JOHN’S Gospel Study Notes

four living creatures table

Jesus-eagleFigure 9   Redemption on the Wings of an Eagle


Each of the four Gospels bear the semblance of what each of the four faces of Ezekiel’s Four Living Creatures stand for.š

John was the favored apostle.  His are the footsteps to step into on the way to the Great White Throne of Judgment.  I didn’t say Jesus’ footsteps because he didn’t have the disadvantage that every other human has.  Jesus was not born with the stigma of Adam’s sin imprinted on his soul.  Jesus is our perfect example in some extremely important ways, but John is our brother in the tribulation of Adam’s sin.  He is the example to follow in agape love for Father and Son, listening to the Spirit of YaHavah, and obedience in doing as he was instructed by Jesus and the Spirit of YaHavah.

John provides more in-depth knowledge of YaHavah and Jesus than any other writer of the New Testament (NT).  Throughout John’s writings, he makes six things very clear about YHVH.  These six are the raw colors on the artist’s palette from which John mixed and made his strokes.

John wants to make six things very clear about YHVH:

  1. YHVH Elohim is our one and only Creator (Gen. 1-1-5; Jn. 1:1-5)
  2. YHVH is Spirit (Gen. 1:2, 6:3; Prov. 1:23; Jn. 1:4)
  3. YHVH’s Spirit is the true light (Jn. 1:4)
  4. Everything was created according to YHVH’s plan and reasoning (Is. 14:24; Rom. 11:33-36))
  5. YHVH spoke and Jesus was conceived, YHVH’s word spoke a sin-free sperm into existence to conceive His only begotten son of YHVH (Jn. 1:14)
  6. Jesus was anointed in the Spirit of YHVH to be witness of same. (See the list of references for the anointing at the end of this introduction)

Item three succinctly states the spoken words of YHVH in the conception, naming, and birth of Jesus.  There are more references to other conditions of Jesus’ conception and birth; such as is found in the full explanation in the introduction to the Book of Luke in the Word of YHVH Bible and in the Gospel of Luke Study/Commentary in this series.

Item five is relative to the creation of humanity.  There were three unique phases of human creation that will never to be repeated again: from dust, from bone, and a father’s sperm that does not carry the sin of Adam:

  • Adam was created from the elements of the earth (Gen. 1:26-31, 2:6-9)
  • Eve was created from a rib of Adam (Gen. 2:21-25)
  • Jesus was conceived without benefit of a human father in the womb of his virgin mother. YHVH created the human sperm that conceived his son.  No coital intercourse was necessary.  (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38)

Jesus is human just like every other human with one exception, his father is sinless, which is why Jesus was born a sinless human.  There was never any need for Jesus to be a god to be sinless.  Neither was there any need for Jesus to be a god for YaHavah to work through him to perform miracles and every astonishing thing he did and said.

The theme of John’s Gospel is associated with the face of an eagle of the Four Living Creatures.  The word eagle is used twenty-five times in the Bible, both as a protector or comforter of YHVH’s people and as captors of the disobedient.   The face of an eagle represents redemption and the reason for the need of redemption.

Apostle John carried the theme of redemption from Exodus 19 into his Gospel and into the Book of Revelation.

 (Exodus 19:3-4)   3And Moses went up to Elohim, and YHVH called to him out of the mountain, saying, Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and [how] I bare you on eagles wings, and brought you to myself.

John Creates an image of Jesus

  1. Jesus is the means of the Light of YHVH entering the soul to give him or her a new life. (Jn. 1:9-13)
  2. YHVH spoke into being the human nature of his son full of grace and truth.
  3. Jesus brought grace and truth to the world. (Jn.1:14, 17)
  4. Jesus declared YHVH to the world (Jn. 1:18)
  5. Jesus is the Redeemer according to the Law. (Jn. 1:27; Ruth 4:7)
  6. Jesus is the Lamb of YHVH. (Jn. 1:29)

Most interpreters believe John’s opening verses of his Gospel refer to Jesus as the Logos (Word). The Greek word, Logos, is translated to Word (capitalized) to infer that it means Jesus.

In Strong’s Bible Dictionary, the Greek word Logos (G3056) means “something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation.

Logos is never used to mean a person, except by human error and misinterpretation.

John paints a portrait of Jesus from a palette of colors found only in Heaven, to demonstrate his love, listening, and obedience to YaHavah.  Like all great artists, he begins his painting by conditioning his canvas with the pure white of the light of YaHavah’s glory. (Jn.1:1-5)


About Mary Lewis *

Retired senior citizen and Christian writer. My ministry in writing is to encourage all people to learn how to test the spirit of what they see, hear, and think to see if it is from YaHavah, our creator, before they act on it. There is always something to learn about YaHavah and Jesus and never risk becoming a know-it-all.
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