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On The Book of John
The Gospel of John Chapter 9
I will do the Gospel of John
Commentary similar to my other Commentaries . . . in that
I will bring the verse or verses in the KJV, followed by what
it is saying to me. What I write will be a personal comment,
it is NOT Scripture.
The subject matter of chapter 9 is Jesus opening the eyes of a man born blind in Jerusalem, the record of the miracle and the reaction to the miracle.
The Lord has been giving His discourse on the Light of the World. Because He claimed that He is God, the Jews wanted to kill Him. Jesus "hid" Himself as He went out of the temple, "going through the midst of them" (Jn.8:59). That in itself was a miracle that He could escape this angry mob. His time had not yet come, so they could not lay their hands on Him.
What follows is really a continuation of the discourse on the Light of the World. The enemies of the Lord Jesus could NOT see because they were spiritually blind. The blind man also could not see, even when the Light of the World stood before him, but Jesus shall reveal Himself to him. Before the blind man can see, he must have his eyes restored. Light must be received. There must be a receiver as well as a sender of Light.
Did you ever wonder, if a tree falls and nobody is there to hear it, is there a noise? There are always sound waves, but if there is no ear there to pick up the sound and interpret it, no one hears it as noise. There must be a receiver.
Just because a physically blind man cannot see, does not mean that light is not there. It IS there, his eyes just cannot see it. Light reveals the state of the eye, whereas the Light of the World reveals the state of the soul. The Pharisees thought they saw, but they were spiritually blind.
It is the responsibility of all TRUE "born again" Christians to get the Word of God out to the world. We are NOT required to "save" anyone, for that is the Holy Spirit's job. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to open the heart of the listener and cause him/her to obey the Word. We must present the Light of the world to people, but the Holy Spirit must open their eyes (2 Cor.2:15-16). We are simply to shine the Light, to hold up Christ Jesus, the Light of the world. For there are many who say: "Where is the light?" They are the ones who are spiritually blind. But, God's children can say: " I was blind but now I see."
John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. (KJV)
And as Jesus passed by . . . As He was leaving the temple (Jn.8:59).
He saw a man which was blind from his birth . . . this man was in the way in which Jesus was going to escape from the ones who were trying to stone Him.
John 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? (KJV)
And his disciples asked him . . . this may have been some of the twelve apostles, or some disciples.
Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? . . . it was a question which the disciples could not determine . . . was his blindness his fault or that of his parents? The pagans of that day, as many of today also, believed in reincarnation and believed that inherited disease could be the result of sins committed during a former existence. The Jews did not accept this. Then there is the argument that the sins of the fathers are visited upon the children to the third and fourth generations (Ex.20:5). This is possible, for blindness in some cases can be the result of the sin of the parent. Another idea was that the sin of Adam was passed to each member of the human family so that all are subject to death and disease. And too, the Jewish rabbis believed that a child in the womb could sin. Jesus answers them.
John 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (KJV)
Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents . . . the blindness of this man was not brought on by any sin of his own, nor his parents, but happened in the common course of life . . . but now it would become the path of salvation to his soul, plus others would see and learn from it, and most important of all, would be glory to God. Many Jews thought that informities on the body were proofs of sin in the soul. Both the man and his parents were guilty of original sin, and both had committed actual transgressions; but Jesus' answer was not any sin that either of them had committed, while he was in the womb, or previous to his birth, was the cause of this blindness.
But that the works of God should be manifest in him . . . Jesus said that this happened that it might appear how great and wonderful are the works of God. By the works of God, here, is meant the miraculous power which God would put forth to heal the man, or maybe, all that happened to him, first his blindness, then Jesus healing him, was an act of mercy and power. It all has happened, NOT by the fault or sin of his parents or of himself, but by the wisdom of God, that it might be seen in what way calamities come, and in what way God meets and relieves them. From this we may learn: #1. To pity and not to despise and blame those who are afflicted with any deformity or calamity. Even though the Jews considered it as the effect of sin, they did NOT look upon it with compassion or mercy. #2. All suffering in the world is NOT the effect of sin. In this case it is specifically so declared. There may be many forms of suffering that cannot be traced to any particular transgression. We must be careful in stating that there is no calamity in the universe except by transgression. #3. We see the wise and wonderful arrangement of Divine Providence. It is a part of God's great plan to adjust His mercies to the affliction of men . . . some times God allows calamity, sickness, poverty and want are permitted, that He may show the abundant provisions of His mercy, that He may teach us to honor His blessings. We feel a deep-felt gratitude for deliverance that binds us to Him. #4. Those who are afflicted with blindness, deafness or any deformity, should be submissive to God. God does NO wrong, and the Universe will, when all His works are seen, know that He is just and right. The works of God: (Jn.11:4).
