Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 20:30

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Miracles;   Thompson Chain Reference - Dead, the;   Miracles Testify;   Mortality-Immortality;   Resurrection;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Miracles;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Gospels;   Inspiration;   Interpretation;   Jesus christ;   John, gospel of;   Miracles;   Signs;   Work;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Knowledge of God;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - John, the Gospel According to;   Miracles;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Gospel;   John, the Gospel of;   Miracles, Signs, Wonders;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - John, Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Activity;   Book (2);   Good;   Gospels (Uncanonical);   John, Gospel of (Ii. Contents);   Miracles;   Presence (2);   Sayings (Unwritten);   Writing;   Writing (2);   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Bethesda;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Miracle;   Smith Bible Dictionary - John, Gospel of;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Inspiration;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Kingdom or Church of Christ, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - John, Gospel of;   Matthew, the Gospel of;   Sign;  
Devotionals:
Every Day Light - Devotion for December 8;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Many other signs truly did Jesus, etc. - That is, besides the two mentioned here. John 20:19, John 20:26, viz. Christ's entering into the house in a miraculous manner twice, notwithstanding the doors were fast shut: see on John 20:19; (note). The other miracles which our Lord did, and which are not related here, were such as were necessary to the disciples only, and therefore not revealed to mankind at large. There is nothing in the whole revelation of God but what is for some important purpose, and there is nothing left out that could have been of any real use.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Other signs - Other miracles. Many were recorded by the other evangelists, and many which he performed were never recorded, John 21:25.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written that ye may believe; and that believing ye may have life in his name.

This is the statement of the purpose of John, every line in the Gospel having been related to the purpose in view here. John never intended his Gospel as merely another biography of Christ. He consciously omitted much material found in the synoptics and introduced a wealth of material found nowhere else, intimate, personal things which only he could relate, and also material of another kind, such as that relating to the resurrection of Lazarus and the healing of the man born blind.

Significantly, John warned his readers that only a fraction of Jesus' mighty words and deeds were published, the very last word in John being a statement of the absolute impossibility of any full reporting of all that Jesus did. The same pertains to all the Gospels; and in the light of this extremely important consideration, how ridiculous are the objections of critics that this or that Gospel omits this or that word or deed with the implication that such omissions reflect against the truth of another Gospel that included them. The only support of such criticisms is inherent bias in the critic. As Hovey said:

The materials were so abundant that they could be used in no other way (except that of abbreviating them). Is it not surprising then that critics like Baur and Strauss say, whenever a miracle or word of Jesus is recorded by only one or two evangelists, that the others KNEW NOTHING OF IT?[11]

Can any truly thoughtful student of the word of God imagine that any of the holy Gospels, or even all of them together, contained anything more than a brief resume of the entire four years of Jesus' world-shaking ministry? It requires a book ten times as large as the whole New Testament to record the history of a six-months campaign for the office of president; and to suppose that the Gospels are any kind of exhaustive record of all that Jesus did is foolish. They are on very tenuous grounds who make arguments based on the silence of this or that Gospel. All the Gospels were actually designed by the Holy Spirit; and the omissions, as well as the inclusions, were purposeful, that purpose being the one announced here at the close of this principal section of the Gospel of John.

This chapter concluded John's proof of the resurrection of Jesus Christ; but, in the larger view, the purpose of the whole gospel was the presentation and proof of Jesus as God come in human form. Of such a being, and in that context, as John was at constant pains to demonstrate, the resurrection was to have been expected. No grave could hold the Lord of Life.

ENDNOTE:

[11] Alvah Hovey, Commentary on John (Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1885), p. 409.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And many other signs truly did Jesus,.... Besides these wonderful appearances to his disciples once and again, when the doors were shut about them: and which signs refer not to what was done before, but after his resurrection; and which he did,

in the presence of his disciples; for he appeared to, and conversed with no other but them after his resurrection:

which are not written in this book; of John's Gospel; though they may be elsewhere; such as his appearing to the two disciples going to Emmaus, and to the eleven on a mountain in Galilee, and to five hundred brethren at once, which other inspired writers speak of: and many there are which he did; which are not particularly written in this, nor in any other book; for he was seen of his disciples forty days, and showed himself alive, by many infallible proofs; all of which are not recorded.

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Geneva Study Bible

9 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

(9) To believe in Christ, the Son of God and our only saviour, is the goal of the doctrine of the gospel, and especially of the true account of the resurrection.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on John 20:30". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/john-20.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

John 20:30, John 20:31. First close of this gospel.

The connection of these verses with the last words of John 20:29 is beautiful: that is, And indeed, as the Lord pronounced them blessed who not having seen Him have yet believed, so for that one end have the whole contents of this Gospel been recorded, that all who read it may believe on Him, and believing, have life in that blessed name.

many other signs — miracles.

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People's New Testament

Many other signs truly did Jesus. Not near all that occurred, either before or after the resurrection, is recorded. Each of the evangelists records some features that the others omit, and they each reveal the fact that they only outline the wonderful story.

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Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on John 20:30". "People's New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/john-20.html. 1891.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Many other signs (πολλα αλλα σημειαpolla alla sēmeia). Not only those described in the Synoptic Gospels or referred to in general statements, but many alluded to in John‘s Gospel (John 2:23; John 4:45; John 12:37).

Are not written (ουκ εστιν γεγραμμεναouk estin gegrammena). Periphrastic perfect passive indicative of γραπωgraphō do not stand written, are not described “in this book.” John has made a selection of the vast number wrought by Jesus “in the presence of the disciples” (ενωπιον των ματητωνenōpion tōn mathētōn), common idiom in Luke, not in Mark and Matthew, and by John elsewhere only in 1 John 3:22. John‘s book is written with a purpose which he states.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

Jesus wrought many miracles, which are not written in this book — Of St. John, nor indeed of the other evangelists.

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The Fourfold Gospel

Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book1:
    John 20:30,31

  1. Many other signs therefore did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book. This sounds like some of Paul's apparent but not real endings. Starting it with the proposition that Jesus, as the Word, was God, he comes here to the climax of Thomas' confession that Jesus is God, and the beatitude of Jesus upon those of a like faith. He then declares that he has written his book that men might have this faith, and the eternal life to which it leads.

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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Signs; proofs of the reality of his resurrection.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Многое. Если бы это не было добавлено, читатели могли бы подумать, что Иоанн рассказал о всех совершенных Христом чудесах, и что здесь содержится полное и исчерпывающее повествование. Итак, Иоанн свидетельствует, что написал только о некоторых чудесах, и не потому, что другие были недостойны упоминания, но потому, что сказанного вполне достаточно для назидания в вере. Но отсюда не следует, что другие чудеса были совершены напрасно. Они принесли большую пользу для того времени. Кроме того, даже если сегодня они нам и не известны, их не следует считать за ничто. Ведь мы верим: все эти чудеса запечатлели наше Евангелие.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

Ver. 30. And many other signs, &c.] If Cicero could say of Socrates (whose words Plato had recorded), and could request the like of his readers, concerning Lucius Crassus, that they would imagine much more good of them than they found written; how much more might St John do the same concerning Christ!

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe here, 1. The true end for which the miracles of Christ were so carefully recorded; namely, that we might believe. By believing that Christ is the Son of God, we have life; and by the evidence of his miracles, we know and believe him to have been the Son of God. The miracles which Christ wrought, were the best external evidence of his mission.

Observe, 2. That all Christ's miracles, both before his passion and after his resurrection, were not recorded by the evangelists.

Observe, 3. The great point concerning Christ to be known and believed from the scriptures, is this, that Jesus, the Son of the virgin, is the promised Messiah, the anointed of the Father, he is whom all the types and shadows of the law are accomplished; and that this Jesus is for nature co-essential, for dignity co-equal, and for duration co-eternal with the Father; one in essence, equal in power and glory.

Thus believing that Jesus is the Son of God, and accompanying that belief with a holy life, if we believe well, and live well, we shall have life through his name.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

30.] μὲν οὖνyea, and,—or, moreover: meaning, ‘This book must not be supposed to be a complete account.’

καί, and indeed:—many and other signs.

σημεῖα, not, as Theophyl., Euthym(258), Lücke, Olsh., “proofs of His resurrection,”—but, as ch. John 12:37 and elsewhere in this Gospel, miracles in the most general sense—these after the Resurrection included:—for John is here reviewing his whole narrative, τὸ βιβλίον τοῦτο.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 20:30. πολλὰ, many things) John 2:23; John 3:2; John 6:2; John 7:31, “When Christ cometh, will He do more miracles than these, which this man doeth?”— ἐποίησεν, did) before His passion, and after His resurrection: for there is added, in the presence of His disciples. The disciples saw His signs (miracles) more than others did, before His passion; [in such a way, however, as that (though not seeing all) any one of the disciples was spectator of almost all the signs, and therefore a legitimate witness.—V. g.]: they alone saw them after the resurrection: Both are treated of in this Gospel; but those last mentioned are especially referred to in this summary [Symperasma. See Append.] which appropriately, immediately after the mention of Thomas’ faith, recommends faith to all, as the scope of the book.— τούτῳ, this) book of John. Add, in the books also of the other Evangelists.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

This passage plainly refers to whatsoever signs we read of in any part of St. John’s Gospel; and lets us know, that the evangelist could have added abundance more to the history of the miracles which Christ wrought upon the earth.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Signs; miracles in proof of his divinity, and his resurrection from the dead.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

§ 157.ST. JOHN’S FIRST CONCLUSION, John 20:30-31.

30.Many other signs—The Greek word for signs here is often rendered miracles; for the miracles of Jesus were all signs, indicating the divinity of their author.

In the presence of his disciples—The appointed witnesses to testify them to the world. See note on Luke 1:2.

This book—The entire Gospel. From which it appears that we are not to infer that the Evangelists were ignorant of a given fact because they omit to notice it. It is no presumption against the truth of the narrative because it is given by but one Evangelist. It is no proof that the Lord’s Supper was not instituted because John does not mention it.

That ye might believe—This ye addresses every reader to the end of the world. It speaks from John to the person that now peruses this commentary, inviting him to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and

have life through his name. Jesus is the Christ—Is the Messiah. Christ lived, his apostles preached, and his Evangelists wrote, that the world might shape its conceptions to the true idea of the Messiah, not as the emancipator of the nation, but as the Saviour of the world. We have in these two verses what the best scholars of modern times consider to be a proper summary and ending of the book. The chapter which follows has been considered a later addition. See introductory note.

 

 

 

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

"Therefore" ties this statement to what immediately precedes it. John wrote his Gospel because those who believe on Jesus without seeing Him in the flesh are acceptable to God. He wrote, therefore, that people may believe and so enjoy eternal life. There were many other evidences of Jesus" deity that John could have presented. However, he chose those that he recorded here to lead his readers to the type of faith that Thomas just articulated and that Jesus just commended. That was John"s confessed strategy in composing this Gospel under the Holy Spirit"s inspiration.

What did John have in mind when he referred to other "signs?" Perhaps he meant the seven miracles that he featured, the significance of which Jesus usually explained in the context (chs2-12).

A Summary of the Seven Signs in John

Sign

Significance

Belief

Unbelief

Reference

Changing water to wine

Jesus" power over quality

The disciples

John 2:1-11

Healing the official"s son

Jesus" power over space

The official and his household

John 4:46-54

Healing the paralytic

Jesus" power over time

The paralytic?

