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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 1:29-36

We have in these verses an account of John's testimony concerning Jesus Christ, which he witnessed to his own disciples that followed him. As soon as ever Christ was baptized he was immediately hurried into the wilderness, to be tempted; and there he was forty days. During his absence John had continued to bear testimony to him, and to tell the people of him; but now at last he sees Jesus coming to him, returning from the wilderness of temptation. As soon as that conflict was over Christ... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 1:32-34

1:32-34 So John bore his witness. "With my own eyes," he said, "I saw the Spirit coming down from heaven, as it might have been a dove, and the Spirit remained upon him. And I did not know him. But it was he who sent me to baptize with water who said to me: 'The one on whom you see the Spirit coming down and remaining is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I saw it happen; and my witness stands that this is the Son of God." Something had happened at the baptism of Jesus which... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 1:34

And I saw ,.... The Spirit descending from heaven as a dove, and lighting upon Jesus, and remaining some time on him; this he saw with his bodily eyes: and bore record ; at the same time, before all the people that were with him, when he baptized Jesus: that this is the Son of God ; the natural, essential, and eternal Son of God; who being sent in the fulness of time, had assumed an human nature, in which he became subject to all ordinances, and had the Spirit without measure... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 1:34

Verse 34 34.I saw and testified. He means that what he declares is not doubtful; because God was pleased to make him fully and thoroughly acquainted with those things of which he was to be the witness to the world; and it is worthy of notice, that he testified that Christ wasthe Son of God, because he who gives the Holy Spirit must be the Christ, for to no other belongs the honor and the office of reconciling men to God. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 1:1-51

The phrase, "according to," has been thought by some to suggest a type of doctrine or teaching with which the document might be supposed to harmonize, and therefore to set aside the idea of personal authenticity by its very form. This interpretation, seeing it applies to Mark and Luke as well as to John and Matthew, would lose its meaning; for Mark and Luke, by numerous traditionary notices, have been continuously credited, not with having personally set any special type of doctrine before... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 1:29-34

Third testimony borne by the Baptist to Jesus. This incident, which occurred on the following day, must have been immediately after the temptation. The Baptist identifies Christ by implication, not by name. I. THE REDEEMER IS IDENTIFIED BY HIS WORK . "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!" This title is taken from Isaiah 53:1-12 , which the Jewish commentators themselves originally applied to the Messiah. The passage sets forth: 1 . The... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 1:31-34

(3) The purpose of John ' s own mission was to introduce to Israel the Baptizer with the Holy Ghost. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 1:34

I for my part have seen and have borne testimony that this is the Son of God . The Old Testament standpoint which John occupied enabled him from the first to identify the Messiah with the "Son of God;" but surely this is the record of the first occasion when the Baptist recognized the token that One who sustained such relation with the Father stood before him. There is much in this Gospel and the synoptic narrative to show that the disciples ( Matthew 16:16 , Matthew 16:17 ) identified... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - John 1:33-34

The same said ... - This was the sign by which he was to know the Messiah. He was to see the Spirit descending like a dove and abiding on him. It does not follow, however, that he had no intimation before this that Jesus was the Christ, but it means that by this he should know it infallibly. From Matthew 3:13-14, it seems that John supposed, before the baptism of Jesus, that he claimed to be the Messiah, and, that he believed it; but the infallible, certain testimony in the case was the descent... read more

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