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John 3:16 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here observe, 1. The original source and fountain of man's salvation; and that is, God's free and undeserved, his great and wonderful love.God so loved the world; he doth not say how much, but leaves it to our most solemn raised thoughts; it is rather to be conceived than declared; and admired rather than conceived. God so loved the world:

Hence note, That the original spring and first cause of our salvation is the free favour and mere love of God; a love worthy of God from whom it proceeds, even love inexpressible and inconceivable.

Observe, 2. The greatness of the gift by which God evidenced and demonstrated the greatness of his love to a lost world. He gave his only begotten Son: that is, he delivered him out of his own bosom and everlasting embraces. Now this will appear a stupendous expression of God's love, if we consider that God gave him who was not only the greatest, but the dearest person to him in the world, even his own Son: that he gave him for sinners; that he gave him for a world of sinners; that he gave him up to become a man for sinners; that he gave him up to be a sacrifice for the sin of sinners.

Observe, 3. The gracious end for which God gave this great gift of his love to lost sinners: That whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Where note, 1. The gentle and merciful condition upon which salvation depends; Whosoever believeth in Christ shall not perish.

2. The infinite goodness of God in proposing such a vast reward unto us, upon our performing of this condition; He shall have everlasting life.

Learn hence, That faith is the way which God hath appointed, and the conditon which God hath required, in order to our obtaining salvation by Jesus Christ. This faith consists in the assent of the understanding, that Jesus is the Saviour of the world; in the consent of the will, to accept of Jesus freely and voluntarily, deliberately, advisedly, and resolvedly, for our Saviour; in accepting the merit of his blood, and submitting to the authority of his laws; it being in vain to expect salvation by Christ, if we do not yield subjection to him; he that thus believes in Christ, that submits himself to his ruling power, as well as commits himself to his saving mercy, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

Consult other comments:

John 3:16 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 3:16 - The Greek Testament

John 3:16 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 3:16 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:16 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 3:16 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 3:16 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 3:16 - B.H. Carroll's An Interpretation of the English Bible

John 3:16 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 3:16 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 3:16 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 3:16 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 3:16 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:16 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:16 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

John 3:16 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 3:16 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 3:16 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 3:16 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 3:16 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 3:16 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 3:16 - The Great Texts of the Bible

John 3:16 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 3:16 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:16 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 3:16 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 3:16 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 3:16 - Neighbour's Wells of Living Water

John 3:16 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

John 3:16 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 3:16 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 3:16 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 3:16 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 3:16 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 3:16 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 3:16 - The Bible of the Expositor and the Evangelist by Riley

John 3:16 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 3:16 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 3:16 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 3:16 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:16 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 3:16 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 3:16 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 3:16 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:16 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament