Answers for the Gospel of John Chapter 1

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Questions and Answers

1. What do you learn about God from reading the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verses 1 and 2?

  • God was present at the beginning of time
  • Jesus Christ was with Him
  • Jesus Christ was and is God

2. Jesus Christ is referred to as the Word. List 5 aspects of Jesus Christ we learn from studying the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verses 1-4.

  1. The Word was in the beginning
  2. The Word was with God
  3. The Word was God
  4. Through Him all things were made
  5. In Him was life, which was the light of men

3. Jesus is referred to as the Light. List 5 truths you learn about the Light from reading the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verses 4 though 9.

  1. The light of men was the life in Jesus Christ (John 1:4)
  2. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5)
  3. John the Baptist was a witness to the light of Jesus Christ, but not the light (John 1:7-8)
  4. Through the light all men might believe (John 1:7)
  5. True light that gives light to every man was coming into the world (John 1:9)

Questions and Answers

1. Compare the 2 basic reactions man has to Jesus as the Light in reading the Gospel of John Chapter 3, verses 19-21.

Hated the light

Men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil (John 3:19)

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed (John 3:20)

Loves the light

But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." (John 3:21)

2. What truths can you see by studying the Epistle of I John Chapter 3 verse 1 and then studying the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verses 10-11?

  • If born again Christians are rejected, they are rejected because the rejecters do not know Jesus Christ
  • Whosoever accepts Jesus Christ will recognize fellow believers
  • We are sons of God just as Jesus Christ is
  • We are loved greatly by God, so much so that He calls us Sons

3. Give some examples of how the world did not recognize and did not receive Jesus Christ.

  • Did not see Him as the Messiah
  • Ridiculed Him
  • Accused Him of sinful behavior
  • Accused Him of crimes He did not commit
  • Stated He had a devil
  • Saw His good deeds as evil
  • Tried to stone Him
  • Stated He was merely John the Carpenter’s son
  • Thought He was born in Nazareth
  • Crucified Him

Questions and Answers

1. In reading the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verse 16 it says we have received blessing after blessing or grace upon grace from Jesus Christ.  What blessings have you received?

  • Forgiveness of sin
  • Mediator to the Father
  • Holy Spirit
  • He suffered in my place
  • An example for me
  • A teacher (as recorded in Scripture)
  • My redemption
  • My advocate
  • The beauty of the world he created
  • Fair judgment
  • Salvation

2. Why would the message John preached as shown in the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verse 15 seem strange to the Jews?

John was the forerunner of Jesus, going before Him to prepare His way. Yet John states that He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me. Why would a king need a forerunner if he went before the forerunner? How can someone come after and yet be before someone?

3. List 5 things you learn about John the Baptist from reading Luke Chapter 1, verses 14-17 as given by the angel Gabriel.

Here's 7:

  1. He was a joy and delight to his father
  2. Many rejoiced at his birth
  3. He was great in the sight of the Lord
  4. He never took wine or other fermented drink
  5. He was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth
  6. He brought back many of the people of Israel to God
  7. He went in the power and spirit of Elijah to make ready the people preparing them for the arrival of Jesus Christ

Questions and Answers

1. What do you learn about John the Baptist from studying what Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 11, verses 7 through 14?

  • John the Baptist was a prophet
  • John’s ministry was prophesied by Malachi
  • No one was born greater than John the Baptist
  • He who is the least in the kingdom is greater than John the Baptist
  • He is the Elijah to come

2. Read Matthew 3:5-6, and Mark 1:5.  Why did the Jewish leaders send messengers to ask John the Baptist about his identity?

Because of the great numbers of people that were drawn to him

People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River (Matt 3:5-6).

The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him.  Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River (Mark 1:5).

3. From the nature of the question the Pharisees asked in the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verse 24, what was their view of John’s authority to baptize?

They thought he had no authority unless he were one of the three they mentioned – The Messiah, Elijah, or that prophet.

Questions and Answers

1. What reason does John the Baptist give for performing water baptisms and what life lesson do we gather from this concept today?

That Jesus Christ might be revealed to Israel (verse 31), which means we should also be baptized with water as a public testimony to the salvation available in Christ Jesus.

2. From studying the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verses 32 through 34 explain:

  • What John the Baptist saw: “Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him.”
  • Who told him it would happen: God
  • What it signified: 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
  • Who John the Baptist stated Jesus was: the Son of God

3. From studying the Gospel of John Chapter 1 verses 35 through 40 explain:

  • Who was John the Baptist with when he stated "Look, the Lamb of God!": Two disciples, one was Andrew and the other is not named
  • What their reaction was when John made the statement: they followed Jesus
  • What Jesus asked them: "What do you want?"
  • What we can discern of their intentions from their reply: They wanted to be taught and they wanted to hang out with Jesus
  • What Jesus’ reply was and what you think they did for therest of that day: “Come and you will see” and Jesus taught them for the rest of that day.

Questions and Answers

1. What can we surmise of the character and life of Andrew from studying the following verses?

  • Matt 4:18 - He was a fisherman, brother of Simon
  • John 1:44 - He was from the town of Bethsaida
  • Matt 4:20 and John 1:37 - He was zealous for the Lord
  • Luke 6:13-16 - He was an apostle
  • John 6:8-9 – He, like us, was challenged in his faith

2. What do we know about Peter from a study of the following verses?

  • Mark 8:29: He believed Jesus was the Christ
  • Matt 16:21-23 His emotions sometimes overruled his spiritual wisdom
  • Matt 19:27 He left everything to follow Jesus
  • John 13:6-8 He was a humble man
  • Acts 3:1-26 He was a bold man, he was a compassionate man
  • Acts 4:13 He was a courageous man
  • Gal 2:7-9 He was a pillar of the early church, his ministry was to the Jews

3. Compare Nathaniel's initial impression of Jesus when he was first told of him to the greeting Jesus gave Nathaniel and his impression of Nathaniel.

Nathaniel was skeptical and doubtful of Jesus’ character.

Jesus firmly stated Nathaniel's character was exemplary.