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William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 3:17-21

3:17-21 For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. He who believes in him is not condemned, but he who does not believe already stands condemned. And this is the reason of this condemnation--the light came into the world and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their deeds were evil. Every one of whose deeds are depraved hates the light, and does not come to the light, but his deeds stand convicted. But he who... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 3:18

He that believeth on him is not condemned ,.... Whether Jew or Gentile, because a believer is openly in Christ; and there is no condemnation to those that are in him: and though the sentence of death passed upon all in Adam, and judgment came upon all men to condemnation in him; yet this sentence being executed on Christ, the surety of his people, who has been condemned to death, and has suffered it in their stead, his death is a security to them from all condemnation: and they are delivered... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 3:18

He that believeth - As stated before on John 3:16 . Is not condemned - For past sin, that being forgiven on his believing in Christ. But he that believeth not - When the Gospel is preached to him, and the way of salvation made plain. Is condemned already - Continues under the condemnation which Divine justice has passed upon all sinners; and has this superadded, He hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God, and therefore is guilty of the grossest insult to... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 3:18

Verse 18 18.He who believeth in him is not condemned. When he so frequently and so earnestly repeats, that all believers are beyond danger of death, we may infer from it the great necessity of firm and assured confidence, that the conscience may not be kept perpetually in a state of trembling and alarm. He again declares that, when we havebelieved, there is no remaining condemnation, which he will afterwards explain more fully in the Fifth Chapter. The present tense — is not condemned — is here... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:3-21

5. The revelation of earthly and heavenly things to one who knew that God was with him. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:17-21

The Incarnation regarded respectively in its design and in its actual result. I. THE DESIGN OF THE INCARNATION . "For God sent not his Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world through him might be saved." 1 . It was for the salvation of the world. (a) from the guilt of sin, (b) from the power of sin, (c) and to give him an eternal inheritance in glory. 2 . It was not for the judgment of the world. The Jews expected the kingdom for the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:18

Salvation is the Divine result of believing on him, and salvation lifts the saved man from the necessity of the judgment, of the moral discrimination which awaits every man, and is passed upon every man by his own conscience and by the providence of God. The word κρίνω does not necessarily mean "to condemn" (see John 3:17 ), and whensoever the unfavourable issue of judgment is emphatically referred to, then κατακρίνω is used ( Romans 2:1 ; Romans 8:3 ; 1 Corinthians 11:32 ; ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:18

Faith and judgment. Man's life is full of alternatives. Choice between different paths that offer themselves, often between two paths, determines the direction and the character of the journey. If it is so in the decision men form as to a profession, an abode, a friendship, etc., is it not also thus with regard to religion, with regard to the principle which shall govern our moral life and decide our lasting destiny? Immediately after propounding one of the fullest and riches statements of... read more

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