Modern Literal Version

[John 21]

     {Joh 21:1-25 Sea of Galilee; no parallel.}

     21:1 After these things, Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples upon the sea of Tiberias, and he appeared thus. 21:2 They were united-together at Galilee: Simon Peter and Thomas called*Didymus and Nathanael from Cana of Galilee and the sons of Zebedee and two others out of his disciples. 21:3 Simon Peter says to them, I am proceeding away to fish.

     They say to him, We are also coming together with you. They went forth and immediately stepped into the ship, and they clutched nothing in the net in that night.

     21:4 Now after it became morning, Jesus stood at the beach; nevertheless the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 21:5 Therefore Jesus says to them, Children, do you* have any fish?

     They answered him, No.

     21:6 But he said to them, Cast* the net toward the right parts of the ship and you* will findsome. Therefore they cast it, and they were not strong-enough to drag it into the ship away from the multitude of fish.

     21:7 Therefore, that disciple whom Jesus loved* says to Peter, It is the Lord. Therefore Simon Peter having heard, It is the Lord; he girded his outer clothing upon himself (for* he was naked{Or: half-dressed}) and cast himself into the sea. 21:8 But the other disciples came in the small-boat (for* they were not far from the land, but approximately two hundred cubits away from it), dragging the net full of fish. 21:9 Therefore as they stepped away to the land, they see a coal-fire laying there and a little-fish laying on it and bread.

     21:10 Jesus says to them, Bring*some from the little-fish which you*have now clutched in the net.21:11 Simon Peter went-up and dragged the net to the land, full of great fish, a hundred and fifty-three. And being so-many, yet the net was not split-apart. 21:12 Jesus says to them, Come-here*. Have* a meal.

     But none of the disciples were daring to probe him, Who are you (knowing that it was the Lord)? 21:13 Therefore Jesus comes and takes the bread and gives it to them and the little-fish likewise. 21:14 This is already the third-time that Jesus was manifested to his disciples, afterhaving been raised from the dead.

     {Joh 21:15, 16, 17 'Love*' (with an asterisk) means 'all giving love.' 'Love' (without an asterisk) means 'a love of a friend.' The Greeks defined the various kinds of love by different words. Jesus is asking 'Peter' are you willing to die for me.}

     21:15 Therefore when they had a meal, Jesus says to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, do youlove* me more-than these?

     He says to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.

     He says to him, Feed my lambs.

     21:16 He says to him again a second-time, Simon, son of Jonah, do youlove* me?

     He says to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.

     He says to him, Shepherd my sheep.

     21:17 He says to him the third-time, Simon, son of Jonah, Do youlove me?

     Peter was sorrowful because he said to him the third-time, Do you love me like a friend? And he said to him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you like a friend.

     Jesus says to him, Feed my sheep.21:18Assuredly, assuredly, I am saying to you, When you were younger, you were girding yourself and were walking where you were wishing to go. But whenever you are elderly, you will stretch out your hands and another will gird you and will be carrying you where you do not wish.21:19 Now he spoke this signifying by what sort of death he should glorify God. And having said this, he says to him, Follow me.

     21:20 But Peter, having turned again, sees the disciple whom Jesus loved* following; who also leaned-back upon his chest at the supper and who had said, Lord, who is he who is giving you up? 21:21 Peter having seen this one says to Jesus, Lord and what about this one?

     21:22 Jesus says to him, If I will for him to abide until I come, what is that to you? You, follow me!

     21:23 Therefore this speech went forth to the brethren, that, that disciple does not die. And yetJesus did not say to him that he does not die, but, If I will that he remains until I come, what is that to you?

     21:24 This is the disciple who is testifying concerning these things and wrote these things and we know that his testimony is true.

     21:25 Now there are also many other things testifying to how-much Jesus did*, which if they should be written every one, I assume that not even the world itself could make* room for the written books.


     {NOTES: You should read the 'Definitions' Section and other non-bible sections.}

{{ Harmony of the N.T. Conversions

    Examples of those who are saved in the New Testament: Acts 2:14-42; 8:5-13; 8:30-39; 10:34-48; 16:13-15; 16:25-34; 18:8a; 18:8b; 19:1-7; Saul/Apostle Paul: 9:17-18, 22:6-16, 26:12-18 are in chart below and these are great examples of Jesus' 'great commission' in action (harmonized on page 7).

    Others are possibly noted by Luke's term 'believed' but not all details were given since the Greek word for 'believed' carries with it 'obedience' and continued action: Acts 4:1-4; 11:21 (note 'conversion' is the Greek noun form of 'turned'), 13:12; 13:48; 14:1 & 2 (note the contrast of believed vs. disobedient) then later 14:21-23, (note they were called disciples, Mat 28:19, 'in the faith', elders, every congregation); 17:12-14; 17:32-34; 19:15-20. Now since Crispus listed below was immersed as recorded in 1Co 1:14, this lets us know that even when all the elements of conversion aren't specifically listed, it is still safe to assume they all occurred.

    The Bible is not written in exhaustive encyclopedia form. God only told us what we need to know and practice if we love him, John 14:15. The biggest lies ever told to a Christian is 'The Bible doesn't say not to...' or that 'It is okay to substitute' and the O.T. is binding in any way on us Christians.




Confession or

Call on the name of the Lord


Forgiveness and Gift of the Holy Spirit

3000 Jews/Proselytes on Pentecost; 2:14-41




2:38, 41


Thousands of Jewish men from Temple; 3:11-4:4






Simon & Samaritans; 8:5-17






Ethiopian eunuch; 8:26-39






Saul/Paul; 9:1-18, 22:1-16




9:18, 22:16


Cornelius & household; 10:34-48, 11:1-18, 15:7-11

10:43, 15:9




10:44-46, 11:15-17

Sergius Paulus; 13:4-12

13:8, 12





Lydia & household; 16:12-15






Philippian jailer & household; 16:25-34

16:31, 34





Dionysius, Damaris & Areopagites; 17:22-34






Crispus* & Corinthians; 18:5-8




18:8, 1Co 1:14


Ephesian disciples (of John the Immerser and Apollos); 19:1-7





19:2, 6


{{ Introduction to Acts: The Book of Conversions 30-63 AD

    The book of Acts, or the Book of Conversions, is a history of the establishment of various congregations and the expansion of Christianity. It is actually a continuation of the gospel of Luke, written by the same author to the same audience. A good outline for the whole book is given by Jesus in 1:8: 'you will be witnesses to me, both in Jerusalem (chapters 1-6) and in all Judea and Samaria (chapter 8), and to the outermost parts of the earth (9-28).'

    These Roman emperors reigned during this period were as follows: Tiberius (14-37 A.D.), Caligula (37-41), Claudius (41-54), and Nero (54-68).

    This book covers about 30 years.

    In this book are the only examples in the entire New Testament of how people are saved from their sins following the death of Christ Jesus; great examples of the 'Great Commission' in action. In fact, the question, 'what will we do?' is asked and answered multiple times in this book. The Jews (Acts 2), the Samaritans (Acts 8), the Gentiles (Acts 10), the Philippian jailer (Acts 16), and Saul (Acts 9,22, 26) were taught about Christ Jesus, and salvation was offered to them all in the same way. Saul, (later, apostle Paul), even though called from heaven, was even told what was essential to do, (Acts 22:16).

    The last half of the book focuses mainly on the travels of the apostle Paul, who went throughout the Roman Empire teaching people what to do to be saved. During his travels, many of the New Testament letters were written to various congregations.

    Look closely in this book to see what commands are from God, and put them to the test of men in regards to salvation and how Jesus built his congregation of believers.}}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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