The Biblical Theology of Johannine Soteriology

1.            Man’s Condition – Unbelief and Evil

12:37: “But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him.”

7:7: “The world hateth me, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”

8:44; “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.”

2.             Eternal Life as a Gift

17:2: “Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.”

12:40: “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted.”

5:21: “Even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.”

3.            Substitionary Atonement

10:15: “I lay down my life for the sheep.”

13:1: “having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.”

4.            Sovereign Grace

6:36: “All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me.”

6:39: “that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing.”

6:45: “every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”

6:44,65: “No man can come unto me, except the Father draw him/ it were given unto him of my Father.”

17:2: “Thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.”

5.            Effectual Grace

10:29: “no man shall pluck them”

17:24: “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory.”

18:9: “Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.”

6.            Necessity of Faith

7:17: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of my myself.”; John 4:10: “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water”

6:29: What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent

7.              The Order of Salvation

a.           6:40: “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day” – – responsibility: “And this is the Father’s will of him that hath sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life.”

b.             6:44: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” — responsibility: “Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father cometh unto me” (6:45).

c.              6:65: Therefore, said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father — responsibility: Will ye also go away? Lord to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life (6:68).

d.            The necessity of regeneration (3:3,5-8) and the way of faith (3:15-21,36)

8.            The Connection Between Self-revelation and Faith

a.            I am the bread of life (John 6:35,48). He that cometh to me shall never hunger

b.            I am the light of the world (8:12; 9:5). He that followeth me.

c.            I am the door (10:7,9). By me if any man enter in, he shall be saved

d.            I am the good shepherd (10:11,14). My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

e.            I am the resurrection and the life (11:25). he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

f.              am the way, the truth, and the life (14:6). No man cometh unto the Father but by me.

g.             I am the vine (15:1,5). He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.


Looking for material on Conversion in the OT & NT?

Phillips, Richard D. Turning Back the Darkness.
Wright, Christopher J.H. Implications of Conversion.
Peace, Richard. Conversion in the NT.
Longenecker, Richard. The Road from Damascus.
Alexander, Archibald. Thoughts on Religious Experience. Google Other
Edwards, Jonathan. A Narrative CCEL Google
Hiebert, Paul. Conversion and Worldview Transformation.
Larson, Warren. Critical Contextualization.
Wells, David. Comparing Modern-Day Alternatives.
Flavel, John. Conversion. page 12345678.
Buchanan, James. The Holy Spirit.


Looking to get into Biblical Theology? Read the following…

Bartholomew, Craig. “Babel and Derrida: the Challenge of Postmodernism for Biblical Interpretation. TynB 49.2 (1998): 305-28.

Bartholomew, Craig. “Reading the Old Testament in Postmodern Times.” TynB 49.1 (1998): 91-114.

Goldingay, Old Testament Theology, I: Israel’s Gospel (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2003).

Green, Joel B. “Afterword: Rethinking History (and Theology).” Pages 237-42 in Between Two Horizons: Spanning New Testament Studies and Systematic Theology. Edited by Joel B. Green and Max Turner. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Greenspahn, Frederick E. (ed.). The Hebrew Bible: New Insights and Scholarship. Jewish Studies in the Twenty-First Century. New York: NYU Press, 2007.

Harrisville, Roy A., and Walter Sundberg. The Bible in Modern Culture: Baruch Spinoza to Brevard Childs. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.

Hayes, J. H., and F. Preussner. Old Testament Theology: Its History and Development. Atlanta: John Knox, 1985.

Helmer, Christine. “Biblical Theology: Bridge Over Many Waters.” Currents in Biblical Research 3 (2005) 169-96.

Knight, G. A. F.  A Christian Theology of the Old Testament. London: SCM, 1958; reprint Carlisle, Cumbria: Paternoster, 1998.

Linnemann, Eta. Biblical Criticism on Trial. Translated by R. Yarbrough. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic and Professional, 2001.

Linnemann, Eta. Historical Criticism of the Bible: Methodology or Ideology. Translated by R. Yarbrough. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic and Professional, 2001.

Maier, G. The End of the Historical-Critical Method. Translated by Edwin W. Leverenz and Rudolf F. Norden. St. Louis: Concordia, 1977.

Moberly, R. W. L. From Eden to Golgotha: Essays in Biblical Theology. Atlanta: Scholars, 1992.

Perdue, Leo G. The Collapse of History: Reconstructing Old Testament Theology. Overtures to Biblical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994.

Rendtorff, Rolf. The Canonical Hebrew Bible: A Theology of the Old Testament. Tools for Biblical Study 7. Leiderdorp, The Netherlands: Deo, 2005.

Reventlow, H. Graf, “Theologie und Hermeneutik des Altentestaments,” TRu 61.1-2 (1996): 48-102, 123-76.

Reventlow, Problems of Biblical Theology in the Twentieth Century (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986).

Schreiner, J. Theologie des Alten Testaments. NEchtB ; Ergänzungsband zum Alten Testament, I ; Würzburg : Echter, 1995.

Watson, Text and Truth: Redefining Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.


Wanna Get to know Walther Eichrodt? Reading the Following

Eichrodt, Walther. Ezekiel: A Commentary, trans. Cosslett Quinn, Old Testament Library Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1970.

___________. Man in the Old Testament, Studies in Biblical Theology 4, trans. K. and R. Gregor Smith. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1951.

___________. The Flowering of Old Testament Theology. “Covenant” SBTS 1. 1st ed. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1992, pp. 30-42.

___________. The Flowering of Old Testament Theology. “Does Old Testament Theology Still Have Independent Significance within Old Testament Scholarship?” SBTS 1. 1st ed. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1992 pp. 43-57.

___________. Theology of the Old Testament, 5th rev. ed., 2 vols., trans. J. A. Baker Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1961-7; trans. of Theologie des Alten Testaments, 3 vols. Leipzig: Hinrichs, 1933-1939.

Spriggs, D. G. Two Old Testament Theologies: A Comparative Evaluation of the Contributions of Eichrodt and von Rad to our Understanding of the Nature of Old Testament Theology. Naperville, IL: Alec R. Allenson, 1974.

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