A Simple Bible Study on "Believing"


John 1:7; 1:12; 1:50; 2:11; 2:22-23; 3:12; 3:15-16; 3:18; 3:36; 4:21; 4:39; 4:41-42; 4:48; 4:50; 4:53;
5:24; 5:38; 5:44; 5:46-47; 6:29-30; 6:35-36; 6:40; 6:47; 6:64; 6:69; 7:5; 7:31; 7:38-39; 7:48; 8:24;
8:30-31; 8:45-46; 9:18; 9:35-36; 9:38; 10:25-26; 10:37-38; 10:42; 11:15; 11:25-27; 11:40; 11:42;
11:45; 11:48; 12:11; 12:36-39; 12:42; 12:44; 12:46-47; 13:19; 14:1; 14:10-12; 14:29; 16:9; 16:27;
16:30-31; 17:8; 17:20-21; 19:35; 20:8; 20:25; 20:27; 20:29; 20:31.
1 John 5:13


These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that YE MAY KNOW THAT YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, and that ye may believe on the name of
the Son of God.


An Introduction


In 1980, C. Pat Lanyon was privileged to assist in the planting of Truth Baptist Church.
During the 4 weeks of the church plant 4 men visited door-to-door as many residents of
the 16,000 households as was possible before the First Service of this church.
Often the 2 teams of two would suggest at the door that the resident should do a study
concerning the word BELIEVE based on the important verse above that would indicate
any person believing, and understanding completely what that believing means, so that if
there is an acceptance of the Bible as of God and reliable, would be able to get THAT...
ETERNAL LIFE offered by John in this verse.


Since John wrote both the epistle of 1 John and the gospel St. John, the books may be
compliments of each other. And studying this word believe, as it appears in each verse of
St. John should bring the individual to an understanding of the meaning of “believe on
the name of the Son of God.”


Why is believing on the name of the Son of God so very important?
In two words bold faced from Hebrews 9:27, And as it is appointed for men to die
once, but after this the judgment...[nkjv]


The reason we must understand believing is because NOT believing requires us
after death to face the judgment for our sin against God. In scripture this is
pictured as a time after death where each individual person alive on earth must be
brought face-to-face with the Creator for an accounting of the life he has been given.


Then a payment is due for every thought word or deed that falls short of the glory of God.
[Romans 3:23]


Some have said ‘We’re not interested!’ and that is an understandable and respectable
request, but friend, if scripture is true (and parts of it is over 4,000 years preserved) a
terrible eternity awaits for a simple lack of interest now. BUT this interest is voluntary
and will always be.
 

Therefore I wrote in this tract in an open plea, which was printed in 1996, with the
following many verbalized presentations,
 

The Most Important Discovery I can make in the Bible is to realize that I, a sinful human, can have
absolute total assurance that I have eternal life in heaven with God. This "blessed assurance" comes from a
promise God made (verse) The beloved disciple and apostle John wrote, under the inspiration of God, these
reassuring words. The verse implies that gaining absolute total assurance depends upon a clear understanding of what "BELIEVING" is all about.


With exception to Chapter 13, which we will cover with chapter 14, our study shall take
approximately 20 weeks by chapter in which we will study the word forms of believe.
Below is a concise introduction to John in the Ryrie Study Bible, NAS version,p.1598:
 

INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN

 

AUTHOR: The Apostle John DATE: 85-90
 

Authorship. The writer of this Gospel is identified in the book only as "the disciple whom Jesus
loved," (21:20, 24). He obviously was a Palestinian Jew who was an eyewitness of the events of
Christ's life, For he displays knowledge of Jewish customs (7:37-39; 18:28) and of the land of Palestine
(1:46; 5:2) and he includes details of an eyewitness (2:6; 13:26; 21:8, 11). Eliminating the other
disciples that belonged to the "inner circle" (because James had been martyred before this time, Acts
12:1-5, and because Peter is named in close association with the disciple whom Jesus loved (13:23-24;
20:2-10), one concludes that John was the author. Whether this was the apostle John or a different
John (the Elder) is discussed in the Introduction to 1 John.
John the apostle was the son of Zebedee and Salome and was the older brother of James. He was
a Galilean who apparently came from a fairly well-to-do home (Mark 15:40-41). Though often
painted centuries later as effeminate, his real character was such that he was known as a "son of
thunder" (Mark 3:17). He played a leading role in the work of the early church in Jerusalem (Acts 3:1;
8:14; Gal. 2:9). Later he went to Ephesus and For an unknown reason was exiled to the island of
Patmos (Rev. 1:9).
 

Distinctive Approach. This is the most theological of the Four Gospels. It deals with the nature and
person of Christ and the meaning of Faith in Him. John's presentation of Christ as the divine Son of
is seen in the titles given Him in the book: "the Word was God" (1:1), "the Lamb of God" (1:29),
"the Messiah" (1:41), "the Son of God" and "the King of Israel" (1:49), the "Savior of the world
(4:42), "Lord and ... God" (20:28). His deity is also asserted in the series of "I am ... " claims (6:35;
8:12; 10:7,9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). In other "I am" statements Christ made implicit and explicit
claim to be the I AM- Yahweh of the Old Testament (4:24, 26; 8:24, 28, 58; 13:19). These are the
strongest claims to deity that Jesus could have made.
 

The structure and style of the Gospel are different From those of the synoptics. It contains no
parables, only seven miracles (five of which are not recorded elsewhere), and many personal interviews.
 

The author emphasizes the physical actuality of Jesus' hunger, thirst, weariness, pain, and
death as a defense against the Gnostic denial of Jesus' true human nature.
Date. Though the Gospel of John used to be dated by some extreme critics as being written in the
middle of the second century, the discovery of the Rylands papyrus fragment (a few verses from John
18 dated about A.D. 135) forced an earlier date. Several decades would have been required between
the original writing of the Gospel and its being copied and circulated as far as the Egyptian hinterland
where the fragment was found. The Gospel was apparently being circulated between 89 and 90,
though it may have been written From Ephesus earlier (a pre-70 date has been suggested on the basis
of 5:2 which may indicate that Jerusalem had not yet been destroyed). Discoveries at Qumran have
attested to the genuineness of the Jewish background and thought patterns seen in the book.
 

Contents. John's statement of purpose is clearly spelled out in 20:30-31. The Gospel is sometimes
called The Book of the Seven Signs, since the author chose seven sign-miracles to reveal the person
and mission of Jesus. These are: (1) the turning of water into wine (2:1-11); (2) the cure of the
Nobleman's son (4:46-54); (3) the cure of the paralytic (5:1-18); (4) the Feeding of the multitude
(6:6-13); (5) the walking on the water (6:16-21); (6) the giving of sight to the blind (9:1-7); and the
raising of Lazarus (11:1-45). Other important themes in the book include the Holy Spirit (14:26; 15:26;
16:7-14), Satan and the world (8:44; 12:31; 17:15), the Word (1:1-14), and the new birth (3:1-12).