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Verses of John 12

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John 12:44 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

In these verses we have our Saviour's farewell sermon to the Jews, concerning his person, office, and doctrine; as touching his person, he acquaints them with his divine nature, his oneness and equality with the Father; and accordingly challenges not only the assent, but also the obedience and adoration, of their faith. Jesus cried, saying, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. That is, he that believeth on me, doth not believe on a mere man, but on him that is truly and really God, as well as man; and therefore he being true God, one in essence, and equal in power and glory, with the Father, their believing in him was believing in God the Father that sent him.

Observe, 2. The argument which our Saviour uses, to prove that believers in Christ do believe in the Father: He that seeth me, seeth in me him that sent me.

Learn, 2. That the Father is not to be seen but in the Son; nor can believers know what the Father is, but by seeing what the Son is; and what they see the Son to be, that the Father is in him; For he that seeth me, seeth him that sent me.

Observe, 3. The dreadful judgment which Christ denounces against all unbelievers, and such as reject him, by rejecting of his gospel; for though, at Christ's first coming, his errand was not to to judge the world, but to save the world, that is, to offer the tenders of salvation to lost sinners; yet at his second coming he would judge them at the last day; when the word preached to them, and rejected by them, will give a judicial testimony against them.

Learn hence, 1. That Christ and his doctrine are inseparable: to receive his doctrine, is to receive him; and to reject his doctrine is to reject him.

2. That such rejecters of Christ and the doctrine of the gospel, shall not escape the judgment of Christ at the great day.

3. That at the great day, were there not other witness against the rejecters of Christ and his gospel, but the word preached, yet that alone will be sufficient both for their conviction and condemnation. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him the last day. The word is now the rule of living, and it shall be hereafter the rule of judging: now it is the rule by which we must live to Christ, then it shall be the rule by which we shall be judged of Christ.

Observe, 4. The argument and reason which our Saviour produces, to prove that the word of God, and the doctrine of the gospel, slighted and rejected, should condemn sinners at the great day; namely, from the divine authority of his doctrine; for albeit his doctrine was his own, as he was true God, yet as man, and as Mediator, it was not his own, but the Father's which sent him; so that his word and doctrine being divine, and the Father's as well as his (or he did not speak of himself; that is, of himself and alone without the Father) it despisers of it.

Learn thence, 1. That though the doctrine of the gospel be Christ's own, as he is truly and really God, yet it was not his own as mere man, exclusive of the Father, who is one God with him, and who gave him a commission and instruction, as Mediator, to preach and publish the glad tidings of the gospel; For, says he, I have not spoken of myself, but the Father which sent me gave me a commandment.

2. That the doctrine which Christ delivered by command from the Father, doth point out the way to eternal life, and will bring lost sinners thereunto, if they sincerely believe it and obey it: I know that his commandment is life everlasting.

3. That therefore sinners who rejected the doctrine of Christ contained in the gospel, do highly dishonour, offend, and affront both the Father and the Son, and bring upon themselves a just and righteous judgment; and expose themselves to unutterable and inevitable condemnation. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Verses of John 12

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Consult other comments:

John 12:44 - The Greek Testament

John 12:44 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:44 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:44 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 12:44 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:44 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:44 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:44 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 12:44 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 12:44 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:44 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:44 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:44 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:44 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:44 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 12:44 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:44 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:44 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:44 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 12:44 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:44 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

John 12:44 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 12:44 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:44 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:44 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

John 12:44 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 12:44 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:44 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:44 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:44 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 12:44 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:44 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:44 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:44 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 12:44 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 12:44 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:44 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament