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John 3:32 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe, 1. Another great difference which John the Baptist teacheth his disciples to put betwixt his testimony and Christ's; to the intent that he might remove the prejustice which was upon his disciples minds against the Messiah, he shews them that his own testimony (which they so much admired) was by revelation only; Christ's by immediate intuition. John testified only what he had received; but Christ what he had seen; lying in the bosom of the Father: What he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth.

Learn hence, That it is Christ's (the great Prophet of his church) peculiar prerogrative, to have the knowledge of divine truths immediately from the Father, by special communication; and that all others receive their knowledge from him by gracious illumination only.

Observe, 2. How sadly and sorrowfully the Baptists resents it, that Christ's testimony was no better received and entertained by the world: He testifieth but no man receiveth his testimony. John's disciples murdered, That all men came unto Christ, verse 26. But John mourns that their came not more, and complains, that none, that is, very few, received his testimony.

Thence learn, That it ought and will be matter of great regret and sorrow to all the freinds of Jesus Christ, but especially to his faithful ministers and servants, that his doctrine is so ill received and entertained in the world. It greatly affects, and greviously afflicts them, that when they testify of Christ , no man, that is, comparatively, very few men , receive their testimony.

Observe, 3. The eulogy and high commendation given of all true believers, They receive Christ's testimony, and thereby set to their seal that God is true; that is, have subscribed to, and ratified the truth of God; that God in all his promises of the Messiah, under the Old Testament, is faithful and true.

Learn hence, The great honour that God puts upon the faith of believers. As unbelief defames God, and makes him a liar; so faith gives testimony to the truth of God, and setteth its seal that God is true: He that receiveth his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

Observe, 4. The illustrious character which the holy Baptist gives of Christ, his Master; he is the person whom God hath sent, that is, immediately and extraordinarily from heaven: not as the prophets and apostles were sent, but in a way peculiar to himself; having authority for speaking, not only from God, but as being God himself.

And accordingly, it is added, that God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him; that is, the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit were poured forth upon Christ, in a measure far above and beyond all finite creatures; there being a double difference betwixt Christ's fulness of the Spirit, and all other persons whatsoever.

1. In the measure of it. God did not give out the Spirit to Christ sparingly, and with limitation, as he did to the former prophets and John the Baptist, in proportion to what their offices required; but he was anointed more plentifully and abundantly with the Holy Spirit above and beyond his fellows.

2. In the manner of its working. The holy prophets that were filled with the spirit (according to their measures) yet could not do or declare all things, nor act upon all occasions, but sometimes the Spirit restrained them, and sometimes departed from them. But Christ had no limits put upon the vigour of his Spirit, but his own will; therefore could work what, and when he pleased.

Learn from hence, That Christ had an abundant fitness from God for the discharge of his office, and an abundant fulness for his people. God did not measure to him a certain quantity and proportion of the gifts and graces of his spirit, but poured it forth upon him without measure.

Consult other comments:

John 3:32 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 3:32 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 3:32 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:32 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 3:32 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 3:32 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 3:32 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 3:32 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 3:32 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 3:32 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:32 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 3:32 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 3:32 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 3:32 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 3:32 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 3:32 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 3:32 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 3:32 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 3:32 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 3:32 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 3:32 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 3:32 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:32 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 3:32 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:32 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament