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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 14:4-11

Christ, having set the happiness of heaven before them as the end, here shows them himself as the way to it, and tells them that they were better acquainted both with the end they were to aim at and with the way they were to walk in than they thought they were: You know, that is, 1. ?You may know; it is none of the secret things which belong not to you, but one of the things revealed; you need not ascend into heaven, nor go down into the deep, for the word is nigh you (Rom. 10:6-8), level to... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 14:4-6

14:4-6 "And you know the way to where I go." Thomas said to him: "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How do we know the way?" Jesus said to him: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Again and again Jesus had told his disciples where he was going, but somehow they had never understood. "Yet a little while I am with you," he said, "and then I go to him that sent me" ( John 7:33 ). He had told them that he was going to the Father who... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way ,.... Our Lord takes the opportunity of this discourse about the place he was going to, and the way unto it, more fully to instruct his disciples concerning himself, saying, "I am the way"; Christ is not merely the way, as he goes before his people as an example; or merely as a prophet, pointing out unto them by his doctrine the way of salvation; but he is the way of salvation itself by his obedience and sacrifice; nor is there any other; he is the way of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 14:6

I am the Way - That leads so the Father: - the Truth that teaches the knowledge of God, and directs in the way: - the Life that animates all those who seek and serve him, and which is to be enjoyed eternally at the end of the way. Christ is the Way: By his doctrine, John 6:68 . By his example, 1 Peter 2:21 . By his sacrifice, Hebrews 9:8 , Hebrews 9:9 . By his Spirit, John 16:13 . He is the Truth: In opposition to all false religions. To the Mosaic law, which was... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 14:6

Verse 6 6.I am the way. Though Christ does not give a direct reply to the question put to him, yet he passes by nothing that is useful to be known. It was proper that Thomas’ curiosity should be checked; and, therefore, Christ does not explain what would be his condition when he should have departed out of this world to go to the Father, (62) but dwells on a subject far more necessary. Thomas would gladly have heard what Christ intended to do in heaven, as we never become weary of those... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:4-6

The way to God. The course of the conversation here is not hard to follow. First, there is the assertion of Jesus, following upon his revelation of the heavenly dwelling-places, that his disciples knew well the road he was about to travel. He had often of late spoken of his approaching departure from this world, and even of the manner of it. Secondly, there is the difficulty, started by Thomas, that they knew not the goal, and therefore could not know the path by which it should be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:5-7

(4) The question of Thomas , eliciting from Christ that he was going to the Father , and that his death was their " way " as well as his own way thither . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:5-7

Thomas's questioning. It turned upon the ability of Christ to bring the disciples to the end of the way. I. THOMAS 'S OBSCURITIES . " Lord , we know not whither thou goest, and how can we know the way?" 1. He imagined that the Messiah ' s reign was to be on earth . Where, then, could be the royal home to which the Messiah was about to depart, and into which he was to gather his saints? 2. The question illustrates the peculiar temper of a disciple who is not... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:6

Christ the Truth. Often in the New Testament do we find our Lord Jesus associated with truth. Those who saw him as he wan beheld him "full of grace and truth." His promise to the disciples who studied him was that they should know the truth, and by the truth should be made free. When the crisis of his ministry and the hour of his sacrifice arrived, he summed up the whole purpose of his mission in the declaration that he came into the world in order to "bear witness unto the truth." Hence... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:6

Christ the Life. The broadest and most impressive distinction in nature is that between what is inanimate and what lives. Beautiful as are earth's landscapes, grand as is the rolling sea, awful' as is the storm, still there is an interest in life far deeper than can be found in the passive and the non-sentient creation. The power which living things possess of taking into themselves, and of making their own, the matter of which their own structure is composed—the growth of framework and of... read more

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