This answer is to be interpreted by the nature of the question submitted to him. 1999. And parallel with this reference to the creating works of God, there follows the reference to Genesis 2:7 in ver. 1878. ", "But that the works of God might be displayed in him, we must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day. Our version does not give quite accurately the form of the answer. Augustin: Si ergo et parentes ejus habuerunt peccatum et iste habuit peccatum, quare dominus dixit: neque hie peccavit neque parentes ejus, nisi ad rem, de qua interrogatus erat, ut caecus nasceretur? John chapter 9 opens with Jesus passing by a man who has been blind his entire life. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. It, quite frankly, states that God can and will creates disabilities in any person from birth specifically for His own glory to be displayed and not due to any cause other than that. The law which is binding on all men Jesus enounces.— ἐμὲ δεῖ ἐργάζεσθαι … Work, active measures to remove suffering, are more incumbent on men than resentful speculation as to the source of suffering. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-9.html. 3. He will trace it back to the region of the divine counsel, where purpose and result are one. "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." So then Christ intended, by these words, to excite in his disciples the expectation of a miracle; but at the same time reminds them in a general manner, that this must be abundantly exhibited on the theater of the world, as the true and lawful cause, when God glorifies his name. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Both alternatives are rejected by Jesus, Οὔτε … αὐτοῦ. γεν. John 9 - And as [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man which was blind from [his] birth. Jesus replied, ‘It was not this man or his parents who sinned. (3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents.—The answer is, of course, to be understood with the limitation of the question, “that he was born blind.” Neither his special sin nor theirs was the cause of the blindness. And if you know anything of the Lord, I would desire you to say, how would the Lord Jesus prove his love to you, in seasons of sorrow, in hours of temptation, and in all times of trouble; if you had never known sorrow, never felt temptation, or knew what trouble meant? Neither; neither his sin nor theirs was the cause of his blindness. The former paved the way for the latter in the Divine purpose: comp. that the works of God should be made manifest in him. And the NKJV rendering of John 9:3 implies that, no matter the disability or circumstances, God will use it to glorify Himself. Greek. oute . https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/john-9.html. Then he … "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. parents. Many of the Jews thought that marks on the body were proofs of sin in the soul. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-9.html. You’re looking for someone to blame. CHAPTER 9. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. ch. for Saturday, September 3, 2016 [ Previous Devotionals] BibliographyGill, John. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Explaining John 9:1-3. 3 s So his brothers 2 said to him, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. The question for us is not where suffering has come from, but what we are to do with it. Although now the man was physically able to work for the first time in his life, no one would hire a man who had been excommunicated by the religious authorities. But that the works of God should be made manifest in him. Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. Ask him. Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, ... Learning this truth alone changes your perspective on the entire story of the blind man in John 9. John 9 picks up where John 8 left off. But see ch. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. Now Jesus is seen as "from God" -- he is the one sent from God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-9.html. 4 are not the works "which God has commanded," but the works which God doeth. Moreover He by implication warns them against assuming, like Job’s friends, a connexion between suffering and sin in individuals (see on John 9:14). Both alternatives are rejected by Jesus, οὔτε … αὐτοῦ. : ‘neither of these was the cause; but τυφ. The answer asserts that no such connection exists, and our Lord’s words remain a warning against the spirit of judging other men’s lives, and tracing in the misfortunes and sorrows which they have to bear the results of individual sin or the proof of divine displeasure. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/john-9.html. In this case it is expressly so declared; and there may be many modes of suffering that cannot be traced to any particular transgression. The disciples viewed the man"s condition as an indication of divine displeasure, but Jesus saw it as an opportunity for divine grace. Acts 26:18. Pain and trouble are also part of God's Plan to bless us (Acts 14:22; 1 Thessalonians 3:3; Revelation 7:14-17). The Theodice in relation to sufferings rests upon this, that all suffering must be first of all regarded as punishment, although we must not limit ourselves to this one-sided view alone. While there, he cleansed the temple. Hence ἵνα φανερ., etc., is a thought which contains the true nature of the Theodicy for all sufferings. God sometimes afflicts for his own glory, but sin is ever at the bottom. The meaning of the whole verse (which is unusually elliptical) may be given thus: ‘Neither did this man sin nor his parents that he should be born blind, but (he was born blind,—he is as he is) that the works of God may be manifested in him.’ Not to suggest or unravel speculative questions, but to present a sphere for the manifestation of the works of God, hath this man borne this infirmity. First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages. "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". But that the works of God - This thing has happened that it might appear how great and wonderful are the works of God. 1865-1868. "Commentary on John 9:3". And turn away from any surrender to futility, or absurdity, or chaos, or meaninglessness. . John 9:3 Translation & Meaning. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. What is here taught is, that severe sicknesses and trials are not necessarily the results of specific transgression; so that we cannot absolutely and unconditionally argue from the calamity to the guilt. Nor was it intended to mean that God deliberately made the man blind for this purpose. The blindness of this beggar will have its result, and therefore in the divine counsel had its purpose, in the light which will dawn upon the spiritual as well as upon the physical blindness, and from him will dawn upon the world. Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents. For what greater glory could possibly be shewn, than by the blindness of this man, the Lord Jesus might manifest his divine nature and mercy, in giving him sight? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/john-9.html. 1859. 1897. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. John 11:4, which is strictly parallel. 1. The Man Born Blind. Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; that is, as the cause of his blindness. "Commentary on John 9:3". 3. Thus the punishment inflicted upon him, born in sin, by the Divine righteousness, was at the same time the greatest blessing, and the highest manifestation of the love of his God. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". BibliographyPett, Peter. Laying on of hands, command, mud on eyes, fingers in ears, etc. Or does this mean a Buddhist type carmical effect of Jesus? The meaning of Jesus in John 9:3 is not obscure. These works of God, which were once displayed in the creation, and are still going on in the preservation of all things, are here to become manifest anew: the whole body of those works are to be exhibited in this one particular example of miraculous healing. If the man born blind had not been tried with this calamity, he would probably not have been one of the "not seeing" in ver. He is saying to the disciples: Turn away from your fixation on causality as the decisive explanation of suffering. Including not only the miracle but its effects. THE CONTEXT In chapter 2 Jesus worked his first sign, turning water into wine (2:1-12). It is a part of his great plan to adapt his mercies to the woes of men: and often calamity, want, poverty, and sickness are permitted, that he may show the provisions of his mercy, that he may teach us to prize his blessings, and that deep-felt gratitude for deliverance may bind us to him. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Notice the positive viewpoint of Jesus. [On ἕως in N.T. We are continuing to work our way through this biography of Jesus, which focuses on His deity. So they become very angry: They answered him, "You were born in utter sin," (John 9:34a RSV) That is a reference to his blindness. Perhaps he is making the point that the man was healed because he was "sent" to wash in the pool; the healing didn't just happen by itself. John indicates the derivation of the name Siloam as meaning "sent." By his miraculous cure the work of God shall be made manifest. How often had they been the butt of scorn or open charge of sin; and yet how wrong they were who felt no pity and, in their smug self-righteousness, slandered and criticized them! From a like persuasion, probably arose that proverb among our northern neighbors-Mark him whom God marks. God had a plan for the life of that blind man that led at last to light and glory and salvation at the pool of Siloam. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/john-9.html. 1871-8. Q2. In the Beginning was the Word (John 1:1-18) I Have Called You Friends (John 1:35-51, John 15:15) Water Into Wine At the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11) Jesus Teaches Nicodemus (John 3:1-21) Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4) Jesus Heals on the Sabbath (John 5) Jesus the Bread of Life (John 6) Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind (John 9) 1599-1645. . Jesus denies both alternatives, and puts God‘s purpose (αλλ ινα — all' hina with first aorist subjunctive of πανεροω — phaneroō) as the true solution. "Our text, John 9:1-41, is Jesus' sixth sign in the Gospel of John. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". 1874-1909. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/john-9.html. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 5:1-9 EXEGESIS: JOHN 1-4. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. 6 Having said this, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man,. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. (St. Augustine, tract. "Scofield Reference Notes on John 9:3". οὐ κολαστικῶς, ἀλλʼ οἰκονομικῶς. Both the excellencies and defects of nature, the ordinary and the extraordinary providences, furnish subjects of study as illustrations of God’s works and his dealings with a sinful race. From His works shine forth the Power, and the Glory, and the Grace of God. and by the presence of the blind man. John 9:3. The answer, like the question, points to a definite act of sin causing this retribution. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website.Original work done by Ernie Stefanik. There is a chain connecting the sin of humanity and its woe, but the links are not traceable by the human eye. ? A man who “sat and begged” (John 9:8, … All sicknesses are punishments of sin, our Lord teaches in ch. John 1:1 says Jesus was the Word (Logos) which means the truth and is called "light." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/john-9.html. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". It happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’ The answer negated any suggestion of linking his blindness with sin. In this case it is expressly so declared; and there may be many modes of suffering that cannot be traced to any particular transgression. Charles Schribner's Sons. 7 and said to him, 'Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam' (the name means 'one who has been sent'). "Commentary on John 9:3". It has borne its fearful fruit in the death and curse of humanity, but its works have led to the manifestation of the works of God in the divine plan of redemption. The expression must be left in this general form (it first acquires its more exact force in John 9:4); it denotes the entire category of which such miraculous healings were a particular species; hence the works of God were set forth and brought to light in this concrete case, to wit, in the man ( ἐν αὐτῷ) who experienced the divine miraculous power. John 9:3. ‘Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God might be revealed clearly in him.”. In the apostle John’s writings, this term is used exclusively of Jesus (Joh 3:16, 18; 1Jo 4:9) but never about Jesus’ human birth or existence as a man. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Lets’ take a look at John 9:4-5 together. John 8 ended with the statement that Jesus “went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by” (John 8:59). Used by Permission. "Commentary on John 9:3". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". Jesus at the Feast of Booths. Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. Therefore he determines nothing concerning this. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". It is the work of God to believe on Christ (John 6:29), and the blindness of this man was the occasion of faith being produced, not only in him, but others. "Commentary on John 9:3". It is sometimes true that disease is the result of personal sin as in the man in John 5:14 and parents can hand on the effects of sin to the third and fourth generations, but there are cases free from blame like this. 4 For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. References in this context to Pharisees and to the synagogue (v. Neither of the disciples" options was the reason for this man"s blindness. "Commentary on John 9:3". Perhaps he is making the point that the man was healed because he was "sent" to wash in the pool; the healing didn't just happen by itself. oute. The works of God in ver. ]— ἔρχεται νύξ, suggested by the threats (John 8:59, etc.) BibliographyScofield, C. I. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Jesus was speaking about His time of ministry on Earth, calling it “day”. "Only God knows why babies are born with handicaps, and only God can turn those handicaps into something that will bring good to the people and glory to His name." This man's blindness was part of the Decree by which God rules the Universe. To pity and not to despise and blame those who are afflicted with any natural deformity or calamity. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. We should be cautious, therefore, in affirming that there can be no calamity in the universe but by transgression. Neither… this man… nor his parents—Our Lord does not deny that they had sinned, but that they had sinned as the cause of his being born blind. And from this we may learn: 1.To pity and not to despise and blame those who are afflicted with any natural deformity or calamity. Wherefore, Christ assigns another reason. Evil furthers the work of God in the world. John 9:4. The scope of his answer is, It was neither for any sins of his own, nor yet of his parents; but that the power of God might be displayed. BibliographyTrapp, John. John 9:1-3 (a) Christ reasons here as his disciples thought, who presupposed that no diseases came except for the reason of sins: as a result of this he answers that there was another cause of this man's blindness, and that was in order that God's work might be seen. It is in conquering and abolishing evil He is manifested. This elliptical use of ‘but (in order) that’ is common in S. John, and illustrates his fondness for the construction expressing a purpose: see on John 1:8. All other rights reserved. A man who “sat and begged” (John 9:8, see Pool of Siloam) near the temple. (John 9:32-33 RSV) Observe how he has grown. "Commentary on John 9:3". Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents — It was not the manner of our Lord to answer any questions that were of no use, but to gratify an idle curiosity. Sinfulness is the general lot of mankind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." John 9:3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents,.... Not but that both were guilty of original sin, and had committed actual transgressions; but Christ's answer is to be considered agreeable to the design of the question; and the sense is, that it was not any sin that either of them had committed, whilst he was in the womb, or previous to his birth, that was the cause of this blindness; otherwise, all such irregularities and afflictions arise from sin, and the fall of man, as does that spiritual blindness with which all mankind are attended: but that the works of God should be manifest in him; that is, that Christ might have an opportunity of working a miracle in the cure of him, whereby it might appear that he is truly and properly God, the Son of God, and the Messiah; and so spiritual blindness, which has followed the fall of man, takes place in the elect of God in common with others, that the power of divine grace might be displayed in bringing them out of darkness into marvellous light. 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