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What is in man

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Prior verses, 23 and 24, subtly reveal the true nature of belief from a biblical standpoint.  Because of what observers knew of Jesus from His miraculous signs, many came to believe in Him.  However, Jesus made it His habit not to wholeheartedly “entrust” or “commit” Himself to them because He knew their hearts.  Verse 24 indicates that Jesus looked for genuine conversion rather than enthusiasm for the spectacular.  “Belief into His name” involves much more than intellectual assent.  It calls for whole-hearted commitment of one’s life to Jesus.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 2:23,24.

Externals of Religion

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Jesus’ reply emphasized the spiritual bankruptcy of the nation (Israel) at that time, since even one of the greatest Jewish teachers did not recognize this teaching in the prior verses on spiritual cleansing and transformation, based clearly on the Old Testament.  The net effect is to show that externals of religion may have a deadening effect on one’s spiritual perception.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 3:10.