2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:      qtext

2:2 And both [GBT: omit] Jesus was called [GT: +also], and his disciples, to [GBT: unto] the marriage.

2:3 And [G: Now] when they wanted wine [GBT: the wine failed], the mother of Jesus saith [GT: said] unto him, They have no wine.

2:4 Jesus saith [GT: said] unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.      qtext

2:5 His mother saith [GT: said] unto the servants [BT: ministers], Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

2:6 And there were set [T: standing] there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

2:7 Jesus saith [GT: said] unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

2:8 And [G: Then] he saith [GT: said] unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And [G: So] they bare it.

2:9 When the ruler [G: governor] of the feast had tasted the water that was made [T: turned unto] wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants [BT: minsters] which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast [T: he] called [B: calleth] the bridegroom,

2:10 And saith [GT: said] unto him, Every man [GT: All men] at the beginning doth [GT: omit] set forth good wine; and when men have well [T: be] drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept [GT: +back] the good wine until now.      qtext

2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana [G: +a town] of Galilee, and manifested forth [G: shewed forth; BT: shewed] his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

2:12 After this he went down [T: descended] to [GT: into] Capernaum, he, [T: omits] and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they [G: but they; B: and there; T: but] continued there not many days [GT: not many days there; B: not many days].


(John 2:1-11) GF6: 191; HPS 176; SBD 61, 86

(John 2:1) GF7: 334 [264]

(John 2:4) IP1: 207; IP4: 80; WPR 142

(John 2:9) GF3: 496

(John 2:10) WTG 79 (SM), 154 (EH)


(John 2:1-11)

SBD 86 (1750): In this temper of mind we shall be capable to receive instruction [Prov 1:3, etc] (and not think ourselves above it, which is a very dangerous state) and if reproof should be given us in a wrong mind, we being in a right one, may reap good by what is not so intended for us. In this temper of mind we shall see our water turned into wine [John 2:1-11], and all our bitters made sweet for us [Exo 15:23-25]; and ... all things will work together for our good [Rom 8:28], because our standing is in the love and fear of God, in in it we labour by inspiration ....

(John 2:4)

[Other texts citing John 2:4: IP1:207 (Mat 12:48)]

IP4:80 (1671): ... He did nothing of himself [John 8:28], or for himself, but all in the will and time of the Father. "Mine hour is not yet come," said he to his mother, when she was hasty to have him do that miracle of turning water into wine. John 2:4. And so when his brethren urged him to go up to the feast, John 7:3-4. "My time," said he, is not yet come; your time is always ready," 7:6.

WPR 142 (1677): Jesus told his mother at the marriage in Cana in Galilee, his hour was not yet come [John 2:4]. He rejected the will in her, and stayed, till his time was come, that is, his Father's time, in whose hands are the times and seasons [Psa 31:15/Acts 1:7]; whose will he came to do, and not his own [John 6:38]; leaving us therein a blessed example, that we should also follow in his steps [1 Pet 2:21], that is, not to attempt to perform even things of God in our own wills, nor out of God's season and time, which is the best.

(John 2:10)

[Other texts citing John 2:10: WTG 79 (John 14:27)]

WTG 154 (Elizabeth Hudson, 1748): an open good meeting.... To me the best wine came at the last [John 2:10].


2:13 And [G: For] the Jews' passover [T: Easter] was {T: +even] at hand, and [G: Therefore] Jesus went up to Jerusalem,

2:14 And [G: +he] found [BT: +sitting] in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting [G: sitting there; BT: omit]      qtext

2:15 And when he had [G: Then he; T: And he] made [B: +as it were] a scourge of small cords, he [GT: and] drove them all out of the temple, and [GBT: with] the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;

2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take [BT: Have] these things hence; [BT: +and] make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

[John 2:14-16: || Mat 21:12f, Mk 11:15f, Lk 19:45f; cf Ex 40:32-34, 2 Chr 29:15-17, 1 Mc 4:36-43]

2:17 And his disciples remembered [T: +how] that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up [BT: even eaten me].

2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign [BT: token] shewest thou unto us, seeing [G: omit] that thou doest these things?

2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise [BT: rear] it up [GT: +again].      qtext

2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in [GBT: a-] building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.      qtext

2:22 When [GBT: As soon] therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them [G: thus said unto them; BT: thus had said]; and they believed the scripture, and the word [BT: words] which Jesus had said.

2:23 Now [BT: omit] when he was in Jerusalem at the passover [T: Easter], in the feast day [GT: omit], many believed in [BT: on] his name, when they saw the [GBT: his] miracles which he did.

2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them [T: put not himself in their hands], because he knew all men [G: them all],

2:25 And needed not [G: had no need] that any [T: +man] should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.


(John 2:14-16) GF7: 294 [249], 317 [260]; WPR 476, 573; WPT 352

(John 2:18) IP1: 204

(John 2:19-21) GF3: 311; IP3: 226

(John 2:19) GF8: 286 [402]; IP1: 199

(John 2:21) GF3: 77; IP4: 77


(John 2:14-16)

[Other texts citing John 2:14-16: WPR 476 (Mat 11:28)]

GF7:294 (1667): And when the Jews' temple was cleansed, and the rubbish cast out of it [2 Chr 29:16, Mat 21:12, John 2:14-16], the glory of the Lord filled the temple [Exo 40:32-34]: and when your temples are cleansed, and the rubbish cast out of your temples by your high priest, Jesus Christ, in the male and the female [Gal 3:28], who destroys the devil and his works [Heb 2:14, 1 Jn 3:8], you will witness renewing up into the image of God [Col 3:10], into righteousness and holiness [Eph 4:24], as man was in before the serpent got the rubbish into him.

(John 2:19)

[Other texts citing John 2:19: IP1:199 (Mat 26:61)]

GF8:286 (1685): The temple built by Solomon, was partly a figure of Christ, and partly of his church. For, when Christ suffered the temple of his holy body to be destroyed, and was raised again from the dead, John 2:19. then Christ raised up us the christian church; which is the true spiritual house and temple wherein God dwelleth [2 Cor 6:16]. 1 Cor. vi. 19.

(John 2:21)

GF3:77 (1659): P. He saith, "Do not [the Quakers] blasphemously make Christ an idol, that call our temples, idols' temples [1 Cor 8:10]?" ... A. Christ's body was and is the temple of God [John 2:21]; who ended all outward temples made with hands [Acts 7:48], and so that is no idol, but others are idols, held up by you and the pope, Jews and Gentiles, that prison the seed of God in yourselves.

IP4:77 (1671): Jerusalem, the holy city, was a figure of the new Jerusalem, the spiritual Jerusalem, the heavenly Jerusalem, which is the mother of all them [Gal 4:26] that are born of the Spirit; and the hill whereon Jerusalem was built signified God's holy mountain [Isa 11:9, etc], whereon this his city is built; and the inhabitants of the outward Jerusalem signified the inhabiters of the new and inward Jerusalem; and the temple signified Christ's body [John 2:21], and the bodies of the saints, which are temples [1 Cor 6:19], which the Holy One dwells in the midst of.


3:1 There was [G: +now] a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of [T: among] the Jews:      qtext

3:2 The same [G: This man] came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher [T: +which art] come from God: for no man can [GBT: could] do these miracles that [T: such miracles as] thou doest, except God be [GBT: were] with him.      qtext

3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again [T: anew], he cannot see the kingdom of God.      qtext

[John 3:3, cf 1 Pet 1:23]


(John 3) JN3: 97

(John 3:1-5) GF6: 191

(John 3:1f) WPR 44, 301; WPT 78

(John 3:2) IP1: 202

(John 3:3-8) GF4: 15; GF6: 235; DGA 58

(John 3:3-6) GF2: 323; JN1: 46

(John 3:3-5) GFJN 184, 233; GF5: 324, 395, 397, 401; GF6: 354; GF7: 57 [45]; GF8: 151 [352], 155 [353], 204 [372], 301 [410]; GFEJ 38, 368; GFT 168; JN1: 74 (RF); WPR 591; WPT 388; JSS 63

(John 3:3) GF3: 41; GF7: 47 [38]; GFT 66; JN1: 158; JN3: 731 (WT); WDS 94, 260, 298 ; IP1: 270; IP4: 355; RBA 150; RBAF 106; EQ 321 (BC); WPR 602; WPT 254, 406; SBD 94; JSS 7 [cf 1 Pet 1:23; may be confl w John 3:5]


(John 3:1f)

WPR 44 (1669): Reader, whether thou art a night-walking Nicodemus, ... one that would visit the Messiah but in the dark customs of the world, that thou might'st pass as undiscerned [John 3:1f], for fear of bearing the reproachful cross; or else a favourite to Haman's pride [Est 3], and counts these testimonies but a foolish singularity: to thee hath divine love enjoined me to be a messenger of his Truth, and a faithful witness against the pride and flatteries of this degenerated world....

(John 3:2)

[Other texts citing John 3:2: IP1:202 (under John 3:4)]

(John 3:3-6)

GF2:323 (1687): Before I left this place I wrote another paper, the scope whereof was to show, by many instances taken out of the holy scriptures, that the kingdom of God, which most people talk of at a distance and refer altogether to another life, is in some measure to be known and entered into in this life; but that none can know an entrance thereinto, but such as are regnerated and born again.... [quotes John 3:3,6,5] And John, writing to the seven churches of Asia, calls himself their "brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ." Rev 1:9. Here you may see that John was in the kingdom, so he was born again: for he did not only see the kingdom but was in it.

(John 3:3-5)

[Other texts citing John 3:3,5): GF6:354 (Rev 21:17), GF8:151 (Luk 1:33), JN1:74 (Rev 13:7), WPR 591, WPT 388 (Mat 11:11)]

GF8:204 (1681): ...all such haters of Christ, his light, life, order, government, and counsel, are in a false liberty, though they may profess Christ or his government in words, yet not believing in the light, and walking in the light (the life of Christ) they have no true fellowship one with another [1 Jn 1:7], but are in confusion; and have no true fellowship with the believers in the light (the life in Christ) nor with the son, and the Father [1 Jn 1:3]; for, how should they? For, until they come to believe in the light, (the life in the second Adam [1 Cor 15:45/47],) they cannot see their own states, they are in a blind state; for none see, nor enter into the kingdom of God, till they are born again [John 3:3,5]....

(John 3:3)

Often conflated with John 3:5.

[Other texts citing John 3:3): JN1: 157f (Gen 25:27), WDS 298 (Mat 20:16)]

SBD 94 (1750): But education, though with the strictest care and tenderness administered, will not answer what some expect from it as to the grounding of youth in true religion and saving faith; for nothing short of the work of grace in the heart, the new birth, and the washing of regeneration by the Word [Tit 3:5/Eph 5:26] can make a sound and right Christian, and a true minister. We do not come to these attainments by a natural inheritance of birthright from our parents, but by a spiritual relation; for we must be born again before we can see the kingdom of God [John 3:3].


3:4 Nicodemus saith [GT: said] unto him, How can a man be born when he [G: which] is old? can he enter the second time [GBT: omit] into his mother's womb [G: +again], and be born [BT: +again]?      qtext

3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except =GT: +that] a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.      qtext

3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.      qtext

3:7 Marvel not [B: +thou] that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again [T: anew].


(John 3:4-6) IP3: 92

(John 3:4) MFU 146; IP1: 202; IP2: 119

(John 3:4f) WPR 267f

(John 3:5-8) IP2: 327

(John 3:5) GF4: 283; GF8: 262 [397]; MFU 210; JN1: 52; 76 (RF), 150; WDS 267; IP2: 215; IP3: 42, 57f; IP4: 353, 376f, 383; RBA 370; RBAF 321; HPS 364f (EB); WPR 343, 600, 612; WPT 278, 402 [may be confl w John 3:3]

(John 3:5f) GF6: 263; GF8: 288 [402]; MFS 32; JN1: 46, 70; JN2: 277, 463; JN3: 470; IP1: 41; IP4: 347

(John 3:6-8) IP3: 319, 408

(John 3:6) GFJN 310, 311; GF3: 453f; GF8: 288 [402]; JN1: 146; IP2: 128; IP3: 37, 291, 314, 361, 416, 425; IP4: 214, 223, 342; IPL 29; RBAF 10(239); WPR 142


(John 3:4)

[Other texts citing John 3:4: IP2:119 (Luk 17:20)]

IP1:202 (1659): O thou that readest this, wait to know in thy self the ear that cannot hear Christ's doctrine; while thou condemnest the Jews, do not run into the same error of unbelief and gainsaying: but wait to know the voice of Christ in this day, and to receive the ear that can hear it; for though thou shouldst be willing to hear, yet thou canst not till thy ear be opened. Nicodemus, who could acknowledge Christ "a teacher come form God [John 3:2]," yet could not receive the doctrine of the new birth from him. John 3:4.

(John 3:5-8)

[Other texts citing John 3:5-8: IP2:327 (Mat 18:3)]

(John 3:5)

[Other texts citing John 3:5: GF8:151 (Luk 1:33)]

GF4:283 (1661): ...woe is unto them that are covered, but not with the spirit [Isa 30:1], they are covered with transgression, sin and iniquity, death and darkness.... it is that spirit that God will cut off, which hath kept out the steadfastness from God; and the Lord saith, "I will pour out of my spirit on all flesh, and my sons and daughters shall prophesy" [Joel 2:28], and the spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophets [1 Cor 14:32], so there is unity; and execept a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom [John 3:5], though they may profess all the scripture of the saints, given forth from Genesis to the Revelations. In the first birth following his own spirit he sees nothing....

MFU 210 (1656): now with the light which is eternal, which searches & tries [Psa 139:23/Prov 20:27] & examines & weighs & makes all things manifest of what sort it is [1 Cor 3:13], let this search & try you how you grow up in the eternal & immortal birth, & do not deceive yourselves, for eternally except you be born again by water & the spirit ye cannot enter [John 3:5]. Now see whether you can read this in the eternal, & whether you know & see & witness this in your own particulars, yea or nay; & see whether you be not like Nicodemus, who said, how can these things be [John 3:9]....

IP2:215f (1661): A man cannot inherit the kingdom of God, but he must be born again, even "born of the Spirit [John 3:5]." So saith the Scripture, and so saith the experience of every one who feels the new birth. And when he is born of the Spirit, he is to abide with him, and learn the law of the new life, and receive power from him daily; or the spirit of darkness will soon get ground upon him, and by degrees be recovering him back again into his dominions.

RBA 370, RBAF 321 (1678, XII.10): Obj. They object (John 3:5), "Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit," &c., hence inferring the necessity of water baptism, as well as of the Spirit. Ans. But, if this prove any thing, it will prove water-baptism to be of absolute necessity; and therefore Protestants rightly affirm, when this is urged upon them by Papists, to evince the absolute necessity of water-baptism, that "water" is not here understood of outward water; but mystically of an inward cleansing and washing; even as where Christ speaks of being "baptized with fire [Mat 3:11]," it is not to be understood of outward material fire, but only of purifying, by a metonymy; because to purify is a proper effect of fire, as to wash and make clean is of water; where it can as little be so understood, as where we are said to be "saved by the washing of regeneration" (Tit 3:5). So that since "water" cannot be understood of outward water, this can serve nothing to prove water baptism.

WPR 600, WPT 402 (1694): And indeed, the ministry of the Spirit must and does keep its analogy and agreement with the birth of the Spirit; that as no man can inherit the Kingdom of God unless he be born of the Spirit [John 3:5]; so no ministry can beget a soul to God, but that which is born from the Spirit. For this, ... the disciples waited before they went forth; and in this our elder brethren, and messengers of God in our day, waited, visited and reached to us.

(John 3:5f)

[Other texts citing John 3:5f: JN1:70 (Mar 10:15 | Luk 18:17)]

MFS 32 (1660): Here are all the priests, teachers, and professors of the world, in the disobedience, erred from the Spirit [Isa 29:24], in the transgression, and in sin. So they teach all people to be sinners, as they can do no otherwise, who are not ministers of the light of christ nor turn people to the light of Christ in whom is no sin [1 John 3:5], who has said, "Unless one is born of water in and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God [John 3:5]." Now that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit [John 3:6] and this enters the kingdom. [quotes John 6:63]

(John 3:6)

[Other texts citing John 3:6: GFJN 311 (Jas 3:15-17)]

IP3:291 (1674): What is regeneration, or the new birth? It is an inward change, by the Spirit and power of the living God, into his own nature. It is a being begotten of his Spirit, born of his Spirit; begotten into and born of the very nature of his Spirit. ("That which is born of the Spirit, is Spirit [John 3:6].") It is not every change of mind which is the right change; but only that which God, by the very same power wherewith he raised our Lord Jesus Christ from his grave, makes in the hearts of those whom he visits; who are sensible of, receive, and are subject to his inward life, light, and power.

WPR 142 (1677): One sigh, rightly begotten, outweighs a whole volume of self-made prayers. For that which is born of flesh, is flesh [John 3:6], and reacheth not to God's kingdom, he regardeth it not; and all that is not born of the Spirit is flesh. But a sigh, or a groan, arising from a living sense of God's work in the heart, it pierceth the clouds, it entereth the heavens; yea, the living God heareth it, his regard is to it, and his Spirit helpeth the infirmity [Rom 8:26].


3:8 The wind bloweth where it [T: he (3x)] listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof [T: his sound], but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one [GT: man] that is born of the Spirit.      qtext

3:9 [T: +And] Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?      qtext

3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of [G: teacher of; BT: master in] Israel, and knowest not these things?

3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do [GT: omit] know, and testify that we have seen; and [G: but] ye receive not our witness.

3:12 If I have told [GT: when I tell] you earthly things, and [GT: omit] ye believe not, how shall [GT: should] ye believe, if I [GT: +shall] tell you of heavenly things?      qtext

3:13 And [G: For] no man hath ascended [GBT: ascendeth] up to heaven, but he that came down [G: descended] from heaven, even the [G: that; T: that is to say the] Son of man which is in heaven.      qtext


(John 3:8) MFU 217; JN2: 205; IP2: 22, 105, 108; IP3: 319; IPL 27; RBA 128; RBAF 93; EQ 280 (JN); WPR 585; WPT 376; SBD 20, 67

(John 3:9) MFU 210

(John 3:11) JN1: 221

(John 3:12) DGA 99; IP3: 26f

(John 3:12f) GF5: 143

(John 3:13) GF5: 150; GF7: 122 [130] JN2: 61; IP3: 49, 87; HPS 329


(John 3:8)

[Other texts citing John 3:8: WPR 585 (2 Pet 1:21), SBD 20 (John 14:16), SBD 67 (Luk 21:19)]

MFU 217 (1657): is thy way, joining thy mind to the Light, being guided by the light. So thou will come to have union with the Children of Light & will come to see thy enemy, which would not have thee go to their meetings, where thou might find comfort & refreshment to thy soul; where the presence of the Lord is. So beware of that temptation, for thou knows not what the Lord might manifest to thee, the wind bloweth where it listeth [John 3:8], so wait in the light, & believe in the Light [John 12:36], ... and do not forsake the assembly of the saints [Heb 10:25].

JN2:205 (1655): He that troubles all that's out of his way, guides and gives peace to all in his way; the same is a Spirit the world knows not [John 14:17], blows where it listeth [John 3:8], therefore never found but in his own way and will: you who seek him in the will of man, there cannot find him; nor can your ministers made by the will of man [Gal 1:1] tell you of him, where he is, or the way to him....

IP2:108 (1660): The true prayer is by that which God begets in the virtue of his Spirit, ("praying always in the Spirit," Eph. 6:18, Jude 1:20) in the time he chooses; for the Spirit breatheth as well when he listeth, as where he listeth [John 3:8]; and man cannot limit him when he shall breathe, or when he shall not breathe; but is to wait the season of his breathing, and so to "watch unto prayer [1 Pet 4:7]."

RBA 128, RBAF 93 (1678, V/VI.16): This then, O man and woman, is the day of God's gracious visitation to thy soul, which thou shalt be happy forever if thou resist not. This is the day of the Lord, which, as Christ saith, is like the lightning, which shineth from the east unto the west [Mat 24:27]; and the wind or spirit, which blows upon the heart, and no man knows whither it goes, nor whence it comes [John 3:8].

(John 3:9)

[Other texts citing John 3:9: MFU 210 (under John 3:5) ]

(John 3:12)

IP3:26f (1667): Now of this thing we might speak yet more clearly and plainly, could men hear our words. But if we have spoken to you earthly things (in parables and figures), suitable to your understanding, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if we speak to you heavenly things [John 3:12]; if we should tell you plainly of the Father, in whom is all the life of the Son, and all the virtue and salvation that ever the Son had from him? The Jews were to learn in types, figures, and shadows, till Christ came. And after Christ came, he also taught them in resemblances and similitudes of things.... But he that comes into the thing itself, and is taught there by the Spirit, after he is grown up and made capable, he is taught plainly the nature of the heavenly things, and the words of the apostles (concerning the deep things of God [1 Cor 2:10], which are mysterious to others, are manifest nad plain to him.

(John 3:13)

GF7:122 (1656): But the power of God is the gospel [Rom 1:16]; and ye that have received the power of God, ye have received the gospel; and he is cursed that preacheth any other, yea, if an angel from heaven [Gal 1:8]. For Christ is the power of God [1 Cor 1:24], to whom the angels must bow. And Christ Jesus, who was born (of a virgin,) crucified, and is ascended, (and there is no other) [John 3:13], all of you, that are turned to the light, wait to have him born in you [Gal 4:19], every one in particular.


3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even [G: omits] so must the Son of man be lifted [GBT: lift] up:      qtext

[John 3:14, cf Num 21:8f]

3:15 That whosoever [T: none that] believeth in him should not perish [B: perish not; T: perish], but have eternal life.

3:16 For God so loved [T: loveth] the world, that he gave [GT: hath given] his only begotten [T: omits] Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not [T: none that believe in him should] perish, but [T: +should] have everlasting life.      qtext


(John 3:14) GF3: 228, 246; GF6: 74; JN2: 547; WDS 301; IP4: 96; HPS 140; WPR 140 [cf Num 21:8f]

(John 3:15-18) GFEJ 464; JN3: 14

(John 3:15f) GF3: 358; GF6: 76, 297; GF7: 144 [153]; GF8: 271 [398], 302 [410]

(John 3:16-22) JN3: 222, 432

(John 3:16-18) GF6: 267; JN3: 75

(John 3:16) GF2: 329; GF4: 215, 267, 274, 320; GF5: 90, 219, 293, 388, 411, 443; GF6: 381; GFT 217, 218, 225, 226; MFU 162, 209, 339, 428; JN1: 301; JN2: 213, 215, 283; JN3: 725 (RR); IP1: 266; IP4: 95; IPL 31; RBA 96, 104, 106; RBAF 6(72), 78; HPS 56; 363, 399 (EB), 518; WPR 221, 223, 620, 630; WPT 20, 22, 204, 311

(John 3:16f) GF3: 531; IP3: 274; RBA 107


(John 3:14)

[Other texts citing John 3:14: JN2:547 (Mar 16:12)]

GF3:228 (1659): And none lift up the son of God, as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness [John 3:14, Num 21:9], but as every one is in the light that the son of God hath enlightened him withal [John 1:9], and then they know him that draws all men after him [John 12:32].

WDS 301 (1668): Therefore be of good comfort; for as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, so is the Son of Man lifted up [John 3:14, Num 21:9] in the light and covenant of life, to heal your wounds, and save you from sin, and to give you victory over the enemy in all his appearances; so that you, through faith in the name of Christ, making war in righteousness [Rev 19:11], and fighting the good fight in keeping the faith [2 Tim 4:7], will be made more than conquerors through his love [Rom 8:37] that he will shed abroad in your hearts [Rom 5:5]....

IP4:95f (1671): Mind the figure, the brazen serpent, which was not lifted up, that a certain number might be healed, and no more; but that every one that was wounded, every one that was stung with serpents, might look up and be healed [Num 21:8f]. So was Christ lifted up [John 3:14], that every sinner that was stung with sin and the serpent might look up to the physician of souls [Mat 9:12], and receive virtue and healing from him....

(John 3:16)

[Other texts citing John 3:16: JN2:215 (1 Jn 5:19), IP1:266 (Rev 14:1), IP4:95 (Rom 5:18)]

GF4:319f (1663): What command have you, to persecute, or imprison any, concerning religion, or worship, from Christ, who hath all power given to him in heaven and earth [Mat 28:18]? But is not Christ's command to the contrary, that you should "love one another [John 13:34, etc]" and "love enemies [Mat 5:44]"? and so then, not to hate one another, and hate enemies, as those called christians do this day? For did not God love the world (which were enemies to him,) that he gave his only begotten Son into the world, that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life [John 3:16]? And was not Christ's love manifested to the world, that when they were sinners and ungodly, Christ died for them [Rom 5:6]? and if people have sinned in their judgment concerning religion, and are mistaken, hath Christ bidden you to persecute them for their sins' sake?

GFT 218 (1681; John 3:16 is a keynote for this sermon, GFT 217-230): "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son" into the world [John 3:16], the "first born of every creature [Col 1:15]". He gave his son, who by the grace of God tasted death for every man [Heb 2:9] to be a propitiation for our sins [1 Jn 2:2]. He did not take a son or daughter of Adam in the fall that they should be a sacrifice for the sins of the world, but God's son. Here was a promise: "The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head [Gen 3:15]." Here is another promise: what his name should be; Emmanuel, God with us [Mat 1:23]. [Continued under Mat 1:23]

MFU 339 (1661): My dear lambs, the great shepherd of the sheep (whose own the sheep are) hath laid down his life for you [John 10:15] & doth give unto you eternal life, in that living record of his own eternal spirit (which he hath given you) of his only begotten Son [John 3:16], in whom he is well pleased [Mat 3:17], through his obedience, who is made perfect through sufferings [Heb 2:10], who hath offered up strong cries [Heb 5:7], and by that one offering, doth perfect for ever all those that are sanctified [Heb 10:14] through the obedience of his spirit....

HPS 362f (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): For Christ Jeus gave himself a ransom for all [1 Tim 2:6]; he tasted death for every man [Heb 2:9]. So that it is a certain truth: all that are, or shall be saved, are elected only in Christ Jesus, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life [John 3:16]. There is no pre-exception, or absolute fore-appointment, as partially designed in relation to persons, but upon man's disobedience; wherefore it shall not be said, "The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge"; but "he that eateth the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge; for all souls are the Lord's as the soul of the Father, so also the soul of the Son is his; and he hath said :The Soul that sinneth it shall die," Ezek 18:2,4.

WPR 221 (1668): [quotes John 3:16] From which it appears, that God's love is not the effect of Christ's satisfaction, but Christ is the proper gift and effect of God's love.


3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to [G: that he should] condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.      qtext

3:18 He that believeth on [G: in] him is not [T: shall not be] condemned: [B: preceeding to v.17] but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed [T: believeth not] in the name of the [G: that] only begotten [T: omits] Son of God.      qtext


(John 3:17) GF4: 280; RBA 107, RBAF 80

(John 3:17f) EQ 323 (BC)

(John 3:18-21) JN2: 283; JN3: 96

(John 3:18) GFJN 550; GF3: 103, 151, 308, 518, 532, 539; GF4: 169, 242; GF5: 90, 199, 212, 388f; GF6: 49, 67; GF7: 120 [124]; GF8: 302 [410]; GFT 106, 225; JN2: 245; JN3: 562 (HS); IP3: 216; RBA 179; RBAF 136; SBD 20

(John 3:18f) JN2: 267 (A), 442; JN3: 15; RBA 224; RBAF 166


(John 3:17)

RBA 107, RBAF 80 (1678, V/VI.8): [quotes Heb 2:9] ... if he "tasted death for every man" then certainly there is no man for whom he did not taste death; then there is no man who may not be made a sharer of the benefit of it; for he came not "to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:17). "He came not to judge the world but to save the world: (John 12:47). Whereas, according to the doctrine of our adversaries he behoved to come to condemn the world and judge it....

(John 3:18)

[Other texts citing John 3:18: GF3:308 (Mat 16:18), SBD 20 (1 Jn 5:4)]

GF3:518 (1659): ...he that believes not in the light, is condemned already [John 3:18], and he that does believe in the light hath the witness in himself [1 Jn 5:10], to set his seal that God is true [John 3:33]; and the spirit of truth [John 14:17] that doth reprove the world [John 16:8] is perfect, and of God.

GF6:49 (1679): So the King of kings [Rev 17:14] was far off from giving them commission or licenses, to beat people into his religion, way, and worship, church, or belief, with carnal weapons: but saith, "He that believes, is saved; and he that doth not, is condemned already [John 3:18];" and that was punishment enough. And therefore the apostle Paul saith, "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but spiritual [2 Cor 10:4]." Mark, spiritual, in the new covenant and new testament, and new and living way [Heb 10:20]; but carnal, in the old covenant and old testament, to the outward Jews [Rom 2:28] in the old way.

IP3:216 (1672): He saith, Our righteousness with God is the foundation. But is there not somewhat, which is the foundation of our righteousness with God? And can we be righteous with God, till we come to that foundation, and be made righteous by it? Must we not first believe in him? And is not faith a gift [Eph 2:8] which comes from the holy root [Rom 11:16], and maketh a change in them in whom this gift is found? Doth not faith make a difference between them that believe, and them that believe not? So that, so soon as ever there is true faith, and it ths works, the state is changed ; and there is no justification before faith. For in the unbelief is the condemnation for ever. "He that believeth not, is condemned already [John 3:18]." ...Was Abraham, our father, justified in the unbelief and disobedience, or in believing and obeying God? [quotes Rom 3:9]


3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come [G: that that light came] into the world, and [T: +ths] men loved darkness rather [T: more] than light, because their deeds were evil.      qtext

3:20 For every one [GT: man] that doeth evil [GBT: evil doeth] hateth the light, neither cometh to the [GT: omit] light, lest his deeds should be reproved.      qtext

3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may [GT: might] be made manifest, [BT: known, how] that they are wrought in [G: according to] God.      qtext


(John 3:19-21) GFJN 33, 60, 92, 175, 237; GF3: 12 (EB), 312; GF4: 26, 32, 204, 273; GF5: 90f, 199; GF6: 87; GF7: 21 [12], 51 [42], 64 [49]; DGA 65, 66, 134; MFU 65, 101, 114f, 131; JN1: 72; 306 (GF); JN2: 224, 541; JN3: 55, 248; WDS 113, 261, 263; IPL 30f, 54; IP1: 66, 118f, 125; IP2: 288; IP3: 252, 533; EQ 313; HPS 473; WPR 140; WPT 291, 379

