Questions Anticipating John 3:25-36
by Pastor Gene
Dear student of God’s Word,
Thank you for joining us in this study of John’s Gospel at Harvest Community Church. Our desire is to provide an opportunity for all believers, regardless of where they may be in their Christian journey, to dive deeper into the waters of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit, our Master Teacher longs to lead us into “all the truth.” Jesus promised as much in John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes,” He said, “He will guide you into all the truth.” I believe that if we’ll take the time to sit before the precious words of the Fourth Gospel, He will do just that!
Arthur Pink put it this way: “It is our earnest desire that many of our readers will make these verses the subject of prayerful study and meditation. The Bible teacher who becomes a substitute for diligent study on the part of those who hear him is a hindrance and not a help. The business of the teacher is to turn people to the searching of the Scriptures for themselves, stimulating their interest in the Sacred Word, and instructing them how to go about it.” To these words I add a hearty, “Amen!”
To that end, each Lord’s Day I’ll be presenting the congregation with a series of questions to consider about the portion of John’s Gospel we’ll be looking at the following Sunday. This will give us the opportunity to ponder them, to wrestle with them, to study them, to meditate upon them, and to let the Holy Spirit speak first, as it were. So, jump in – the water’s fine!
In the Victorious One,
3:25-36 “Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore, this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.” 31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
Questions to consider about John 3:25-36:
- Why do you think John’s disciples said what they said in verse 26?
- What does John’s answer in verse 27 tell us about his character? What can modern-day pastors and church leaders learn from this?
- What does John mean by calling himself the “friend of the bridegroom” in verse 29? Who is the bridegroom in John’s analogy? Who is the bride?
- How might verse 30 serve as an overarching principle of the Christian life, a paradigm? Can you think of any verses to prove this?
- Make connections. Where have we heard John’s words in verses 31a, 31b and 32 before in this Gospel? Go digging! Any differences here?
- What does verse 33 mean? Have you done this?
- What does it mean to give “the Spirit without measure” in verse 34?
- What does John mean by using the word “obey” in verse 36?
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