John 8:53 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "Art thou greater than our father Abraham," (me su meizon ei tou patros hemon Abraam) "You are not greater than Abraham our father;"- They adamantly sought to attribute to the term death, physical death only, and to indict Him as a "devil possessed" deranged lunatic, restricting the meaning of what He had said to their own definition, though they were themselves ignorant and spiritually blind, 1Co 2:14; 2Co 4:3-4; Eph 4:18.

2) "Which is dead:"- (hostis apethanen kai hoi prophetai apethanon) "Who died and the prophets who died, are you?" The answer was yes, He surely was, and greater than Jacob, Solomon, or the Queen of Sheba, Joh 4:12; Heb 3:3; Mat 12:6; Mat 12:41-42; Luk 11:31-32.

3) "Whom makest thou thyself?" (tina seauton poieis) "Whom do you make yourself to be?" Their insinuation was that He was a fake, a fraud, an imposture, posing to be accepted as God, or the Savior, whom and which they denied. He had only claimed to be the Son of God, that God was His Father, that His Father had sent Him, and that He sought always to speak the words, and do the will and works of the Father who sent Him from heaven, Gal 4:4-5; Joh 3:16-17; Luk 19:10; Joh 5:30; Joh 6:38.

Consult other comments:

John 8:53 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 8:53 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 8:53 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 8:53 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:53 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:53 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 8:53 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 8:53 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 8:53 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 8:53 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 8:53 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 8:53 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 8:53 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 8:53 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 8:53 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 8:53 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary