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John 1:45 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The last person mentioned in this chapter, who was called to own and embrace Christ for the Messiah, is Nathanael: who this Nathanael was, doth not certainly appear; but it is evident, he was a sincere, good man, though prejudiced for the present against Christ, because of the place of his supposed birth and residence, Nazareth: Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? That is, can any worthy or excellent person, much less the promsied and long-expected Messias, come out of such an obscure place as Nazareth is? Whereas Almighty God, whenever he pleases, can raise worthy persons out of contemptible places.

Observe farther, How mercifully and meekly Christ passes over the mistakes and failings, the prepossessions and prejudices, of Nathanael; but takes notice of and publicly proclaims his sincerity: Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile! that is, no guile imputed, no guile concealed, no prevailing guile. It being only true of Christ, in a strict and absolute sense, that there was no guile found in his lips; but, in a qualified sense, it is true of Nathanael, and every upright man: they are true Israelites, like their father Jacob, plain men; men of great sincerity and uprightness of heart, both in the sight of God and man. And whereas our Saviour speaks of him with a sort of admiration, Behold an Israelite in whom is no guile!

We learn, That a person of great sincerity and uprightness of heart towards God and man, a true Nathanael, an Israelite indeed, is a rare and worthy sight, Behold an Israelite indeed!

Learn, 2. That such indeed as are Nathanaels, need not commend themselves; Christ will be sure to do it for them. Nathanael conceals his own worth: Christ publishes and proclaims it, and calls upon others to take notice of it. Behold, &c.

Consult other comments:

John 1:45 - The Greek Testament

John 1:45 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 1:45 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:45 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 1:45 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 1:45 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 1:45 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 1:45 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 1:45 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 1:45 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:45 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:45 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 1:45 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 1:45 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 1:45 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 1:45 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 1:45 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 1:45 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:45 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 1:45 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 1:45 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 1:45 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 1:45 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 1:45 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 1:45 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 1:45 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 1:45 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 1:45 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:45 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:45 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:45 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament