matt. 27:63). The Jewish rulers dared not to protest, they stood self-convicted of corruption and of personal conviction of the temple being defiled. They were concerned that Jesus would do what they were suppose to be doing.

    11. “Nicodemus” John 3:1-7 v.1 A Pharisee = controlled the synagogues A Ruler, = Sanhedrin Joseph Smith taught: Baptism is a sign to God, to angels, and to heaven that we do the will of God, and there is no other way beneath the heavens whereby God hath ordained for a man to come to Him to be saved, and enter into the Kingdom of God, except faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, and any other course is in vain; then you have the promise of the gift of the Holy Ghost (TPJS, 198).

    12. Joseph Smith the Prophet explained that, “you might as well baptize a bag of sand as a man, if not done in view of the remission of sins and getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by water is but half a baptism, and is good for nothing without the other half - that is, the baptism of the Holy Ghost” (Teachings, 314). Sins are remitted not in the waters of baptism, as we say in speaking figuratively, but when we receive the Holy Ghost. It is the Holy Spirit of God that erases carnality and brings us into a state of righteousness” (McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, 290). John 3:13-17 “Classic Scripture”