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John 3:32

What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Jesus Continued;   John;   Unbelief;   Scofield Reference Index - Inspiration;   Thompson Chain Reference - John the Baptist;   Witness;   The Topic Concordance - God;   Jesus Christ;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Hear, Hearing;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Episcopacy;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Faith;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - John the Baptist;   John, the Gospel According to;   Holman Bible Dictionary - John, the Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Gospels;   John, Gospel of;   John, Theology of;   Mss;   Scribes;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Dates (2);   God;   Hearing;   Humanity of Christ;   Ignorance (2);   Love (2);  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Baptism (Lutheran Doctrine);   Papyrus;  
Devotionals:
Every Day Light - Devotion for January 30;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And no man receiveth his testimony - Or, And this his testimony no man taketh up. That is, the testimony which John had borne to the Jews, that Jesus was the promised Messiah. No man taketh up. - No person is found to tread in my steps, and to publish to the Jews that this is the Christ, the Savior of the world. See this sense of the original fully proved and vindicated by Kypke in loc.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on John 3:32". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/john-3.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And what he hath seen … - See John 3:11.

No man receiveth his testimony - The words “no man” are here to be understood in the sense of “few.” Though his doctrine is pure, plain, sublime, yet “few,” comparatively, received it in faith. Though multitudes came to him, drawn by various motives John 6:26, yet “few” became his “real” disciples, Matthew 26:56; Matthew 7:22.

His testimony - His doctrine. The truth to which he bears “witness” as having “seen” and “known” it, John 3:11. Often many persons “appear” for a time to become the followers of Christ, who in the end are seen to have known nothing of religion, Matthew 13:6; Luke 8:13.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-3.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness; and no man receiveth his witness.

As noted above, there is nothing here inconsistent with John's position. His own disciples were not accepting Jesus; and in the situation recounted here, a delegation of them were openly critical and jealous of Jesus and apparently intent on doing something to counteract the rising popularity of the Master. It must have been a matter of deepest wonder on John's part that his own disciples, many of them, rejected Jesus, heedless of his own emphatic identification of Jesus as the Lamb of God, the Son, and the Christ.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/john-3.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And what he hath seen and heard,.... Of the Father, of his mind and will, of his purposes and promises, of his love, grace, and mercy, in the council and covenant of peace, lying in his bosom, and being privy to all his secrets. The phrases express the clear and perfect knowledge Christ has of all truths and doctrines; he having all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in him.

That he testifieth; fully, freely, and faithfully; withholds nothing, but declares the whole counsel of God; and is deservedly called the faithful witness, Revelation 1:5.

And no man receiveth his testimony; though it was the testimony of God, which is greater than that of man; yet few, and which were next to none at all, gave any heed or credit to it; few or none among the Jews, or among the disciples of John, or even among those that followed Christ. John, and his disciples, widely differed; they thought that all men came to Christ, and believed in him; and John thought few or none, in comparison of the numbers he could have wished, did: and indeed, no one person can receive the testimony of Christ, and believe in him, unless it be given him from above, by the grace of God: for the natural man receives not divine and spiritual things; see John 3:11.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 3:32". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-3.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And what he hath z seen and heard, that he testifieth; and a no man receiveth his testimony.

(z) What he knows fully and perfectly.

(a) That is, very few.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on John 3:32". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/john-3.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

what he hath seen and heard — (See on John 3:11 and see on John 1:18).

and no man receiveth, etc. — John‘s disciples had said, “All come to Him” (John 3:26). The Baptist here virtually says, Would it were so, but alas! they are next to “none” [Bengel]. They were far readier to receive himself, and obliged him to say, I am not the Christ, and he seems pained at this.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/john-3.html. 1871-8.

People's New Testament

No man receiveth his testimony. So few at that time that those who received were as nothing in contrast with the others.

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Johnson, Barton W. "Commentary on John 3:32". "People's New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pnt/john-3.html. 1891.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

What he hath seen and heard (ο εωρακεν και ηκουσενho heōraken kai ēkousen). Perfect active indicative followed by aorist active indicative, because, as Westcott shows, the first belongs to the very existence of the Son and the latter to his mission. There is no confusion of tenses here.

No man (ουδειςoudeis). There were crowds coming to Jesus, but they do not really accept him as Saviour and Lord (John 1:11; John 2:24). It is superficial as time will show. But “no one” is not to be pressed too far, for it is the rhetorical use.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-3.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

Receiveth ( λαμβάνει )

Once only John uses δέχομαι for receive, of the Galilaeans receiving Christ (John 4:45). The distinction between the two is not sharply maintained, but δέχομαι commonly adds to the idea of taking, that of welcoming. Thus Demosthenes says that the Theban elders did not receive ( ἐδέξαντο ) i.e., with a welcome pleasure, the money which was offered them, nor did they take it ( ἔλαβον ). Λαμβάνει also includes the retaining of what is taken. Hence of receiving Christ (John 1:12; John 5:43; John 13:20). The phrase receive the witness is peculiar to John (John 3:11; John 5:34; 1 John 5:9).

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/john-3.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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

No man — None comparatively, exceeding few; receiveth his testimony - With true faith.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on John 3:32". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-3.html. 1765.

The Fourfold Gospel

What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness1; and no man receiveth his witness2.

  1. What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness. In John 3:21,32 the Baptist draws a contrast between his testimony and that of the Messiah. The Baptist's testimony was largely of a negative character. He testified that he was not the Christ (John 3:28), and while he pointed Jesus out as the Christ, the worthy one, the spiritual baptizer, he nowhere undertook to elaborate as to the character or nature of Jesus. He looked upon Jesus as being so far above all earthly prophets that no prophet could reveal him. The task of such revelation devolved upon Jesus himself. God must be self-revealed.

  2. And no man receiveth his witness. It was no heavy disappointment to John that his disciples had failed to grasp his testimony concerning himself, and yet so few were persuaded by the testimony of Jesus that John hyperbolically says "no man receiveth his testimony".

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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

And no man receiveth, &c.; a remark more likely to be made by John the evangelist, when writing his history long after our Savior's death, and when he had been so decidedly rejected by the Jews, than by John the Baptist, just at the commencement of his ministry, when, as it is expressed in John 3:26, all men were coming unto him.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/john-3.html. 1878.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Что Он видел и слышал. Иоанн начинает говорить о своем служении. Ибо, приготовляя для Христа учеников, Иоанн должен подтвердить достоверность Его учения. Христос по его словам произносит лишь то, что принял от Отца. Видение и слышание противопоставляется здесь двусмысленности, пустым слухам и любым домыслам. Иоанн говорит: Христос передает лишь то, что достоверно знает Сам. Однако кто-нибудь скажет: небольшой веры заслуживает человек, ссылающийся лишь на то, что о чем-то слышал. Отвечаю: Слово «слышал» означает, что Христос научился от Отца. Посему нам Он предлагает лишь божественное учение, то, которое открыл Ему Бог. Это относится ко всей личности Христа, поскольку Он был послан в мир Отцом в качестве Его глашатая и толкователя. Затем Иоанн обвиняет мир в неблагодарности, мир, преступно отвергший столь верного и добросовестного свидетеля Божия. Для многих это выливается в соблазн: одни просто отвращаются от веры, а другие не спешат к ней придти. Ведь обычно мы сильно зависим от суждения других людей, и значительная часть человечества сморит на Евангелие глазами презревшего его мира. По крайней мере, видя, как оно отвергается, эти люди претыкаются о подобное предубеждение и не столь быстро приходят к вере. Посему всякий раз, когда мы видим упорство и неверие мира, увещевание Иоанна должно удерживать нас в послушании Евангелию. Мы должны знать, что оно – Евангелие – истина, исходящая от Бога. Говоря же, что никто не принимает Христова свидетельства, Иоанн хочет сказать, что верующих исчезающе мало по сравнению с огромной толпой нечестивых.

 

 

 

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Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books

Ver. 32. "What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness; and no man receiveth his witness."

The καί, and, is omitted by the Alexandrian authorities, and no doubt rightly; asyndeta are frequent in this discourse. From the heavenly origin of Jesus follows the perfection of His teaching. He is in filial communion with the Father. When He speaks of divine things, He speaks of them as an immediate witness. This saying is the echo of that of Jesus in John 3:11. In reproducing it, the forerunner declares that Jesus has affirmed nothing respecting Himself which is not the exact truth. But how could he know this? We think we have answered this question in the explanation of John 3:29.

By the last words, John confirms the severe judgment which Jesus had passed upon the conduct of the people and their rulers (John 3:11). However, while declaring, as Jesus had done, the general unbelief of Israel, John does not deny individual exceptions; he brings them out expressly in John 3:33. What he means here by the word no one, is that these exceptions which seem so numerous to the view of his disciples that they make the whole ("all" John 3:26), are to his view only an imperceptible minority. To the exaggeration of envy, he opposes that of zeal: "Where you say: all, as for me, I say: no one." He would not be satisfied unless he saw the Sanhedrim in a body, followed by the whole people, coming to render homage to the bridegroom of the Messianic community. Then, he could, himself also, abandon his office as friend of the bridegroom, and come to sit, as spouse, at the Messiah"s feet. We should notice the verbs in the present tense, "he testifies ...no one receives," which place us in the time of the ministry of Jesus, and do not permit us to put this part of the discourse in the evangelist"s mouth.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

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

Ver. 32. No man receiveth] i.e. None to speak of; comparatively none. Rari quippe boni, Few obviously are good, saith Juvenal. Rari sunt qui philosophantur, There are few who are philosophers, saith Ulpian the lawyer. Perraro grati reperiuntur, Very rare are pleasing men discovered, said Cicero the orator. All men have not faith, saith the apostle, 2 Thessalonians 3:2; no, not of those that profess the faith. Though a gun be discharged at a whole flight of birds, there are but a few killed. Though the net be spread over the whole pond, but a few fishes are taken; many thrust their heads into the mud and the net passeth over them; so most hearers do busy their heads with their own sensual or worldly thoughts, and so escape the power of the word.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 3:32". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-3.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

John 3:32. What he hath seen, &c.— In allusion to his being from above, where he enjoys the most intimate communications of his Father's counsels; that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony; particularly concerning the spiritual nature of the kingdom of God, and the qualifications requisite in his subjects. There is a strong resemblance between this and what our Lord himself said to Nicodemus, John 3:11; John 3:13. As the two senses of seeing and hearing furnish us with the most certain knowledge, they are mentioned to denote the certainty of the doctrines delivered by Christ

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on John 3:32". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/john-3.html. 1801-1803.

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Observe, 1. Another great difference which John the Baptist teacheth his disciples to put betwixt his testimony and Christ's; to the intent that he might remove the prejustice which was upon his disciples minds against the Messiah, he shews them that his own testimony (which they so much admired) was by revelation only; Christ's by immediate intuition. John testified only what he had received; but Christ what he had seen; lying in the bosom of the Father: What he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth.

Learn hence, That it is Christ's (the great Prophet of his church) peculiar prerogrative, to have the knowledge of divine truths immediately from the Father, by special communication; and that all others receive their knowledge from him by gracious illumination only.

Observe, 2. How sadly and sorrowfully the Baptists resents it, that Christ's testimony was no better received and entertained by the world: He testifieth but no man receiveth his testimony. John's disciples murdered, That all men came unto Christ, verse 26. But John mourns that their came not more, and complains, that none, that is, very few, received his testimony.

Thence learn, That it ought and will be matter of great regret and sorrow to all the freinds of Jesus Christ, but especially to his faithful ministers and servants, that his doctrine is so ill received and entertained in the world. It greatly affects, and greviously afflicts them, that when they testify of Christ, no man, that is, comparatively, very few men, receive their testimony.

Observe, 3. The eulogy and high commendation given of all true believers, They receive Christ's testimony, and thereby set to their seal that God is true; that is, have subscribed to, and ratified the truth of God; that God in all his promises of the Messiah, under the Old Testament, is faithful and true.

Learn hence, The great honour that God puts upon the faith of believers. As unbelief defames God, and makes him a liar; so faith gives testimony to the truth of God, and setteth its seal that God is true: He that receiveth his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

Observe, 4. The illustrious character which the holy Baptist gives of Christ, his Master; he is the person whom God hath sent, that is, immediately and extraordinarily from heaven: not as the prophets and apostles were sent, but in a way peculiar to himself; having authority for speaking, not only from God, but as being God himself.

And accordingly, it is added, that God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him; that is, the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit were poured forth upon Christ, in a measure far above and beyond all finite creatures; there being a double difference betwixt Christ's fulness of the Spirit, and all other persons whatsoever.

1. In the measure of it. God did not give out the Spirit to Christ sparingly, and with limitation, as he did to the former prophets and John the Baptist, in proportion to what their offices required; but he was anointed more plentifully and abundantly with the Holy Spirit above and beyond his fellows.

2. In the manner of its working. The holy prophets that were filled with the spirit (according to their measures) yet could not do or declare all things, nor act upon all occasions, but sometimes the Spirit restrained them, and sometimes departed from them. But Christ had no limits put upon the vigour of his Spirit, but his own will; therefore could work what, and when he pleased.

Learn from hence, That Christ had an abundant fitness from God for the discharge of his office, and an abundant fulness for his people. God did not measure to him a certain quantity and proportion of the gifts and graces of his spirit, but poured it forth upon him without measure.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 3:32. ΄αρτυρεῖ, He testifieth) That is much more weighty than He speaks [ λαλεῖ, John 3:31].— οὐδείς, no man) So ardently does John desire that Christ should obtain universal authority, that instead of that, which his [John’s] disciples say, all [men come to Him], John 3:26, John says, no man [receiveth His testimony]: comp. ch. John 12:38, “The saying of Esaias fulfilled, Lord who hath believed our report?” etc.— λαμβάνει, receiveth) A form of faith. There must be a receiving, not a mere bodily coming.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Another great difference which the Baptist teacheth his disciples to put between his testimony and Christ’s, is, that he, and so all other ministers of the gospel, testify by revelation; Christ testifieth not by revelation, but from his own personal knowledge, what himself hath seen and heard from his Father. See John 3:11, where our Saviour had spoken to Nicodemus much the same. So John 1:18 John 8:26 15:15. By these two terms is signified the most certain and infallible knowledge of those things which he testified, which made them worthy of all acceptation: but yet very few received his testimony, so as to believe in it: see John 1:11 3:11.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Seen and heard; in heaven with his Father.

No man; few compared with the whole, and none uninfluenced by the Holy Spirit.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

32.What he hath seen—A messenger from heaven is no second-hand reporter. He daguerreotypes for us the objects his own eyes beheld.

No man receiveth his testimony—The Baptist here discloses who is this messenger from heaven. It is one not yet credited by men. Not Nicodemus, not the Jews at the Passover, not even his own disciples, had as yet risen to the full realization of Jesus as he is now depicted by these words of the Baptist.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/john-3.html. 1874-1909.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 3:32. He that cometh out of heaven beareth witness of what he hath seen and heard; and no man receiveth his witness. In John 3:12 we have seen that heaven is spoken of as the place of immediate divine knowledge and light. Jesus alone belongs to this sphere: all the prophets before His coming, though divinely commissioned, had ‘the earth’ as the starting-point of their utterances, spoke of what they had received on earth, spoke truly but not perfectly. The Divine light was reflected from the prophets to the world around. In Jesus the heavenly light itself came into the world. Jesus alone, then, beareth witness to that which He hath seen and which He heard, and (here again is the mournful cadence of this Gospel) no one receiveth His witness. So few receive, that they seem as nothing in comparison with those who reject. That the rejection is not in strictness universal the next verse declares.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/john-3.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 3:32. The result is . Seeing and hearing are equivalent to having direct knowledge. The man who is of earth may be trusted when he speaks of earth: he who is from heaven testifies to that of which he has had experimental knowledge (cf.John 3:13), and might therefore expect to be listened to, but . The which connects the clauses implies the meaning “and yet”. This statement could not have been made when crowds were thronging to Jesus’ baptism. They are the reflection of the evangelist, who sees how sporadically the testimony of Christ has been received. Yet it has not been universally rejected: . He who received His testimony sealed that God is true. . means to stamp with approval, to endorse, to give confirmation. Wetstein quotes from Aristides, Platonic., i., p. 18: . But he who believes Christ not only confirms or approves Christ’s truthfulness, but God’s. . For Christ is God’s ambassador and speaks God’s words. This is a thought which pervades this Gospel, see John 8:26; John 8:28; John 15:5, etc. “He that sent me,” or “the Father that sent me,” is a phrase occurring over twenty times in the Gospel and is characteristic of the aspect of Christ presented in it, as revealing the Father.

 

 

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Waht he hath seen and heard. The meaning is not by his senses, but what he knows for certain, having the same knowledge as his eternal Father. See chap. v., ver. 19. And no one; i.e. but few now receive his testimony. (Witham)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

heard. Not "hath heard".

testimony. Greek. marturia. See note on "witness", John 1:7.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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

And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth. See the note at John 3:11, and at John 1:18.

And no man receiveth his testimony. John's disciples had said, "All come to Him" (John 3:26), Would it were so, says the Baptist, but, alas! they are next to none. Nay, they were far readier to receive himself, insomuch that he was obliged to say I am not the Christ; and this seems to have pained him.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 3:32". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-3.html. 1871-8.

The Bible Study New Testament

32. But no one accepts his message. It was no great disappointment to John that so few of his disciples understood what he had said about Jesus. Only a very few believed Jesus himself. [Yet don’t overlook John 4:1; Luke 13:23; Revelation 7:9.]

 

 

 

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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on John 3:32". "The Bible Study New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/john-3.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(32) And what he hath seen and heard.—This is the opposite of the third point, the speaking of the earth in the last verse. Divine in origin, divine in nature, He is divine in teaching. That teaching, too, is a witness of things seen and heard. (Comp. Notes on John 6:11-12.) It was a message from the Father’s home, brought by the Son Himself. His own message was but that of a servant who did not fully know its meaning.

No man receiveth his testimony.—These words are shown by those which immediately follow to go in their pathos beyond the strict limit of the facts present to his own mind. Yet he may well have said “no man.” Of the crowds that thronged to his own baptism, of those who were then thronging to the baptism of Jesus, how many were there who were receiving like testimony of the things seen and heard? (Comp. again John 3:11.) How great the first promise, how bitter the last disappointment, of the Baptist’s life! These words of intense feeling are not to be measured by the cold standard of a formal exactness. And still it may be that the sadness of his tone arises from the fact that of those to whom he speaks, and at the time when he speaks, there was literally no one receiving this testimony, but all were seeking to make the earthly teacher a rival of the divine. The tense is present; those in the next verse are past.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.
what
11; 5:20; 8:26; 15:15
and no
26,33; 1:11; Isaiah 50:2; 53:1; Romans 10:16-21; 11:2-6
Reciprocal: Psalm 19:7 - testimony;  Psalm 81:8 - Hear;  Proverbs 4:10 - my;  Isaiah 8:16 - the testimony;  John 4:3 - left;  John 8:38 - speak;  John 12:49 - GeneralJohn 14:10 - words;  John 16:13 - for;  Hebrews 12:1 - witnesses;  1 John 4:14 - we have;  1 John 5:9 - we;  Revelation 1:1 - which God;  Revelation 1:5 - who is

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on John 3:32". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/john-3.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

32.And what he hath seen and heard. John proceeds in the discharge of his office; for, in order to procure disciples for Christ, he commends Christ’s doctrine as certain, because he utters nothing but what he has received from the Father. Seeing and hearing are contrasted with doubtful opinions, unfounded rumors, and every kind of falsehoods; for he means that Christ teaches nothing but what has been fully ascertained. But some one will say that little credit is due to him who has nothing but what he has heard. I reply, this word denotes that Christ has been taught by the Father, so that he brings forward nothing but what is divine, or, in other words, what has been revealed to him by God.

Now this belongs to the whole person of Christ, so far as the Father sent him into the world as His ambassador and interpreter. He afterwards charges the world with ingratitude, in basely and wickedly rejecting such an undoubted and faithful interpreter of God. In this way he meets the offense which might cause many to turn aside from the faith, and might hinder or retard the progress of many; for, as we are accustomed to depend too much on the judgment of the world, a considerable number of persons judge of the Gospel by the contempt of the world, or at least, where they see it everywhere rejected, they are prejudiced by that event, and are rendered more unwilling and more slow to believe. And, therefore, whenever we see such obstinacy in the world, let this admonition hold us in constant obedience to the Gospel, that it is truth which came from God. When he says that NO-MAN, receiveth his testimony, he means that there are very few and almost no believers, when compared with the vast crowd of unbelievers.

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