John Lesson 2 Day 5 Day 6
Study of John 1:43-51
10 Three men who introduced and recruited other disciples of Jesus—
- John the Baptist—John knew his purpose was to point out the Messiah. He displayed such humility “he was willing that all those whom he had attracted to himself by his ministry should become followers of Christ.” Barnes
- Andrew and Philip—John the Baptist’s message must have instilled a passionate anticipation for the coming Messiah. Then they spent time in His presence listening to His Words. Andrew’s brother and Philip’s friend knew them well enough to know they were convinced. Their invitations made Simon and Nathanael curious enough to “come and see.”
Historians say Nathanael is the same disciple called Bartholomew elsewhere in the gospels.
11 a. Nathanael is skeptical at first.
Because Jesus later said of Nathanael, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity,” it seems unlikely, to me, that Nathanael had prejudice toward the people of Nazareth. Nathanael probably knew the prophecy that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem, and he didn’t want to make a mistake.
Jesus commends Nathanael for believing so quickly on so little evidence. He marveled at the Samaritan woman for believing based on the same type of evidence. They both believed He was the Son of God and not a prophet or psychic.
b. It’s okay to ask questions.
We’ve all been taught things we later believe aren’t true. In the past, I assumed Bible teachers and ministers were pretty much correct. I thought it was their job to study and teach us, and it was my job to play the worship music. I read the Bible almost every day, but I didn’t know how to study it. I thought I needed a teacher. Now I know differently.
Seek Jesus’ face to face.
Trust the Holy Spirit to instruct me and lead me to the best teachers.
And be like the Bereans—open-minded, receptive and examine the scriptures daily to see for myself if what I heard is true.
12 John 1:51 and John 14:6
The word “you” used twice in John 1:51 is plural in the Greek. This wasn’t just for Nathanael. There is no scriptural account of this happening, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t. Perhaps Nathanael saw what was happening as a result of angelic activity in the unseen realm.
However, Jesus’ use of “verily, verily” (in King James version) implies this was going to literally come true. There is no reason to think that Nathanael didn’t literally see this come to pass. Three of Jesus’ disciples saw Jesus transfigured (Matthew 17:1-9). If they saw those spiritual things, Nathanael certainly could have seen these spiritual things. Andrew Wommack
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Jesus identifies Himself as the Son of Man which is used elsewhere to mean the Son of God. He is the gateway.
Day 6 Review John 1:19-51
13 What I learned
- John the Baptist’s faithfulness to fulfill his calling with such great humility. He points everyone to Jesus—even his own disciples.
- John, the gospel author’s humility. He avoids drawing attention to himself.
- The beautiful picture of Jesus inviting John’s disciples to spend the day with Him. His patience with Nathanael. He even demonstrates His all-knowing ability by describing Nathanael under the fig tree.
- If I accept His invitation to “come and see,” He is faithful to reveal Himself to me.
Father, show me where I lack faithfulness and humility. (I already know some.) I often feel scattered, confused, and frustrated. May I spend all day, every day with You. Cast Your Shalom over me. May I find rest in You so You can find rest in me. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.
I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. John 15:5 AMP
MY answers— not THE answers—the BSF study questions on John Lesson 2 Day 5 Day 6