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John 3:13 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here our Saviour declares to Nicodemus, That none ever ascended up into heaven, to fetch down from thence the knowledge of divine mysteries, and to reveal the way of life and salvation to mankind by a Mediator, but only Christ himself; who, though he took upon him the human nature, and was then man upon earth yet was he at the same time in his divine nature actually in heaven as God. This text evidently proves two distinct natures in Christ; namely, a divine nature as he was God, and an human nature as man. In his human nature, he was then upon earth, when he spake these words; in his divine nature, he was at that instant in heaven.

Here observe, That the Son of God hath taken the human nature, into so close and intimate a union with his God-head, and what is proper to either nature is ascribed unto the person of our Saviour. The same person who was on earth as the Son of man, who was then in heaven as God, and yet but one person still.

Lord! what love hast thou shown to our human nature, that under that name thou ascribest to thyself what is proper to thy Godhead!

The Son of man which is in heaven. The Socinians produce this text, to prove that Christ after his baptism was taken up into heaven, there to be made acquainted with the will of God, to fit him for the execution of his prophetical office here on earth, and that for this reason he was said to be in the beginning with God, as Moses before him was taken up into the mount, and taught by God.

But, 1. We have not the least word of any such thing in Scripture, though we have a particular account of our Saviour's birth, circumcision, baptism, doctrine, miracles, death resurrection, ascension, yea, of small things compared with this; as his flight into Egypt, his sitting on a pinnacle of the temple; yet not a word of his assumption into heaven.

2. There was no need of it, because Almighty God could reveal himself to Christ, as well as to other prophets, out of heaven as well as in it: besides, Christ was fitted for his prophetic office by the unction of the spirit he received here on earth; and therefore this ascent was altogether needless.

Consult other comments:

John 3:13 - The Greek Testament

John 3:13 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 3:13 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 3:13 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 3:13 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 3:13 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 3:13 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 3:13 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:13 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:13 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 3:13 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 3:13 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 3:13 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 3:13 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 3:13 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 3:13 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 3:13 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 3:13 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 3:13 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 3:13 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 3:13 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 3:13 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 3:13 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 3:13 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 3:13 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 3:13 - Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible

John 3:13 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:13 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 3:13 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 3:13 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:13 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament