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An account of the public ministry of Jesus according to his disciple/apostle John

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The holy spirit since Jesus ascended? [closed]

The below two (of numerous) passages are understood by most to be the Holy Spirit coming to guide us after Jesus ascends. John 16:7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I ...
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Did the wine jars of Cana overflow on the miracle?

We see minute details of preparation for the first-ever public miracle of Jesus in John 2:6-7: Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from ...
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Are there relatively recently published books with testimonies illustrating how the Father and the Son reveal themselves, according to John 14:21-23?

John 14:21-23 KJV 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ...
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Are there any apocryphal writings on the apparent gap between Verses 4 and 5 of John 2?

We see in John 2:3-5, a prelude to the Miracle at Cana: 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you ...
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Was the host of Wedding Feast at Cana a close relative or friend of Mother Mary?

We read in John 2:1-2: 1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. See that the primary ...
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What are the attributes of the Soul of Christ?

The short prayer Anima Christi starts like this: "Soul of Christ, sanctify me". We rarely come across the concept of the Soul of Christ in the Gospels. One such instance is in John 12, where ...
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When did Jesus launch his public ministry?

Luke 4:16-21 NIV 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet ...
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What is the special significance of the term ' signs' in relation to the miracles of Jesus?

We read in Jn 6:26: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. ...
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Equivalence of "to Feed" and "to Govern" in Ancient Biblical Language

According to Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (in reference to John 21:15-17): "Feed" in ancient and biblical language means, in its application to human beings, rule or govern (cf. Acts 20:...
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Does Jn 3:8 have a larger interpretation with reference to Gifts of Holy Spirit?

In Jn 3:8, we see Jesus equating those born of the Holy Spirit to the wind which blows where it likes. No one knows where the wind comes from and where it goes to. Jesus was referring to the place of ...
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How do Lutherans interpret John 5:24?

In John 5:24 (NET) Jesus says (emphasis added): I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses reconcile John 1:3 with Colossians 1:15-16?

This question asks and answers the addition of the word "other" in the NWT of Colossians 1:15-16: 15 He is the image of the invisible God,the firstborn of all creation;16 because by means ...
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What's the moral of John 12:3-8? (Mary anointing Jesus's feet)

John 12:3-8: 3 "Mary then took a pound of very expensive perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ...
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Is the Bible God?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God According to John 1:1, "The Word is god". We all know that the Bible is the word of God; therefore, is John 1:...
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Did Jesus work miracles before Cana?

We read in Jn 3:11 that the miracle Jesus worked at Cana was first of the signs that revealed his glory. That would imply that the first miracle done by Jesus in public , was at Cana. But is it not ...
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Why is it declared that Jesus was fully God while on earth when he did not have all attributes of God?

The common belief is that Jesus was fully God and fully man; that is, 100% God and 100% man. In John 17:5, Jesus asks the Father to return his glory as he had before he became flesh. So, his glory was ...
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How can trinitarians profess co-equality when Jesus said the Father was greater?

Trinitarians typically believe that the persons of the Trinity are coequal. How do they explain Jesus' statement that his Father was greater? Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come ...
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Did Jesus give monetary help to the poor?

In John 12:1-6 we see an account of Jesus getting anointed at Bethany , and Judas Iscariot commenting that the expenses could better have gone to the poor. The Evangelist remarks that Judas was in ...
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Do Christians have the power to condemn?

It is recorded in the Gospel of John that after Jesus's death and resurrection, he appeared to the disciples and said the following: On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples ...
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Was Jn 19:12-13 intended to be a prophecy on the Day of Judgement?

We read in Jn 19:12-13 (NRSVCE): From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets ...
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Under the laws of which regime was Jesus sentenced to death on the cross?

We read in Matt 27 how Jesus was put to trial before the Roman Governor: Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to ...
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Self-Referencing by the Gospel Writers

Aside from the literary prologue of Luke, are there any instances where any of the four Gospel writers refer to themselves by the personal pronoun I? It seems, for example, that in the case of the ...
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Is there a deeper meaning for the depiction of Jesus' head tilted towards his right on the Crucifix?

We read in Jn 19:30 (KJKV): When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. Lealani Acosta and her colleagues scoured the ...
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According to Chalcedonian Trinitarians, did Thomas - a devout Jew - believe God had died at John 20?

At John 20, Thomas initially refuses to believe other disciples' accounts of Jesus having been raised from the dead. When Jesus appears to Thomas, Thomas famously exclaims "My Lord and my God!&...
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According to Chalcedonian Trinitarians, why did Jesus not mention himself at John 4:23?

John 4:23 has Jesus saying "But a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such as these to worship Him.&...
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Why not "Word is God"? Why past tense? Does it mean word was god initially but not anymore?

John says that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Why not "Word is God" - in present tense (because the scriptures are still valid)? It looks ...
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Why does John the Evangelist NOT record Jesus' response to Pilate's query on Truth?

We read in John 18:37-38 how Pilate poses an inquisitive question on Truth to Jesus : Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for ...
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Has Sozzini's 'Brevis explicatio in primum Johannis caput' been translated into English?

Lelio Sozzini (uncle of Socinus) wrote Brevis explicatio in primum Johannis caput, a commentary on the meaning of the Logos in John 1:1–15, and it was published in 1562. Sozzini held that the '...
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Which nature of Christ said “My Father is greater than I” (John 14:28)?

Jesus said, “My Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). It would be a ridiculous thing for a mere human being to say this. This statement, therefore, seems to argue against a ‘mere man’ interpretation ...
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What is the earliest commentary on John 20:28?

Thomas' statement at John 20:28 "Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!”" Ἀπεκρίθη Θωμᾶς καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ “Ὁ Κύριός μου καὶ ὁ Θεός μου.” has been the subject of significantly different ...
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Were the apostles alone in John 20:19-23?

In John 20:23, it stands written: If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” I've noticed in the Cambridge Bible for Schools and ...
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How do Trinitarians respond to this contradiction of dogmatic 'oneness'?

I and the Father are one. John 10:30 As numerous posts here variably document, here is one extreme example. the Lord Jesus Christ, who existed before Abraham was born, was stating that he and the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the logos being only the means for creation? [closed]

All things came into being through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into being that has come into being John 1:3 Are we given any indication that the logos made anything? Or is it ...
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Although the N.T. often speaks of Jesus as the Son of God, what's significant about the way the Apostle John uses that title?

He refers to the Son of Man 12 times in his gospel, but Son of God (or its equivalent) 32 times. The synoptic gospels collectively use the term Son of God 36 times in all three accounts. This means ...
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How do non-Trinitarian denominations perceive supposed contradictions between John 1:1 vs John 1:14?

John 1:14 is generally used to say that "God" became "flesh" based on the understanding that "the Word" addressed in John 1:1 refers to God. However, other texts of ...
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Do any Trinitarian denominations teach from John 1 with, 'In the beginning was Jesus'?

We all know what it says, many can recite the first 3 verse of John without hesitation. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with ...
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What is the earliest known argument that 1 John 1:1's 'beginning' refers to a new beginning?

1 John 1:1's 'beginning' is often linked to John 1:1's 'beginning'. What is the earliest known argument that 1 John 1:1's use of 'beginning' refers not to a Genesis beginning but a new beginning, ...
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What is the earliest known argument that John 1:1's 'beginning' refers to a new beginning?

Laelius Socinus argued in Brevis explicatio in primum Johannis caput that the "beginning" (arche) in John 1:1 refers not to a Genesis beginning, but rather a new beginning related to Jesus' ...
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What was the reason for Jesus choosing the purification jars for his miracle at Cana? [closed]

We read in John 2 how Jesus performed his first miracle : On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited ...
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According to those who hold that the Word at John 1:1 is a person, how do they explain 1 John 1:1 using 'that' instead of 'who' for the Word?

John 1:1 is In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Many Christians believe that the Word here = a person (Jesus, or the second person of the Trinity), and ...
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If a non-believer asks a Trinitarian Christian to explain John 14:10, how might the latter oblige?

We see Jesus telling in John 14:10 the following: Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on My own. Instead, it is the Father ...
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Did Mary Magdalene understand at the garden that Jesus had risen from the dead?

Have a look at the different versions of Jn 20:16 relating to the post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene : Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning around she said to Him in Hebrew, Rabboni!—...
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What according to Catholic scholars, was the reason behind Nathaniel's prejudice against Nazareth?

We read in Jn 1:43 -46 of the impulsive reaction of Nathaniel who is told of Jesus : The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me"...Philip found ...
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The poor you will always have with you

In John Chapter 12 verses 1-8 Jesus says the famous quote "... The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me", or in the original greek: τοὺς (the) πτωχοὺς (poor) ...
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For those who hold that John 1:1 is about a Genesis beginning, how do they explain the light coming after life?

In Genesis 1, light is first (1:3), then there is life (1:11). In John 1, life seems to come first (1:4a), but that life then is the light of men (1:4b). How do those who hold to a Genesis beginning ...
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Is there a name for the idea that Jesus takes away the sin of the world by causing those who abide in him to sin less and be more righteous?

1 John 3:5-6 is 5 But you know that Christ appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who remains in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has seen Him or known Him. ...
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What are the arguments in favour of the 'beginning' at John 1:1 being the old beginning?

The standard reading of John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." is that the beginning - ἀρχῇ (archē) - refers to the old beginning, i.e., ...
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What are the arguments in favour of the 'beginning' at John 1:1 being the new beginning?

The standard reading of John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." is that the beginning - ἀρχῇ (archē) - refers to the old beginning, i.e., ...
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How do Trinitarians explain that Jesus himself claims He is a man who has heard things from God at John 8:40?

In Acts 2:22, St. Peter says "Fellow Israelites, listen to this! Jesus of Nazareth was a man who had God's approval." I have asked about this particular line here. Similarly, Jesus himself ...
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According to those who believe the Son only "notionally existed" prior to his birth, how much of the Word became flesh?

It has been clearly asserted by Biblical Unitarians that Jesus Christ had no actual existence anywhere prior to his birth in Bethlehem. It has also been clearly asserted that Scriptures which appear ...
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