"The Gospel of John" 
Verse by Verse Bible Study

The Gospel of John presents a marvelous testimony of Jesus Christ, and the purest and most elevated views of God to be found anywhere, far exceeding the speculations of philosophers.

John's Gospel contains the record of the Savior’s profoundest discourses, His most convincing arguments with the Jews, and of His declarations respecting Himself and God.

The "Gospel of John" has been received down through the ages as being the truth of God, divinely revealing that Jesus is the "Son of God," and "Lord of Lord."

  • Author:
    John the apostle, one of Jesus' twelve disciples, also known as the son of Zebedee, and brother of James called "Son of Thunder."
  • Date:
    Between A.D. 85-90
    After the destruction of Jerusalem (70 A.D.)
    Before John was exiled to the Island of Patmos
  • Geography:
    The Judean country side: Samaria, Galilee, Bethany, Jerusalem

The Gospel of John differs from Matthew, Mark, and Luke's Gospel in that there is no record of the genealogy of Jesus' birth or childhood; nor numerous miracles; parables; the ascension; or Great Commission.

See how Jesus deals with individuals, preaches to great crowds; trains his disciples; debates with the religious leaders; and offers the gift of eternal life to all who will believe and receive Him.

Follow along as John delivers his eye witness account, and declares that Jesus is, the "Son of God."


The Gospel of John
Verse by Verse Bible Study

The Word was God (John 1:1-18)
Jesus was both the Word, and God. He had been with God since the beginning, and all things had been created through Him. In Him is life, and that life is the light of the world.

John The Baptist's Testimony (John 1:19-34)
John the Baptist confessed that he was not the Christ. When he saw Jesus, he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God..." (John 1:29)\

Jesus Calls His First Disciples (John 1:35-51)
John the Baptist introduces Jesus as, the Lamb of God. Jesus begins to call His disciples, and some of John the Baptist's disciples leave him and follow Jesus.

Jesus Turns Water into Wine (John 2: 2-11)
Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine at the wedding in Cana.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple (John 2:12-25)
The Messiah of Israel had arrived; Today His love and reverence for the Father would become a demonstration of righteous indignation.

Jesus said "You must be born again" (John 3:1-21) - Nicodemus did not understand that the only way to reach Heaven was through Jesus.

Baptism by John the Baptist and Jesus (Jn 3:22-36) - This Bible study lesson explains the forms and purposes of baptism used by Jesus, and of John the Baptist. Also reflections on water, Spirit, and even baby baptism

The Woman at the Well-Part 1 (John 4:1-26)
John the Baptist did not consider himself worthy to "loose the straps" on Jesus' shoes, Yet Jesus, God the Son, reaches out to this woman of Samaria...

The Woman at the Well-Part 2 (John 4: 27-42 Continued from the Woman at the Well Part 1. The woman accepts the "Well Spring of Life that springs up into Eternity," and becomes a powerful witness to the Samaritans.

Pool of Bethesda-Part 1 (John 5:1-30)
Jesus heals a cripple by the Pool of Bethesda, but the authorities say it is against the Law because it was on a Sabbath 

Pool of Bethesda-Part 2 (John 5:31-47)
In this study Jesus presents witnesses to prove that He is, "The Messiah."

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand (John 6:1-14)
The account of Jesus feeding the five thousand is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels.

Jesus Walks on Water (John 6:15-21) - "Jesus said to them, It is I; do not be afraid." Some believe He was saying, "This is the "I AM.'"

The Bread of Life (John 6:22-40)
Jesus is the true bread of life. "For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me."

Rejected by His Own Disciples (John 6:41-71)
Jesus made a tremendous effort to help the people understand that He is speaking of Spiritual, not physical food. This Spiritual food is only available to those who believe. 

Jesus Attends the Feast of Booths (John 7:1-24)
This study offers a rare glimpse of Jesus interacting with His family. The hostility and plots against Him, continue. 

Can this be the Christ? (John 7:25-53)
Jesus was teaching in the temple, and the people were trying to determine His true identity.

Jesus Forgives an Adultrous Woman (John 8:1-30 
The scribes and Pharisees brought an adulterous woman to Jesus, but not to justify the law.

I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12-30)
Jesus, "The Light of the World," removes darkness and lights the path ahead.

Children of Abraham (John 8:31-59) 
The descendants, or Children of Abraham, were attempting to stand on their rights to Heaven simply because of their ancestry.

