The Gospel as Recorded by St. John
Introductory Note: The Gospel of John is here placed first in order for the following reasons:
- This Gospel is specially the Doctrinal Record of our Lord’s Life. The Great Teacher has here elaborate the thought and purpose of God concerning His plan of salvation by a Gift; and upon this basis have been formulated and propagated the doctrines of the Christian faith. This record should therefore precede the Historical Narratives. All those passages which I put be brackets [-] are comments of the Evangelist upon his narrative, made in his old age, when he translated it into Greek from his original Hebrew for the Greek Churches.
- There is ample reason for the believing that the Gospel of John was written at an earlier date than those of the other three Evangelists. For discussion on this subject the reader is referred to “What Think Ye of the Gospels?” by the Rev. J .J. Halcombe (Edinburgh; T. & T. Clark), and Bishop Westcott’s “St. John’s Gospel.”
The Word and Creation
The Word existed in the beginning, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was present with God at the beginning. All came into existence by means of Him; and nothing came into existence apart from Him. What originated in Him was Life; and the Life was the Light of Mankind. That Light shines in the darkness; but the darkness did not absorb it.
The Word and the Light
A man came, sent from God; his name was John. He came for the witness, in order that he might give evidence concerning that Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not himself the Light; his mission was to give evidence concerning that Light. The real Light was that which enlightens every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created by means of Him; yet the world did not recognize Him.
He came to His own home; but His own family did not welcome Him. But whosoever welcomed Him, believing in His power, He bestowed upon them the right to become children of God. They were not begotten from blood, nor from natural desire, nor jet from the design of man; but from God Himself.
The Word and Mankind
And the Word became incarnate, and encamped among us – and we gazed upon His majesty, such majesty as that of a Father’s only Son – full of beneficence and truth. [John gave evidence concerning Him proclaiming: “This was the One concerning Whom I said, ‘He Who follows me takes rank above me; because He existed before me.”]
So out of His fullness we were all supplied, with gift heaped upon gift. Although the Law was given through Moses; the true gift came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever yet seen God; He has been made known by the only Son 1, Who exists in union with the Father.
The Deputation from Jerusalem
“Then are you the Prophet?” 3 “No,” he replied.
They therefore asked him, “What are you? Tell us, in order that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
John’s Testimony to the People
“See the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! This was the One about Whom I said, ‘There follows me a Man Who takes rank above me, since He was in existence before me.’ I did not myself know Him; but I came baptizing in water in order that He might be manifested to Israel.”
John also gave further evidence saying:
“I saw the Spirit descending from heaven in the likeness of a dove, and alighting upon Him. Yet I should not myself have known Him; but He Who sent me to baptize in water, He said to me, ‘Upon Whomsoever you see the Spirit descending and alighting, He is the Baptizer in Holy Spirit.’ And I have myself seen, and have given evidence that this is the Son of God.”
“See! There is the Lamb of God!”
“What do you seek?”
In reply, they asked: “Rabbi [which, when translated, means Teacher], where are you staying?”
“Come and you shall see,” He said. They accordingly went and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him for the rest of that day; it was then about four o’clock in the afternoon.
“We have found the Messiah [which, when translated, means, in Greek, the Christ]. Andrew then took Simon to Jesus. Jesus, looking at him said: “You are Simon, the son of John; you shall be called Kephas” [which, when translated, means stone, or Peter].
Philip and Nathanael
“The One to Whom Moses referred in the law, and of Whom the Prophets also wrote, we have found in Jesus, the son of Joseph, Who came from Nazareth.” Nathanael, however, asked: “Is it possible that anything good can come out of Nazareth?”
“Come and see,” replied Philip.
“What do you know concerning me?” asked Nathanael.
“Do you really believe,” asked Jesus, “because I said I had seen you beneath the fig-tree? You will see far more than that. Most assuredly I tell you.” He added, “you shall see the heaven open, and the messengers of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.” 5
Transcribed by JT Atkinson on 02-12-2015