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John 3:25 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, What a spirit of envy there was in John's disciples against Christ, upon account of the multitude of his followers: He that was with thee beyond Jordan, baptizeth, and all men come to him.

Where note, 1. How meanly John's disciples think and speak of our Saviour, compared with John their master. They do not so much as allow him a name, or give him any title, but He that was with thee beyond Jordan, the same baptizeth.

Observe, 2. How they intimate, as if Christ had received all his credit and reputation from their master John: He to whom thou bearest witness, baptizeth; as if they had said, "This man whom the people flock after, neglecting thee and thy disciples, is much inferior to thee; for he came to thee, thou didst not go to him; thou baptizedst him, he did not baptize thee; thou gavest testimony to him, he did not give testimony to thee."

Whence we observe, What a bitter spirit of envy and emulation there has always been amongst the ministers of the gospel, even from the very first plantation of the gospel, which causes them to look upon the exalted parts and gifts of others, as a diminution and debasing of their own; but why should as the prospering of the work of God, in one minister's hand, be matter of repining unto others? Shall not God honour what instruments he pleaseth? And will he not reward all his faithful labourers, according to their sincerity, not according to their success.

Consult other comments:

John 3:25 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 3:25 - The Greek Testament

John 3:25 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 3:25 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:25 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 3:25 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 3:25 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 3:25 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 3:25 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 3:25 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 3:25 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:25 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:25 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 3:25 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 3:25 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 3:25 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 3:25 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 3:25 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 3:25 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 3:25 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 3:25 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 3:25 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 3:25 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 3:25 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 3:25 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 3:25 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 3:25 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 3:25 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 3:25 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:25 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 3:25 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 3:25 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 3:25 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:25 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament