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Verses of John 12

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John 12:29 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The way of God in speaking to his people by a voice in thunder for the greater declaration of his glory and majesty. Thunderings and lightnings usually attended the voice of God, even in consolations, and when he spake comfortably to his own servants.

Oh! how dreadful and terrible then must the voice of God be to his enemies, when he shall come in flaming fire, to render vengeance to them! If there was such dread and terror, such thunderings and lightnings at the giving of the law: Lord! what will there be another day, when thou comest to punish the violation of that law!

Observe, 2. The end why God the Father now spake with an audible voice to Christ his Son: it was for his consolation, and the people's confirmation. His soul being troubled, he stood in need, as Mediator, of comfort from his Father: and the people had here a farther and fuller confirmation of his being the promised and true Messias, that so they might believe in him, This voice came not because of me: that is, not only or chiefly because of me, but to confirm your faith in the belief of this great truth, that I am the Son of God, by whom the Father hath glorified, and will further glorify, his name.

Observe, 3. Our Saviour declares a double effect and fruit of his death and passion.

1. The judgment of this world; Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

That is, my death will be the devil's overthrow; will bring down sin, and deliver the world from the tyranny and dominion of sin and Satan.

Thence learn, 1. That Satan is the prince and ruler of all those who live in sin; not a prince by legal right, but by tyrannical usurpation.

2. That this usurper, Satan, will not quit his possession, unless he be cast out.

3. That Christ by his death has cast out Satan, dethroned him, and deprived him of his tyrannical usurpation. Now is the prince of this world cast out; that is, I will shortly by my death deliver the world from the slavery of sin, and dominion of Satan, and particularly from that idolatry, which the greatest part of the world were then in slavery under.

The second effect and fruit of Christ's death which is here declared, is his drawing all men unto him: When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.

There is a twofold lifting up of Christ:

the first ignominious, when he was hung upon the cross;

the second glorious, in the preaching of the gospel:

by this he draws all men unto him; that is, by the preaching of the gospel, he calls and invites all persons to himself;

he offers the benefits of his death to all, and gathereth a church to himself out of the Gentile as well as the Jewish world.

Learn, 1. That all persons are naturally unwilling to come to Christ, they must be drawn.

2. That Christ meritoriously by his death, and instrumentally by the preaching of the gospel, draws sinners unto himself.

3. That it is not a few, or small number, but a very great number, consisting both of Jews and Gentiles, bond and free, persons of all nations, all are effectually drawn to Christ, so as savingly to believe in him: but, by the preaching of the gospel, they are called and invited to him, and the benefits of his death are offered to them.

Thus Christ being lifted up upon his cross, and on the pole of his gospel, draws all men unto him; that is, doth what is sufficient to prevail with all men to believe on him, and to render those that do not so, everlastingly inexcusable.

Verses of John 12

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Consult other comments:

John 12:29 - The Greek Testament

John 12:29 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:29 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 12:29 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:29 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:29 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:29 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 12:29 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:29 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:29 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:29 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:29 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:29 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:29 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:29 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 12:29 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:29 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 12:29 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 12:29 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:29 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:29 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:29 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:29 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 12:29 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:29 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:29 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:29 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament