John 13:38 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "Jesus answered him," (apokrinetai lesous) "Jesus replied," to him and to the other disciples who made similar statements of fidelity and loyalty to Him.
2) "Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake?'' (ten psuchen sou huper emou theseis) "Will you lay down your life on my behalf?" The question was one of pathos and pity. He did, in death, some thirty-seven years later, to go to his reward, 2Ti 4:7-8.
3) "Verily, verily, I say unto thee," (amen amen lego soi) "Truly, truly, I tell you," personally, individually, for your later benefit and understanding. This statement seems to have been made on the way to Gethsemane, after the Passover, the night of the betrayal two nights after the last supper in Bethany, Mat 26:34.
5) "Till thou has denied me thrice." (heos ou arnese me tris) "Until you have denied me three time," yet the Lord affirmed that He had offered a special prayer for Peter, that his faith would not fail him, and that he should, after his temporary fall, strengthen his brethren, Luk 22:31-34; Gal 6:1-2; Gal 6:9; 1Co 15:57-58.
That one fall or fall in the flesh, is neither eternally fatal to salvation nor service, but that he rise from the fall, confess his sins, and walk on, and work on for the Lord, as His child, is important, as Moses did, as David did, and as Peter did, 1Jn 1:9; 1Co 10:3.
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