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John 3:4 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Two things are observable in this question of Nicodemus, How can a man be born when he is old?

1. His ignorance and weakness in propounding of such a question. So true is that of the apostle, The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God 1Co 2:14

What a gross conception had this learned man of the notion of regeneration! How ingnorant is nature of the workings of grace! Men of name and note, of great parts and profound learning, are very often much at a loss in spiritual matters.

Yet, 2. In this question of his, there is discovered a great deal of plainness and simplicity: he did not come, as usually the Pharisees did, with an ensnaring question in his mouth; but with a mind fairly disposed for information and conviction; with a pious desire to be instructed.

Whatever ignorance we labour under, it is safest and best to discover it to our spiritual guide, that we may attain the mercy of a saving knowledge; but how many had rather carry their ignorance to hell wwith them, than discover it to their minister!

Consult other comments:

John 3:4 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 3:4 - The Greek Testament

John 3:4 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 3:4 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:4 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 3:4 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 3:4 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 3:4 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 3:4 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 3:4 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 3:4 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:4 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:4 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 3:4 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 3:4 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 3:4 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 3:4 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 3:4 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 3:4 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 3:4 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 3:4 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 3:4 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 3:4 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 3:4 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 3:4 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 3:4 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 3:4 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 3:4 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 3:4 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 3:4 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 3:4 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 3:4 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

John 3:4 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 3:4 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 3:4 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament