Study of John 1:6-8; 14-15
My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 1 Day 4
10 a. John the Baptist’s calling and purpose
John the Baptist’s name in Hebrew was Yehochanan which means the grace or mercy of Jehovah: a most proper and significant name for the forerunner of the God of All Grace. It was John’s business to proclaim the Gospel of the grace of God and to point out that Lamb or sacrifice of God which takes away the sin of the world. Adam Clarke
Some say John was the last Old Testament prophet even though he claimed he was not a prophet. John was “sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.” (MSG)
b. My unique calling and purpose
Unlike John, I didn’t know my unique, specific identity from an early age. My birth wasn’t announced by an archangel. My parents were newlyweds not aging and childless. I wasn’t filled with the Spirit in my mother’s womb. I don’t know my specific calling even now, other than “write”. He seems to give me specific assignments that last for a season.
I do know He wants me to seek His face and live in loving fellowship with Him. To learn His ways and His thoughts. To trust Him and worship Him. To love with His love. To rest in Him so He can rest in me. To stop striving in my own strength. To be a God-pleaser and not a people pleaser.
That’s why He created Adam. For fellowship.
I believe if we have an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father, we will be witnesses.
11. Verse 14—The Word became human.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 1 Day 4