The Gospel Of John 's Gospel Essay

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Audience To determine the audience of the Gospel of John, it is easier to determine what the purpose of John was first. The author of John is blunt about what the purpose of writing his gospel was, and John 20:31 most clearly states that “But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” This verse can further be supported by John 8:24 and John 3:16, all of which collectively describe the idea that Jesus would die for everyone’s sins, and thus those who believe would have eternal life with God. From this, it can be inferred that the author of John was written to anyone who did not know Jesus or wanted to know who he was/is. I believe that the opening verse of John also contributes to the thought that the Gospel of John was written for a more general audience. The first verse starts with “In the beginning was the Word” and goes on to through verse 5, that ultimately illustrates how Jesus is the life that is the light to all people. ‘All people’ can describe literally everyone, not just the people who believe in Jesus. Based on the intended audience of the Gospel of John, and how Jesus goes about promoting himself throughout the gospel makes the inclination toward thinking that the intentions of John were to inform people of who Jesus was. Since there is no specific audience, it is difficult to assume that there were any political or radical ideals being promoted through…

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