Nothing more fully shows the darkness of men's minds, than that when the Light had appeared, there needed a witness to call attention to it. Please send me more light. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. Arise, let us go hence. Evil may surround us yet we do not have to fear, for our Lord Jesus is with us. By his Spirit and grace he enlightens all that are enlightened to salvation; and those that are not enlightened by him, perish in darkness. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to , therefore am I come baptizing with water.
Some things weak, imperfect, and sinful, are found in all, but hypocrisy belongs not to a believer's character. If we confess our sins, he is and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? Christ knows what men are indeed.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. The eternal Life, the eternal Son, put on flesh and blood, and died to wash us from our sins in his own blood, and procures for us the sacred influences by which sin is to be subdued more and more, till it is quite done away. What sayest thou of thyself? The design of this Gospel appears to be to convey to the Christian world, just notions of the real nature, office, and character of that Divine Teacher, who came to instruct and to redeem mankind. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. And wherefore slew he him? Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
This is the true God, and eternal life. He asserts, His existence in the beginning; His coexistence with the Father. John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. Now there was much grass in the place. The day following would go forth into , and findeth , and saith unto him, Follow me. He denied it, and said, I am not.
Let us desire to know him. Philip saith unto him, Come and see. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that , nor , neither that? Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. Thanks, blessings, honor, glory, and power to the most high God, who is the almighty creator and author of these books. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? We Will have Tribulation, Persecution,Trouble, in Jail, Lied about But Continue inThe Faith: You will Hear, Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant--- Enter Thou Into The Joy of Thyself Lord Matthew 25:21. He came in the spirit and power of Elias, but he was not the person of Elias.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. They said unto him, Lord, come and see. The same was in the beginning with God.
Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. They said unto him, Rabbi, which is to say, being interpreted, Master, where dwellest thou? Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. This is indicated both in the Prologue 1. The Father is in me, and I in him. She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. My soul has been strangely stirred as I have read these words.
But observe the beams of his Divine glory, which darted through this veil of flesh. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. By his Divine presence Christ always was in the world. Then turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? He invites them to come without delay. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. The same was in the beginning with God.