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John Wesley's Notes:
Many believed-That he was a teacher sent from God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge:
* many. Joh 3:2; 6:14; 7:31; 8:30; 12:42,43; Mt 13:20,21; Mr 4:16,17; Lu
8:13 Ga 5:6; Eph 3:16,17; Jas 2:19,20
Adam Clarke's Commentary:
Many believed in his name] They
believed him to be the promised Messiah, but did not believe in him to
the salvation of their souls: for we find, from the following verse,
that their hearts were not at all changed, because our blessed Lord
could not trust himself to them.
Family Bible Notes:
(No comment on this verse).
1599 Geneva Bible Notes:
(No comment on this verse).
People's New Testament Commentary:
Many believed. The miracles wrought that they saw at this
time are not recorded. They are alluded to again in Joh 3:2. These
believed that he was a man sent from God, but did not trust in him as
the Christ. The nature of their belief is stated in Joh 3:2.
Robertson's Word Pictures:
In Jerusalem (en tois Ierosolumois). The form
Ierosoluma as in Joh 2:13 always in this Gospel and in Mark, and usually
in Matthew, though Ierousalŕm only in Revelation, and both forms by Luke
and Paul. During the feast (en tŕi heortŕi). The feast of unleavened
bread followed for seven days right after the passover (one day
strictly), though to pascha is used either for the passover meal or for
the whole eight days. Believed on his name (episteusan eis to onoma
autou). See on »1:12| for this phrase. Only one has to watch for the
real import of pisteu˘. Beholding his signs (the˘rountes autou ta
sŕmeia). Present active participle (causal use) of the˘re˘. Which he did
(ha epoiei). "Which he was doing" (imperfect tense). He did his first
sign in Cana, but now he was doing many in Jerusalem. Already Jesus had
become the cynosure of all eyes in Jerusalem at this first visit in his
Albert Barnes' Commentary:
Feast-day. Feast. During the celebration of the Passover,
which continued eight days.
Miracles which he did. These miracles are not particularly recorded.
Jesus took occasion to work miracles, and to preach at that time, for a
great multitude were present from all parts of Judea. It was a
favourable opportunity for making known his doctrines and showing the
evidence that he was the Christ, and he embraced it. We should always
seek and embrace opportunities of doing good, and we should not be
deterred, but rather excited, by the multitude around us to make known
our real sentiments on the subject of religion.
in the feast day--the foregoing things
occurring probably before the feast began.
many believed--superficially, struck merely by "the miracles He did." Of
these we have no record.
Spurgeon Devotional Commentary:
The gospel wins many converts, and some of
them in after days do not turn out to be stable; this however we must
look for, as Jesus did, for Joh 2:24 tells us that he did not trust
those who were so eager to profess allegiance; for he understood the
fickleness of human hearts, the superficial nature of much which passes
for true religion, and the ease with which hasty conversions are turned
into sudden and final apostacies. May the Lord cleanse our hearts and
keep us to the end.
William Burkitt's Notes:
Observe here, What influence the sight of
our Saviour's miracles had upon many of the common people, They believed
in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did; that is, they were
convinced by the works which our Saviour wrought that he came from God,
and what he said and did was really true, and no imposture. But Jesus
did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men. Our Saviour
did not, and would not trust them who yet believed on his name.
Thence note, That a naked assent to the history of the gospel is not
sufficient to entitle us to saving faith. We may assent to the truth of
all that we find there, and yet be far from the kingdom of God.
Saving faith implies more than the assent of the understanding to the
truths of the gospel. We cannot believe or disbelieve what we please,
but must needs assent to what is evident to our understanding; so that
it is possible for a man to assent to the truth of Christianity and yet
remain in a state of of damnation.
If he doth not embrace it as good, as well as assent to it as true; if
our faith be not the parent and principle of obedience; if our belief
doth not influence our practice; though we pass for believers amongst
men, we are no better than unbelievers in the account of Christ.
If we believe Jesus to be the true Messiah, and do not receive him in
all his office; if we commit ourselves to his saving mercy, but do not
submit ourselves to his ruling power; if we desire him for our Saviour,
but disown him for our sovereign; if we expect salvation by him, and do
not yield subjection to him; we put a cheat upon ourselves: for he only
believes as he should, that lives as he does believe.
Matthew Henry's Commentary:
We have here an account of the success, the poor success, of
Christ's preaching and miracles at Jerusalem, while he kept the passover
1) That our Lord Jesus, when he was at Jerusalem at the passover, did
preach and work miracles. People's believing on him implied that he
preached; and it is expressly said, They saw the miracles he did. He was
now in Jerusalem, the holy city, whence the word of the Lord was to go
forth. His residence was mostly in Galilee, and therefore when he was in
Jerusalem he was very busy. The time was holy time, the feast day, time
appointed for the service of God; at the passover the Levites taught the
good knowledge of the Lord 2Ch 30:22, and Christ took that opportunity
of preaching, when the concourse of people was great, and thus he would
own and honour the divine institution of the passover.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary:
Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions, affections,
designs, so as we do not know any man, not even ourselves. He knows his
crafty enemies, and all their secret projects; his false friends, and
their true characters. He knows who are truly his, knows their
uprightness, and knows their weaknesses. We know what is done by men;
Christ knows what is in them, he tries the heart. Beware of a dead
faith, or a formal profession: carnal, empty professors are not to be
trusted, and however men impose on others or themselves, they cannot
impose on the heart-searching God.
The Fourfold Gospel:
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, during the
feast. The seven days' feast of unleavened bread (Le 23:5,6).
Many believed on his name, beholding his signs which he did. We have no
description of the miracles wrought at this time. See Joh 4:45; 20:30.