Sunday, March 20, 2011

Giving and receiving in John

The Father gives to his Son:

  • His testimony that Jesus is his Son (5:36)
  • all things into his hand (3:35, 13:3)
  • "all judgment" and "authority to execute judgment" (5:22-27, 17:2)
  • works to accomplish which testify about him (5:36)
  • the church (6:37-39, 10:29, 17:2, 6, 9-12, 18:9)
  • "a commandment—what to say and what to speak" (12:49)
  • words (17:8)
  • glory (8:54, 17:22)
  • the cup [of wrath] (18:11)
  • works to do (17:4)

The Father gives to the church/world:

  • His Son (1:12, 3:16)
  • life (5:21)
  • true bread from heaven (6:32)
  • whatever you ask (11:22, 15:16, 16:23)
  • another Helper (the Holy Spirit, 14:16)

The Son gives to the church/world:

  • The results of all the signs (wine, sight, healing, bread, life from the dead) and the testimony they contain.
  • the right to become children of God (1:12)
  • grace upon grace (1:16)
  • The Spirit without measure (3:34), the Spirit of truth (14:17), the Holy Spirit (20:22)
  • Living water (chapter 4)
  • "[eternal] life" (5:21, 6:33, 9:24, 10:28, 17:2, 17:24)
  • "bread for life" or "his flesh" (himself, 6:27,6:51-52)
  • "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." (13:34)
  • his peace (14:27)
  • the word he has been given by the Father (17:8, 17:14)
  • the glory he has been given by the Father (17:22)
  • His testimony (3:11, 32)

The Spirit gives to the church/world:

  • life (6:63)

Interesting points:

  • Jesus says he does not receive glory from people (5:41)
  • Jews receive glory from one another but not God (5:44)
  • It is the Pharisees who encourage the blind man to "give glory to God"(chap 9)
  • Moses gives to the church/world
    • the law (1:17; 7:19)
    • bread from heaven (or so the Jews thought, 6:32)
    • circumcision (7:22)

What strikes me is that everything that the Father gives to his Son he gives to us - the Spirit, life, words, authority, even the work of giving up our lives for the sake of others. The great commission of the Gospel of John really is "As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you" (20:21).

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