John

The Paraclete, or Comforter.

Lecture 4 - John 14:26; John 15:26, 27; John 16:7-14. We enter on a sensibly different province of truth, relative to the Spirit of God, in the chapters of which a few verses have been read. It is no longer a question of the new birth, nor yet of the Holy Ghost as the power of fellowship with the source of grace — fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. Nor is it, again, the Holy Ghost as a power that flows from within outwards, giving the true testimony of a world-rej...

Keep Them

From John XVII. 15 “Keep them.” For whom did Jesus plead? What love, what mercy in that prayer! Ah, well He knew His people’s need Of His protecting, keeping care. “Keep them,”— the objects of my love, Chosen Eternally in me, For whom any tender mercies move, For whom I yield my life to thee. “Keep them,”— any people weak and small, Who have no strength without Thy aid, Who find in Me their “all in all,” Since I their debt of justice pai...

Forewarned is Forearmed

John 16:1             These things have I spoken unto you that ye should not be offended. 2 Cor 11:24. John 16:33             These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. 2 Cor 13:11-14. John 17:13             These things I speak in the world th...

Chapter 5 - The Gospel Miracles

Before we leave the Gospels, something ought to be said about the miracle stories which are found in them. Anyone who attempts to answer the question which forms the title of this book must recognize that for many readers it is precisely these miracle-stories which are the chief difficulty in the way of accepting the New Testament documents as reliable. To some extent it is true to say that the credibility of these stories is a matter of historical evidence. If they are related by author...

Chapter 4 - The Gospels

1. The Synoptic Gospels We now come to a more detailed examination of the Gospels. We have already indicated some of the evidence for their date and early attestation; we must now see what can be said about their origin and trustworthiness. The study of Gospel origins has been pursued with unflagging eagerness almost from the beginning of Christianity itself. Early in the second century we find Papias, bishop of Hierapolis in Asia Minor, gathering information on this and kindr...

John Chapters 12-21

Chapter 12 His place (chap. 12) now is with the remnant, where His heart found rest-the house of Bethany. We have, in this family, a sample of the true remnant of Israel, three different cases with regard to their position before God. Martha had faith which, no doubt, attached her to Christ, but which did not go beyond that which was needed for the kingdom. Those who will be spared for the earth in the last days will have the same. Their faith will at length acknowledge Christ the Son ...

John Chapters 1-11

Introduction The Gospel of John has a peculiar character, as every Christian perceives. It does not present the birth of Christ in this world, looked at as the Son of David. It does not trace His genealogy back to Adam, in order to bring out His title of Son of man. It does not exhibit the Prophet who, by His testimony, accomplished the service of His Father in this respect here below. It is neither His birth, nor the commencement of His gospel, but His existence before the be...

Living Proof - John 6:6

And this he said to prove him, for he himself knew what he would do." Jn. 6:6  Sometimes the teacher writes a hard problem on the blackboard.   He calls us to the front of the class and hands the chalk.   We are abut to be tested.   What have we learned? What had Philip learned from all those days and nights with Jesus?   What had he learned at the Pool of Bethesda or by the well at Sychar.   What had he learned at the wedding at Cana when the water ...

I Love the Taste of Bread - John 6:48

Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." Jn. 6:48 We have all seen examples of puppy love or the uncertainty of childhood romance. "She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not," a young lover seeks some assurance about some heart-throb. Not willing to take "no" for an answer, he reaches for another flower and keeps pulling the petals until he is pleased with the result. That is how we play at loving. Man’s love is feeble. Man’s love is mixed with many ill-defined mo...

Hearing Aid - John 10:4

"He goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice." Jn. 10:4 Esau got the look down enough to fool a man who was nearly blind, but he had trouble with the voice. Isaac's instincts made him question the identity of the one who stood before him. He said the "voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau" Gen. 27:22.   Too bad the instinct and appetite for "savory food, such as I love" was stronger than his inclination.  Our love of venison can...
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