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John 1:48 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, How Nathanael wondereth that Christ should know him, having (as he thought) never seen him. Christ gives him to understand, that by his all-seeing eye he had seen him, when he was not seen by him: When thou was under the fig-tree I saw thee. Christ's all-seeing eye is an infallible proof of his deity and god-head. Christ seeth us whatever we do, though we see not him. He seeth the sincerity of our hearts, and will own it, and bear witness to it, if we are upright in his sight.

Observe farther, How Christ's omnipresence and omniscience convinces Nathanael that he was more than man, even the Messias, God and man in two distinct natures and one person. Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God. Philip called Christ the Son of Joseph; Nathanael calls him the Son of God. Such as believe Christ's omniscience, will never call in question his divinity.

Observe lastly, How Christ encourages the faith of this new disciple Nathanael, by promising him that he shall enjoy farther helps and means for the confirmation of his faith, than ever yet he had. All that Christ said to him, was only this, that he saw him under the fig-tree, before Philip called him.

How ready art thou, O Lord! to encourage the beginnings of faith in the hearts of thy people, and to furnish them with farther means of knowledge, when they wisely improve what they have received! Never wilt thou be wanting, either in means or mercy to us, if we be not wanting to thee and ourselves.

Consult other comments:

John 1:48 - The Greek Testament

John 1:48 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 1:48 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 1:48 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 1:48 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 1:48 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 1:48 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 1:48 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 1:48 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:48 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:48 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 1:48 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 1:48 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 1:48 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 1:48 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 1:48 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 1:48 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 1:48 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 1:48 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 1:48 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 1:48 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 1:48 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 1:48 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 1:48 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 1:48 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 1:48 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:48 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:48 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:48 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament