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

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How do deniers of the personal pre-incarnate existence of the Son of God interpret John 3:31-32?

He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and ...
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According to Trinitarians, why does Jesus glorifying himself amount to nothing?

John 8:54-55 has Jesus saying "“If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ though you do not know him. But I know him; if I ...
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How do deniers of Jesus preincarnate existence handle all the personal pronouns in John 1, particularly verse10?

John 1:10 says: He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. It is made clear in the context that the "he" who was in the world is the same &...
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How do deniers of Jesus' preincarnate existence interpret John 17:5?

`And now, glorify me, Thou Father, with Thyself, with the glory that I had before the world was, with Thee; [John 17:5, YLT] And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory ...
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Mary as the road that we must travel in order to reach God?

According to Pope Francis: Mary is not only the bridge joining us to God; she is more. She is the road that God travelled to reach us, and the road that we must travel in order to reach him. How do ...
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Did the Church Fathers ever reference the six jars of wine at the Wedding in Cana as symbolising 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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According to Catholic Church, does John the Evangelist mention the same individual Jews at 8: 31 and 8:59?

We read at Jn 8: 31: Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples” That is followed by a hot debate between the Jews and Jesus on sin, ...
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According to John 20:31, was John Writing His Gospel to Teach that Jesus was the Messiah, not God? [closed]

I am editing the question to make it more specific, since the original question was closed for being "off-topic" which I believe meant I was asking too broad a question. I am here looking ...
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What did the Early Christians Believe About the Trinity Before the Gospel of John? [closed]

I think Christianity today is extremely Johannine, meaning very dependent on the teachings of the Gospel of John. In my studies, I came across the fact that most Christian communities of the late ...
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How do non-trinitarians interpret John 14:26?

John 14:26 (NRSV): 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. My impression as I read this ...
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According to Catholic Church, what does it mean to worship God in spirit and truth?

We see Jesus telling the Samaritan woman at Jn 4: 23-24 (NRSVCE) : "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father ...
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Why did Jesus commit Mary into the care of the beloved disciple, not James, who is known as his brother?

According to John's Gospel Jesus on the cross committed his mother to the care of the Beloved Disciple, not to his brother, James. Admittedly James was not there. However, I wonder if this indicates ...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile Jn 16:7 with Jn 20:22?

We read at Jn 16:7 (NRSVCE) "Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him ...
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Why does the apostle John write far more clearly about the deity of Christ than seems to be the case in the other gospel accounts?

He starts with a most powerful declaration of the One who became Jesus in the flesh as having being God in the beginning, see John 1:1-14. But from there on in, similar expressions of deity come thick ...
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While on the cross, was Jesus abandoned by every human?

There are numerous Christians hymns and references in Christian literature that Jesus was "forsaken by all mankind, yet to be in Heaven' enthroned", etc. In essence, there is this powerful ...
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How do Cessationists interpret John 14:8-14, especially verses 11 and 12?

John 14:8-14 (NIV): 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone ...
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Why do some seek 'two beginnings' in scripture?

There are arguments which I have observed which would seek to assert different occasions, or times or phases (depending on how the argument is worded) regarding Genesis 1:1 : In the beginning God ...
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Which, according to Catholic Church, is the writing in Old Testament that Jesus is referring to in Jn 7:38?

We read in Jn 7: 37-38: "On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me ...
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What were the ages of the Apostles Peter and John when Jesus was crucified?

What were the ages of the Apostles Peter and John when Jesus was crucified? What I’ve heard is Peter was about the same age as Jesus (30-33), while John was an older teenage, approximately 18. This ...
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Where is the reference to John's student writing that John wrote his gospel because the synoptic gospels needed more detail?

Two early church fathers (Ignatius and Polycarp) were students of John the apostle. Someone wrote that one of them wrote that John was unhappy with missing details of the previous gospels, motivating ...
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If Israel is the vine that prefigures Jesus, the “true” vine, isn't Israel's purpose fulfilled?

The question of which vine is being contrasted when Jesus claims to be the "true vine" (John 15) received this answer that the vine contrasted with the "true" vine is Israel; taken ...
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Are you unguilty of sin if you never heard the gospel?

Jesus says that if he had not come and proclaimed the gospel, that those hearing would not be guilty of sin. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they ...
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Can a Jehovah's Witness say that they know they have eternal life?

John's Gospel is written so that the reader may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and may have life in that name" Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are ...
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How do Trinitarians interpret Jesus's statement that “I live because of the Father”?

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me (John 6:57) This statement by Jesus seems to insinuate that Jesus derives his ...
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How much of the text of the Gospel of John can be substantiated by early copies and quotes from early Church Fathers?

It's interesting that a person will claim passages were added at a later date without considering the textual evidence. A fragment of the Gospel of John dates in the first half of the second century. ...
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Did Polycarp, the alleged disciple of John, know of and endorse the 4th gospel, three letters or Revelation as authentic writings of the apostle John?

Polycarp claimed to observe Passover (as the Lord's Supper) on the 14th of Nisan with the apostle John, who is alleged to be the author of the fourth canonical gospel: In the mid–2nd century, the ...
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Regarding John 3:13 in relation to Ezekiel 2, does the title Son of Man simply refer to a Prophet? [closed]

In the Gospel account of John 3:13 [NIV], we told a statement by Jesus: "No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man." In the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), ...
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Does “Kehilat Bethlehem” community believe that the Law of Moses are the commandments Jesus is referring to in John 14:15?

Does Kehilat Bethlehem community believe that the Law of Moses are the commandments Jesus is referring to in John 14:15? John 14:15: If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. And do they ...
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According to Catholicism, what Old Testament text is referred to in John 19: 36?

We see at John 19: 31-36, how the early death of Jesus on the Cross staved off the prospects of his legs being broken to fasten death : ".... Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son. How do you reconcile this when the Bible says the Father cannot be seen?

Top leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a document titled: "The Restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ; A Bicentennial Proclamation to the world. ...
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If Jesus is “a god” do Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves to be polytheists?

Isaiah 44:6, Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel And His Redeemer, the Lord of host; I am the first and I am the last, AND THERE IS NO GOD BESIDES ME. Isaiah 44:24, Thus says the Lord your Redeemer,...
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If John wrote the 4th Gospel, why did he not name himself or his brother?

I've read in Ellicott's commentary that the "other" disciple of John 18:15 might be James, for it stands in contrast to John's supposed self-designation as "the beloved disciple". But that got me ...
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How do those who believe that Jesus is a created being understand the verses which say everything that was created was created by him?

There are some people who claim that Jesus is a created being, but this claim is nowhere confirmed, rather the Bible says: Everything became through the Word, and without the Word did not become one ...
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How does the “eight day“ appearance of Jesus to Doubting Thomas in John 20:26 relate to Parsha Shemini (Eighth Day) ”appearance" Leviticus 9:1 & 10:2? [closed]

I have been following Jewish and Christian lectionaries for some years and have often noticed interesting relationships. Became aware of Aileen Gulding's work on this idea: The Fourth Gospel and ...
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According to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, if Jesus Christ is not God why is He presented as the agent of creation?

John 1:3, "All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him (or without Him) NOTHING came into being that has come into being." Also Colossians 1:16-17, "For by Him all things were created, in ...
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What is the meaning of “Behold the Son” in John 6:40? [closed]

John 6:40 reads; (NASB): For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. St. John ...
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Why did John the Baptist say he wasn't a prophet? [closed]

According to John 1:21 They asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” Why did he said he wasn't a prophet?
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Why did the Jews comment that Jesus was not yet fifty years of age?

We see at John 8 , the long debate that Jesus has with the Pharisees . We read at verse 57 the question which the Pharisees pose to him: Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, ...
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Did Jesus die for all? Is “for many” the same meaning as “for all “ in Matthew 26:28?

In Matthew 26, Jesus said, Matthew 26:28: For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. And In Isaiah, please take note the word “many” Isaiah 53:...
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How do reformed theologians reconcile John 15:2 with “once saved always saved"?

Every branch in me (εν έμοι ) that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he [the Father, v1] cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:2, ASV) Some ...
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How does Catholic Church explain John 1:31?

At John 1:30-31 (NRSVCE) we see John the Baptist introducing Jesus to the crowd: "This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ I myself did ...
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Is the Comforter a person?

There are some sentences which are difficult to read in the Gospel of John, some of them lead me think that the Comforter will be a person, which has not come yet (A) whereas there are some which lead ...
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Is John the Baptist the same John who wrote the Book of John in the New Testament?

I am confused about whether or not it was St. John the Baptist who wrote the Book of John in the New Testament. I thought this was a different John who was one of the apostles.
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Does John's Gospel explicitly state that it was written by the disciple John?

Despite the traditional ascriptions all four are anonymous, and none were written by eyewitnesses. [Wikipedia] Doesn't John's gospel explicitly state that it was written by the disciple John?
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According to Catholicism, how did Jesus go in secret (disguise) to the Feast of Tabernacles?

In John Chapter-7, we see Jesus going to the Feast of Tabernacles in disguise: " But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, ...
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Do any denominations use the full form of INRI?

At John 19:19-20 we read: Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place ...
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Did Judas Iscariot participate in the First Holy Eucharist?

At John 13:1-30 we see the narrative of the last Passover meal that Jesus partook with his disciples, in which Judas is identified as the one who would betray him : .... After saying this Jesus ...
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7 mentions of night in Gospel of John [closed]

From reading Job 35:10 and Ps. 77:6 we understand that night is used to represent trials, a period of distress, trouble. Then, in the Gospel of John, we can read 7 mentions of night, starting from ...
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How does Catholic Church explain the phrase “ Ïn the beginning ” in Genesis and Gospel of John?

We read at Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.. " We also read at John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." ...
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Did Mary, sister of Martha, anoint Jesus's feet on two different occasions, John 11:1-2 and John 12:2-5?

At John 11: 1-2 (NRSVCE) we read: "Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet ...

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