The book Life Through His Name, by Charles H. Welch is an exposition
of the Gospel according to John.
The writer explains that John's purpose in writing this gospel is to
bring the message of the gift of eternal life to those who believe God's
record of His Son. John 20:30,31 says, "...and many other signs
truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written
in this book; but these are written that ye might believe that Jesus
is the Christ, the Son of God, and believing ye might have life through
His name." Hence, the title of the book.
Mr. Welch breaks the Gospel of John down into sections to help us to
better comprehend the purpose of John's Gospel.
1.) The Logos - the invisible God manifested in the flesh (1:1-14).
2.) The eight signs or miracles that proved Christ was the Son of God:
a) The marriage in Cana - Jesus turned water into wine
b) The ruler's son - Jesus healed the child who was about
to die (4:46-54).
c) The impotent man - healing a man who had been impotent
for 38 years (5:1-16).
d) Feeding the 5,000 - Jesus fed these men from 5 barley
loaves and 2 fish (6:1-14).
e) Walking on the sea - Jesus walks on the water (6:15-21).
f) The man born blind - Jesus gives sight to a man who
is born blind (9:1-14).
g) The sister's brother- Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus
is brought back from death
after four days (11:1-44).
h) The drought of fishes - Jesus tells the disciples to
cast their net on the right side of
their ship and they caught 153
great fishes and didn't break the net (21:1-14).
3.) The attitude of the Jews to the teaching of the feast of Tabernacles
is brought out
and explained (8:2-59).
4.) The Lord's witness to "His own" - The Lord has a few chosen believers
willing to follow Him and His leading
5.) The many mansions - the place prepared for some believing ones
6.) The vine and the branches - a parable to explain the vital relationship
that must exist
between the Lord and His people if they
are to be fruitful (15:1-18).
7.) The gift and purpose of eternal life is brought out in chapter
8.) The Lord's death, burial, and resurrection is the final topic (18:4-20:31).
We encourage you to study this book, Life Through His Name, in
order for you to have a good foundation based upon the book of John.
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