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Faith Filled Friday: The Gospel of John & Our Triune World

June 14, 2019

The Ladies Bible Study group began a study of the Gospel of John. Today’s verses were John 1:1 – 5. Many of you may have these verses already committed to heart.

1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2: The same was in the beginning with God.
3: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4: In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

The four gospels tell pretty much the same things about Jesus with minor variations. They are called the “Gospels” because they chronicle the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection—the basis of our salvation.

I was surprised to learn that the Gospels are actually divided into two groups. The Synoptic Gospels are Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Synoptic means they “see together with a common view” (the word synoptic literally means “together sight”). They deal with what Jesus taught and what he did. They cover the outer facts and human aspects of the Lord’s life along with his public discourses and Galilean ministry (Northern Jerusalem).

That leaves the Gospel of John as the second “group.” John wrote in simple to understand words and phrases. He portrayed Jesus as God and dealt with who Jesus is. He gives a different view of Jesus with inner facts about His life. While the Synoptic Gospels cover the human aspects of the Lord’s life, John covers the divine ones. He also covers private discourses and the Judean ministry which is the southern Jerusalem area.

John 1:1 made an impression on me. It refers back to Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning” also refers to an infinite state; transcends time. It is hard for me to think a world without time. Our daily lives are based on time.

Another aspect that was part of the lesson was that we live in a triune world.
Triune universe: space, matter, time
Space Triune: length, breadth, width
Matter Triune: energy, motion, phenomena
Time Triune: past, present, future
I think our bodies could be included in this list: physical body, mind, spirit

Besides our handouts, I used for a little extra help on explaining the gospels.

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