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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on John 1:43-51

From the Geneva Notes

Joh 1:45
1:45 {18} Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have
found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did
write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

(18) God uses the good endeavours of the unlearned such that he
makes them teachers of the learned.

Joh 1:46
1:46 {19} And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing
come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

(19) We must especially take heed of false presumptions, which
prevent us from entrance to Christ.

Joh 1:47
1:47 {20} Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him,
Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

(20) Simple uprightness discerns the true Israelites from the

Joh 1:48
1:48 {21} Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me?
Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called
thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

(21) The purpose of miracles is to set before us Christ the
Almighty, and also the only author of our salvation, in
order that we may apprehend him by faith.

Joh 1:51
1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God
{x} ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

(x) These words signify the power of God which would appear
in Christ's ministry by the angels serving him as the
head of the Church.

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