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Fishers of Men

Simon Peter, James and John Were fishermen by trade. Jesus called them: Follow Me, And promptly they obeyed. Jesus taught them many things: About His Father’s will, About the heav’nly kingdom, And what He must fulfill. For three years their instruction Was given by the Lord And they were thus preparing To speak their Master’s […]

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The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

In the Gospel that bears his name John refers to himself at least five times as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Some think that Jesus chose His disciples from those whom He regarded as good kingdom mate­rial. Was that why He chose John? Did John’s ap­pealing nature draw him to Jesus? Is there some natural […]

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John 19:17 – 20:18

LESSON LX. Jesus Crucified (John 19:17-25) The Crucifixion ns such, vss. 17, 18. Immediately after the sentence has been pronounced Jesus is led away to the place of execution. Generally the con­demned one had to carry his own cross, or at least a part of it. Jesus must carry all of it. John omits the […]

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John 18:1 to 19:16

LESSON LVI. Jesus Is Taken Captive (John 18:1-12) Jesus gives Himself into their hands, vss. 1-9. John, being an eyewitness of all these events, selects his material in an entirely free manner in accord with his particular plan and purpose in writing this Gospel. Therefore he, at one time, omits some very important incidents that […]

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John 16:16 – 17:26

LESSON LII. The Little Whiles (John 16:16-24) Sorrow and Joy, vss. 16-22: The return of Jesus to His Sender brings such an advantage to the dis­ciples (vs. 7) in the coming and work of the Comforter that joy instead of great sorrow should fill their hearts. This the Lord told the disciples in the previous […]

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John 15:1 to 16:15

LESSON XLVIII. Jesus, The True Vine (John 15:1-8) After rising from the Passover Supper, and while still in the upper room, Jesus utters His last words to His disciples. He will speak of the disciples as they will fare after His death, but first of their connection with Him. That we have in the words […]

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John 13:18-14:31

LESSON XLIV. Jesus and Judas Iscariot (John 13:18-30) Jesus, Complete Master of the Situation, vss. 18120. In the previous verses Jesus has taught the disciples by way of a mighty example (washing the disciples’ feet) that they must be servants of each other. Through this work of Jesus, the dying on the cross, they would […]

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John 12:12 – 13:17

LESSON XL. The Royal Entry (John 12:12-19) The History: Be sure to read the entire narrative before you begin to study or discuss it. To get a complete picture also read Matt. 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44. It was now Sunday. With His disciples Jesus left Bethany, going to Jerusalem by way of the Mt. […]

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John 11:1-12:11

LESSON I. Jesus Creates the Setting of Lazarus Resurrection (John 11:1-17) General conditions at this time. Radical changes have taken place dur­ing the last few months. The multitudes that first followed Jesus gradually leave Him. The reason for this is that the Word of God. Jesus Christ, is always dis­pleasing to the flesh. In words […]

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John 9:26 – 10:42

LESSON XXXI. The Spiritual Blind Man Sees (John 9:26-41) The Jews and the Man Born Blind, vss. 26-34. In vs. 25 the man born blind once more emphasizes that once he was blind but now he sees. That simply is a fact. So the Jews are back where they were be­fore and as utterly helpless. […]

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John 8:12 – 9:25

LESSON XXVII. Jesus Testimony Concerning Himself (John 8:12-30) Jesus’ Testimony True. Vss. 12-20: It cannot be said with certainty when Jesus spoke these words, either on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles or shortly after that. But it very likely was in the temple, the most public place in Jerusalem. In vs. 12 […]

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John 7:1 – 8:10

LESSON XXIII. Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:1-24) Jesus and His Brethren, vs. 1-9. The first verse speaks of a part of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. Very likely this period lasted some six months, com­paring chap. 6:4 with 7:2, since these two feasts were some six months apart. Dur­ing this time He fed the […]

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John 5:31 – 6:71

LESSON XIX. Christ’s Witnesses (John 5:31-47) Who These Witnesses Are: (vss. 31-40). Having spoken to these Jews about His works in the previous verses, such as resurrection and judgment, Jesus now gives to them witnesses to prove to them that He speaks the truth, and indeed is the Son of God. But He cannot bear […]

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John 4:16 – 5:30

LESSON XIV. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (continued) John 5:16-24 Evoking a Confession of Sin: vss. lfi-18. With these words we have the begin­ning of the second phase of Jesus’ con­versation with her. Go, call thy husband, etc. But didn’t Jesus know about her present, and past conditions? Of course, but this was the sore […]

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John 3:9 – 4:16

LESSON X. (John 3:9-16) How can these things be, vss. 9:13. In vs. 4 Nicodemus asked a similar question, how an old man can be born again. Here he admits the possibility but questions the manner of this spiritual renewal. That the Spirit gives rebirth is not enough for him, he must also know how […]

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John 2:1 – 3:8

LESSON VI. The Miracle At Cana (John 2:1-11) The First Attestation of Jesus. John the Baptist had testified of Jesus in various ways. The result was that John retreated into the background and Jesus became more prominent. John’s disciples also followed Jesus. Thus far we read of six of them. Also to them Jesus attests […]

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John 1:1-51

LESSON I. John 1:1-5 The author of this well-known Gospel narrative is the apostle John, who in his own writings is often called the disciple whom Jesus loved. John probably was a cousin of Jesus (chapter 19:25) and was at first a disciple of the Baptist with his brother James. It was his personal contact […]

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Acts 3:1- 4:31

Introductory remarks: A word about the relationship of Chapters 3 and 4 of Acts may be first, of all in place. To see the beauty of the Word of God in these chapters and the marvel of His doings it is necessary to read and reread these two chapters as belonging together. They are most […]

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