John

He has told us beforehand

John 12;48

But take heed;

see, I have told you all things beforehand.

Mark 13:23

 

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He gives eternal life.

John 10;28

No stronger passage in the Old or New Testaments exists for the absolute, eternal security of every true Christian.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 10:28,29.

Can You hear me now?

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Apart from John 9:31, also see:  Job 27:9 and 35:12; Psalm 18:41; Proverbs 1:28, 15:29, and 28:9; Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 11:11 and 14:12; Ezekiel 8:18; Micah 3:4; Zechariah 7:13; and James 5:16.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, references for John 9:31.

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.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

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The wind blows where it wishes,

and you hear the sound of it,

but cannot tell where it comes from

and where it goes.

John 3:8

Jesus’ point was that just as the wind cannot be controlled or understood by human beings but its effects can be witnessed, so also it is with the Holy Spirit.  He cannot be controlled or understood, but the proof of His work is apparent.  Where the Spirit works, there is undeniable and unmistakable evidence.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 3:8.