Why was john called the disciple whom jesus loved?

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Date created: Wed, Apr 28, 2021 10:29 PM
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  • John, Jesus’ disciple, expressed his relationship to the Son of God by calling himself “the disciple Jesus loved” (John 21:20). Because his own experience of Jesus’ love was so strong and personal, John was sensitive to those words and actions of Jesus that illustrated how the one who is love loved others. Jesus knew John fully and loved him fully.
  • He was not obstinate, neither was he weak, but he was teachable, and so he made steady progress in his learning: such a disciple is one whom a teacher is sure to love, and John was therefore “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”
  • He calls himself “that disciple whom Jesus loved,” because he recognized the delightful obligation which springs out of great love, and wished ever to be under its royal influence. He looked on Jesus’ love as the source and root of everything about himself which was gracious and commendable.

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The 'disciple whom Jesus loved is found in the fourth gospel, which was, like the other three gospels, originally anonymous. Later in the second century, as the Church fathers sought to establish who in their opinions probably wrote each of the gospels, they noticed that the disciple John was never mentioned within this gospel. This led them to believe that the beloved disciple was probably John, and furthermore that John himself wrote this gospel. The logic was that John must have been too modest to use his own name in the gospel that he wrote.Modern scholars say that the gospel could not have been written by an eyewitness to the events portrayed. Elaine Pagels (Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas) says that although the author of John's Gospel grudgingly accepted Peter as leader, he frequently has the 'disciple whom Jesus loved' surpass Peter, as if the author wished to undermine Peter. On this view, the beloved disciple was created by the author for theological purposes. John can be ruled out, both as author and as the 'disciple whom Jesus loved'.

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