An Introduction to John’s Gospel
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An Introduction to John’s Gospel

John 20:24-31  (ID: 1145)

If confrontation with Christ is the Christian’s test and conformity to Christ is our standard, then we must consider Jesus’ ministry as it is recorded in the Gospels. Alistair Begg aids us in this by introducing the Gospel of John, exploring a myriad of issues surrounding the Gospel’s background, authorship, and relationship to the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. As he lays this groundwork, he also unpacks John’s ultimate purpose: to bring people to the belief that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.


Jesus and Thomas

24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin,4 was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of This Book

30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.