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The fourth Gospel in the Christian New Testament that is attributed to John the son of Zebedee.

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What does the analogy of reaping/sowing in John 4:36 represent?

John 4:36;38 (NASB) Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. I sent you to reap that for which you ...
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Are Isaiah 55:11 and John 1:1,14 talking about the same “word”?

In the question Why would God fully become His Word if He could not return to Himself? the author assumes a firm link between the term 'word' in the following passages: Isaiah 55:10-11 (ESV): 10 “For ...
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Is a translation of John 1:10 with 'it' instead of 'he' and 'him' grammatically problematic?

John 1:10 is usually translated using 'he' and 'him', for example "He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him." (Berean Study Bible) ...
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A key question to ask of the “Good Shepherd” discourse of John 10

In John 10;1-16, 25-29, does someone become Christ's sheep when he hears his voice, or does he hear his voice because he is his sheep?
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Is believing based on evidence good or bad?

In John 20:24-29, Jesus praises those who have faith in the absence of evidence: 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told ...
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A Cultural Perspective, John 10:32-33 & John 1:1 [closed]

How do we reconcile John 1:1 when considering the cultural beliefs of the Israelites clearly stated in John 10:32-33 John 10:32-33 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the ...
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David said “the LORD is my shepherd”, yet Jesus said “I am the good shepherd” - was Jesus David's shepherd? [closed]

Psalms 23 (ESV): The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of ...
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Difference between believing and obeying Jesus in John 3:36

John 3:36 (NASB): He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. Why the use of “obey” here rather than “believe”...
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Is Jew singular or plural in John 3:25?

John 3:25 (NIV) An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. NKJV Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and ...
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Augustine and John 17:3

Augustine in his commentary on John 17:3 said “ The proper order of the words is, That they may know You and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent, as the only true God.” https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/...
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Meaning of John 3:27

John 3:27 (NASB): John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.” What is “receiving” in reference to? What is being received? And how does this relate ...
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What is the significance of John 3:25?

I’m having trouble connecting John 3:25, which talks about John’s disciples getting into a discussion with a Jew about purification, with the following verses about Jesus baptizing and people ...
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What is the difference between God and the Spirit of God? [migrated]

There are passages that appear to establish an identity between God and his Spirit: 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” [John 4:24, ESV] 17 Now the Lord is ...
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Why did Jesus say 'And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ? [duplicate]

John 17:3 ASV "And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ. Is our gaining eternal life tied to knowing the "only ...
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In John 1:14 what does ἐσκήνωσεν mean?

Καὶ ὁ λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο καὶ ἐσκήνωσεν ἐν ἡμῖν,* καὶ ἐθεασάμεθα τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, δόξαν ὡς μονογενοῦς παρὰ πατρός, πλήρης χάριτος καὶ ἀληθείας. (John 1:14, NA28) Usually commentators point out that ...
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“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” - Is John 3:3 a universal statement, O.T. Saints included?

John 3:1-7 (ESV): Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, ...
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In John 1:6 why is ἀπεσταλμένος perfect tense?

Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος, ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ* ⸀θεοῦ, ⸆ ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάννης· (John 1:6, NA28) The perfect passive particle ἀπεσταλμένος is as if John the Baptist were still active in his ministry when John ...
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Did the Pharisees' disrespect for Galilee come from 1Kings 9?

The disciples' attitude to Nazareth in Galilee can be gauged from the comment in John 1:46 - And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come ...
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What is the “water” in John 3:5? [duplicate]

This is a pretty basic question, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been asked before, so I hope it’s not too basic! What is the “water” in John 3:5? ...unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot ...
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Why is theon translated as 'God' usually for John 10:33 and 'a god' for Acts 28:6?

The consensus among ancient Greek language experts seems to be that the term 'theon' in John 10:33 should be translated as 'God'. For example "“We are not stoning You for any good work,” said ...
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Is it grammar or theology that causes translators to typically translate John 10:33 as “declare Yourself to be God” as opposed to “a god”?

John 10:33 is typically translated as something like "“We are not stoning You for any good work,” said the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because You, who are a man, declare Yourself to be God.”"...
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Why didn't the Jewish leaders try one more time to have Jesus stoned to death?

They tried to stone Jesus in John 8: 57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” 58“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” ...
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Does John 10:31-37 show that Jesus conceded to the charge against him? [closed]

John 10:31:37 ASV The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from the Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, ...
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Is John 21:25 a hyperbole?

John 21:25 New International Version Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be ...
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What is the meaning of “words/logous” in John 14:24 as it compares with “words/rhemata” in John 14:10?

John 14:24 "Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me". ESV John 14:10 "Do you not believe that I am in the ...
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Is there room for interpreting John 17:5 as Jesus having notional/ideal pre-existence in light of 2 Timothy 1:9?

This question is inspired by a Biblical Unitarian article on Jesus' Pre-Existence. The thesis defended by the article is that Jesus had notional or ideal pre-existence in God's mind rather than a ...
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Does John 19:25 suggest that Mary Magdalene isn´t Jesus´s mother?

The text states: Now standing beside Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.[bz] (John 19:25 NET). So given that at the beginning of the verse ...
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What does “I came from God/the Father” mean in John 16:27-28? [duplicate]

John 16:27-28 (ESV): 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am ...
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Was Judas a Christian?

1 Corinthians 3:16 English Standard Version Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? Let's define a Christian as one who has the Spirit dwells in him. John 13:...
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What's the name of the father that Jesus came in?

Matthew 21 (KJV) ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ ⁹ And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the ...
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Does Jesus answer Judas in John 12:3-8?

In John 12:3-8 (NKJV) 3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4 ...
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What textual evidence is there for the Orthodox Jewish Bible translation of John 8:25?

John 8:25, Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) They were saying, therefore, to him, Who are you? Rebbe, Melech HaMoshiach said to them, Why should I even speak to you at all? Compare this to (say) the ...
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What does μή μου ἅπτου mean in John 20:17?

Much depends on how you translate the present middle imperative verb ἅπτου. Robertson's interpretation is "stop clinging" because "don't touch" would be aorist middle imperative. ...
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Are John 1:14 and Philippians 2:5-8 describing the same event?

John 1:14 (YLT): 14 And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth. Philippians 2:5-8 (YLT): 5 ...
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Was Judas possessed by Satan in John 13:27?

Matthew 8:16 New International Version When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. Matthew 8: 28 When he ...
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Is there any difference between the way we are to honor the Son and the way we are to honor the Father? John 5:22-23

John 5:22-23 (ESV): 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor ...
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Does the Fourth Gospel identify ὁ ἦν καὶ ὁ ὢν καὶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος (Revelation 4:8) as the Christ?

In Revelation John describes the four living creatures who say: And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease ...
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Where did the Samaritans worship?

The Samaritan woman said to Jesus: John 4:19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must ...
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Why does Paul say circumcision is by the letter rather than from the patriarchs in Romans 2:29?

Romans 2:29 NASB 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from It is clear circumcision was given to the ...
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Does John 6:39 contradict John 17:12?

John 6:39 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of those He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day. John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never ...
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What is the difference between “God” (capital G, singular) and “gods” (lower case, plural) in the context of John 10:33-36?

John 10:33-36 (YLT): 33 The Jews answered him, saying, `For a good work we do not stone thee, but for evil speaking, and because thou, being a man, dost make thyself God.' 34 Jesus answered them, `Is ...
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My Father's house has many rooms or mansions? [duplicate]

John 14:2a New International Version My Father's house has many rooms King James Bible In my Father's house are many mansions In my mind, a room and a mansion are very different.
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Who is the “other disciple” in John 18:16?

After Jesus' arrest: 15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. 16 But ...
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Do the three nominative nouns in John 10:30 express an 'equivalence'?

εγω και ο πατηρ εν εσμεν [John 10:30 TR, undisputed] I and the Father one are [John 10:30 EGNT ¹] All three nouns 'I' 'Father' and 'one' are, here, nominative singular, as is the article. Thus there ...
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Was Satan evil in Job 1:7?

Habakkuk 1:13a New International Version Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; Job 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming ...
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Why does Jesus refer to himself as “your Son” in John 17:1?

John 17:1 ESV "When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,". Why does Jesus ...
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Could the six jars of wine at the Wedding at Cana symbolize the six followers of Jesus at the wedding?

John 1 describes in some detail Jesus calling his first five disciples - Andrew, Simon, Philip, Nathanael and presumably John. John 2 1-2 says that Jesus' mother was at the wedding and Jesus was there ...
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Jesus raising the destroyed temple: John 2:13-22

John 2:13-22 (NIV), 13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at ...
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Is John 21:24 contradicting Luke 1:3?

At the beginning of his gospel, Luke states that (1:3): 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you....
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Is the trinity in view at Revelation 7:17?

Revelation 7:17 (ESV): For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Notice ...

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