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John Outline
John 2:23 John 5:8

C. Life Meeting the Need of Man's Every Case

1. The Need of the Moral -- Life's Regenerating

a. The Lord's Commitment Not in Miracles but in Life

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed into His name when they saw the signs which He did.

24 But Jesus Himself did not entrust Himself to them, for He knew all men,

25 And because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for aHe Himself knew what was in man.


1 1But there was a man of the Pharisees named aNicodemus, a ruler of the JEWS.

b. Regeneration by the Divine Spirit in the Human Spirit

2 This one came to Him by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a 1teacher, for no one can do these asigns that You do unless bGod is with him.

3 Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is 1aborn anew, he cannot 2see the 3bkingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?

5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is aborn 1of 2water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is aborn 1of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born 1of the 2Spirit is 2spirit.

7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 1You must be born anew.

8 The 1awind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it goes; so is everyone who is born 2of the Spirit.

9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, How can these things be?

10 Jesus answered and said to him, You are a teacher of Israel, and you do not know these things?

11 Truly, truly, I say to you, We speak that which we know and atestify of that which we have seen, and yet you do not receive our testimony.

12 If I told you of the 1things on earth and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you of the 1things in heaven?

13 And ano one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended out of heaven, the bSon of Man, 1who is in heaven.

c. Satan's Evil Nature in Man's Flesh Being Judged on the Cross through the Death of Christ in the Form of the Serpent
That the Believers May Have Eternal Life

14 And as aMoses blifted up the 1serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

15 That every one who believes into Him may have 1eternal life.

16 For God so aloved the 1world that He bgave His conly begotten Son, that every one who 2dbelieves into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.

17 For God did not send the Son into the world to 1condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

18 He who believes into Him is not 1condemned; but he who does not believe has been 1condemned already, because he has not believed into the name of athe only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the 1condemnation, that the alight has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil.

20 For every one who 1practices evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his works be 2reproved.

21 But he who does the 1truth comes to the light, that his works may be manifested that they are wrought in God.

d. The Regenerated People
Becoming the Bride of Christ as His Increase

22 After these things, Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He spent some time with them and abaptized.

23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized;

24 For aJohn had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 There arose therefore a questioning on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about apurification.

26 And they came to John and said to him, Rabbi, He who was with you aacross the Jordan, of whom you have btestified, behold, He is cbaptizing and all are coming to Him.

27 John answered and said, A man cannot receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.

28 You yourselves testify of me that I said, aI am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.

29 aHe who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.

30 He must 1increase, but I must decrease.

e. The Immeasurable Son of God
for Man's Believing unto Eternal Life

31 1aHe who comes from above is above all; he who is 2from the earth is 2of the earth and speaks 2out of the earth. bHe who comes 2from heaven is above all.

32 What He has seen and heard, of this He testifies, and ano one receives His testimony.

33 He who receives His testimony has sealed that God is true.

34 For He whom God has sent speaks the 1words of God, for He gives the Spirit not by measure.

35 aThe Father loves the Son and has given all into His hand.

36 He who abelieves into the Son has eternal life; but he who disobeys the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides upon him.


2. The Need of the Immoral -- Life's Satisfying

a. A Thirsty Savior and a Thirsty Sinner

1 When therefore the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and abaptizing more disciples than John

2 (Although Jesus Himself did not baptize, but rather His disciples),

3 He left aJudea and went away bagain into Galilee.

4 And He had to pass through Samaria.

5 So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, anear the piece of land that Jacob gave to Joseph his son;

6 And Jacob's 1well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from the journey, sat thus by the 1well; it was about the 2sixth hour.

7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give Me something to drink.

8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.

b. The Emptiness of Religion's Tradition
and the Fullness of Life's Living Water

9 The Samaritan woman then said to Him, How is it that You, being a Jew, ask for a drink from me, who am a Samaritan woman? a(For Jews have no dealings with 1Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the agift of God and who it is who says to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you bliving water.

11 The woman said to Him, Sir, You have no bucket, and the well is deep; where then do You get this living water?

12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank of it himself, as well as his sons and his cattle?

13 Jesus answered and said to her, Everyone who 1drinks of this water shall thirst again,

14 But whoever adrinks of the water that I will give him shall bby no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water gushing up into 1ceternal life.

c. The Way to Take the Living Water

(1) To Make Confession of Sins

15 The woman said to Him, Sir, agive me this water so that I will not thirst nor come here to draw.

16 He said to her, Go, 1call your husband and come here.

17 The woman answered and said, I do not have a husband. Jesus said to her, You have well said, I do not have a husband,

18 For you have had 1five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.

(2) To Contact God the Spirit
in the Human Spirit and in Truthfulness

19 The woman said to Him, Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.

20 1aOur fathers worshipped bin this mountain, yet you say that cin Jerusalem is the place where men must worship.

21 Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, aan hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.

22 aYou worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But aan hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father bin spirit and truthfulness, for the Father also seeks such to worship Him.

24 1God is 2Spirit, and those who 3worship Him must worship ain 4spirit and 5truthfulness.

(3) To Believe That Jesus Is the Christ

25 The woman said to Him, I know that aMessiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when He comes, He will declare all things to us.

26 Jesus said to her, 1I, who speak to you, am He.

d. A Living Testimony with a Marvelous Harvest

27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He was speaking with a woman; yet no one said, What are You seeking? or, Why are You speaking with her?

28 Then the woman 1left her waterpot and went away into the city, and said to the people,

29 Come, see a man who told me all that I have done. 1aIs this not the Christ?

30 They went out of the city and came to Him.

31 In the meantime, the disciples urged Him, saying, Rabbi, eat.

32 But He said to them, 1I have food to eat that you do not know about.

33 The disciples therefore said to one another, Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?

34 Jesus said to them, My food is ato do the will of Him who sent Me and bto finish His work.

35 Do you not say that there are yet four months and then the aharvest comes? Behold, I tell you, Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are already white for harvest.

36 He who reaps receives wages and gathers fruit 1unto 2eternal life, in order that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

37 For in this the saying is true, One sows and another reaps.

38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; 1others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.

39 And many of the Samaritans from that city believed into Him because of the word of the woman who testified, He told me all that I have done.

40 So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to remain with them, and He remained there two days.

41 And many more believed because of His word.

42 And they said to the woman, It is no longer because of your speaking that we believe, for we ourselves have heard and know that this One is truly the aSavior of the world.

3. The Need of the Dying -- Life's Healing

a. Christ Coming Back to Visit the Place
of Weak and Fragile People

43 And after the two days He went forth from there into Galilee,

44 For Jesus Himself testified that aa prophet has 1no honor in his own country.

45 Then when He came into Galilee, the Galileans received Him, having seen all that He did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast.

46 He then came again to 1aCana of 2Galilee, where He had bmade the water wine. And there was a certain royal official, whose son was sick in Capernaum.

b. The Weak and Fragile People Dying

47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and asked Him to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die.

48 Jesus therefore said to him, Unless you see asigns and wonders, you will by no means believe.

49 The royal official said to Him, Sir, come down before my little child dies.

c. Healing by the Life-giving Word and through Believing

50 Jesus said to him, Go, your son lives. The man believed the 1word which Jesus said to him and went his way.

51 And as he was now going down, his slaves met him and said that his child was living.

52 So he asked them the hour in which he got better. They said then to him, Yesterday at the 1seventh hour the fever left him.

53 Then the father knew that it was in that hour in which Jesus said to him, Your son lives; and he believed, he and his whole house.

54 Again, this 1asecond sign Jesus performed when He came out of Judea into Galilee.


4. The Need of the Impotent -- Life's Enlivening

a. The Inadequacy of Religion's Law-keeping
and the Sufficiency of the Son's Life-giving

1 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the 1asheepgate a pool, which is called in Hebrew 2Bethesda, having 3five porticoes.

3 1In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, 2waiting for the moving of the water.

4 For an 1angel went down from time to time in the pool and 2stirred up the water; the first then to step in after the stirring up of the water was made 3well of whatever disease he was being held by.

5 And a certain 1man was there, who had been thirty-eight years in his sickness.

6 When Jesus saw this one lying there and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, 1He said to him, Do you want to get well?

7 The sick man answered Him, 1Sir, 2I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.

8 Jesus said to him, aRise, take up your 1mat and walk.