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How could John the Baptist have written the Gospel of John, when that same Gospel tells about his death? Maybe I shouldn't get bogged down with questions like this when I try to read my Bible, but I can't help it.


John the Baptist wasn’t the author of the Gospel of John; it was written by another man who was also named John. He was one of Jesus’ 12 disciples, and therefore was an eyewitness to the events he recorded. In one of his letters he wrote, “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard” (1 John 1:3).

I’m thankful you want to read your Bible; God has given it to us so we can learn about Him and come to know Him. Every time you open it, therefore, ask God to help you understand what it is saying and not get bogged down in extraneous detail. Remember that the Gospels were written to tell us about Jesus. If you read through the Gospel of John, for example, ask yourself what it says about Him — who He is, what He did, and so forth.

Remember, the Bible wasn’t written just to satisfy our curiosity. God gave the Bible to us so we could come to know Him — not just know about Him, but know Him in a personal way and walk with Him as our friend.

How is this possible? It is possible because Jesus Christ came into the world to reveal God’s love to us. The Bible says, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). May this become true in your life.

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  1. Carolyn kessler says:

    I’m thirsty for anything that will bring me closer to the Messiah. I’m a Jewish believer and thrive on learning about how Jewish the Bible is. My joy is heightened when someone like the author of the above info explains things in such a clear and easy to grasp way. I’d like to receive more instruction.

  2. Maxine STIRLING Dawe says:

    I want to be closer to the LORD

  3. Sandra Vanderpool says:

    Thank you for your ministry and love for God and others.

  4. Heather Riggs says:

    Thank you for your simplicity of the answer, I have been searching different web pages and get so confused with tones of information there giving, thankful that they want to give it but it confuses me. I Love reading my word and what it says to me everyday and this was my question this morning as I opened up to Revelation 22:8 it reads I “John” then all the Johns came to my mind and was curious of who wrote them!! Thank you once again.

  5. Maggie says:

    Thank you very much for this information. I actually had the same question about John the Baptist. You are a blessing to your readers.

  6. Daria says:

    Thank you!

  7. victoria cochrane says:

    Thank you so much for that information.

  8. CharInCincy says:

    Thank you for the clarification. I get so confused with this part of the bible, John the baptist and John the disciple.

  9. Prince Joshua says:

    Am real praying and asking the holy spirit to land on me and explain to me some quotes in the bible that has hidden meaning like in the book of Revelation, so that i can also explain them effectively to the current generation and the coming one.
    Glory Be To God.

  10. katie holmes says:

    I really would like to learn the best way to breack down the Bible so I can better teach it to my children and my Husband who is a new beleive ai heard starting with the book of John is the best