The Gospel of John is the greatest book
ever written. Its subject is a unique Person.
Its delineation of that Person is a unique de¬
lineation. Jesus Christ, like every human
being, lived a dual life — outward, related to
humanity in general: inward, spiritual, re¬
lated to heavenly things, concerned with an
inner circle of intimate friends. This latter
sphere is the chief theme of the fourth Gos¬
pel. What sets it apart and above the other
books is, that it clearly and purposely reveals
not what Jesus did, but what He was — His
person, claims, and character. What they ac¬
complish indirectly, this book does directly.
It paints its portrait from life : they collect
their materials, and let their subject in His
real self shine through or be reflected in their
records of His objective activity. It is the
same portrait; there is no discordance.
The keenest of critical inquiries have failed