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (KJV)
I must work the works of him that sent me . . . this shows, that the works of God, that were to be manifest, were to be done by Christ Jesus. Many were the works which the Father gave Him to do, and which He carried out: principally the work of redemption, by fulfilling the law, and satisfying justice; the preaching of the Gospel, and doing of miracles, and among these was this of giving sight to the blind, see (Isa.35:5). Both in a natural and spiritual sense: and with a view to this He speaks of the works He must do.
While it is day . . . in the grave there is no work to be done.
The night cometh when no man can work . . . meaning the night of death, and of the grave, and suggesting His own death. He had little time to be in this world, and therefore would make the best use of it, to do the will and work of His Father that sent Him . . . which if we are wise, should be a pattern to us. This life is short indeed, we must consider eternity.
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (KJV)
As long as I am in the world . . . which had now been about 32 or 33 years; but was not to be much longer.
I am the light of the world . . . (Jn.8:12) Although He most likely said this with some view to the cure He was about to perform. It truly was agreeable to His character and work while He was in the world.
John 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, (KJV)
And when he had thus spoken . . . to answer the disciples' question, and declaring His own work and office in the world, and the responsibility He was under in performing it:
He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle . . . it may be through choice Christ spat upon the dust of the earth, and worked it together into a consistence, like clay, as medicin to the eyes when diseased. The Jews forbid the use of medicines on the Sabbath. They regarded the Sabbath so strictly that they considered the preparation and use of medicines as contrary to the law. It was especially forbidden among them to use spittle on that day to heal diseased eyes. He spat on the ground (Mk.8:23).
And he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay . . . "anointed" or spread the clay upon the eyes of the blind man. It seems that clay was a most unlikely means of restoring sight to a man that was born blind.
John 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (KJV)
And said unto him, Go wash in the Pool of Siloam . . . a fountain of this name is called Siloah (Isa.8:6), and according to the Jewish writers, this was near Jerusalem. Josephus says it was sweet and large, and from it were two watercourses, upper and lower (2 Chron.32:30), which ran into two pools; the one was called the Pool of Siloam, which may be the same that Josephus calls the Pool of Solomon, and is here meant.
Which is by interpretation sent . . . why Jesus sent him to wash there is not known. It is clear that the waters had no effectiveness themselves to open the eyes of a blind man, but it is probable that Jesus directed him to go there to test his obedience, and to see whether he would obey Him where he could not see the reason of it. Another instance somewhat similar, comes to mind . . . that of Naaman, the Syrian leper (2 Ki.5:10). That proud Syrian hated the directions of Elisha . . . BUT the humble blind man obeyed and was healed. This really proves that we should obey the commands of God, no matter how foolish or mysterious they may seem to us. God always has a reason for everything that He tells us to do. Some times our faith and willingness to obey Him are tried when we can see little reason for His directions.
He went his way therefore and washed, and came seeing . . . the blind man did as he was told. He was obedient to the directions and orders of Christ, even though they may have seemed unlikely to him, to cure his blindness. The divine power of Christ, which appeared all the more in making use of such an unlikely means.
John 9:8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? (KJV)
The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him . . . the blind man was not a stranger, he was a native of Jerusalem, who lived in a certain neighborhood.
That he was blind . . . it was well known that he was blind.
Said, is this not he that sat and begged? . . . they remark about how he was a beggar. he was not laid each day, as the lame man (Acts 3:2), nor did he go from door to door, as others did, but he sat in a certain place, as blind men generally did (Mat.20:30).
John 9:9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. (KJV)
Some said, this is he . . . it is the same man that was blind, and begged:
Others said he is like him . . . the talk of the neighbors concerning the blind man restored to sight, resembles the talk that is among relations and neighbors, when anyone belonging to them is called by grace, and converted, saying, what happened to him? He is not the man he was. What's the matter with him?
But he said, I am he . . .so an end was put to the dispute between them, by his honest admission that he was the blind man and the beggar they knew before. Such persons are enlightened by the Spirit of God, and effectually called by His grace, and are ready and willing to acknowledge what they were before conversion . . . poor, blind, miserable and contemptible creatures they were, just as Matthew admits himself to have been a publican (Mat.9:9-12); and Paul confesses he was a blasphemer, a persecutor, the chief of sinners (1 Tim.1:15).
John 9:10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? (KJV)
Therefore said they unto him . . . according to the nature of most men when something new and strange happens, they want to know how it came to pass, who did it, and where he was. The blind man simply tells them that he was could now see.
How were thine eyes opened? . . . how can you now see? Such a thing was never known before, that one born blind received his sight. It indeed was a great a miracle . . . but so it is in grace, a truly great mystery to a natural man, how one should be "born again" or spiritually enlightened.
John 9:11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. (KJV)
He answered and said, a man that is called Jesus . . . the blind man had little knowledge of Jesus, and was only by some means or another he had learned His Name.
Made clay and anointed mine eyes . . . verses 6 & 7.
John 9:12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. (KJV)
Then they said unto him, where is he? . . . He was gone. Christ had withdrawn Himself and was gone . . . whether on account of the Jews, who He knew would be aggravated by this miracle, or maybe to avoid all popular applause and glory, which He did not want.
He said I know not . . . when the blind man returned from the pool, Jesus was gone. The man did not know where Jesus was.
John 9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. (KJV)
They brought to the Pharisees . . . to the Sanhedrim, which was mainly Pharisees. They did this, mainly, to accuse Jesus of violating the Sabbath, and not, as they should have done, to examine the evidence that He was from God.
Him that was aforetime blind . . . The Sanhedrim were the chief rulers, and determined all controversies among the people. In every case of religion, their judgment was final. The people were now fully convinced that the man had been cured, brought him to the Pharisees, that they might decide how this was done, and IF it had been done legally.
John 9:14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. (KJV)
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay . . . that was considered a violation of the Sabbath to the Jews (Jn.9:16), and was one reason why they took the man to the Pharisees to be examined, and why they wanted to know WHERE Jesus was.
And opened his eyes . . . by putting on the clay, and sending him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. The miracle, nor the good done to the man, was an excuse with them, for they thought it was a breach of the Sabbath.
John 9:15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. (KJV)
Then again the Pharisees asked him . . . the Pharisees asked him HOW was it done.
How he had received his sight . . . from whom, and by what means.
He said unto them, he put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see . . . this agrees with the fact that he gave to his neighbors. He did not vary as to the truth of the relation, but this is just more brief and concise. It is reasonable to suppose, that the Pharisees had talked much with him before, which made it less necessary to be more particular; for he makes no mention of the name of Jesus, nor of his making the clay, and the manner of it, nor of the Pool of Siloam, or his orders to go there and wash.
John 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. (KJV)
Wherefore said some of the Pharisees . . . in the Sanhedrim, for they were not all of one mind, as appears by what follows.
This man is not of God . . . NOT meaning the blind man, but Jesus. Their sense is, He is NOT sent from God, He does NOT come from Him to do His will and work, He does NOT seek His glory, He is NOT on the Father's side.
Because he keepeth not the sabbath day . . . they concluded from His making clay of spittle, and spreading it on the blind man's eyes, which was contrary to the traditions of their elders for it was considered work.
Others said, how can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?. . . such as curing a man born blind, the like of which was never heard. Those that reasoned his way may possibly have been Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea (Jn.7:50-51; 19:38).
And there was a division among them . . . even in the Sanhedrim, they could not agree about the character of the Person that had done this miracle.
John 9:17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. (KJV)
They say unto the blind man again . . . after they spoke among themselves, and could not agree about the Person behind the miracle, they turn again to him that had been blind, who they call the blind man, because he had been so, and ask him his opinion.
What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? . . . WHO opened your eyes? What do you have to say about Him?
He said, he is a prophet . . . (Jn.4:19). I think the blind man may have said: "The power to work such a miracle proves that He was sent by God. And even though this was done on the Sabbath, it proves that He must have been sent by God, for such a power could NEVER come from man." We see something important here: A gracious confession is boldly made by the man who was healed, in the face of these rulers, when he almost certainly knew that they were opposed to Jesus. We should NEVER be ashamed, before ANY class of men, to acknowledge the favors which we have received from Christ Jesus, and to always state our belief of His power and the Truth of His doctrine.
John 9:18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. (KJV)
But the Jews did not believe concerning him . . . they did NOT believe the blind man.
That he had been blind, and received his sight . . . they imagined there was a conspiracy between Jesus and this man; that he was a man who had never been blind, but only had pretended that he was, and now, pretended he had now received his sight from Jesus, so as to spread His fame, and persuade people to believe He was the Messiah.
Until they called the parents of him that had received his sight . . . they sent messengers to the parents, and summoned them before them, that they might question them about this matter, hoping that they might get something out of them, which might detect supposed fraud, and bring disgrace to Jesus.
John 9:19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? (KJV)
And they asked them, saying, is this your son . . . was this man your son?
Who ye say was born blind . . . if this is their son, was he born blind?
How then doth he now see? . . . how then, did he receive his sight?
John 9:20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: (KJV)
His parents answered them, and said . . . they give distinct answers to the questions.
We know that this is our son . . . even though his receiving his sight made a change in him, yet his features are the same . They knew for certain he was their son, and even the neighbors, though they disagreed about him, yet some of them knew him to be the same person that had been blind and begged.
And that he was born blind . . . this they did confirm, he was born blind.
John 9:21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. (KJV)
But by what means he now seeth we know not . . . as to the third question they could say nothing. They were not present when his sight was restored, and knew nothing of the matter, except what they had heard from their son, or from others.
Or who hath opened his eyes we know not . . . they had heard it was Jesus, and their son had probably told them it was He; but they could say nothing from their own personal knowledge.
He is of age . . . with the Jews, one was of age when he was thirteen years old. This man was probably much older. Therefore his parents direct the Sanhedrim to him for an answer to their third question.
Ask him, he shall speak for himself . . . he is capable of giving an account of himself in this matter. Put the question to him, and a proper answer will be returned; and so they left the matter to be solved in this way.
John 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. (KJV)
These words spake his parents . . . these were the answers they gave to the three questions asked of them. They were afraid to answer the third question. because they feared the Jews;
For the Jews had agreed already . . . the Sanhedrim had made a decree, either at this time, upon this account, or some time before,
That if any man did confess that he was Christ . . . that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah,
He should be put out of the synagogue . . . anyone acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah was to be cut off from all religious connections with those who worshipped in the synagogue. This was the first time a law was made against Christians. This is why Christians had to form their own churches.
John 9:23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. (KJV)
See verse 21
John 9:24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. (KJV)
Then again called they the man that was blind . . . after they had questioned his parents, and could get nothing from them to suit their purpose, they try a second time to question the son.
And said unto him, give God the praise . . . this phrase was used when confession of sin was required (Josh.7:19). This may be the meaning here; confess this fraud and pretense before the omniscient God.
We know that this man is a sinner . . . they knew Jesus was a sinner, because He had broken the Sabbath, although they also condemned His character, and accused Him of other things, falsely (Mat.11:19; Lk.23:2). They could NOT prove one single instance of sin in Him, though they express themselves here with so much assurance. Jesus sinless: (Heb.4:15; 7:26; Isa.53:9; 2 Cor.5:21; 1 Pet.2:22; 1 Jn.3:5).
John 9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. (KJV)
He answered and said . . . the man who had been blind, does not submit to making a false confession. He could not do what they wanted him to do, for there was NO conspiracy, he just replies to the reproachful character they had given of his Benefactor.
Whether he be a sinner or not, I know not . . . I do not know if He is a sinner or not. He could not join them in saying He was a sinner, nor did he believe He was a sinner. All he knew for certain was, Jesus had done a wonderful thing for him.
One thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see . . . all I know is . . . I was blind, but now I can see. And so it is with persons enlightened in a spiritual way, whatever things they may have been blind to, the light of Jesus and the Gospel opens up a whole new world. Now they can SEE the Truth! They now have a glimpse of eternal glory and happiness, and have a hope in which they can rejoice (Tit.1:2).
John 9:26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? (KJV)
Then said they to him again . . . they could not get him to deny the fact, or give an ill opinion of Jesus, they try another route.
What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes . . . they had asked these same questions before (Jn.9:15). They hope he would change his words, which they would not fail to use against him.
John 9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? (KJV)
He answered them, I have told you already . . . as he already had (Jn.9:15).
And ye did not hear . . . they heard what he said, they just did not believe it.
Wherefore would ye hear it again . . . once should be sufficient, but the former account has been disregarded. To hear it again would just baffle and confuse them all the more. What purpose can there be to hear it again?
Will ye also be his disciples? . . . did he say this in a sarcastic way, or was he really suggesting that if they were willing to examine this fact with upright views and sincere intentions, that they would see it to be a true miracle, and they would become the disciples and followers of Jesus?
The poor man continued steady in his testimony; and, by putting this question to them, he knew he would soon put an end the debate.
John 9:28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. (KJV)
Then they reviled him . . . scorned him and called him impolite and disrespectful, for talking in this impudent manner to them, the great Sanhedrim of the nation. They probably cursed him and thundered their anathemas against him, and pronounced him repulsive and accursed.
And said, thou art his disciple . . . they looked upon being Jesus' disciple a dishonor and disgrace to be called a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth . . . although in God's eyes, there is nothing more honorable than to be a follower of the Lamb where ever He goes. These Jews threw off what they thought a term of reproach from themselves to the blind man; possibly hoping they might ensnare him, and say that he was a disciple of Jesus, and profess Him to be the Messiah, that they might excommunicate him.
But we are Moses's disciples . . . although they preferred Moses to Christ, and chose to be the disciples of Moses the servant, rather than of Christ the Son of God . . . they were not genuine disciples of Moses; for if they had, they would have been the disciples of Christ, and believers in Him, because Moses wrote and testified of Him.
John 9:29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. (KJV)
We know that God spoke to Moses . . . from out of the burning bush (Ex.3:2-4), and told him who He was, and sent him to deliver the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, and spoke the ten commandments to him, and by him delivered them to the children of Israel, and to whom he spoke Face to face (Ex.33:11), as a man does to his friend. They knew that Moses had his mission, commission and credentials from God.
But as for this fellow . . . as they scornfully called the Lord Jesus Christ.
We know not from whence he is . . . contradicting what others of them had said (Jn.7:27). They thought they knew where He came from, which they supposed was Galilee, and the place where He was born, which they concluded was Nazareth. They knew His earthly parents, Joseph and Mary, and His brethren and sisters (Mat.13:55); but as to His divine heritage, they knew nothing, nor would they admit His mission, commission and credentials were from Heaven.
John 9:30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. (KJV)
The man answered and said unto them . . . he spoke very properly and appropriately.
Why herein is a marvellous thing . . . this strange and unaccountable fact.
That ye know not from whence he is . . . these were learned doctors, men of wisdom and they were not able to recognize that this Man is of God, is a Prophet sent by Him, and that there should not be any doubt from where He came from, or from whom He has His commission:
And yet he hath opened mine eyes . . . it was very clear that this was the work of the Messiah, and to be done by Him when He came (Isa.35:4-5; 42:7).
John 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. (KJV)
Now we know that God heareth not sinners . . . all mankind are sinners, even God's elect. There is NO person anywhere without sin. But, God hears those who cry out to Him day or night, because these are the ones Christ came to save (Jn.3:16). These He calls to repentance; and EVERY penitent sinner God hears! (1 Jn.1:9). It is vile, unbelieving sinners that God will not hear.
But if any man be a worshipper of God . . . any person who fears the Lord, and worships Him in spirit and in truth, both with internal (heart-felt) and external worship, God shall hear and answer!
And doth his will . . . means being a TRUE child of God who is a true and sincere worshipper of Him, and willingly serving in faith and love.
Him he heareth . . . for He is nigh to all that call upon Him in truth. These people imitate Jesus, because it is because of Jesus that God hears.
John 9:32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. (KJV)
Since the world began . . . from eternity or never, the phrase is frequently used by the Jews.
Was it not heard, that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind . . . no doctor, no prophet, not even Moses himself did such a marvelous healing.
John 9:33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. (KJV)
If this man were not of God . . . if Jesus were not of God, if God had not sent Him, if God had not given Him authority or power . . .
He could do nothing . . . He could not have given sight to a man who was born blind. His being able to do so, is full proof that He is of God, and comes from Him.
John 9:34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. (KJV)
They answered and said unto him . . . they were stung at the words he spoke, and not able to deny his common sense, which amazed them that a man that could never read the Scriptures, who had had no education, was not only blind, but a beggar from his youth, should be able to reason in such a strong manner, had boldness and a presence of mind and freedom of speech before the whole Sanhedrim. There can be no doubt that it was God that gave him a mouth and wisdom which that educated doctors could not defend against.
Thou wast altogether born in sins . . . not meaning in original sin, as all mankind are, but having believed the notion of a transmigration of souls into other bodies (re-incarnation), or of sinning in a pre-existent state, or of infants actually sinning in the womb . . . and so was punished with blindness, lameness or some deformity. They rebuke this man, calling him a vile reprobate.
And dost thou teach us . . . "How can YOU, a nobody, teach us, holy, wise and learned men?" (Isa.65:5; Lk.18:9). Nasty people!
And they cast him out . . . not just out of the place where the Sanhedrim sat, they immediately excommunicated him . . . drove him from their assembly with contempt, and forbid his farther appearing in the worship of God. Such a simple man, guided by the Spirit of Truth, who continued steady in his testimony, utterly bewildered the most eminent Jewish doctors.
John 9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? (KJV)
Jesus heard that they had cast him out . . . as was said in the previous verse.
And when he had found him . . . the Lord hunted for him, whether casually, or a diligent search for him, the Scripture does not say.
And when he had found him . . . not by chance, but looking for him. When Jesus knew where he was, He went to the very place, and found him in this pathetic condition, abandoned by all mankind. This is a symbol of Christ's seeking after His chosen ones, both in redemption, and in the powerful calling, for they are like sheep going astray, and never come to Him on their own. He
seeks after, and stops them. He sends His ministers and His Gospel after them, where ever they are, and sends His Spirit into their hearts (Jn.14:16-18). He really comes Himself (spiritually), and enters there, and dwells in them by faith. He knows where they are, as He did Matthew the publican (Mat.9:9), Zacchaeus (Lk.19:4), and the woman of Samaria (Jn.4:6-7); and even though they are at the ends of the Earth; and He goes and seeks for them up, and finds them. He finds them in a appalling condition, hopeless, helpless, poor, miserable, blind and naked (Rev.3:17), ; in the hand of Satan, and under the power of darkness.
He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? . . . this is the same as asking, "Do thou believe on the Messiah?" The Son of God and the Messiah are ONE and the same! (Jn.1:34,49; 10:36; Mat.16:16; Mk.1:1). This One was the One "who hath healed thee." What Jesus was asking the man was: "Are you ready to claim the Messiah and Saviour of the world, who is not only the Son of man, but also the Son of God? Are you willing to accept, receive and stay close to Him, and to obey Him? (Jn.9:22).
John 9:36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? (KJV)
He answered and said . . . he is the blind man who was healed.
Who is the Lord that I might believe in him? . . . this reveals that he knew there was a Messiah expected, and he believed He was to come, yet he did not know that He was already come, neither did he know that this particular Person in human nature, was the Messiah, and the Son of God. Even though he had been cured of his blindness by Him, and had justified Him, and pleaded for Him before the Sanhedrim, and also had suffered for Him . . . this shows that Christ does many, great things for His people BEFORE they know Him, or His mercy and grace. I can verify this fact. When I look back over my life, as far back as I can remember, I can NOW see Jesus working in my life. I did not know it then, but I do now. He actually saved my life several times.
John 9:37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. (KJV)
And Jesus said unto him . . . this man was blind when Christ anointed him, and sent him to Siloam to wash. When he came back, Jesus was gone. The only way he had seen Jesus was by perceiving Him and feeling His power in restoring his sight. Now he had seen Him bodily, with his restored eyes, but this was not enough to tell Jesus apart from other persons.
