Studies In The Book Of John
The Text of John 1:6-8:
John 1:6 - “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”
A. Jesus was deity born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-23). John’s conception was something special too (Luke 1:5-13; 18-25).
1. Jesus and John were related in the flesh (Luke 1:35-36).
2. John was kept apart until it was time for him to work (Luke 1:76-80).
3. Jesus certainly thought highly of John (Matthew 11:11).
B. John was sent from God (Isaiah 40:3-5, Mark 1:1-5, and Matthew 17:10-12).
1. John was sent from God with work to do (Luke 1:14-17 and Luke 16:16).
2. John was a firm doer of God’s will. He was not a compromiser (Mark 6:17-28).
3. The work Jesus and John did was so similar that some confused the identities of John and Jesus (Matthew 16:13-14 and Luke 3:15).
John 1:7 - “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.”
A. John did bear witness of Christ (John 1:15 and John 5:33).
1. He testified that Christ is the true light (John 1:9).
2. While John was a great man and did the work of bearing witness of Christ, there is a greater witness of our Lord (John 5:36-39).
B. John’s goal was to be a vessel for men to believe in the Lord (Matthew 3:1-12).
1. Jesus certainly promoted John as this vessel too (Luke 7:24-30).
2. Think of how far the work John started had spread (Acts 10:35-37).
John 1:8 - “He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.”
A. John did not try to make disciples for himself or seek some form of greatness (John 1:26-34).
1. John fully understood that he was not to stand in the way of the work of Christ (John 3:27-36).
2. John’s humility continued to be taught long after his death (Acts 13:23-25; 19:4).
B. We need to learn from John that it is not about us (Romans 12:3).
1. We must have the mindset of a servant (I Corinthians 7:21-23 and Philippians 2:3-8; cf. Luke 17:7-10).
2. We need to be humble (James 4:6 and I Peter 5:5-6).
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