1 John – Introduction – Who is John?

by | Apr 15, 2024 | Epistles of John | 0 comments

Speaker: Daniel Deininger
Date: April 10, 2024

Additional Resources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_the_Apostle

From Portraits of the Apostles (On BlueLetterBible.org)
James and John (Sons of Zebedee)
Greek: Sons of Thunder

While mending their fishing nets, the sons of Zebedee, James and John, were called by Jesus to be “fishers of men.” The two brothers and Peter formed the innermost circle of Jesus’ closest companions. They became the eyewitnesses of the life, work, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. They were present to attest to the resurrection of Jarius’s daughter, to the transfiguration of the Lord, and to the events in the garden of Gethsemane. They became known as the “Sons of Thunder” for their high spirits and zeal as seen in their desire to destroy an unfriendly Samaritan city (Luke 9:51-56). However, they were also dedicated to the purpose of their Lord and played a significant part in the church.

Fifteen years after hearing the call of the Lord upon the shores of Galilee, James was killed under the rule of King Agrippa I. “Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12:1-2). The martyrdom of James is the only biblical and reliable account of a death of one of the twelve apostles.

John was referred to as “one of the disciples, whom Jesus loved,” in the gospel of John and is said to be the author of the fourth gospel. John is the only disciple to be recorded as being present at the crucifixion of Christ. After the death of Jesus, he took the Lord’s mother, Mary, as his own. He was also the first to see the glorious sight of the empty tomb. John was one of the early leaders of the church and thus became known as a “Pillar of the Church” (Galatians 2:9). According to tradition, John was banished to the Island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9) after he survived being thrown into boiling oil under Domitian. On that desolate Island, John received visions of the future and words from the Lord to seven churches. The compilation of these visions and letters formed the Book of Revelation. John Foxe also adds that he was released from Patmos and allowed to return to Ephesus in the year of A.D. 97.

Salome: the Most Hidden Woman in the Gospels
https://www.lindsayhardinfreeman.com/salome-the-most-hidden-woman-in-the-gospels/

Chronological Order of New Testament

https://www.biblestudytools.com/resources/guide-to-bible-study/order-books-new-testament.html

https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-questions-and-answers/when-were-the-books-of-the-bible-written

https://www.freebeginning.com/new_testament_dates/

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