Thou hast both seen him,and it is he that talketh with thee . . . the man had seen the Messiah, and Jesus was now speaking with him. Similar to the woman at the well (Jn.4:26).
John 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. (KJV)
And he said, Lord, I believe . . . faith was immediately in his soul. He believed! He accepted
Christ, as the Son of God, and TRUE Messiah for salvation of his soul and everlasting life. As soon as he felt it, he made an open and hearty profession of it, like we must do.
And he worshipped him . . . as God, with worship and adoration, not only trusting in Him, but giving honor and glory to Him, that which is due to God only, and not any creature. (Ex.20:3-5).
Jesus IS God: http://www.hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm
John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. (KJV)
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world . . . there are several interpretations of the "judgment" here. Some think that it means the Divine counsel and decree: I am come into the world, to execute the just will, counsel and pleasure of my Father; that some who did not see, now see; and some who can see, are made blind. Others say it is condemnation: I am come to execute the "judgment" of condemnation, this seems unlikely to me (Jn.3:17), for God sent not his Son to condemn the world. Another idea is those who interpret it of the spiritual government of the world, committed to Christ, and managed by Him with perfect righteousness and justice. One prominent part being the Gospel, the law of grace (Rom.6:14). Many are spiritually blind, and unable to see the Way that leads to eternal life, might (as this person that was born blind is now clear sighted) be enlightened with the saving knowledge of the Truth. Then there are those who THINK they see, and by their stubborn unbelief are more blind than those who were blind from birth. (Isa.8:14-15).
That they which see not, might see . . . meaning not physically but spiritually. Christ restored physical sight to many, but He never took it away from any person. Christ came as a Light into the world, that those who are in the darkness of sin, ignorance and unbelief, and who know that they are sinners, and want spiritual enlightenment, as this poor man did. All spiritual needs come from Christ Jesus and Him alone: the fullness of grace, love, everlasting life, mercy, righteousness and salvation. All these and more are in Him for them.
And that they which see might be made blind . . . there are SO many in the world who think they know it all. They are wise and knowing in their own conceit, they think that they have great light and knowledge. They think they have the key of knowledge, and have true understanding of divine things, and can be guides of the blind, like the Scribes and Pharisees. These may be given up to spiritual blindness and hardness of heart, for they shut their eyes, and harden their hearts against the Gospel, and the Truths of it.
John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? (KJV)
And some of the Pharisees which were with him . . . these Pharisees were following Him, and were watching and observing all that He said and did, taking every advantages and opportunity against Him that they could
Heard these words, and said unto him, are we blind also? . . . they knew He meant them, and so with great resentment ask this question, taking it as a great disrespect to them, to put such wise, learned, and knowing men as they in company with the ignorant and unlearned common people (Isa.42:18-20).
John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. (KJV)
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind . . . if you were really blind and had no chance of learning the Truth, if you were truly uninformed, and were willing to confess it, you would come to Me for instruction. They were indeed blind, to any Truth of Christ, and to the true way of salvation by believing in Him. They saw the way of salvation without Christ, by the works of the law, and willfully shutting their eyes against the glorious Light of the Gospel.
Ye would have no sin . . . your sin would not be imputed to you, it would be pardoned and removed from you (Heb.8:12; 10:17). This does not mean they had no sin in them, or done any sin, but that there was hope for them, that their sin might be forgiven, and put away, and be no more (1 Tim.1:13). All sins can be forgiven IF we turn to Jesus and accept Him into our heart and life.
But now ye say we see . . . their opinion was that they could see, and they boasted in their knowledge of the law. They thought themselves to be wise and knowing, and did NOT need any illumination from Him. They were pigheaded and hardened in their disloyalty, and willfully opposed and shut their eyes against all the light and evidence of Truth
Therefore your sin remaineth . . . because of their know-it-all attitude, and their pride, they were
immoveable and unpardonable. There was no hope for them; because they saw, and yet believed not. They willfully sinned against light and knowledge when they rejected Jesus, as the Messiah. They sinned the sin against the Holy Ghost, which is never forgiven (Mat.12:32). So it is with millions of people today. ALL sin remains in the soul without acceptance of Jesus! Do I believe this? YES! These shall stand before Judge Jesus one day, dreading the outcome (Rev.20:15).
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