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What sayest thou of thyself? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/john-1.html. Used by Permission. "Commentary on John 1:23". 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. reception of the Holy Spirit in John 20:22 refers to neither empowerment nor transformation. 3.; Luke iii. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In verse 27, John the Baptist (not the same John as the author of this gospel, the disciple John) gives more details about the person "standing among" the people, unrecognized. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". There is still a work to be done in many of our hearts. If that duty be neglected, is it not at our peril? 1974. But see the Structure in the Isaiah book comments, and App-79. 23.The voice of him who crieth. As he would have been chargeable with rashness in undertaking the office of teaching, if he had not received a commission, he shows what was the duty which he had to perform, and proves it by a quotation from the Prophet Isaiah 60:3. We had the same, See Poole on "Matthew 3:3", See Poole on "Mark 1:3". (3) One more lesson from the Baptist's course seems to be set before us. John 1:23. He said, I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Isaiah. John 1:23 Translation & Meaning. The voice of one crying in the wilderness. His Master was "The Word;" the herald was but a voice crying through the Judean desert, Make ready for the coming Lord! (Witham). BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. make straight the way of the Lord; he called upon persons to reform their ways, and walk in the way of the Lord, to repent of their sins, believe in Christ, and submit to the ordinance of baptism: the Ethiopic version reads, "the way of God"; and such was the person he came to prepare the way for, even the Son of God, and who is truly and properly God. At the very last, when the enmity of the scribes and Pharisees was at its highest, we find they dared not insinuate that the baptism of John was not from heaven but of men—because all the people held John for a prophet. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/john-1.html. I am the voice — As if he had said, Far from being Christ, or even Elijah, I am nothing but a voice: a sound that so soon as it has expressed the thought of which it is the sign, dies into air, and is known no more. John 1:26.—Homiletic Quarterly, vol. By implication, the Baptist, quoting this opening prophecy of himself, announces the approaching fulfilment of the whole section. John 1:23: “He said, ‘I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord,” as Isaiah the prophet said.’” He was citing Isaiah 40:3. If the Holy Spirit “abides” (μενει — menei John 14:17) in you, that heart becomes a temple (ναος — naos) of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16. It is poetic prose—prose with the soul of poetry—prose that, like poetry, packs layers of meaning in a word or phrase. I. I do not think we often question respecting the course and testimony of Christ's forerunner—whereunto served it? "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". "Commentary on John 1:23". 1914. II. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. It is poetic prose—prose with the soul of poetry—prose that, like poetry, packs layers of meaning in a word or phrase. John 1:51 The Greek is plural. John was a Voice making known the Word, meaningless without the Word. xl. What sayest thou of thyself? An old message; yet one for our own day. Charles Schribner's Sons. John 1:51 The Greek is plural. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Here he uses it of himself. He came in the spirit and power of Elias, but he was not the person of Elias. ◄ John 1:23 ► He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet. See the notes at Matthew 3:1-3. 1999. the heraldic voice of a divine warning to prepare the way for the great King. John is called a Voice, because he was enjoined to cry. III. The Jews give a different interpretation of the words; though one of their celebrated commentatorsF21Kimchi in Isa. Though he points out the coming of God, when he brought back the people from their captivity in Babylon, yet the true accomplishment was the manifestation of Christ in flesh. x., p. 193; A. C. Hall, Ibid., vol. Esaias = Isaiah. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. What does this verse really mean? I am the voice of one crying - See the notes on Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:4, Mark 1:5. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/john-1.html. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. The Baptizer introduced Jesus in John 1:33 as “the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” Jesus himself has said that his ability to give the Holy Spirit “without measure” would offer proof that … H. Alford, Quebec Chapel Sermons, vol. II. Isaiah does not, indeed, speak there of John alone, but, promising the restoration of the Church, he predicts that there will yet be heard joyful voices, commanding to prepare the way for the Lord. He was the herald, who was sent ahead of Christ, to announce that the day of their visitation was near. "Commentary on John 1:23". BibliographyAlford, Henry. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/john-1.html. 22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. These words are cited by the other evangelists, and applied to John the Baptist; but then they are only to be considered as their citation, and as an application of them to him by them: but here they are used by John himself, who both expresses them, and interprets them of himself; and in which he was undoubtedly under the infallible direction of the blessed Spirit; and which confirms the sense of the evangelists, who apply the words to him. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". To get what Philippians 1:23 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. ib. Thus was additional evidence given to the fact that the rejection of Jesus by His own was not merely for any hostility that His own character and course excited in them, still less on account of His falling short of the announcements of their prophets, but because they were hardened in heart against God and indisposed to turn to Him at all. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. See App-107. For one thing, I was in need of a good introduction for this lesson. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In verse 27, John the Baptist (not the same John as the author of this gospel, the disciple John) gives more details about the person "standing among" the people, unrecognized. 15 (John testified concerning him. See on Matthew 3:5. 1765. "—And then the latter endeavours to illustrate the humility of John the Baptist's reply, as if he had said, "Far from being the Messiah, or Elias, or one of the old prophets, I am nothing but a voice, a sound, which as soon as it has expressed the thought, of which it is the sign, dies into air, and is known no more." Browse Sermons on John 1:23. Jesus, on the other hand, is "The Word," from the Greek word logos (John 1:1). 3. by all which John was his immediate precursor. The interest excited is natural. He was the … These files were made available by Mr. Ernie Stefanik. Isaiah 40:3. See on Matthew 3:5. In this chapter, Jesus establishes a pattern that continues through John’s gospel—Jesus makes a statement about who He is, and He backs it up with something He does. The herald’s voice sounds in the desert, announcing the coming of the King, commanding that all obstacles be removed from the course of His triumphal march, and that through the wilderness there be made a highway for the Deliverer and for the people whom He has set free. 1801-1803. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/john-1.html. He was to the scribes and Pharisees just one whom, if they had been in earnest at all, they would have hailed with eagerness and believed without hesitation He was full of the Old Testament spirit. ), and so a fit dwelling place for the Father and the Son, a glorious and uplifting reality. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-1.html. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on John 1:23". The Hebrew writers generally understand the passage, of the return of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity, and of removing all obstructions in their way to Jerusalem; to which sense the Targum on the place inclines, which paraphrases it thus. Ver. See Matthew iii. I am the voice—John’s answer, while it evades all their malice, invests him with the dignity of being foretold by ancient prophecy. I. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-1.html. Haggai 2:9, that the glory of that latter house (built by Ezra, and Zerubbabel, and Nehemiah) should be greater than of the former. The quotation is from the LXX. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. We know that by it the Jewish people as a whole were not prepared to receive Jesus as their Saviour, for they rejected and crucified Him. These words, which by the other Evangelists are spoken of John as the fulfilment of the prophecy, appear from this place to have been first so used by himself. EXEGESIS: JOHN 1:1-18. THE CONTEXT. Their Saviour was coming and He had the Words of eternal life, for He was the Incarnate Word of God. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Then said they unto him, who art thou? John 1:23. I. Art thou Elias? John … "Commentary on John 1:23". “He said, I amthe voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make … 1879-90. College Press, Joplin, MO. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/john-1.html. "Commentary on John 1:23". 23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. In Matthew 17, Jesus compared John to the prophet Elijah. And he said, I am the voice of one crying in the. "Every valley shall be exalted," etc. Before this glorious revelation shall be made, this levelling process must take place, both amongst mankind and within ourselves. 1887. John 1:51 Gen. 28:12 John was not that Prophet whom Moses said the Lord would raise up … Bibliography"Commentary on John 1:23". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-1.html. 23. "the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, prepare the way before the people of the Lord, make in the plain, paths before the congregation of our God: but not the people of the Lord, but the Lord himself, and not the congregation of God, but God himself is intended; whose ways were to be prepared, and made plain, even the King Messiah; which was to be done, and was done by his forerunner John the Baptist, who, with great modesty, expresses himself in the language of this Scripture, as being a prophecy of him: he was a "voice", but not a mere voice; nor was his ministry a mere voice of words, as the law was, but it was the sweet voice of the Gospel, proclaiming the coming of the Messiah; encouraging men to believe in him; calling them to evangelical repentance, and publishing remission of sins in the name of Christ, and pointing him out as the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world: this voice was "crying"; it was not a still small voice, it was a very loud one; John lifted up his voice like a trumpet; he delivered himself with great zeal and fervency; and it was "in the wilderness" where this voice was heard, in the wilderness of Judea, as in Matthew 3:1 where Jesus came preaching; the Ethiopic version renders the words, "I am the voice of one that goes about in the wilderness"; that is, in the several towns and villages which were in the wilderness, to whom John went and preached the Gospel: the Persic version reads, "I am the voice and cry which cometh out of the wilderness"; referring to the place where he was before he entered on his public ministry, and from whence he came; for he was in the deserts till the day of his showing unto Israel, Luke 1:80. 20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. Then, speaking of the one on whom the Spirit descended, John said, “I have seen and have testified (Greek: memartureka —testified or witnessed) that this is the Son of God” (1:34). He conies to lead back his people through the desert to their own land. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. For ὁδὸν, way, all the Synoptists have τρίβους, beaten tracks; and for the verb εὐθύνατε, make straight, the adjective and verb εὐθύνατε ποιεῖτε. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Has He not made our duty plain? He was to get things ready for Jesus to carry out his mission. that we may give an answer to them that sent us. He humbly yet sublimely pronounces himself to be not the WORD, but a voice; yet what a voice! "He [John the Baptist] said, 'I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.' III. I am, &c. Quoting from Isaiah 40:3. I am the voice of one crying] Christ spake not a word to Herod, saith one; because Herod had taken away this voice of his in beheading the Baptist. "The Bible Study New Testament". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/john-1.html. There is a work to be done in the community. as Isaiah the prophet said.'" The number 153 has inspired many, many attempts to find a spiritual meaning in the number, but none of these explanations has proved convincing. "Commentary on John 1:23". BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. The Baptist takes the words in their true application to the Messianic deliverance and kingdom. Art thou that prophet? 1865-1868. See John 14:2 for the word μονη — monē (dwelling, abiding place). "Commentary on John 1:23". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cpc/john-1.html. This is another indication that John does not mean sinless perfection by the phrase walk in the light; otherwise, there would be no sin to cleanse in this ongoing sense. MARK 7:1-23. as said the prophet Esaias, in Isaiah 40:3. ii., p. 263. John 1:23 Context. 1859. John 8:58, "Jesus said to them, … The adverb modifying "born/beget" in verses 3 and 5 is anōthen. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/john-1.html. Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples. John Trapp Complete Commentary. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". John 1:23 German Bible Alphabetical: a am as calling crying desert for He I in Isaiah John Lord Lord' Make of one prophet replied said straight the voice way wilderness words NT Gospels: John 1:23 He said I am the voice (Jhn Jo Jn) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools John 1:1-18 . ( C) 2 He was with God in the beginning. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. "Commentary on John 1:23". If this comparison be considered, it will be easily seen that no torture has been given to the words of the prophet in this application of them; for God arranged everything in such a manner, as to place before the eyes of his people, who were overwhelmed with their calamities, a mirror of this prediction. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. The Greek word can have both the meaning "from above" (which is most common) as well as "again, anew" (less common). On wilderness, see on Matthew 3:1. (23) But he still gives the “No.” They think of his person and his work. Make straight the way (εὐθύνατε τὴν ὁδὸν). 22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on John 1:23". The word is personal. His eye is fixed on the coming One. 1. owns, that the comforts spoken of in the preceding verses are what will be in the days of the King Messiah: one of themF23Jarchi in Isa xl. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Chrysologus calls John Baptist, fibulam legis et gratiae. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-1.html. In this verse, John is communicating that Jesus (the Word) is the entire message, the complete message, God wanted to send to earth. BibliographyGill, John. them better explains it by, הם המבשרים, "they are they that bring glad tidings", or good news; such are Gospel preachers; only it should have been in the singular number: for the text speaks but of one voice; of one person crying; and of John the Baptist, who brought the good news, and glad tidings, that the Messiah was coming, yea, that he was already come, and that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. Chemnitius thinks, that John chose rather to preach and fulfil his ministry in the wilderness, than in the temple; to make an illustrious difference between himself, who was but the Lord’s messenger, and whose office was but to prepare the Lord’s way, and his Lord himself, of whom it was prophesied, Malachi 3:1, The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his holy temple; upon which account Haggai prophesied. John 1:42 Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) both mean rock. 22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? THE PROLOGUE TO THE GOSPEL OF JOHN. Here he uses it of himself. He thinks of neither. "Commentary on John 1:23". Only God can forgive sins, and Christ, being God, has the power to do so as well, but He never communicated any such power to His disciples, nor did they ever assume any such power to themselves. I am a voice, &c. The Synoptists use these words of John as fulfilling prophecy. John 1:23 Context. There is a scarcely doubtful reference to this passage in Justin Martyr (c. A.D. 150); οὐκ εἰμὶ ὁ Χριστὸς, ἀλλὰ φωνὴ βοῶντος. "Commentary on John 1:23". Especially is there a work to be done in the non-Christian world. 1876. What the disciples received, in my view, was a particular ministry of the Holy Spirit for the reason given in verse 23 – to “forgive” and “retain” “sins”. (2) Again, the character of the Baptist's message has a voice and meaning for us. 3.; Mark i. make straight the way of the Lord; he called upon persons to reform their ways, and walk in the way of the Lord, to repent of their sins, believe in Christ, and submit to the ordinance of baptism: the Ethiopic version reads, "the way of God"; and such was the person he came to prepare the way for, even the Son of God, and who is truly and properly God. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". 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