Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 9, January 9 - John 1

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Before starting the readings in John a little bit of information about the Book of John from the Life Application Bible:

Purpose: To prove conclusively that Jesus is the Son of God and that all who believe in him will have eternal life.

Author: John the apostle, son of Zebedee, brother of James, called a "Son of Thunder"

Original Audience: New Christians and searching non-Christians

Date Written: Probably A.D. 85-90

Setting: Written after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and before John's exile to the island of Patmos.

Special Features: Of the 8 miracles recorded, 6 are unique (among the Gospels) to John as is the "Upper Room Discourse" (chapters 14-17). Over 90% of John is unique to his Gospel - John does not contain a genealogy or any record of Jesus' birth, childhood, temptation, transfiguration, appointment of the disciples, nor any account of Jesus' parables, ascension, or Great Commission.

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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