Remarks on the Gospel Of John

John 3‑17  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 7
Chapters 3-17
In John 3 the form and eternal foundation of God's acting in grace to man is laid. God loves and gives. But this is not enough. God's compelling grace must be exercised. He goes forth and seeks in chapter 4. The Father seeks "true" worshippers, but before there can be this, there must be life.
In chapter 5 He "quickens," gives new life, and in chapter 6 this "life" is fed with the "true bread from heaven," which is Christ.
In chapter 7 the heart is filled with Christ—runs over and flows out like a "river" to others.
In chapter 8 the soul is brought into the perfect place of liberty. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," and not only free, but in chapter 9 the eyes are opened—fitted to walk through a world that is all in pitch darkness.
While so walking, in chapter 10 there is the Shepherd's care and love over the sheep, even to the laying down of His life, If He dies in chapter 10, in chapter 11 He is "the resurrection, and the life.”
And on this new resurrection ground there is union. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fail into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit" (ch. 12:24).
In chapter 13 we have the present ministry of Christ to and for the believer. Christ is away in the new place, and the believer is united to Him there, so no uncleanness can be tolerated.
Chapter 14 is what the believer has gotten while Christ is away—"the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost," “the only power for witnessing for an absent Christ.
This bring:, in responsibility, so in chapter 15 it is fruit-bearing. The result of all this, brought out in chapter l6, is that the world and its prince are "judged.”
The blessed and eternal result to the believer we hear from Christ's own words: "Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am" (John 17:2424Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24)).
Is this bright future yours—with and like Jesus forever? Things New and Old