John

The Gospel of John was written by the disciple whom Jesus loved. It focuses on the life of Jesus and his divine sonship to God the Father.

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, Commands, Spirituality


SUMMARY

AUTHOR. The Fourth Gospel is anonymous. No name of its author is given in the text. However, it does provide hints.

DATE. It was probably written around 90 AD.

PURPOSE. That people may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing they may have life in his name (John 20:21).

 


OUTLINE

THE PROLOGUE

John 1:1-18. The Word became flesh

JESUS EVANGELIZES

John 1:19-28. John the Baptist testifies

John 1:29-34. Behold, the Lamb of God

John 1:35-42. Jesus calls Simon and Andrew

John 1:43-51. Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael

John 2:1-12. The wedding in Cana

John 2:13-22. Jesus drives the vendors out of the temple

John 2:23-25. Many believe in his miracles

John 3:1-15. You must be born again

John 3:16-21. Why Jesus came to the earth

John 3:22-30. John the Baptist says Jesus is the Messiah

John 3:31-36. The one from heaven

John 4:1-26. A woman of Samaria

John 4:27-33. Jesus instructs his disciples

John 4:34-38. Our food is to do and to finish

John 4:39-42. Many Samaritans believe

John 4:43-45. Galilee welcomes Jesus

John 4:46-54. Jesus heals an official’s son

John 5:1-16. Jesus heals a man at the pool of Bethesda

John 5:17-18. Jesus calls God his Father

John 5:19-30. Christ’s work is eternal life and resurrection

John 5:31-35. John the Baptist testifies about Jesus

John 5:36-38. God the Father testifies about Jesus

John 5:39-40. The Scriptures testify about Jesus

John 5:41-47. The people do not believe the Scriptures

John 6:1-15. Jesus feeds more than five thousand

John 6:16-21. Jesus walks on water

John 6:22-59. Jesus himself is eternal life

John 6:60-71. The words of Jesus are spirit and life

John 7:1-10. Jesus and his brothers

John 7:11-24. Jesus teaches at the Festival of Booths

John 7:25-31. Can this be the Christ?

John 7:32-36. The Pharisees try to arrest Jesus

John 7:37-39. Jesus promises rivers of Living Water

John 7:40-44. The people are divided over Jesus

John 7:45-53. Debate over the claims of Jesus

John 8:1-11. Jesus confronts misogynists

John 8:12-20. Jesus is the Light of the World

John 8:21-30. Jesus is the ambassador of the Father

John 8:31-47. The truth will set you free

John 8:48-59. Jesus is “I AM”

John 9:1-3. Jesus Christ on suffering

John 9:4-34. Jesus heals a man who was born blind

John 9:35-41. Legalists are spiritually blind

John 10:1-6. True shepherds go through Jesus

John 10:7-9. Jesus himself is the Gate

John 10:10. Jesus came to give us life to the full

John 10:11-21. Jesus is the Good Shepherd

John 10:22-30. Jesus and the Father are one

John 10:31-39. They try to stone Jesus to death

John 10:40-42. Jesus travels beyond the Jordan

John 11:1-16. The death of Lazarus

John 11:17-25. Jesus arrives in Bethany

John 11:25-27. Jesus is the resurrection and the life

John 11:28-37. Jesus weeps

John 11:38-44. Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead

John 11:45-54. The Sanhedrin plots to murder Jesus

John 11:55-57. His last Passover

John 12:1-8. Mary anoints Jesus at Bethany

John 12:9-11. They plot to kill Lazarus

John 12:12-19. Jesus triumphantly arrives in Jerusalem

John 12:20-26. Some Greeks seek Jesus

John 12:27-36. The Son of Man must be lifted up

John 12:37-43. The unbelief of the people

John 12:44-50. The mission of Jesus is to save the world

PREPARATION OF HIS DISCIPLES

John 13:1-20. Jesus washes the feet of his apostles

John 13:21-30. Jesus predicts that an apostle will betray him

John 13:31-35. Jesus gives us a new commandment

John 13:36-38. Jesus predicts that Peter will deny him

John 14:1-6. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life

John 14:7-11. Jesus reveals God the Father

John 14:12-14. We can ask Jesus anything

John 14:15-18. Jesus promises the Holy Spirit

John 14:19-26. Father and Son and Holy Spirit

John 14:27-31. Christ’s gift of peace

John 15:1-8. Jesus Christ is the true vine

John 15:9-17. We are to keep Christ’s commands

John 15:18-25. The world will hate us

John 15:26-27. The Holy Spirit will testify about Jesus

John 16:1-4. We will be persecuted

John 16:5-15. The ministry of the Holy Spirit

John 16:16-22. Jesus will go to God the Father

John 16:23-24. We may ask God the Father for anything

John 16:25-33. Jesus has overcome the world

John 17:1-26. The high priestly prayer of Jesus

SUFFERING AND DEATH

John 18:1-11. Judas betrays Jesus

John 18:12-14. Jesus is arrested

John 18:15-18. Peter denies Jesus the first time

John 18:19-24. Jesus is questioned by the high priest

John 18:25-27. Peter denies Jesus two more times

John 18:28-32. Jesus is questioned by Pilate

John 18:33-40. Christ’s kingdom is not of this world

John 19:1-4. Jesus is flogged and mocked

John 19:5-15. Pilate sentences Jesus to death

John 19:16-17. Jesus carries his cross

John 19:18-27. They crucify Jesus

John 19:28-29. I thirst

John 19:30-37. Jesus dies

John 19:38-42. Joseph of Arimathaea buries the body

THE RESURRECTION

John 20:1-10. The resurrection

John 20:11-18. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene

John 20:19-20. Jesus appears to his disciples

John 20:21. Jesus commissions us to minister to others

John 20:22-23. Jesus gives them the Holy Spirit

John 20:24-29. Jesus appears to doubting Thomas

John 20:30-31. The purpose of this book

EPILOGUE

John 21:1-14. Jesus appears to seven disciples

John 21:15-19. Do you love me?

John 21:20-23. Jesus and the beloved disciple

John 21:24-25. Conclusion of the Gospel According to John

 


MEMORIZE

John 1:12. But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name.

John 1:14. The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 3:3. Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”

John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:17. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.

John 3:30. He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 4:24. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:34. Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

John 4:35. Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.

John 5:24. “Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

John 5:39. “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me.

John 5:40. Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life.

John 6:27. Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.

John 6:40. This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:63. It is the spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and are life.

John 8:12. Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:31. Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.

John 8:32. You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

John 8:36. If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:51. Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death.

John 10:10. The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.

John 10:28. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

John 10:29. My Father who has given them to me is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

John 10:30. I and the Father are one.

John 11:25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will still live, even if he dies.

John 11:26. Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11:27. She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, God’s Son, he who comes into the world.”

John 12:24. Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.

John 13:13. You call me, ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ You say so correctly, for so I am.

John 13:34. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another.

John 13:35. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 14:1. “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.

John 14:2. In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.

John 14:3. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.

John 14:4. You know where I go, and you know the way.”

John 14:5. Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?”

John 14:6. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.

John 14:7. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him.”

John 14:8. Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”

John 14:9. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’

John 14:10. Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works.

John 14:11. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

John 14:12. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father.

John 14:13. Whatever you will ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it.

John 14:15. If you love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:16. I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, that he may be with you forever:

John 14:17. the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive; for it doesn’t see him and doesn’t know him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.

John 14:18. I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.

John 14:19. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also.

John 14:20. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

John 14:21. One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.

John 14:22. Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, what has happened that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?”

John 14:23. Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him.

John 14:24. He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word which you hear isn’t mine, but the Father’s who sent me

John 14:25. I have said these things to you while still living with you.

John 14:26. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.

John 14:27. Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.

John 14:28. You heard how I told you, ‘I go away, and I come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said ‘I am going to my Father;’ for the Father is greater than I.

John 14:29. Now I have told you before it happens so that when it happens, you may believe.

John 14:30. I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me.

John 14:31. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let’s go from here.

John 15:7. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.

John 15:8. In this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples.

John 15:16. You didn’t choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

John 16:13. However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming.

John 16:24. Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.

John 16:33. I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.

John 17:3. This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

John 20:21. Jesus therefore said to them again,“Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”

John 20:29. Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.”

John 20:31. but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

John 21:24. This is the disciple who testifies about these things, and wrote these things. We know that his witness is true.

John 21:25. There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they would all be written, I suppose that even the world itself wouldn’t have room for the books that would be written.

Great verses to memorize from the entire Bible

 


COMMANDS

John 2:16. To those who sold the doves, he said, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace!

John 3:3. Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”

John 3:5. Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom.

John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:21. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”

John 3:36. One who believes in the Son has eternal life, but one who disobeys the Son won’t see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

John 4:35. Don’t you say, ‘There are yet four months until the harvest?’ Behold, I tell you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, that they are white for harvest already.

John 6:27. Don’t work for the food which perishes, but for the food which remains to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has sealed him.”

John 6:29. Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.

John 7:24. Don’t judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

John 7:37. Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!

John 7:38. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water.”

John 8:11. She said, “No one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.”

John 8:12. Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:24. I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.

John 8:31. Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, “If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.

John 8:51. Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death.

John 12:25. He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.

John 12:26. If anyone serves me, let him follow me. Where I am, there my servant will also be. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

John 12:35. Jesus therefore said to them, “Yet a little while the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness doesn’t overtake you. He who walks in the darkness doesn’t know where he is going.

John 12:36. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become children of light.” Jesus said these things, and he departed and hid himself from them.

John 12:44. Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me, but in him who sent me.

John 13:14. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:15. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.

John 13:20. Most certainly I tell you, he who receives whomever I send, receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me.”

John 13:34. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another.

John 14:1. “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me.

John 14:11. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

John 14:15. If you love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21. One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.

John 17:11. I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are.

John 17:18. As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world.

John 17:21. that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.

John 20:21. Jesus therefore said to them again, “Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”

John 20:23. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they have been forgiven them. If you retain anyone’s sins, they have been retained.”

Commands of Jesus Christ

 


SPIRITUALITY

The spirituality of the Gospel of John is the spirituality of mysticism. Let it motivate you to go further in your relationship with the living God.

Like Matthew and Mark, John is Jewish. He wrote the Gospel of John as well as three of the New Testament letters and the Book of Revelation.

He’s probably the one referred to in John 20:2 as the beloved disciple, the one who leaned his head on Jesus at the Last Supper.

John’s portrayal of Jesus suggest that John was a mystic. His words show he had a deep inner transformation, a living connection with God.

He likely invested significant time every single day into the mystical prayer of listening for God.

Matthew captures thinking, Mark captures action, Luke captures love, but John captures mysticism.

The things that John observes and writes will make his Gospel appealing to certain people: those with a mystical gifting.

Those who practice meditative prayer on a regular basis, those who sit for Contemplative Prayer, those who have mystical experiences of God, those who have seen visions, those who long for God from their heart, those who have Pentecostal gifts: they’ll find the Gospel of the beloved disciple their home.

If the four Gospel writers were likened to the parts of a person, we see John as the soul.

The spirituality of the Gospel of John is the spirituality of mysticism.

You practice some sort of disciplined meditative stillness almost every day. You admire Elijah and Elisha.

You might read mystical books by non-Christians. You enjoy silent retreats. You probably listen to instrumental music, or none at all.

These are the spirituality of the mystic soul.

Here’s a Bible verse that captures this spirituality of John:

Psalm 46:10. Be still and know that I am God. (NAB translation)

Teresa of Avila represents this mystical spirituality, as does John of the Cross and Padre Pio.

If you’re gifted for the spirituality of the Gospel of John, then you’ll want to read Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.

If the people of mystical spirituality have a weakness, it’s that their deep mystical life is not always rooted in official teachings.

Few are avid Bible readers. Some aren’t gifted for loving actions on a daily basis. Maybe that’s why some of them go into the hidden life of a monastery.

THE FOUR GOSPEL SPIRITUALITIES: MatthewMark, Luke, John

 


JOHN

CHAPTERS: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

RESOURCES: Summary, Outline, Memorize, Commands, Spirituality

Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. These translations have no copyright restrictions. They are in the Public Domain.


 

Author: Todd Van Natta

I was given a great gift. It is to be passionate about Jesus Christ and the Bible and the spiritual life. I am a Christian believer. I believe in Jesus Christ. I’m in love with Jesus! I believe the Bible. I love the Bible. For decades, I've been reading it cover-to-cover, again and again and again. I’ve memorized a whole lot of Bible verses. Most of all, I want the Bible to help us fall more deeply in love with God the Father, with Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, with other people, and with ourselves. And I've been reading the great writings from the entire Christian heritage for decades. At Explore the Faith, I share what I have discovered.