This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered John 3:22-30. Here was the conclusion:
John the Baptist called himself Jesus' "best man". John the Baptist confirmed Jesus was the Christ and realized his mission was completed and his time on earth was coming to an end.
"31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaketh: he that cometh from heaven is above all."
(John the Baptist began this portion of his response to his disciples by contrasting that Jesus was from heaven and above all...while John the Baptist was from the earth. Therefore he could only speak of what he witnessed...)
"32 What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness; and no man receiveth his witness."
(This verse sounded very similar to the way John the Disciple began his first letter (I John 1:1-4):
"1 That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life
2 (and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us);
3 that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fellowship with us: yea, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ:
4 and these things we write, that our joy may be made full.")
(In I John, John stated that he was the one bearing witness to what he had seen and heard of Jesus so that the reader's joy would be full. In John's Gospel Account, the verse quoted John the Baptist and how people at that time were not receiving John the Baptist's witness. The verse could read like this:
32 What John the Baptist hath seen and heard, of that John the Baptist beareth witness; and no man receiveth John the Baptist's witness.)
(The next passage was John the Disciple's witness...)
"33 He that hath received Jesus' witness hath set his seal to this, that God is true."
(John the Disciple jumped into the reader's present time to say that it was possible to believe Jesus' witness and it was up to the individual. Next, was John the Disciple's reason...)
"34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure."
(John the Disciple stated that Jesus was sent by God (from heaven), spoke the words of God, and had the Spirit without measure.)
"35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand."
(God the Father loved Jesus and has given all things into Jesus' hand.)
"36 He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that obeyeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him."
(John the Disciple concluded this chapter by completing the thought loop from Jesus' last sentence in this chapter (John 3:17).
"17 For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.")
(Jesus did not have to judge people because people judged themselves based on whether they believed the witness that came from God in heaven: Jesus.)
John the Baptist told his disciples that people didn't believe his witness that Jesus was the Christ.