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Verses of John 12

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John 12:42 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe, 1. That though the generality of the Jews were thus hardened under Christ's ministry and miracles, yet there were some, and those of the chief rank, even rulers, that did believe on him; that is, they were under strong and powerful convictions, that he was the true and expected Messias. Even in times and places where obstinacy and infidelity most prevails, the ministry of the word shall not be altogether without its fruit; Christ here had some, and those of the rulers too, who believed on him, when others under the same word were hardened; Nevertheless, among the chief rulers also, many believed on him.

Observe, 2. That though many of the chief rulers had a secret belief, or an inward persuasion, that Christ was the promised and expected Messias, yet it was not sufficient to make them openly own, confess, and avow, him to be such, for fear of excommunication from the Pharisees: They did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue. Slavish fear of men, and suffering by them, has hindered many from believing on Christ, and kept more from an open owning and confessing of him. Because of the Pharisees, they did not confess him.

Observe, 3. As the fear of suffering on the one hand, so the love of reputation on the other, kept them from owning and confessing Jesus to be the Christ; They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God; that is, they valued honour and applause from men, more than God's honouring and approving them. There is no greater snare to draw persons from their duty, than inordinate love and affection to their own credit and reputation. Oh! how often is the applause and commendation of men preferred before the testimony and approbation of God! Here was their snare: They loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Verses of John 12

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John 12:42 - The Greek Testament

John 12:42 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:42 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:42 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 12:42 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:42 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:42 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:42 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:42 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:42 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:42 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:42 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

John 12:42 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:42 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 12:42 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:42 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:42 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:42 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 12:42 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:42 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 12:42 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:42 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:42 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 12:42 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:42 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 12:42 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:42 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:42 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:42 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:42 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:42 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:42 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 12:42 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:42 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament