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John 5:40 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here our Saviour upbraids the Jews for thier obstinate infidelity; that notwithstanding God the Father by a voice from heaven, and John the Baptist by his testimony on earth, notwithstanding all the miracles which they had seen wrought by Christ himself, and notwithstanding the scriptures, which they pretended so highly to esteem, did prove him to be the Messias, and the author of eternal life, which they professed to seek: yet such was their obstinacy, that they would not come unto him, nor believe in him. Ye will not come unto me, that ye may have life.

Hence observe, 1. A choice and invaluable mercy, which Christ stands ready to bestow upon poor sinners, that is life, both spiritual and eternal. A life of grace, in order to a life of glory.

Observe, 2. The gracious condition upon which this invaluable blessing may be had; and that is, upon coming to Christ, believing on him, and receiving of him.

3. Here is the true reason declared why sinners do miss of life and salvation by Jesus Christ, when he has so dearly purchased it for them, and does so freely tender it unto them, and that lies in their own willfulness and obstinacy; Ye will not come unto me.

Learn hence, That the true reason why so many sinners miss of salvation and eternal life, after all that Christ has done and suffered for them, is their own obstinacy and unwillingness to come to him, that they may have life. Man, by nature, has not only an inability, but a fixed enmity in his will against Jesus Christ.

Consult other comments:

John 5:40 - The Greek Testament

John 5:40 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 5:40 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 5:40 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 5:40 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 5:40 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 5:40 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 5:40 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 5:40 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 5:40 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 5:40 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 5:40 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 5:40 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 5:40 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

John 5:40 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 5:40 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 5:40 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 5:40 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

John 5:40 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 5:40 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 5:40 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 5:40 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 5:40 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament