Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 3:33

He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Faith;   John;   Righteousness;   Thompson Chain Reference - John the Baptist;   The Topic Concordance - God;   Jesus Christ;   Truth;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Seals;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - John;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Seal;   Testimony;   Word;   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;   Set;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Baptism;   Dates (2);   Seal;   Seal ;   Truth (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Seal, Signet;   26 True the True;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Unbelief;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Baptism (Lutheran Doctrine);   John, Gospel of;   Seal;  
Devotionals:
Every Day Light - Devotion for January 30;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Hath set to his seal - That is hath hereby confirmed the truth of the testimony which he has borne; as a testator sets his seal to an instrument in order to confirm it, and such instrument is considered as fully confirmed by having the testator's seal affixed to it, so I, by taking up this testimony of Christ, and proclaiming it to the Jews, have fully confirmed it, as I know it to be a truth; which knowledge I have from the immediate inspiration of the Holy Spirit. See John 1:33, John 1:34.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on John 3:33". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/john-3.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

He that hath received his testimony - Hath received and fully believed his doctrine. Hath yielded his heart to its influence.

Hath set to his seal - To “seal” an instrument is to make it sure; to acknowledge it as ours; to pledge our varacity that it is true and binding, as when a man seals a bond, a deed, or a will. Believing a doctrine, therefore, in the heart, is expressed by “sealing it,” or by believing it we express our firm conviction that it is true, and that God who has spoken it is true. We vouch for the veracity of God, and assume as our own the proposition that it is the truth of God.

God is true - Is faithful; is the author of the system of doctrines, and will fulfill all that he has promised. We learn here:

1.that to be a true believer is something more than to hold a mere speculative belief of the truth.

2.that to be a believer is to “pledge ourselves” for the truth, to seal it as our own, to adopt it, to choose it, and solemnly assent to it, as a man does in regard to an instrument of writing that is to convey his property, or that is to dispose of it when he dies.

3.Every Christian is a witness for God, and it is his business to show by his life that he believes that God is true to his threatenings and to his promises. See the notes at Isaiah 43:10.

4.It is a solemn act to become a Christian. It is a surrender of all to God, or giving away body, soul, and spirit to him, with a belief that he is true, and alone is able to save.

5.The man that does not do this - that is not willing to pledge his belief that God is true, sets to his seal that God is a liar and unworthy of confidence, 1 John 5:10.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on John 3:33". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/john-3.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

He that receiveth his witness has set his seal to this that God is true.

God had spoken out of heaven in broad open daylight in the presence of a multitude, affirming of Jesus that "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased"; and John here asserted his unwavering confidence in God's witness of Christ.

He that receiveth his witness ... contrasts with "no man receiveth his witness" in John 3:32, leading to the conclusion that John the Baptist here spoke of himself. Those who see something here that is "certainly beyond the scope of John's ministry or message"[30] would appear to have been reading the opinions of men more than they have been studying the word of the Lord.

ENDNOTE:

[30] H. R. Reynolds, op. cit., p. 134.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 3:33". "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

He that hath received his testimony,.... For there was here and there one that did, who believed in him as the Messiah, and embraced his Gospel, and submitted to his ordinances, and truly and sincerely followed him: and for the encouragement of such, it is said,

hath set to his seal that God is true; faithful in fulfilling the promises he has made concerning the Messiah, and his coming: he firmly believes that God is true to every word of his, and will make good every promise; and this he seals, ratifies, and confirms by his embracing the testimony of Christ; whereas, on the contrary, he that believes not makes God a liar, than which, nothing can be more reproachful to him, 1 John 5:10. The Jews have a sayingF26T. Hieros. Sanhedrin, fol. 18. 1. & T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 64. 1. & Yoma, fol. 69. 2. that "the seal of the blessed God is truth". The Arabic version renders it, "he is already sealed, because God is true"; and the Ethiopic version, "God hath sealed him, because he is true"; namely, with his holy Spirit; see 2 Corinthians 1:22.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 3:33". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-3.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

hath set to His seal, etc. — gives glory to God whose words Christ speaks, not as prophets and apostles by a partial communication of the Spirit to them.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 3:33". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/john-3.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Hath set his seal (εσπραγισενesphragisen). First aorist active indicative of σπραγιζωsphragizō for which verb see Matthew 27:66. The metaphor of sealing is a common one for giving attestation as in John 6:27. The one who accepts the witness of Jesus attests that Jesus speaks the message of God.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 3:33". "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

Hath set to his seal ( ἐσφράγισεν )

To set to, is to affix. To set to a seal is therefore to attest a document. The expression is retained from Coverdale's version (1535). So, “They must set to their hands, and shall set to their hands.” Compare also the old legal formula: “In wittenesse qwherof I haue set to myn seele.” Rev., better, hath set his seal to this. The meaning here is, has solemnly attested and confirmed the statement “God is true.” Only here in this sense. Elsewhere of closing up for security; hiding; marking a person or thing. See on Revelation 22:10. The aorist tense here denotes an accomplished act.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on John 3:33". "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

He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

Hath set to his seal — It was customary among the Jews for the witness to set his seal to the testimony he had given.

That God is true — Whose words the Messiah speaks.

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The Fourfold Gospel

He that hath received his witness hath set his seal to [this], that God is true1.

  1. He that hath received his witness hath set his seal to [this], that God is true. We have here a metaphor, taken from the sealing of a document, as an expression of trust in or adherence to it. Compare John 6:27; 1 Corinthians 9:2. To receive Christ's witness was to publicly confess a conviction that God was true--true to his promise that he would send a Messiah, a Savior (Romans 3:4). To believe Christ is to believe God; to make Christ a liar is to make the Father one also, for he speaks concerning Christ (1 John 5:10) and through Christ (John 7:16; John 16:24).

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 3:33". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-3.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Принявший Его свидетельство. Здесь Иоанн воодушевляет благочестивых смело принимать благовестие. Он как бы говорит: У них нет причин стыдиться своей малочисленности. Ведь автор их веры – Сам Бог. А Он один вполне заменит всех остальных. Итак, даже если весь мир отказывает Евангелию в вере, это не должно мешать благочестивым быть на стороне Бога. У них есть то, на что можно спокойно положиться. Ведь они знают, что верить Евангелию есть не что иное, как запечатлеть истинность божественных речений. Кроме того, мы заключаем, что вере свойственно полагаться на Бога и опираться на Его Слово. Не может быть никакого удостоверения, покуда истины Божии не займут в нашей жизни первое место. Таким образом, вера не только отделяется от всех человеческих домыслов. Она также отделяется от сомнительного и нестойкого мнения. Необходимо, чтобы вера соответствовала божественной истине, которая, в свою очередь, не содержит никаких сомнений. Поэтому, как Бог не может лгать, так и вера не может колебаться. Защищенные этим щитом, мы будем постоянно побеждать сатану, какими бы уловками он ни пытался нас смутить. Отсюда мы также узнаем, сколь драгоценной и угодной жертвой Богу является вера. Поскольку Бог превыше всего ценит Свою истину, самое угодное поклонение, которое мы можем Ему выказать, – это исповедать с верою истинность Его Слова. Лишь тогда Ему будет воздаваться должная честь. Наоборот, Богу нельзя нанести большего оскорбления, чем не уверовать в Его Евангелие. Ведь Бога нельзя лишить свойственной Ему истины, не лишая Его одновременно славы и величия. Но Его истина неким образом заключена в Евангелие и должна познаваться именно из него. Посему неверующие, насколько от них зависит, лишают Бога всех Его атрибутов. Не потому, что вера умаляется от их нечестия, но потому, что они как бы обвиняют Бога в пустословии. Если мы не жестки как камни, эти яркие, восхваляющие веру слова непременно зажгут в наших душах пламенное усердие. Ибо какая честь для жалких людишек, что Бог счел их достойными для удостоверения Его священной истины, счел достойными тех, кто по природе своей полон лжи и обмана.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

33 He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

Ver. 33. Hath set to his seal, &c.] Hath given God a testimonial, such as is that, Deuteronomy 32:4. After which, God also sets his seal ( quasi in red-hostimentum) to the believer, Ephesians 1:13.

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Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

John 3:33. αὐτοῦ] placed before for emphasis: His witness, correlative with the following θεός.

ἐσθράγισεν] has, by this receiving, sealed, i.e. confirmed, ratified as an act. For this figurative usage, see John 6:27; Romans 4:11; Romans 15:28; 1 Corinthians 9:2; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; Jacobs, ad Anthol. ix. pp. 22, 144, 172.

ὅτι θεὸς ἀληθ. ἐστιν] In the reception of the witness of Jesus there is manifested on man’s part the practical ratification of the truthfulness of God, the human “yea verily” in answer to the proposition “God is true,” because Jesus (see John 3:34) is the ambassador and interpreter of God. The non-reception of that witness, whereby it is declared untrue, would be a rejection of the divine truthfulness, the “nay” to that proposition. Comp. 1 John 5:10. Reference to O. T. promises (Luthardt) is remote from the context.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 3:33. λαβών, he that hath received) as John did.— ἐσφάγισεν) hath set his seal to, and as it were subscribes his name to that very fact, he acknowledges for himself and hath avowed to others, that God, in whose word he puts his faith, is truthful; and to Him he assigns the glory: Romans 4:20, Abraham “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God:” comp. 1 John 5:10, “He that believeth on the Son of God, hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God, hath made Him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son.” See as to sealing, Nehem. John 9:38, “Because of all this, we make a sure covenant and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.” It is called ὁμολογία, profession, in the Epistle to the Hebrews [ch. John 3:1, John 4:14, John 10:23]. A metaphor from contracts.— θεός, God) whose word is the word of Messiah: see the following verse: ch. John 12:44, “Jesus cried, He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me.”

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He who hath so believed the testimony of Christ, as to accept him, and to believe in him as his Saviour, hath, by that his believing, set to his seal that God, in all his promises of the Messiah under the Old Testament, is true; that a word hath not failed of whatsoever God hath there spoken of that nature. According to this is that 1 John 5:10, He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. This saying doth notably commend faith, and defame unbelief. Faith in Christ as the only true Mediator and Saviour, giveth testimony to the truth of God, and sealeth it. Unbelief defames God, and doth in effect say that God is a liar.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Hath set to his seal that God is true; by believing in Christ he acknowledged that what God hath said concerning him is true.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

33.He that hath received—Whenever that fully takes place; and just so far forth as it in any case does take place.

Set to his seal—Has made a most impressive attestation.

That God is true—For if God attest him by divine powers, his veracity is pledged. If God send his authentic messenger and men disbelieve his words, they impeach the truthfulness of God. Indeed there are impious men who argue, How do we know, even when God himself makes a revelation, that God tells truth? And yet such men will not hesitate to risk their all on the veracity of a fellow-man.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on John 3:33". "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 3:33. He that received his witness set his seal to this, that God is true. Every man who accepts His witness and thus declares that Jesus is true, in that very act attests, sets his seal to, the declaration that God is true. (For the opposite, see 1 John 5:10. A mere prophet might be unfaithful or might err. Jesus ‘comes out of heaven,’ declares ‘what He has seen,’ and ‘what He heard’ from God: to disbelieve Him is to disbelieve God, to declare Him true is to declare God true. This is further explained and confirmed by the next verse.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 3:33". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/john-3.html. 1879-90.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

He that hath received his testimony. These following words to the end of the chapter, seem to be the words of St. John the Baptist, rather than of the evangelist. The sense is, whosoever hath believed, and received the doctrine of Christ, hath attested as it were under his hand and seal, that God is true, and hath executed his promise concerning the Messias. (Witham)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

true. App-175. A characteristic word of this Gospel. See p. 1611.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.

He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true - gives glory to God whose words Christ speaks, not as prophets and apostles, by a partial communication of the Spirit to them.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(33) He that hath received.—Better, he that received. “Hath set to his seal,” better, set his seal. It had been so. Earlier disciples, as Andrew and John (John 1:40), had passed from the Forerunner to the Great Teacher, and had heard in His words that which went to the divine in their own spirits, and had come from the short first meeting with the conviction, “We have found the Messias.” They received the witness, and, as they heard it, they too became witnesses. Just as a man sets his private seal—here, probably, the common Eastern stamp that affixed the name is thought of—and by it attests the truth of a document, so they attested, in the power which that witness had over their lives, their recognition of it as truth. It has always been so. The moral fitness of Christianity to meet the spiritual needs of men, and its moral power over the lives of men in all the varying circumstances of culture, race, and creed, has raised up in every age an holy army of witnesses, who have set their seal to its divine truth. (Comp. for the thought of sealing, John 6:27; Romans 4:11; Romans 15:28; 1 Corinthians 9:2; &c.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.
hath set
Romans 3:3,4; 4:18-21; 2 Corinthians 1:18; Titus 1:1,2; Hebrews 6:17; 1 John 5:9,10
Reciprocal: Psalm 19:7 - testimony;  Psalm 81:8 - Hear;  Proverbs 4:10 - my;  Isaiah 8:16 - the testimony;  Jeremiah 32:10 - and sealed;  John 3:32 - and no;  John 7:28 - is true;  John 17:8 - received;  1 Thessalonians 5:24 - Faithful

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Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible

John 3:33

"He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true." John 3:33

We can only set to our seal that God is true in any one point of doctrine, experience, or precept when we feel an inward witness that God indeed has declared it. Thus, upon every manifestation of God"s goodness to the soul, every application of Christ"s blood to the conscience, and every revelation of God"s distinguishing grace, it is only as we receive Christ"s testimony, experience the inward approbation of it, and feel its sweetness and blessedness that we can set to our seal that God is true. This, we may be well assured, is the only way to know the power and reality of true religion, to understand the Scriptures, and enjoy a convincing testimony that God is our God, Christ our Savior, the Holy Spirit our Teacher, heaven our eternal home, and that our soul is saved in the Lord Jesus Christ with an everlasting salvation.

