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Verses of John 8

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John 8:57 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. What a false and ridiculous construction the Jews make of our Saviour's words, as if he had affirmed that he had seen Abraham, and Abraham him, with bodily eyes: whereas Christ only asserted, that Abraham had seen his day: that is, he foresaw by faith the day of his incarnation, and coming in the flesh.

Observe, 2. Our Saviour's positive asserting of his divinity, or that he had a being as God from all eternity: for, says he, Before Abraham was, I am.

Where note, That Christ does not say, Before Abraham was, I was: but, before Abraham was, I am; which is the proper name of God, thereby is signified the eternal duration and permanency of his being. The adversaries of Christ's divinity say, that before Abraham was, Christ was: that is, in God's fore-knowledge or decree; but this may be said of any other person as well as Chirst, that he was in the fore-knowledge of God before Abraham was born. Whereas undoubtedly it was Christ's design in these words, to give himself some preference and advantage above Abraham, which this interpretation doth not in the least do.

Observe lastly, how the Jews looking upon Christ as a blasphemer, for making himself equal with God, and for asserting his eternal existence, they make a furious attempt upon his life, by taking up stones to cast at him, as the Jews used to deal with blasphemers: but our Saviour delivers himself miraculously from their fury, and escapes untouched.

Hence learn, That when arguments fail, the enemies of truth betake themselves to force and violence: They took up stones to cast at him.

2. That as Christ disappointed his own persecutors, so he can and will deliver his people in their greatest extremity from their persecutor's rage and fury. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished. 2Pe 2:9

Verses of John 8

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Consult other comments:

John 8:57 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 8:57 - The Greek Testament

John 8:57 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 8:57 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 8:57 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 8:57 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 8:57 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 8:57 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 8:57 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:57 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:57 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 8:57 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 8:57 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 8:57 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 8:57 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 8:57 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 8:57 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 8:57 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 8:57 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 8:57 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 8:57 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 8:57 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 8:57 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 8:57 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 8:57 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:57 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 8:57 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 8:57 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament