How the Gospel according to John uses symbols and motifs.
“Power to become
children of God” (1:12)—The family
of spiritual birth.
“The Word became
Flesh…” (1:14)—The Fourth Gospel’s
view of Jesus as the descending and ascending logos.
“I saw the Spirit
descending…” (1:32) —The role
of the Spirit in John’s Gospel.
“Let anyone who
is thirsty come to me...” (7:37)—
The developing water motif in John’s Gospel.
“I am the light
of the world” (9:5)—The use of
light and darkness as symbols in John’s Gospel
“I came into
world for judgment” (9:39)—The
juridical elements in John’s Gospel.
“I am the resurrection
and the life” (11:25) —Themes
in death and life in John’s Gospel.