John 20, 31   1 comment

John 20

Above:  The Original Text

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

The authorship of the Johannine Gospel is a matter of legitimate scholarly discussion and much uncertainty, despite certain traditions, actually.  I am comfortable with that situation.  My great-grandfather was wedded to certain traditions, as I am to my own set of them–frequently different traditions.

By the way, all of us–even those who protest vocally against tradition–affirm our favorite traditions.   Ironically, the lack of certain traditions becomes its own tradition.  I prefer to be intellectually honest about the matter and to avoid hypocrisy regarding this issue.  And I think that my great-grandfather was intellectually honest about his preferences among traditions also.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCUS AURELIUS CLEMENS PRUDENTIUS, POET AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF GEORGE VI, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

THE FEAST OF SAINT VEDAST (VAAST), ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF ARRAS AND CAMBRAI

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BOYCE AND JOHN ALCOCK, ANGLICAN COMPOSERS

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Jno. 20, 31

I.

The richest book.   John wrote late in life after much thought, giving us a spiritual gospel, deep insight into our Lord’s life.  Selected his material to this end.

II.

“That ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.”  Just to affirm it was not enough.  We need to discover it for ourselves.  “Flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto you, but my Father.”  Only belief that he is divine can explain him and his works.  Admit that and all is clear.

III.

“That believing ye might have life through him.”  This the great end to be desired.  “The end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  “Being justified by faith we have peace.”  “As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God,” etc.  “The just shall live by faith.”  “That they might have life…abundantly.”  “This life is in his Son.”

IV.

How rich is this life!  Communion with God, the quickening and development of all our nobler powers of soul.

It uplifts the individual, the nations.  “On earth as in heaven.”  “Let this mind be in you.”  “We have the mind of Christ.”  “The end everlasting life.”

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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