THE FOURTH GOSPEL AND THE APOSTOLIC MISSION: JOHN’S COMMON EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY

by MATTHEW D. JENSEN in Vol. 2 No. 2 / October 2016



Abstract
This article seeks to redress the imbalance of seeing John’s theology as distinctive and dissimilar to the other Gospels and New Testament documents by observing the essential consistency between the theology of the Fourth Gospel and the apostolic mission described by Paul in Galatians 2:1–10. First, it considers the origin of the New Testament documents in the mission of the apostles described in Galatians 2:1–10 and locates the apostles’ commonly agreed-on gospel message in 1 Corinthians 15:3–5. Second, the article examines the Fourth Gospel, paying close attention to the intrusive narrator’s comments about the purpose (John 20:30–31) and explicit use of the Old Testament (12:38, 39–40; 19:24, 28, 36–37) to demonstrate that John’s theology and epistemology was fundamentally the same as that of the other apostles.


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