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John 12:34 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The objection which the Jews make against our Saviour's being the true Messias. Their argument runs thus: " It was foretold under the law, that Christ or the Messias abideth for ever; but thou sayest, the Son of man must be lifted up and die. How then canst thou be the promised Messias?" The answer is, " In his state of humiliation unto death, he was lifted up: but, in his state of exaltation, he abideth for ever."

Learn hence, that Christ's lifting up by death, and his abiding for ever, do very well consist together; for both are true of him, the one in his state of humiliation, the other in his state of exaltation.

Observe, 2. Our Saviour returns no answer to their cavilling objection, nor doth he undertake to demonstrate how his sufferings and his abiding for ever, are consistent: but gives them intimations that he was the light of the world, and advises them, whilst they had, the light with them, to prize it highly, and improve it faithfully. Yet a little while is the light with you, walk whilst ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.

Note here, 1. A choice and singular privilege enjoyed; the light is with you, a personal light, Christ; a doctrinal light, the gospel: both these brought with them a light of knowledge, answering our darkness of ignorance; a light of grace and holiness, answering our darkness of sin, which we had brought upon ourselves; and a light of joy and comfort, answering the darkness of misery and horror, which we lay under by reason of our guilt.

Note, 2. The time of enjoying this privilege limited: yet a little while is the light with you. The time of a people's enjoying the light and liberty of the gospel, it is a limited time, it is a short time.

Note, 3. A duty enjoined by Christ answerable to the privilege enjoyed by us; Walk whilst ye have the light. An uniform and constant course of holy walking, according to the rule of the gospel, is the indispensible duty and obligation of all those that enjoy the light and liberty of the gospel; namely, to walk according to the precepts and commands of the gospel, answerable to the privileges and prerogatives of the gospel, answerable to the helps and supplies of grace which the gospel affords, and answerable to the glorious hope and expectation which the gospel raises us unto.

Note, 4. A danger threatened to the neglecters of this duty; lest darkness come upon you; namely, a darkness of ignorance and judicial blindness, a darkness of error and seduction, a darkness of horror and despair, and the fatal and final darkness of death and hell; for all contemners of gospel-light, there is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. Where sin and torment run parallel, their torment makes them sin, and their sin feeds their torment.

Verses of John 12

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Consult other comments:

John 12:34 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 12:34 - The Greek Testament

John 12:34 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:34 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:34 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 12:34 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:34 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:34 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:34 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 12:34 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:34 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:34 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:34 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:34 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:34 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:34 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:34 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 12:34 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:34 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:34 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 12:34 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:34 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 12:34 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 12:34 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 12:34 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:34 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 12:34 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:34 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:34 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:34 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 12:34 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:34 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:34 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:34 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 12:34 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:34 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament