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John 12:24 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1 ) "Verily, verily, I say unto you," (amen amen lego humin) "Truly, truly, I assert to you all," in parabolic language.

2) "Except a corn of wheat," lean me ho kokkos tou, sitou) "Unless the grain of wheat," typifying Christ in His lowest state, the state of death, which He "tasted for every man, - Heb 2:9; 1Co 15:36.

3) "Fall into the ground and die," (peson eis ten gen apothane) "Upon falling into the ground dies," for the way to glory and new life is through death, which is "gain" for every believer, and to be in the "presence of the Lord," Php_1:21, 2Co 5:8.

4) "It abideth alone:” (autos monos menei) "It remains alone," unproductive, inactive. Unsown seed does not reproduce. It must be sown or planted. This alludes to Divine, eternal life that existed in Jesus by nature, which was predestined to bear fruit in others, only after the order and by means of His death and resurrection, 1Co 15:1-4; 1Co 15:12-22.

5) "But if it die," lean de apothane) "Yet if it dies," is buried in the earth, with dormant germ of life in it, after its kind, Gen 1:11-12. The end of the grain that dies is the first step to a new harvest.

6) "It bringeth forth much fruit." (polun karpon pherei) "it bears much fruit," of its nature and kind; The law of the seed is the law of human life and human experience. Men must sow seed to reap grain of an harvest of fruit. They must be willing to die daily, live the life they live daily, for the honor of Christ Jesus and others, Gal 6:14; Ecc 11:4-6. True believers must die to self, that Christ in them may fruitfully live in many others, Mar 8:35; Joh 15:5; Joh 15:8; 2Pe 1:4-14.

Consult other comments:

John 12:24 - The Greek Testament

John 12:24 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:24 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:24 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:24 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:24 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:24 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:24 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:24 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 12:24 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:24 - Geneva Bible Notes

John 12:24 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:24 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:24 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

John 12:24 - The Great Texts of the Bible

John 12:24 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:24 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

John 12:24 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 12:24 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

John 12:24 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 12:24 - Church Pulpit Commentary

John 12:24 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:24 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:24 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:24 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 12:24 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

John 12:24 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:24 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:24 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 12:24 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:24 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary