John 9:31 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) ''Now we know that God heareth not sinners,'' (oidamen hoti ho theos hamartolon ouk akouei) "We know that God does not hear sinful or lawless men," moral lawbreakers, Who said this? This one blind, now seeing, unsaved man who did not yet know who Jesus was, Joh 9:35-38; that God does and will hear the prayers of earnest seeking sinners is certified, Psa 145:18-19; Luk 18:13-14.
2) "But if a man be a worshipper of God” (all' ean tis theosebes e) "But if anyone is (exists as) a God-fearing one," as Cornelius and his household did, though unsaved, Act 10:1-6. The man, though sincere, did not tell the truth in his statement, "God does not hear sinners," for sinners must call upon the name of the Lord to be saved, Rom 10:13. Those who today teach "God will not hear a sinner pray" pervert this scripture.
3) "And doeth his will, him he heareth." (kai to thelema autou poie toutou akouei) "And does his priority will, He hears this one," this kind of person who is honest and earnest, and He evidently hears Christ, is the idea of this healed man, Pro 15:29. They (the Pharisees) had themselves already conceded the healing miracle had been a work of God, Joh 9:24.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
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