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John 1:37 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

This latter part of the chapter acquaints us with the calling of five disciples; not to the apostleship, for that was afterwards; nor yet simply by conversion, for some of them were John's disciples already, and believed in the Messiah to come; but they are here called to own and acknowledge Jesus Christ to be the true and promsied Messiah.

The disciples here called were Andrew, Peter, and Philip, mean and obscure persons, poor fishermen, not any of the learned rabbies and doctors among the Jews. Hereby Christ showed at once the freeness of his grace, in passing by the knowing men of the age; the greatness of his power, who by such weak instruments could effect such mighty things; and the glory of his wisdom, in choosing such instruments as should not carry away the glory of the work from him; but cause the entire honour and glory of all their great successes to redound to Christ. As Christ can do, so he chooses to do, great things by weak means, knowing the weakness of the instrument redounds to the greater honour of the ages; for these persons now called to be disciples, were afterwards sent forth by Christ as his apostles, to convert the world to Christianity.

Observe farther, The order according to which the disciples were called: first, Andrew, then Peter; (which may make the church of Rome ashamed of the weakness of their argument for Peter's supremacy, that he was first called; whereas Andrew was before him, and Peter was brought to Jesus by him.) Andrew findeth his own brother Simon, and brought him to Jesus. Such as have gotten any knowledge of Christ themselves, and are let into acquaintance with him, will be very diligent to invite and industrious to bring in, others to him. Peter being brought to Christ, our Saviour names him Cephas, which signifies a stone, a rock; to intimate to him his duty to be firm and steady in the Christian profession, full of courage and constancy. Thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

Consult other comments:

John 1:37 - The Greek Testament

John 1:37 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 1:37 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 1:37 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 1:37 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 1:37 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 1:37 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 1:37 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:37 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:37 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 1:37 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 1:37 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 1:37 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 1:37 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 1:37 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 1:37 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 1:37 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 1:37 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 1:37 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 1:37 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 1:37 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 1:37 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 1:37 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 1:37 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 1:37 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:37 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:37 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament