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Relationship and Position in Life Examined

How do you know you are loved? Well, one way you know is when you make a mistake or do something bad and see that the person or people who matter most to you not only forgive you but they still love you.

John’s Relationship and Position Discussion “The Beloved One”

Who among us would not want to be considered beloved by someone? Simply put, or using one word “beloved” is to be treasured. Typically parents treasure their children, so this may be the best example of what “beloved” looks’ like in the contemporary world. However, we must be careful not to equate the love of Jesus for us with man’s love for one another, because we know that man’s human love for one another pales to that of God’s love for his children. Man does not love in spite of it all.

How do you know you are loved? Well, one way you know is when you make a mistake or do something bad and see that the person or people who matter most to you not only forgive you but they still love you. Another example is when you can find it in your heart to love those who in the eyes of many seem impossible to even care about never mind love. Relationships and positions are not reserved for the upper echelon. Rather all people are inadvertently defined by relationships and assigned positions. Relationships and positions are not created equal contrary to what some profess. Sadly, a person’s social, economic, academic, and even religious status serve to define the nature of their relationships and positions.

John focused on the powerful picture of Jesus’s incarnation, and identity as Son of God, rather than on events and chronology.  The target of John’s focus which is Jesus legitimizes all claims of John’s unconditional love for Jesus. John kept Jesus first and foremost in his heart and on his mind. We can learn invaluable lessons about the “love of Jesus” when reading the Gospel of John.  Knowing how to prioritize commitments, devotions, and time in our lives is key to building a strong Christian foundation.  If you are a natural visionary, future-oriented, and a doctrinal thinker you will likely prefer the Gospel of John.  It sees Christianity as a set of ideas.  This gospel has a vocabulary of about 538 words yet this Gospel eloquently and powerfully conveys the Good News.

John’s Relationship and Position Discussion

Apostle John was born in Capernaum, son of Zebedee, ‘the Beloved one,’ a fisherman, scripture writer, evangelist and disciple of Jesus. John does not mention himself by name in his own gospel, instead, refers to himself “the disciple Jesus loved.” He is one of the first disciples chosen. Per John’s gospel, he is exclusively devoted to Jesus Christ. He was the only one of the 12 apostles present at the cross.

The Apostle John is also recognized as a ‘bold’ ecclesiastic, one who later joins up with Peter to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. Their determination and loyalty to Jesus exposed them to beatings and imprisonment. John’s unconditional love for Jesus, and being “the Beloved one” made it possible for him to press on even under surreal persecution and ridicule. “Whenever John received a new vision of the Lord in his glory, he was called upon to trust his Master and grow spiritually and personally.” http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/jn20v8.html

John’s Belief

God is love. Salvation is available to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and love others as Christ loves us.

Key Verses

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (NIV)

1 John 4:16-17
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (NIV)

JOHN’S ROLE IN THE CHURCH

Church heritage supports claims that the Gospel of John is based on the written testimony of the “Beloved Disciple” and that John is the author of the Gospel of John and four other books of the New Testament — the three Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation.

“John’s authoritative position in the church after the Resurrection is shown by his visit with Peter to Samaria to lay hands on the new converts there” https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-John-the-Apostle

Many theological scholars continue to accept claims of traditional Gospel of John authorship since John’s name appears consistently in the writings of early church fathers. In the Gospel, authorship is internally credited to the “disciple whom Jesus loved” Bible accounts present John as not only Jesus’s disciple but also an elder in the early church who helped spread the Gospel, an author and esteemed man of God.

“John served the church in Jerusalem for many years, and later worked in the church at Ephesus. Written works indicate John may have outlived all of the disciples, dying of old age at Ephesus, perhaps about A.D. 9” http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/a/JZ-John-The-Apostle.htm

It seems there is much to be answered that relates to biblical matters. As you say, I guess we will have to wait for Jesus to come back to get answers to some. I believe John was not only bold but brave and God-fearing, to the extent that He as willing to give his life rather than deny Jesus or deny the Gospel of Christ. If we truly love God with all our hearts studying the Gospels is one of the best biblical resources available for learning to be more like Jesus.

The Holy Spirit makes no announcement or apology about when, where, or why it enters our souls when it does. Yet, as it may be obeying the Holy Spirit is the most critical element of dedicating one’s life to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is so powerful that the very essence of it causes one to pause and empty themselves of self. One major challenge many Christians seem to struggle with is humbling themselves to allow the Holy Spirit to work within. Following and obeying Jesus is a lifelong work. Once we accept Him in our life people should see evidence of a new creature in how we live, treat others, and visibly honor the Lord. While people don’t change overnight, there should be corroboration of constant growth.

The life of a Christian is always a work in progress because we are not perfect which means it is impossible to get it right all of the time, that’s why God gives us grace.

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