Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Bible Study: The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

John 1:40 – 46

v. 40 One of the two who heard this from John and followed Him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
v. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, We have found the Messiah (which translated means Christ).
v. 42 He led him to Jesus. Looking at him, Jesus said, You are Simon, the son of John; you shall be called Cephas (which is interpreted, Peter).
v. 43 The next day He wanted to go forth into Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, Follow Me.
v. 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
v. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, wrote, Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.
v. 46 And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good be from Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.

1:41 Messiah is a Hebrew word; Christ is the Greek translation. Both mean the anointed. Christ is God’s Anointed, the One appointed by God to accomplish God’s purpose, God’s eternal plan.
1:42 (Cephas). Meaning a stone. In Matt. 16:18 the Lord mentioned this word when He spoke to Peter about the building of the church. It must have been from his that Peter obtained the concept of living stones for the building of a spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5), which is the church. The stone here denotes a work of transformation that brings forth material for God’s building (1Cor. 3:12).
1:45 The information that Philip passed on to Nathanael in the words son of Joseph and from Nazareth was inaccurate. Jesus was born not of Joseph but of Mary (Matt. 1:16), and not in Nazareth but in Bethlehem (Luke 2:4 – 7).


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Dominic de Mattos said...

Hi Nancy

Thanks for allowing us to share in this continuing journey through John.

I once heard it said that Cephas was a nickname. A bit like calling someone "Rocky". It was a deliberate pun to say later "and on this rock I will build my Kingdom". Many a true word is spoken in jest.

I wonder what nicknames our Lord might choose for us?


N. R. Williams said...

I think mine might be..."Hey you, come follow me."

Monti said...

Thank you, Nancy. I needed a Bible lesson today.


N. R. Williams said...

You're welcome Monti.