As examples of The Bible are analyzed additional measures to comprehending practical applications for the clergy. The lesson of John 21: 15-17 is an example of the analysis conducted. When analyzed, there is a deeper understanding to the call which received by Jesus and how this applies to the church with congruent applications for today.
A. Brief Overview of the Problem
The purpose of this paper is based on an examination of the meaning and interpretations of John 21: 15-17. The meaning related to John 21: 15-17 carry a variety of symbolical interpretations and expectations with the conversation of Jesus to Peter. The interpretations not only expand with the basic interpretation of the Bible in the commentary, but the structure and meaning also carry different explanations used within the context of the church. The concept is not only based on exploration of the main context for the event which occurred but also applies to using the expression as a basis for ministry today and applying the context of the event to the needs of today’s church. Exploring the true meaning of John 21.15 – 17 and understanding the meanings related to the overall words then provides a deeper application for ministry today. When exploring the main story, one is able to create an overall understanding of mechanics required for the functioning of the church.
B. The Aim of the Study The aim of this study is to first explore all possible interpretations of John 21. 15-17. This follows with ways in which the interpretation applies to today’s church and the understanding of how the explanations apply to practical needs for the 21st century church. Defining the explanations that are a part of the general context today then allows an expansion of possibilities for the church and ministry while linking back to the metaphors, symbols and interpretations that began with the stories and references in the Bible. The importance of this expression is not only one which provides a variety of insights from the potential meaning. The aim also shows how this applies to the current context in society and the relations associated with the church. C. Significance of the Study There are several areas of significance with the story in John 21. 15-17. This begins with the symbolism of Jesus asking Peter the same question three times, which has symbolic and other meanings related to the main concept. The concept combines with potential symbolism and interpretations with the response given by Jesus about feeding his sheep and with the love which Peter states he has for Jesus. The dialogue which occurs has various meanings and is able to apply to the needed concepts for today’s society. Understanding the historical, symbolic and overall meaning of the Biblical passage then becomes important in the context of understanding more of the relationships in the Bible and of creating a deeper meaning for those living in today’s society. D. Methodology Chosen There are three main methodologies used together to compliment the interpretations of John 21. 15-17. The first is observations that occur when reading and interpreting the ideology. From the observations, certain conclusion and ideologies are interpreted through the context of the phrase. The observations come from the literary interpretation that is often used with this revelation. This is important to note because it is the most common recognition when using the story and testimonial and is currently applied in the context of observation and ministerial interpretation. This is followed with scholarly research that is a part of others who have interpreted the meaning of this phrase through a