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Verses of John 12

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John 12:37 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The place which our Evangelist alludes to, is, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. Isa 6:3

From whence, a clear argument for Christ's divinity may be thus drawn. He whom Isaiah saw environed with seraphims, and praised as most holy by them, was the true and eternal God; for such acclamations belong to none but the great Jehovah, God blessed for evermore. But says St. John, it was the glory of Christ that Isaiah saw in his vision, it was Christ whom he called, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts: therefore Christ is undoubtedly God, blessed for evermore. For the Evangelist was not speaking of the Father, but the Son, and cites these words out of Isaiah saw and spake of, if the words of the Evangelist be of any credit. Besides, the angels are too holy to give acclamations belonging to God, to any but him that is God.

Observe here, 1. The astonishing infidelity and unbelief of the Jews, who heard our Saviour's doctrine, and were eye-witnesses of his miracles; though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him. Let not the faithful minister of Christ be discouraged, and overmuch dejected, at their want of success in dispensing of the gospel, when they observe and consider the small success of our Saviour's own ministry in the hearts and lives of his hearers: yea, though his minstry was accompanied with miracles, and though his miracles were many in number, mighty in nature, clear and obvious to sense, being wrought before their eyes, yet his ministry succeeded not, and his miracles prevailed not: Lord, what little success has the offer of Christ in the gospel met with, from the first original tender to this day! Obstinate infidelity, and cursed hypocrisy, draw more souls to hell than all the devils in hell.

Observe, 2. How the present infidelity of these unbelieving Jews was long before foretold, and prophesied of, by the prophet Esaias, Lord, who hath believed our report? Isa 53:1 That is, our preaching.

Where note, That Isaiah's complaint of the small success of his preaching, was a prophesy and prediction of the like success that Christ and his ministers should have under the gospel.

Learn hence, That the gospel in all ages have met with more that have rejected it by unbelief, than have savingly entertained it by faith. Isaiah complained before Christ, and his apostles and minsters in every age since, that few have believed their reports.

Observe, 3. That though the present unbelief of the obstinate Jews was long foretold by the prophets of God, yet the prophet's prediction was no cause of their unbelief, or that which laid them under an impossibility of believing; but the fault lay in their own obstinate wills, with respect to which, by the just judgment of God, they were blinded and hardened, for their contempt of Christ, the promised Messias. When men close their eyes wilfully, and say, they will not see, it is just with God to close their eyes judicially, and say, they shall not see. He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their hearts, &c.

Learn hence, That the infidelity of the people is to be resolved into the perverseness of their own wills, and the evil disposition of their own hearts, not to any judicial blindness or obduration wrought by God upon them, antecedent to their own sin: God's act of hardening was consequential upon their sinning.

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Verses of John 12

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John 12:37 - The Greek Testament

John 12:37 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:37 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:37 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 12:37 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:37 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:37 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:37 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 12:37 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:37 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:37 - Expositors Bible Commentary

John 12:37 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:37 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:37 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:37 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 12:37 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:37 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:37 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:37 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 12:37 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:37 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 12:37 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 12:37 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 12:37 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:37 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 12:37 - A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal, and Homiletical by Lange

John 12:37 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:37 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

John 12:37 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 12:37 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:37 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 12:37 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:37 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:37 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:37 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

John 12:37 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:37 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:37 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:37 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament