John’s Voice for God Exemplifies…
- The Kind Of Voice That Bring Others To Faith In Christ (John 1:7, 22-23, 25, 28).
- 1 John 5:9-11, “testimony”
- Unlike the Synoptic Gospels and most other NT writings, John’s Gospel never uses the noun “faith,” always the verb “believe.” This small stylistic difference makes John’s presentation of salvation much more concrete and immediate—an active, relational reality more than a static concept. Faith is a verb in John’s Gospel: something to act upon and live out, not just to behold.
Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Jn 1:7). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
- We too should be a voice for God bringing others to faith in Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18-20).
- When John was persecuted for being a voice for God, he continued his message (Mark 6:18; cf. Acts 8:4).
- A Humble Voice, Taking No Personal Glory IN His Faithful Service (John 1:8, 19-20, 27).
- John had multitudes of people coming out to him (Matt. 3:5-6; Mark 1:5).
- However, John was always clear that he was pointing the way to someone greater than himself (cf. John 3:27-30).
- We must carefully follow John’s example and remember that we are drawing people to Christ, not to ourselves! (1 Corinthians 9:16; cf. Rom. 16:17-18).