And with what divine certainty can such a soul sometimes speak. Sometimes, indeed, we cannot believe anything; it seems as if there were nothing in God"s word that we could set our seal to. All seems a mass of confusion, and our ignorance appears so great that we cannot set our seal to any vital truth. But when the blessed Spirit is pleased to testify of the things of God, and we, receiving the testimony of Jesus Christ, walk in the light of that testimony, then there is a holy certainty of and heavenly acquiescence with God"s truth. This divine faith will bring us through all our trials and sorrows, and though we may be dragged through a very hell of temptation, yet shall we know God is true. Here, then, is the grand trial of faith; first to receive Christ"s testimony, and then to hang upon that testimony, in spite of all opposition from within and without, from feeling its weight, power, and sweetness.

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Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

Ver. 33. "He who receives His testimony, sets to his seal that God is true."

That which the Baptist here says, is not spoken merely in general; but all is here, as in the conclusion of the conversation with Nicodemus, which is echoed here throughout, applied to the heart, and admonishes the disciples that they should relinquish the wrong position which they had assumed towards Christ. A thing is sealed in common life for two objects: either to render it inaccessible and to place it under seal, Matthew 27:66, or to confirm it. And thus there is in Scripture a double figurative and symbolical use of sealing. On the latter application of the seal, which alone can be regarded here, rest, e.g., the following passages: John 6:27; Revelation 7:2; Romans 4:11; 1 Corinthians 9:2; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13.

In how far he who receives the testimony of Christ confirms that God is true, is declared in what follows, viz., because God is revealed in Christ, and speaks through Him. Bengel correctly says, "Cujus verbum est Messiae verbum," John 12:44-45. According to this, he who makes Christ a liar makes God one also, who speaks through Him, 1 John 5:10. The disciples must be on their guard against such a great sin as this. Contrary to the connection with ver. 34, Olshausen says, "That God is true, performs all His promises, quiets all longing."

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Hengstenberg, Ernst. "Commentary on John 3:33". Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/john-3.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

33.But he who receiveth his testimony. Here he exhorts and encourages the godly to embrace boldly the doctrine of the Gospel, as if he had said that there was no reason why they should be ashamed or uneasy on account of their small number, since they have God as the Author of their faith, who alone abundantly supplies to us the place of all the rest. And, therefore, though the whole world should refuse or withhold faith in the Gospel, this ought not to prevent good men from giving their assent to God. They have something on which they may safely rest, when they know that to believe the Gospel is nothing else than to assent to the truths which God has revealed. Meanwhile, we learn that it is peculiar to faith to rely on God, and to be confirmed by his words; for there can be no assent, unless God have, first of all, come forward and spoken. By this doctrine faith is not only distinguished from all human inventions, but likewise from doubtful and wavering opinions; for it must correspond to the truth of God, which is free from all doubt, and therefore, as God cannot lie, it would be absurd that faith should waver. Fortified by this defense, whatever contrivances Satan may employ in his attempts to disturb and shake us, we shall always remain victorious.

Hence, too, we are reminded how acceptable and precious a sacrifice in the sight of God faith is. As nothing is more dear to him than his truth, so we cannot render to him more acceptable worship than when we acknowledge by our faith that He is true, for then we ascribe that honor which truly belongs to him. On the other hand, we cannot offer to him a greater insult than not to believe the Gospel; for he cannot be deprived of his truth without taking away all his glory and majesty. His truth is in some sort closely linked with the Gospel, and it is his will that there it should be recognized. Unbelievers, therefore, as far as lies in their power, leave to God nothing whatever; not that their wickedness overthrows the faithfulness of God, but because they do not hesitate to charge God with falsehood. If we are not harder than stones, this lofty title by which faith is adorned ought to kindle in our minds the most ardent love of it; for how great is the honor which God confers on poor worthless men, when they, who by nature are nothing else than falsehood and vanity, are thought worthy of attesting by their signature the sacred truth of God?

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 3:33". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-3.html. 1840-57.