Monday, November 4, 2013

John Ch. 1 In Outline Form

I often find outlining the text of scripture helps me understand it. Not outlining the main points but arranging the words in outline form. It helps frame conversations, activities and teaching material in a logical points and sub-points.
I submit these examples for your consideration but encourage you to outline passages for yourself.

John 1 Prologue (A Chiasm)
A 1 In the beginning was the Word, the Word was w/ God, the Word was God.
  B 3 All things were made through him,   
    C 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in darkness, and 
        darkness has not overcome it. 
      D 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness,to 
         bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, 
          but came to bear witness about the light. 
        E 9 The true light ...was coming into the world.
           F 10 He was in the world, the world was made through him, yet the world 
                 did not know him.
             G 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
             G 12  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to 
                       become children of God, 
           F 13 who were born, not of blood nor the will of the flesh nor the will
                    of man, but of God.
        E 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, as of
                the only Son from the Father,  full of grace and truth. 
      D 15 (John bore witness about him, cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who 
               comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'")
    C 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
  B 17  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
A 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has
       made him known.

Testimony of John
Joh 1:19 And this is the testimony of John,
                when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him,
                 "Who are you?"
                         20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
                21 And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?"
                          He said, "I am not." 
                 "Are you the Prophet?" 
                          And he answered, "No."
                22 So they said to him, "Who are you? We need to give an answer to those 
                      who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
                          23 He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
                            'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."
                24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him,
                 "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, 
                   nor the Prophet?"
                          26 John answered, "I baptize with water, but among you stands one 
                              you do not know,
                          27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am 
                               not worthy to untie."

Confession of John re Jesus
28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
                29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
                 "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
                30 This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before 
                       me, (not worthy to untie) because he was before me.' 
                31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing
                      w/ water, that he might be revealed to Israel."
                32 And John bore witness: "I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a 
                     dove, and it remained on him
                33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water 
                      said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, 
                      this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
                34 And I've seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."

The Gaze of Christ
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,
           36 he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"
           37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
           38 Jesus turned & saw them following & said, "What are you seeking?" 
                And they said, "Rabbi" (meaning Teacher), "where are you staying?" 
           39 He said to them, "Come and you will see." 
                So they came and saw where he was staying, and stayed with him 
                 that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
           40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew,
                Simon Peter's brother.  
           41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, 
                 "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ). 
           42  He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 
                "You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called  Cephas"
                 (which means Peter).
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip 
and said to him, "Follow me."
           44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 
           45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom 
                 Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, 
                   the son of Joseph."
           46 Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"
                      Philip said to him, "Come and see."
           47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, 
                 "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"
           48 Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" 
           Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you,
          when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
           49 Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! 
               You are the King of Israel!"
           50 Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you 
           under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater                     
           things than these."
           51 And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, 
                you will see heaven opened, and the angels of  God ascending 
               and descending on the Son of Man."

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