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Verses of John 8

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John 8:41 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

In the former verses the Jews made their boast that they were the children of Abraham: in these that they are the children of God. We have one Father, even God. This our Saviour disproves, telling them, that if God were their Father, they would love him, as proceeding from him by eternal generation; and in his office employed by him as Mediator. Also, if God were their father, they would understand him speaking from God; whereas now they were so transported with malice, that they could not endure his doctrine with patience, though it came from God. All which were undeniable proofs, that they were not the children of God.

Hence learn, That none can justly pretend any interest in God as his children, but they that love Christ, as being the express image of his Father's person, and do hear and receive his doctrine, as coming from God: this the Jews did not do; therefore, says Christ, they are not the children of God.

Observe farther, Having told them whose children they are not, our Saviour tells them plainly whose children they were, Ye are of your Father, the devil. This appears by their being actuated by him, by their resembling and imitating of him; their inclinations, dispositions, and actions, being all to fullfil the lusts of the devil. Now, as his servants we are, whom we obey; so his children we are, whom we resemble.

Learn hence, That men's sinful practices will prove them to be Satan's children, let their profession be what it will; if in the temper of their minds, and in the actions of their lives, there by a conformity to Satan's disposition, and a ready compliance with his temptations, they are certainly his children, what pretensions soever they make of being the children of God. None could pretend higher to the relation of God's children than the Jews did: yet, says Christ, Ye are the children of the devil, for his works ye do.

Note hence, That the devil hath the relation of a father to all wicked men: and this fatherhood doth not proceed from the act of the father, but of the children; for the devil doth not make wicked men his children by begetting them: but they make the devil their father, by imitating of him.

Verses of John 8

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John 8:41 - The Greek Testament

John 8:41 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 8:41 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 8:41 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 8:41 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 8:41 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 8:41 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 8:41 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 8:41 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

John 8:41 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 8:41 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:41 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:41 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 8:41 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 8:41 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 8:41 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 8:41 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 8:41 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 8:41 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 8:41 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 8:41 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 8:41 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 8:41 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 8:41 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 8:41 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 8:41 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:41 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 8:41 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 8:41 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 8:41 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament