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John's Gospel, chapters 3 and 5

Sunday Morning talk given by Tim Coad on .

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[00:00] “It’s all about Jesus”

Studies In Gospel of John

John wants us to know about Jesus so that we can know Jesus

Chapters 3 and 5: Jesus’ claims about himself by words and actions

Read John chapter 3 (NIVUK) in a new window or tab

Read John chapter 5 (NIVUK) in a new window or tab

[03:44] Jesus: known by the signs

Jesus was undermining the Pharisees and breaking their rules!

… but some clearly began to feel differently.

Jesus see what’s really going on in our hearts and minds!

The Pharisees, as students of Scripture, should know!

Did they really not know, or did they choose to ignore?

The evidence about Jesus is clear!

[12:22] Jesus: bringing new life

John chapter 3, verse 3: “You must be born again.”

Compare Ezekiel chapter 36 verses 24–27

“ … For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. … ” (NIVUK)

Read Ezekiel chapter 36 (NIVUK) in a new window or tab

Nicodemus sees a material meaning, not a spiritual one

John chapter 3 verses 16–20

‘ … For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. … ’ (NIVUK)

The evidence about Jesus is clear!

[18:31] Jesus: breaking the rules

The evidence about Jesus is clear!

Belief in Jesus is the key!

[23:05] Did Jesus claim to be God?

John chapter 5

Jesus’ claims and comments about himself

Jesus’ words are clearly understood as claims to deity (equality with God)

[26:19] The evidence about Jesus is clear!

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