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Verses of John 9

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John 9:30 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

In these verses the blind man proceeds to vindicate our blessed Saviour, who had cured him of his blindness, from the exceptions of the Pharisees, and endeavours, by solid arguments to convince them, that his cure (being born blind) was truly miraculous; and consequently proved Christ to be of God.

1. The man admires that Christ having wrought such a miracle upon him, they should be ignorant of his authority, This is marvellous, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. He lays down a general proposition, that no deceiver or false teacher is heard of God, or enabled by him to work such miracles as these, but only such faithful servants as do his will, as thus extraordinarily assisted by him. We know that God heareth not sinners; that is, such as love and delight in sin, such as are in a state of sin, and go on in a course of sin, God will not hear such, or answer the prayers of such. Indeed God sometimes hears a sinner's prayer in wrath, and refuses to hear a saint's prayer in mercy: but he never denies a saint's prayer in wrath, or hears a saint's prayer in mercy. The proposition laid down is an eternal truth: God heareth not sinners; that is, so long as they purpose to continue sinners, and go on in a course of sin, and remain bold and presumptuous sinners.

Learn thence, That none that live in a course of sin, can reasonably expect that God should hear them, and give in an answer of prayer to them. God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doth his will, him he heareth: that is, if a man feareth God, and worketh righteousness, him the Lord accepteth, heareth, and answereth.

Learn hence, 1. That such as would be heard of God, and accepted with him, must be devout worshippers of him.

2. That it is not enough to prove men religious and acceptable with God, that they are devout worshippers of him, unless they walk in obedience to him, and do his will. If any man be a worshipper of God, and doth his will, him he heareth.

Observe, 3. How the blind man goes on to prove, that Christ had a special authority from God, and an extraordinary presence of God with him in what he did, because he had done such a work as was never done by Moses, or by any of the prophets, or by any person whatsoever, since the creation of the world.

From whence he wisely and well infers, that Christ was a person authorized by and sent of God.

Learn hence, 1. That Christ having done that which was never done before (namely, to give sight to one that was born blind) was an evidence of his omnipotency.

2. That this act of omnipotency proved him to be God. Whatever miracles the prophets wrought, they wrought them by Christ's power, but Christ wrought this and all other miracles by his own power.

Observe lastly, How this blind man, though unlearned,judges more rightly of divine things, than the whole learned council of the sanhedrin.

When we learn, That we are not always to be led by the authority of councils, popes, or bishops; and that it is not absurd for laymen sometimes to vary from their opinions. These overseers being sometimes guilty of great oversights. Dr. Whitby.

Verses of John 9

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Consult other comments:

John 9:30 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 9:30 - The Greek Testament

John 9:30 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 9:30 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 9:30 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

John 9:30 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 9:30 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 9:30 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 9:30 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 9:30 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 9:30 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 9:30 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 9:30 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 9:30 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 9:30 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 9:30 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 9:30 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 9:30 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 9:30 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

John 9:30 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 9:30 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 9:30 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 9:30 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 9:30 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 9:30 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 9:30 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 9:30 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 9:30 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 9:30 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 9:30 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament