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John 11:52 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1 ) "And not for that nation only,'' (kai ouch huper tou ethnous monon) "And not only on behalf of the nation," of Israel or of the Jews only, of that race or nationality only, as prophesied, Isa 49:6.

2) "But that also he should gather together," (all' hina kai sunagage) "But also in order that he might assemble," or gather together, for purposes of worship, as these Jews gathered restrictedly with their own race, excluding Gentiles from their inner worship circle.

3) "In one the children of God," (eis hen ta tekna tou theou) "Into one the children of God," into one fellowship, or New Covenant order of worship in the church, not excluding any race, who was saved, baptized and desired to enter worship and service in His new assembly body, the church, that was better than that church in the wilderness, which Moses built, Act 7:38; Heb 3:1-6; Eph 2:14; Eph 2:19-22; Eph 3:8-10; Eph 3:21.

4) "That were scattered abroad." (ta dieskorpismena) "Who had been scattered abroad," as the Gentiles, who were believers were debarred from inner worship with the Jews. Jesus not only dies for all people and races, that redemption should be paid for all through His ''cross-body,'' but also to purchase His New Covenant ''church-body" as an assembly that had no middle wall of partition for worship, keeping no one out who would come by salvation into His family, and then by baptism and fellowship, into His house or church-body, which He "built.'' One is born into the family of God by faith, Gal 3:26; 1Jn 5:1. But no one is born into the church-body, or house of Jesus. It is "built," and built up, by Jesus, as children of God are voluntarily baptized and surrender to become servants of God to do what He has commanded them, in and through His church, Heb 3:3; Heb 3:6; Mat 16:18; Eph 2:19-22, Joh 14:15; Joh 15:14.

Consult other comments:

John 11:52 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 11:52 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 11:52 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 11:52 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 11:52 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 11:52 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:52 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 11:52 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 11:52 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 11:52 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 11:52 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 11:52 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 11:52 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 11:52 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 11:52 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 11:52 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 11:52 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 11:52 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 11:52 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 11:52 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary