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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 12:27-36

Honour is here done to Christ by his Father in a voice from heaven, occasioned by the following part of his discourse, and which gave occasion to a further conference with the people. In these verses we have, I. Christ's address to his Father, upon occasion of the trouble which seized his spirit at this time: Now is my soul troubled, John 12:27. A strange word to come from Christ's mouth, and at this time surprising, for it comes in the midst of divers pleasing prospects, in which, one would... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 12:35-36

12:35-36 Jesus said to them: "For a little while yet the light is among you. Walk while you have the light that the darkness may not overtake you. He who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become the sons of the light." There is in this passage the implicit promise and the implicit threat which are never very far from the heart of the Christian faith. (i) There is the promise of light. The man who walks with... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 12:36

While ye have light, believe in the light ,.... Receive the Messiah, and credit the Gospel revelation; this is an explanation of the exhortation in the preceding verse: that ye may be the children of the light ; that is, that they might appear to be such who are enlightened persons; and such are truly so, who are made light in the Lord, or who are enlightened by the Spirit of God to see their own sinfulness, impotency, and unrighteousness, and their need of Christ, and his righteousness... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 12:36

Children of light - Let the light, the truth of Christ, so dwell in and work by you that ye may be all light in the Lord: that as truly as a child is the produce of his own parent, and partakes of his nature, so ye may be children of the light, having nothing in you but truth and righteousness. Did hide himself from them - Either by rendering himself invisible, or by suddenly mingling with the crowd, so that they could not perceive him. See John 8:59 . Probably it means no more than... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 12:36

Verse 36 36.Believe in the light. He exhorts them to retain by faith the possession of the light, for he gives the appellation,children of light, to those who, like true heirs, enjoy it to the end. These things spoke Jesus. We might have wondered why he withdrew himself from them, when they were so eager to receive him; but from the other Evangelists it may easily be inferred that what is here said relates to adversaries, who burned with envy on account of the godly zeal of good and sincere... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 12:20-36

The interview of the Greeks with Christ. This is the only incident recorded between the entry into Jerusalem and the institution of the Lord's Supper. I. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS INTERVIEW . "And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast." 1. They were not Gentiles, but-proselytes oft he gate, of Gentile extraction, who had been admitted to Jewish privileges . They came to the Passover as reverent and earnest worshippers. 2. They... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 12:36

But he concludes with one more glorious invitation. As , up to this moment, you have the Light, Believe in the Light ; treat it as light—receive the revelation I have given you (cf. the ninth and eleventh chapters); "Work while it is called today;" "stumble not;" make no irreparable mistake. "Become "—so walk that ye may become yourselves sons of Light , illumined and luminous. This fine expression is found in Luke 16:8 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:5 ; and, with alteration of υἱοὶ ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 12:36

"Sons of light." This remarkable expression occurs four times in the New Testament. In Luke 16:8 the Lord Jesus contrasts with the children of this generation the sons of light. In this passage he holds out the prospect before those who believe on the Light that they will become sons of light. Paul, in Ephesians 5:8 , admonishes Christians to walk as children of light, and in 1 Thessalonians 5:5 assures Christians that they are all sons of light. The designation is instructive and... read more

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