The Jews

John 5:1-9

Feeding the5,000

Jesus" power over quantity

Some people in the crowd

John 6:1-15

Walking on the water

Jesus" power over nature

The disciples

John 6:16-21

Healing a man born blind

Jesus" power over misfortune

The blind man

The Pharisees

John 9:1-12

Raising Lazarus

Jesus" power over death

Martha, Mary, and many Jews

The Jewish authorities

John 11:1-16

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 20:30. . That this was the original or intended conclusion of the gospel is shown by the use of the words “in this book,” which indicate that the writer was now looking back on it as a whole (Holtzmann). Perhaps is emphatic, contrasted with the Synoptic gospels in which so many other signs were recorded. The expression is necessarily of frequent occurrence and is illustrated by Kypke. Beza says these particles in the usage of John “proprie conclusionibus adhibentur”. “Many other signs therefore” (R.V[96]) is not an improvement on A.V[97] “And many other signs truly.” “Many other signs indeed did Jesus” is sufficient. Why ? Probably because they are viewed as the cause of faith. , “but these have been written,” these, viz., which have been included in this book, , with an object, and this object has determined their selection: “that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God”. The use of the 2nd pers. suggests that the writer had in view some special class. But his object was of universal significance. See the Introduction.

[96] Revised Version.

[97] Authorised Version.

 

 

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

And many, &c. Therefore many and other (App-124.)

signs. See p. 1511 and App-176. These were always in relation to and in proof of His Messiahship.

in the presence of = in the sight of. Greek enopion.

which are not written: Here was the opportunity for the writers of the Apocryphal Gospels, &c., of which they were not slow to avail themselves.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:

And many other signs - or 'miracles' truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

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The Bible Study New Testament

30. Jesus did many other mighty works. Compare John 21:25.

 

 

 

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(30) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples.—More exactly, Yea, and indeed many and other signs did Jesus. (Comp. Note on John 2:11.) We must understand the “signs” not of the proofs of the Resurrection only, but of the works wrought during the whole life. The writer’s narrative is drawing to a close, and he explains the fact that he has recorded so little of a life which contained so much. There were, indeed, many other signs which he, as an eye-witness, remembered, but which it was not within his purpose to relate.

That he refers to the whole work of Christ, and not to the Risen Life only, is clear, because (1) there were not “many other signs” during the forty days; (2) the words “did Jesus” are not applicable to the manifestation to the disciples; (3) the words “in this book” refer to all that has preceded.

It would seem to follow from this that these verses (John 20:30 and John 20:31) are the conclusion of the original Gospel, and that John 21 is to be regarded as a postscript or appendix. We shall find reason for believing that, though an appendix, it proceeded from the hand of the Apostle himself.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
21:25; Luke 1:3,4; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 3:1,2; 1 John 1:3,4; 5:13
Reciprocal: John 2:11 - and his;  John 10:25 - the works

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Arthur Peake's Commentary on the Bible

John 20:30 f. The Conclusion of the Gospel.—In these words, which are clearly meant to form the conclusion of the whole gospel and not merely of the last chapter, the writer explains his purpose and method. Of the many significant deeds and words of Jesus which His disciples saw and heard he has chosen typical instances which may suffice to call out and strengthen faith in Him as the fulfiller of the Messianic hopes of His nation, as He rightly interpreted them, which could be fulfilled only by one who held the unique relationship to God, best described as "The Son," which those who followed Him on earth had learned to be His true nature. Such faith alone can bring to men the higher "life" which God intended for them, and which the Christ has made it possible for them to obtain. The study of the gospel shows that its teaching is set out on these lines rather than on the ideas of the Prologue, so far as there is any difference between the two.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

30.Many other signs also Jesus did. If the Evangelist had not cautioned his readers by this observation, they might have supposed that he had left out none of the miracles which Christ had performed, and had given a full and complete account of all that happened. John, therefore, testifies, first, that he has only related some things out of a large number; not that the others were unworthy of being recorded, but because these were sufficient to edify faith. And yet it does not follow that they were performed in vain, for they profited that age. Secondly, though at the present day we have not a minute knowledge of them, still we must not suppose it to be of little importance for us to know that the Gospel was sealed by a vast number of miracles.

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