Was Christ divine? Is Jesus sufficient for our salvation? Does the Gospel have the power to change lives today? These are some of the questions we will answer as we dive into our new book study in the gospel of John. Of all the Gospels that convey the life of Christ, John uniquely communicates the sufficiency of Christ, the supremacy of the Gospel, and why our deepest desires can be satisfied in Him. Join us as we seek to know our Savior more and discover why Jesus is the only way, the only truth, the only life, and the only way to the Father.

The Gospel

By: Ian Opiniano

As we began our study in the gospel of John, we immediately saw the apostle’s defense for the sufficiency of Jesus as the Christ, and the supremacy of the Gospel compared to other worldviews. In his opening discourse, John paints a beautiful picture of the Gospel, retelling the holiness of God, man’s love for darkness, and the salvific work that Christ came to do. He also gives three attributes to Christ that ultimately declare who He is and the foundations for our relationship with Him. The first is that Christ is the “Logos”; the eternal divine Word of God, who is God, and who makes a way for us to the Father. The second is the “Life”; that which allows for a reconciled relationship with the Father. Finally, John presents Christ as the “Light”; the revelation of truth and the way out of the darkness of sin. These three attributes will be echoed throughout the rest of John’s gospel and are the bedrock of our understanding of Christ’s identity as “the way, the truth, and the life.”

The Incarnation

By: Ian Opiniano

As we continued our study in the Gospel of John, we dove deeper into the opening passage of the apostle’s book to examine what The Incarnation of Jesus Christ entails. We saw how in John’s grammar alone the divinity of Christ was being proclaimed so that both Gentiles and Jews would believe in Him. The divinity of Christ was specifically examined as we looked at His pre-existence; before our universe began, Christ was already existing in eternity. We also saw how Jesus co-existed with God as the second person of the Trinity in perfect love and unity. This is to say that Christ was not in opposition to God or that He was another deity separate from God. Finally, we looked at the self-existence of Christ in that in Him is the source of life; no one gives or sustains life in Jesus, He is where life comes from. Therefore, eternal life is only made available through Him. Understanding the character and nature of Christ gives us confidence in the Savior that we follow and ultimately validates our faith. For all of Christianity holds together on the claims of Christ’s divinity.

The Baptizer

By: Ian Opiniano

Continuing our study in the Gospel of John, we looked at the first witness to the divinity and messiahship of Jesus—John the Baptist. We saw how the Baptizer played an important role in the narrative of the Gospel as the herald of the Savior, calling God’s people to repent. We also saw John’s humility in accepting that he was merely a voice crying in the wilderness and that he was not Jesus. This comes as an important reminder for us when we share the Gospel, that we are not the Savior. We also saw how John testified to the full identity of Christ as he called people to behold Jesus. In the same way, when we share the Gospel, we are to reveal the glory of Christ as the Son of God. Finally, we saw how John the Baptist got his disciples to follow Jesus, just as we are called to make disciples of Christ and not man. John’s testimony plays a crucial part in the validity of Christ’s claims as the Messiah and demonstrates the kind of witness we are to have to unbelievers. Ultimately, like John the Baptist, our goal in our testimonies is to have Christ increase and ourselves decrease for the glory of God.