(John 3:19) GFJN175; GF3: 372, 467, 514, 518, 529f, 551; GF4: 25; GF5: 269; GF7:33 [25], 40f [33], 62 [48], 320 [262]; GFEJ 26, 34, 39; MFS 115; MFU 31, 153, 160,191, 202, 230, 234, 347; JN1: 174, 376, 500, 513; JN2: 76, 148, 149, 165, 166, 215, 244; 265 (A), 463f; JN3: 99, 130; IP1: 76; IP3: 274; IP4: 97, 136, 197; RBA 131, 152f; RBAF 94, 109; EQ 98 (WD); 282 (JN); 323f (BC); HPS 202, 316, 329, 331; WPR 616; WPT 218, 290; JSS 22

(John 3:19f) GFJN 16, 60; GF3: 63, 68, 91, 123, 127, 166, 198, 262, 309, 531, 532, 552; GF4: 19, 20, 27, 39, 200, 203, 253, 314, 409; GF5: 200f, 207f, 220,, 225, 269, 347, 358f, 410; GF6: 267; GF7: 34 [26], 42 [34], 59 [46], 67 [51], 71 [55], 77 [63], 93 [81], 97f [90], 131 [133], 142 [149], 317 [260]; GF8: 17 [271], 35 [285], 149 [351], 160 [355], 203 [372], 299 [409]; MFS 86; MFU 52, 107, 108; JN1: 118 (GF); 301, 302, 305, 376f, 482; JN2: 15, 76, 83, 91; 401 (TB), 603; IP2: 216, 424; IP4: 33, 65, 91; IPL 30f, 54; TEM 51; EQ 92; HPS 52; 454 (MF); JSS 13

(John 3:20) GFJN 15, 135; GF3: 47f, 53, 375; GF4: 20f; GF5: 276; GF7: 24 [16]; GF8: 15 [270], JN1: 137, 138, 173; JN2: 465; JN3: 17, 134, 323; 531 (EB); IP2: 129, 175, 487; RBA 153; RBAF 110; EQ 101 (WD), 113 (JN), 324 (BC), 374 (IP); HPS 392; WPR 162, 306, 316, 617; WPT 92, 123, 293, 296; JSS 14

(John 3:20f) GFJN 143; GF5: 209; GF6: 171f; JN1: 127, 129; JN3: 91; WDS 142; IP2: 7; IP3: 90; HPS 381 (EB); WPR 36, 337, 465, 501, 615, 630; WPT 286

(John 3:21) GFJN 89, 176, 312; GF3: 114, 362, 534, 556; GF4: 15, 73; GF7: 20 [10], 58 [46], 61 [48],79 [67]; GF8: 249 [391]; GFT 34; MFU 51, 264; JN2: 196; JN3: 81, 415, 454; WDS 249; IP1: 110; IP2: 500; IP3: 297; IP4: 6, 246, 278; EQ 106 (JN), 323 (BC); HPS 453 (MF), 516; WPR 127, 451, 500, 587; WPT 295


(John 3:19-21)

[Other texts citing John 3:19-21: WDS 261 (Mat 16:25), EQ 313 (Gen 1:5), HPS 473 (Gen 3:8-13)]

GFJN 33 (16–): The Lord God opened to me by his invisible power, how that "every man was enlightened by the divine light of Christ [John 1:9]." I saw it shine through all, and that they that believed in it came out of condemnation to the light of life [John 3:21/John 8:12], and became the children of it [John 12:36]; but they that hated it, and did not believe in it, were condemned by it [John 3:19f], though they made a profession of Christ. This I saw in the pure openings of the light without the help of any man; neither did I then know where to find it in the scriptures; though afterwards, searching the scriptures, I found it.

GF4:32 (1654): ...Christ hath given to every one of you a measure according to your ability [Eph 4:7], and this measure is the light; ... he that loves the light, and bring his deeds to the light [John 3:21], there is no occasion at all of stumbling [1 John 2:10]; this is the light that gave forth the scriptures; according as thou art grown up in it, thou wilt read them again.... Thou knowest thy deeds are evil, this light shows thee; ... knowing it will reprove thee, therefore thou hatest it, and will not bring thy deeds to it, therefore this is thy condemnation [John 3:19f]....

GF7:64f (1653): And let love proceed one towards another, from the faith which purifies [Acts 15:9], that all actions may be brought to the light, that all deeds contrary to the light, may with it be condemned [John 3:19-21]; that in peace and righteousness ye may all grow up in that which is eternal, guided to him who is eternal, taking all heed to the measure of God's grace [Eph 4:7], that with it your minds may be guided up to God, the Father of life, and all your minds with the eternal kept to him, who is eternal.

WDS 113 (1655): ...try your ways with the light that comes from Christ; with it, read your condition in the book of conscience. There, you will see how you stand in the presence of the living, pure, holy God; whether in the state of the foolish virgins [Mat 25:1-13], that are turned from the light of Christ, which convinced them of sin [John 3:19f],and getting into the form of the Truth, but an enemy to the cross [Phil 3:18], so make shipwreck of faith and a good conscience [1 Tim 1:19]; or whether you be in the state of the wise virgins, who love the light [John 3:21], and wait in it to dwell in the power which chastiseth that nature, which would draw from the light and defile your garments [Rev 3:4].

(John 3:19)

[Other texts citing John 3:19: GFJN 175, GF4:25 (both 1 Pet 2:8), GF3:372 (Jude 1:10), GF7:40 (Mat 28:20), MFS 115 (John 15:19), MFU 191(Mat 22:30), MFU 234 (Heb 5:12), JN1:376f (Rev 2:5), JN2:215 (1 Jn 5:19), IP4:136 (Rom 1:22), RBA 130f (John 1:12), HPS 316 (Heb 10:29), JSS 22 (John 10:9)]

IP1:76 (1658): The will of man is bound; but there is liberty, power, and freedom in the light which visits man, and comes to unbind and save him. And man feels this power, tastes of this liberty, feels somewhat disengaging him from the evil, and drawing him from it; but he being in love with the evil, draws back from the drawing, shutting his ears against the wisdom of the light, and opening his ears to the reasonings of the serpent; and then the liberty and power which were in the light, withdraw with the light, and the bonds are strengthened upon him. And this is the condemnation; not that there was a want of power from God, but that he chose the power of the enemy, not loving the light, wherein the power of life lay [John 3:19].

(John 3:19f)

[Other texts citing John 3:19f: GFJN 60 (Mat 13:22), GF3:63 (John 1:4-9) GF3:166 (Gen 25:34), GF3:309 (John 14:20), GF4:20 (Luk 19:22), GF5:207f (Mat 27:4), GF5: 220 (Luk3:6), GF5:269 (John 14:6), JN1:302 (Mat 15:14), JN2:401 (John 15:22), JN2:603 (Luk 12:35)]

GF7:141f (1657): And Friends meet together, and know one another in that which is eternal, which was before the world was.... And if ye turn from this light ye grow strange; and so neglecting meetings ye grow cold, and your minds run into the earth and grow weary and slothful, and careless, and heavy, and sottish, and dull, and dead. Ye may speak then of things which were opened once from the light, though now ye be turned from it; but with the light in which is the unity is all that condemned [John 3:19f]....Therefore in the light wait and walk, that ye may have fellowship one with another [1 Jn 1:7].

MFU 52, HPS 454 (1653): ... this is the Light that shines in a dark place, which you may do well to take heed unto, until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts [2 Pet 1:19], and this you will witness if you be faithful to the Light; but if you turn from the Light, and hate the Light, then the Light makes you manifest that your deeds are evil, and that is your condemnation [John 3:19f], the Light that is come into the world, which you can never flee from, but wherever you go, the Light that is the condemnation of the world will pursue you, and that of God in your consciences will be your condemnation.

HPS 52 (Sarah Blackborow, 1658): whilst you fly from that which checks and reproves you in secret, you love it not; because your deeds are evil, you dare not bring them to the light, for that would discover them of what sort they are [John 3:19f]; and because you love them more than that which judges them, therefore do you turn from the one, and embrace the other.

JSS 13 (17–): [Quotes John 3:19] None therefore have, nor ever can have, this condemnation, who have not had the light. Its coming cannot be to the condemnation of any but those who hate it [John 3:20].

(John 3:20)

[Other texts citing John 3:20: GF3:375 (Heb 2:3), GF4:20f (Mat 9:13 | Mar 2:17 | Luk 5:32), GF5:276 (Jas 5:5f), GF7:24 (John 1:5), GF8:15 (Mat 25:14-30), JN2:465 (Mat 5:15), HPS 392 (John 8:24)]

JN1:173 (1653): God hath given you a light within you, which being minded and obeyed will show you all your sins and wickedness, and lead you out of them. But this light you hate, because you love your evil deeds [John 3:20]; and you perish not for want of light tendered, but because you turn your backs on it; for when you should bring your works to it to be proved, then you join with the deceit to make cover for your sins, and hide them lest they should come to the light and be made manifest.... All the children of darkness love the night, that they may bring forth their evil deeds unreproved.

IP2:487 (1667): ... remember this, that he that hearkens to reproof is wise [Prov 15:31], but he that hates or slights it is brutish [Prov 12:1]. That is the dark spirit, which would please itself in its dark ways, and therefore loves not the light which makes them manifest and reproves them [John 3:20]; and that spirit is the brutish spirit, which hates the reproof of the light, and would continue its vain foolish ways and delights, which the light testifies against; that spirit therefore debaseth man. Therefore mind the witness which discovers these things to you, and leads out of them.....

(John 3:20f)

WPR 615, WPT 286 (1696): [quotes John 3:20f] A most pregnant instance of the virtue and authority of the Light. First, it is that which men ought to examine themselves by. Secondly, it gives a true discerning betwixt good and bad, that is of God, from what is not of God. And lastly, it is a judge, and condemneth or acquitteth, reproveth or comforteth the soul of man, as he rejects or obeys it....

(John 3:21)

[Other texts citing John 3:21: GF3:362 (Mat 11:29, Jas 1:26), GF4:73 (John 4:29), GF7:58 (1 Jn 2:10), MFU 264 (Mar 4:21), IP1:109f (John 5:22), IP2:500 (Mat 4:10), IP4:278 (Rom 2:7)]

GF7:20 (1652): Friends, –Whatever ye are addicted to, the tempter will come in that thing; and when he can trouble you, then he gets advantage over you [2 Cor 2:11], and then ye are gone. Stand still in that which is pure, after ye see yourselves; and then mercy comes in. After thou seest thy thoughts, and the temptations, do not think, but submit; and then power comes. Stand still in that which shows and discovers [John 3:21]; and there doth strength immediately come. And stand still in the light, and submit to it, and the other will be hushed and gone; and then content comes.

GF7:79 (1654): And this marriage, which is honourable with the children of the light, is seen and known, who are in the covenant of light, and with the light are turned to the Lord Jesus Christ, who leads from all the works of darkness [Rom 13:12]. And none who are in the light, are afraid of their deeds being tried, but they bring them to the light, to be tried, whether their works be wrought in God [John 3:21]. Now who follow the motions of the flesh [Rom 7:5], fulfilling the desires of their will, and go into the lust of the flesh [Eph 2:3], such are adulterated from the light, and their marriage is not honourable, and the children of the light cannot approve of them. But whom God doth join together [Mat 19:6], they are led from the evil motions of the flesh; and the children of the light do approve of and justify them.

HPS 516 (Dorcas Dole, 1684): work while you have a day; for the night is hastening upon many, in which there can be no work done for the Lord [John 9:4], for the work of the Lord is to be done while the Light shineth, which gives a true discovery of the deeds of darkness; therefore bring your deeds to the Light, that they be made manifest whether they are wrought in God or no [John 3:21]; for the just man's path is a shining light, that shineth more and more to the perfect day [Prov 4:18]....


3:22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea [T: Jews’ land]; and there he [G: omits] tarried [T: haunted] with them, and baptized.

3:23 And John also was baptizing [GBT: baptized] in Aenon near to [GBT: besides] Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

3:24 For John was not yet cast into prison.

3:25 Then there arose a question between some of [GBT: omit] John's disciples and the Jews about purifying.

3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same [G: he] baptizeth, and all men come to him.

3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing [T: +at all], except it be given him from heaven.

3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness [GBT: are (B: +my) witnesses (BT: +how) ], that I said, I am not the [G: that; BT: omit] Christ, but that I [BT: omit] am sent before him.

3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth [T: +by] and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because [T: omits] of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore [T: omits] is fulfilled.      qtext

3:30 He must increase, but [T: and] I must decrease.      qtext


(John 3:23) IP4: 372f

(John 3:26) GF6: 293; JN1: 301

(John 3:27) JN3: 454

(John 3:29-33) GF5: 143; GF6: 289

(John 3:29) HPS 144; 427 (EB)

(John 3:30) GFT 176; JN3: 474; IP1: 31; IP2: 45; IP4: 213; RBA 344, 355; RBAF 10, 310; EQ 339 (BC); HPS 365 (EB)


(John 3:29)

[Other texts citing John 3:29: HPS 427 (Mat 9:15 | Mar 2:19f | Luk 5:34f)]

(John 3:30)

[Other texts citing John 3:30: HPS 365 (John 1:31)]

IP1:31f (1658): What is the proper intent of the letter? Is it not to testify of the Spirit, and to end in the Spirit? The law, the prophets, John, led to Christ in the flesh; he was to be the increasing light, when they should decrease [John 3:30]. Christ's words in the flesh, the apostles' words afterwards, and all words since, are but to lead to Christ in the spirit, to the eternal, living substance; and when words of Christ, of the apostles, or any other words spoke from the same spirit in these days, have brought to the spirit, to the feeling and settling of the soul in the living foundation, and to the building and perfecting of the man of God therein [2 Tim 3:17], they have attained their end and glory.

RBA 355, RBAF 310f (1678, XII.5): That John's baptism has ceased many of our adversaries confess; but if any should allege it is otherwise, it may be easily proved by the express words of John, not only as being insinuated there, where he contradistinguisheth his baptism from that of Christ [Mat 3:11], but particularly where he saith (John 3:30), "He" (Christ) "must increase but I" (John) "must decrease." From whence it clearly follows that the increasing or taking place of Christ's baptism is the decreasing or abolishing of John's baptism; so that if water-baptism was a particular part of John's ministry and is no part of Christ's baptism, as we have already proved, it will necessarily follow that it is not to continue.


3:31 He that cometh from above [GBT: on high] is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly [GT: of the earth], and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.      qtext

3:32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.      qtext

3:33 [T: +Howbeit] He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal [G: sealed] that God is true.      qtext

3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth [G: +him] not the Spirit by measure unto him [GT: omit].      qtext

3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

3:36 He that believeth on [G: in] the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth [G: obeyeth] not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.      qtext


(John 3:31-34) JSS 20

(John 3:31) JN1: 148

(John 3:32) IP1: 238

(John 3:33) GF3: 173, 439, 518; GF4: 169; GF5: 132f, 318; GF8: 11 [265]; GFT 139, 177f; MFU 223; JN1: 49

(John 3:34) IP3: 209; RBA 362; RBAF 315; EQ 319 (BC), 561; JWJM 252

(John 3:35f) GF6: 296

(John 3:36) GF2: 329; GF5: 91, 305; GF6: 234, 267; GF8: 302 [410]; MFS 38


(John 3:31)

JN1:148 (1653): Now all people, see where you are and what you are doing, where you live and whom you serve; for if you live to the flesh you cannot please God [Rom 8:8], for as always, he that is born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit; even so it is now [Gal 4:29]. Oh be no longer deceived; see whether ye be in the first birth or born again. That which is of the first is of the earth, earthly [John 3:31], and minds earthly things [Phil 3:19], feeds upon dust [Gen 3:14]; and this is the serpent's seed [Gen 3:15].

(John 3:32)

IP1:238 (1659): This faith [that is the gift of God, Eph 2:8], at its first entrance, strikes that part dead in which the other [false] faith did grow, and by its growth perfects that death, and raiseth up a life which is of another nature than ever entered into the heart of man to conceive. And by the death of this part in us, we come to know and enjoy life; and ... to see that which other men call life (and which we ourselves were apt to call life formerly) to be but death. And from this true knowledge, we give a true testimony to the world of what we have seen and felt; but no man receiveth our testimony [John 3:32].

(John 3:33)

[Other texts citing John 3:33: GF3: 518 (John 3:18), GF5:132f (Rev 13:11-16)]

GF5:318 (1676): For the apostle said, "after they believed, they were sealed with the spirit of promise [Eph 1:13], and they could set to their seal (that the Spirit had sealed them with) that God was true [John 3:33] in his prophets, and in his Son, and in all his promises."

MFU 223 (to Oliver Cromwell, 1657): God is just. And he will not be mocked [Gal 6:7], and the cry of the oppression of the innocent reacheth him, he hears these cry, and knows their sorrows [Exo 3:7] ... and their sufferings doth treasure wrath against the day of wrath for the oppressors [Rom 2:5], and the wickedness of the wicked will come to an end, and the just shall be established [Psa 7:9]. And all outward pomp and glory will come to and end, and all outward honour and exaltation must be thrown in the dust [Psa 7:5], and the day is come, that he that rules in righteousness [Isa 32:1], and humbles himself, must be exalted [Luk 14:11], ... and to him all earthly powers shall bow, and all earthly crowns be cast down at his feet [Rev 4:10], and blessed and happy is he that receives his testimony, he can set to his seal that God is true [John 3:33].

(John 3:34)

[Other texts citing John 3:34: RBA 362 (Mat 3:15), EQ 561(John 1:16), JWJM 251f (John 4:16-19)]

(John 3:36)

GF8:302 (1686): Now this death which Adam fell into was a spiritual death; for by one man's disobedience or offence, namely Adam, judgment came upon all men to condemnation. So all men are under this judgment and condemnation in Adam in the fall. Even so, by the righteousness of one, namely Christ, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. [Rom 5:18f]. So they that do not believe in Christ, the light, as he commands, John 12:36, they abide in spiritual death and darkness [John 12:46], and under the judgment and condemnation in Adam in the fall, in the perishing state. [quotes John 5:24, 3:36]

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