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John 1:6 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here the evangelist proceeds in declaring Christ to be really God, because he was that original, that essential light, which had no beginning, suffers no decay, but is so diffusive, and in some kind and in some measure or other, to enlighten every man that cometh into the world. Some of the Jews had a conceit, that John the Baptist was the promised Messiah, as appears by Luk 3:15 The people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John whether he were the Christ or not.

Here therefore, to undeceive the Jews, the evangelist adds, that John was not that light; John was a great light, a burning and a shining light, but not such a light as the Messias was to be.

John was a light instrumentally, Christ efficiently,

John was a light enlightened, Christ was a light enlightening;

John's light was by derivation and particiapation, Christ's was essential and original;

John's light was the light of a candle in a private house, in and among the Jews only: but Christ's light was as the light of the sun, spreading over the face of the whole earth.

This is the true light, that lighteth every man that cometh into the world; that is, he enlightens all mankind with the light of reason, and is the Author of all spiritual illumination in them that receive it. Christ is called a light in regard of his office, which was to manifest and declare that salvation to his church which lay hid before in the purpose of God; and he is called the true light, not so much in opposition to all false light, but as opposed to the types and shadows of the Mosaical dispensation.

Learn, 1. That every man and woman that comes into the world is enlightened by Christ in some kind and measure or other. All are enlightened with the light of reason and natural conscience: some with the light of grace and supernatural illumination.

Learn, 5. That Christ being the essential, original, and eternal Light, enlightening and enlivening the whole creation, is an evident and undeniable demonstration that he is truly and really God.

Consult other comments:

John 1:6 - The Greek Testament

John 1:6 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 1:6 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:6 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 1:6 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 1:6 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 1:6 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 1:6 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 1:6 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 1:6 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 1:6 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:6 - Expositors Bible Commentary

John 1:6 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:6 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 1:6 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 1:6 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 1:6 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 1:6 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 1:6 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 1:6 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 1:6 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 1:6 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 1:6 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:6 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 1:6 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 1:6 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 1:6 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 1:6 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 1:6 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

John 1:6 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 1:6 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 1:6 - The People's Bible by Joseph Parker

John 1:6 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

John 1:6 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 1:6 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 1:6 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 1:6 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 1:6 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 1:6 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 1:6 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 1:6 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 1:6 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 1:6 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 1:6 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament