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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 21:20-25

In these verses, we have, I. The conference Christ had with Peter concerning John, the beloved disciple, in which we have, 1. The eye Peter cast upon him (John 21:20): Peter, in obedience to his Master's orders, followed him, and turning about, pleased with the honours his Master now did him, he sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following likewise. Observe here, (1.) How John is described. He does not name himself, as thinking his own name not worthy to be preserved in these records; but... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 21:20-24

21:20-24 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, the disciple who at their meal reclined on Jesus' breast and said: "Lord, who is it who is to betray you?" When Peter saw this disciple, he said to Jesus: "Lord, what is going to happen to this man?" Jesus said to him: "If I wish him to remain till I come, what has that to do with you? Your job is to follow me." So this report went out to the brethren, that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say to him that... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 21:24

This is the disciple which testifieth of these things ,.... Recorded in this chapter concerning the appearance of Christ to his disciples at the sea of Tiberias, and what were done by him in their presence, what passed between them; particularly the conversation he had with Peter, both concerning himself, and the disciple John: and also, of all things that are written in this whole Gospel. These are testified to be true by this very disciple John, concerning whom the above report went upon a... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 21:24

This is the disciple - It is, I think, very likely that these two verses were added by some of the believers at that time, as a testimony to the truth of the preceding narration; and I allow, with Bishop Pearce and others, that it is possible that John may mean himself when he says We know, etc., yet, I think that it is very unlikely. It is certain that this Gospel loses no part of its authority in admitting the suffrage of the Church of God: it rather strengthens the important truths which... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 21:24

Verse 24 24.This is that disciple. Having hitherto mentioned himself in the third person, John now declares that it is himself; that greater weight may be attached to the statements of one who was an eye-witness, and who had fully known all that he relates. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 21:1-25

3. The epilogue, answering to the prologue. The post-resurrection life corresponds with the pre-incarnate energy of the Logos. 1. Long and sustained controversy has prevailed on the question of the authenticity and apostolic authorship of this chapter even among those who admit the Johannine authorship of the rest of the Gospel. 2. Among those who accept to the full the authenticity, there are many critics who urge that it is not an integral portion of the Gospel, but a later... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 21:24

This is the disciple who testifieth concerning these things —whether those narrated in the twenty-first chapter or in the entire Gospel. He is still testifying. He has not yet departed. He still proclaims his gospel of the love of God, his memories of "the Word made flesh," of "the Light of the world," his doctrine of the "eternal life which was with the Father, and has been manifested unto us." And wrote these things —compare "these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full" ( ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 21:24

Witness authenticating witness. That the last two verses of this Gospel are not the composition of the evangelist whose name it bears is plain enough. But it is almost equally plain that this fact does not detract from their value, but, all things considered, rather adds to it. I. IT IS EVIDENT THAT THIS GOSPEL WAS KNOWN TO THE CONTEMPORARIES OF THE APOSTLE JOHN . Whoever wrote these supplementary sentences, this appendix to the treatise, it is clear that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 21:24-25

(4) Note of subsequent editors with reference to the authorship and the fullness of unrecorded traditions touching the words and deeds of Jesus. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 21:24-25

Conclusion of the appendix to the Gospel. These last words are added, not by the apostle, but by some other hand. I. A TESTIMONY TO THE AUTHORSHIP AND TRUTH OF THIS GOSPEL . "This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true." This language implies: 1. That John was still alive. 2. That he was an eye-witness and an ear-witness of all recorded in this Gospel. 3. That the narratives... read more

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