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41)
The Light of Jesus gives sight, both physically and spiritually.

I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-42)
Jesus said, "I am the Good Shepherd." The problem was that the Pharisees and aristocrats despised shepherds.

Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead (John 11:1-44) - Bethany was the home town of Lazarus' and his sisters, Mary and Martha.

The Chief Priests and Pharisees Plot to Kill Jesus
(John 11:45-54
)   The people had been mourning with Mary and Martha over the death of Lazarus. When Jesus raised him from the dead they reported all they had seen to the Pharisees.

Mary anoints Jesus for His Burial (Jn 11:55-Jn 12:8
Mary anoints Jesus feet with a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, then wipes his feet with her hair. 

The Chief Priests Plot to Kill Lazarus (John 12:9-11)
When the Chief Priests learned that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, they began to devise a plot to kill Lazarus.

Jesus Triumphal Entry (John 12:12-26) 
Many of those waving palm branches in His honor and hailing Him as King, would soon be yelling, "Crucify Him!"

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted UP (John 12:27-36) 
The Father God speaks from heaven - Jesus said, "When I am lifted up I will draw all people to myself." “The light is among you for a little while longer."

Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet (John 13) 
The night before Jesus' crucifixion He washed His disciples feet, and continued to teach.

"The Way the Truth and the Life" (John 14:1-31) 
Early Christianity, used the word "Truth" when referencing God. Through Jesus, we receive the "Gift of Eternal Life.

I AM the True Vine (John 15: 1-27) 
The vine was symbolic of Israel and appeared on some of their coins. Here Jesus describes Himself as, "The True Vine.

The Work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:1-33)
Jesus continues to prepare the disciples for the tremendous battles that lie ahead, but promises He will not leave them alone. 

"The Great Intercessory Prayer" (John 17:1-26)
"Jesus' Great Intercessory Prayer," also know as, "Jesus' High Priestly Prayer,' is seen by many as Jesus' farewell speech.

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus (John 18:1-14) - Jesus could have stopped the process at any moment, because He was not so much the victim as the orchestrator of events.

Peter's Denial of Jesus (John 18:15-27)
Peters Denial of Jesus seems strange in that only a short time earlier he had fought for Jesus and even followed as He was led away.

Jesus is Brought Before Pilate (John 18:28-40)
Jesus' trial  took place at the Praetorian, which was the Governor's Palace, and is more detailed than the other Gospels. 

The Soldiers Mock and Beat Jesus (John 19:1-5) - Severe scourging's often preceded crucifixions, and  were part of the death sentence.

Pilate Confronts the Chief Priests (John 19:6-16)
When Pilate confronts the chief priests they yell, Crucify Him! Crucify Him!

The Crucifixion of Jesus (John 19:17-27)
Crucifixion, reserved for slaves and criminals, was considered to be the most hideous Roman method of execution, was despised by the Jews. Anyone hanged on a cross was considered accursed of God, (Deut. 21:23).

The Death of Jesus on the Cross (John 19:28-37)
The complicated "Old Covenant" system of animal sacrifice was about to be replaced by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Jesus would become the final and ultimate sacrifice for sin. From the Gospel of John

The Burial of Jesus (John 19:38-42)
By Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus
The tomb was probably a cave carved out of the stone hillside. It was essential to complete the burial before sunset…

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (John 20:1-10)
His reference to the sign of Jonah meant that after three days He would rise from the dead. Mary Magdalene finds the empty tomb. 

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)
Mary Magdalene, a faithful disciple of Jesus, remained as close as  possible throughout the crucifixion. There are about 25 famous Mary Magdalene paintings.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples (John 20:19-23)
By now, Peter, and John had surely told the other disciples what they had seen, and all, except for Thomas, had met that evening.

Jesus and Thomas-Doubting Thomas (John 20:24-31) 
Thomas' confession that Jesus is God is considered to be among the greatest ever made.

Miracle Catch of Fish (John 21:1-14)
Jesus tells the disciples to cast the net on the right side of the boat; Tells Simon Peter to, "Feed my Lambs." This is John's testimony that Jesus is God.

Peter is Forgiven and Restored John (21:15-25)
Three times Peter had denied knowing Jesus -  Three times Jesus asks Peter, "Do you love me?"



These are original "verse by verse" Bible study lessons,
taught in a Bible Study Class by Samuel Mills. 

(Unless otherwise noted all scripture in this Gospel of John Study is from the "ESV")


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