John 6:1-21

  1. Taking this fourth ‘sign’ in the context of verses 1-13, note what it reveals concerning:
    (a) why the people were attracted to Jesus;
    (b) his own attitude to the people;
    (c) his testing of his disciples’ faith;
    (d) his use of their co-operation;
    (e) the source of the answer to men’s need.
    What overall lesson was this miracle intended to convey?
  2. Verse 15. Why did not Jesus wish to be made king by these people?
    What can we learn from his withdrawing from the place of success to be by himself?
    Cf. Luke 5:15, 16.

Notes

  1. Verse 7. A denarius may be valued as a day’s wage for a laborer; cf. Matt. 20:2.
  2. Verse 14. ‘The Prophet who is to come’: cf. Deut. 18:15; Matt. 11:3; he is identified here by the people with the Messiah, as verse 15 shows.
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John 5:30-47

  1. To what four different testimonies to himself does Jesus appeal?
    Which does he himself regard as of least importance, and why?
    Contrast 8:14.
  2. Verses 39, 40. Is it still possible to study the Bible without finding life?
    If so, what is lacking?
    What reasons does Jesus give for the Jews’ failures?
    Cf. 2 Cor. 3:14-16.

Note.

Verse 31. ‘Not vaild’: in the sense of not being accepted as true. Cf. Deut. 19:15 Matt. 18:16: John 8:13, 14.

John 5:1-29

  1. Verses 2-9, the third ‘sign’.
    What features of Jesus’ power does it reveal?
    What did he do for the man, and demand from the man, apart from making him walk?
    See verses 6 and 14.
  2. Verses 17-29. In what terms is Jesus’ relationship with God described?
    What functions concerning judgment has God given to Jesus, and why?
    How do these truths concern us?
  3. Verses16-18. What connection has Jesus’ statement in verse 17 with his healing on the Sabbath? How does this agree with Gen. 2:2, 3, and how does it answer the Jews’ criticism of his action?

Note.

Verse 25. What is meat here is spiritual from the death of sin. Contrast verses 28, 29.

John 4:27-54

  1. How do the previous verses explain and verses 35-38 develop the truth that Jesus expressed in verse 34?
    What gives you most satisfaction in life?
  2. Two groups of Samaritans and the Capernaum official all believed in Jesus, but through different means.
    What was the particular truth about him that brought each of them to faith?
    To what did ‘the second sign’ (verse 54) point?
    What aspect of the Lord’s character of power led you to him?
  3. Verse 43 seems to be a test of the man’s sincerity.
    How would you explain Jesus’ words here?

Note

  1. Verse 35-38. In the natural world there were yet four months until harvest, but in the spiritual sphere in this instance reaping was possible at once. Someone else had done the sowing.

 

John 4:1-26

  1. What did our Lord mean by ‘living water’ (verse 10)?
    Why, when he had wakened in the woman a desire for it, did he not at once grant her request? What was necessary before he could do so?
  2. Trace the successive steps by which Jesus brought the woman to feel her need of salvation, and pointed her to himself. What can we learn from this to help us as we seek to lead others to him?
  3. In verse 19, 20 was the woman evading the demand for a personal response?
    How does Jesus’ answer meet the need of those today who evade the claims of God by professing to follow a correct form of worship?
    Where must all look for salvation?

Note.

Verse 20 ‘This mountain’: i.e., Mount Gerizim, where the Samaritans had built a temple. The temple had been destroyed, but the Samaritans regarded the place as holy.

John 3:22-36

  1. How might one have expected John to have replied to the statement of verse 26?
    Consider the quality of character and the principles brought out in his answer.
    How far do you share his attitude to Christ?
    How does it apply to your situation?
  2. What is said about Jesus in verses 31, 32, 34, 35 that set him apart from and above all others?
  3. ‘The man who has accepted it’ (verse 33), ‘believes in the Son’, ‘rejects the Son’ (verse 36).
    What kind of response to Jesus Christ do these phrases describe?
    To what consequences do they lead?

Notes

  1. Verse 32. ‘No-one’: i.e., generally speaking; it is qualified inverse 33.
  2. Verse 33. ‘Has certified’: he both confirms his acceptance of the truth of God’s word and, in his consequent experience, proves the truth of it. Cf. 7:17.

John 2:23-3:21

  1. Why was Jesus not satisfied with the faith spoken of in 2:23?
    Cf. 4:48; 6:26, 30; Matt. 13:14.
    Is my faith the kind that pleases God?
  2. What was right and what was lacking in Nicodemus’ assessment of Jesus?
    How did Jesus’ answer correct him?
    What is involved in being ‘born of the Spirit’, and why is it needed?
    Cf. Matt. 18:3; John 1:12, 13; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:8, 9.
  3. Why was the lifting up of the Son of man necessary?
    (Note ‘must’ in 3:14.) On what ground are men judged and condemned?
    Where do you stand in relation to these truths?

 

Notes

Verse 5. ‘Born of water’ probably refers to John’s baptism.

  1. Verse 8. As with the wind, so with the movement of the Spirit, the effect is real and recognizable, although the process is hidden.
  2. Verse 12, 13. The gospel speaks of heavenly things, of which Christ is the sole revealer. Cf. 3:31; Matt. 11:27. 1