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Verses of John 12

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John 12:23 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. How our blessed Saviour entertains his followers with a discourse concerning his approaching death and sufferings: The hour is coming that the Son of man shall be glorified.

Observe, 2. How he arms his disciples against the scandal of the cross, by shewing them the great benefit that would redound by his death unto all mankind: and this by a similitude taken for grain, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground, and die, it abideth alone.

That is, as corn unsown, lodged in the barn, or laid up in the chamber, never multiples nor increases: but sow it in the field, and bury it in the earth, and it multilplies and increases, and brings forth a plentiful crop; so if Christ had not died, he had remained what he was, the eternal Son of God, but he had had no church in the world; whereas his death and sufferings made him fructify: that brought a plentiful increase of exaltation to himself, and salvation to his people.

Observe, 3. How plainly our Saviour dealt with his followers; he did not deceive them with a vain hope and expectation of temporal happiness, but tells them plainly, that all that will be his disciples must prepare for sufferings, and not think their temporal life too dear to lay down for him when he calls them to it, this being the surest way to secure unto themselves life everlasting. He that loveth his life shall lose it, but he that hateth his life in this world, shall keep it unto life eternal.

Learn hence, That the surest way to attain eternal life is cheerfully to lay down our temporal life, when the glory of Christ, and the honour of religion, requires it at our hand.

Verses of John 12

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Consult other comments:

John 12:23 - The Greek Testament

John 12:23 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:23 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:23 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 12:23 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:23 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:23 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:23 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 12:23 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:23 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:23 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:23 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:23 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:23 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:23 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:23 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 12:23 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:23 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:23 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:23 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 12:23 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:23 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 12:23 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:23 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 12:23 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:23 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:23 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:23 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:23 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 12:23 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:23 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:23 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 12:23 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:23 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament