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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 3:22-36

In these verses we have, I. Christ's removal into the land of Judea (John 3:22), and there he tarried with his disciples. Observe, 1. Our Lord Jesus, after he entered upon his public work, travelled much, and removed often, as the patriarchs in their sojournings. As it was a good part of his humiliation that he had no certain dwelling-place, but was, as Paul, in journeyings often, so it was an instance of his unwearied industry, in the work for which he came into the world, that he went about... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 3:31-36

3:31-36 He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth is from the earth and speaks from the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. It is to what he has seen and heard that he bears witness; and no one receives his witness. He who has received his witness sets his seal on the fact that God is true. He whom God sent speaks the words of God, for he does not partially measure out the Spirit upon him. The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. He who... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 3:33

He that hath received his testimony ,.... For there was here and there one that did, who believed in him as the Messiah, and embraced his Gospel, and submitted to his ordinances, and truly and sincerely followed him: and for the encouragement of such, it is said, hath set to his seal that God is true ; faithful in fulfilling the promises he has made concerning the Messiah, and his coming: he firmly believes that God is true to every word of his, and will make good every promise; and this... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 3:33

Hath set to his seal - That is hath hereby confirmed the truth of the testimony which he has borne; as a testator sets his seal to an instrument in order to confirm it, and such instrument is considered as fully confirmed by having the testator's seal affixed to it, so I, by taking up this testimony of Christ, and proclaiming it to the Jews, have fully confirmed it, as I know it to be a truth; which knowledge I have from the immediate inspiration of the Holy Spirit. See John 1:33 , John... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 3:33

Verse 33 33.But he who receiveth his testimony. Here he exhorts and encourages the godly to embrace boldly the doctrine of the Gospel, as if he had said that there was no reason why they should be ashamed or uneasy on account of their small number, since they have God as the Author of their faith, who alone abundantly supplies to us the place of all the rest. And, therefore, though the whole world should refuse or withhold faith in the Gospel, this ought not to prevent good men from giving... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:31-36

A large number of commentators of all schools hold that the remaining verses of this chapter give us the reflections of the evangelist rather than a continuous discourse of the Baptist. Strauss, Weisse, Reuss, and Bretschneider, who make the supposed proof of this Johannine appendix to the Baptist's words an evidence of inhistoricity throughout the Gospel, and the school of Baur, which finds in the entire representation simply an artistic endeavour on the part of a second century falsarius ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:31-36

The Baptist's confirmation of his statement respecting the superiority of Christ. He gives several reasons why Jesus must increase, and he himself must decrease. I. THE ORIGIN OF JESUS . "He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth." 1 . Jesus belongs to heaven ; the Baptist to the earth. 2 . Jesus is above all servants of God ; the Baptist is one of his servants. 3 . Jesus must ever eclipse all his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 3:33

He that receiveth his witness — i.e. his testimony to what he hath personally seen and heard in the heaven from which he has come— sealed —( ἐσφράγισεν ), confirmed by such very act, ratified arid vindicated as trustworthy and stable (cf. Romans 4:1-25 . l 1; Romans 15:28 ; 1 Corinthians 9:2 ; 2 Corinthians 1:22 . In other places the idea or image of a "seal" is used for guaranteeing a special commission, John 6:27 (see notes); Revelation 7:3 ; Ephesians 1:13 )— that... read more

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