Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 9:5

While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Blindness;   Jesus Continued;   Light;   Sabbath;   Siloam;   Wisdom;   Thompson Chain Reference - I Am's of Christ;   The Topic Concordance - Jesus Christ;   Light;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Miracles of Christ, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Siloam;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - John, gospel of;   Work;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Covenant;   Light;   Miracle;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Covenant;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Blindness;   John, the Gospel of;   Lamps, Lighting, Lampstand;   Lantern;   Sign;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - World;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Attributes of Christ;   Beggar;   Creator (Christ as);   Cures;   Dedication, Feast of ;   Enlightenment ;   Error;   Example;   Foresight;   Goodness;   Influence;   John, Gospel of (Ii. Contents);   Light;   Lord's Supper (Ii);   Love (2);   Mission;   Obscurity;   Pleasure;   Sabbath ;   Sanctify, Sanctification;   Sight;   Son of God;   1910 New Catholic Dictionary - names of our lord;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Silence;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Names titles and offices of christ;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Sabbath;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Johannine Theology, the;   Light;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for August 11;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

I am the light of the world - Like the sun, it is my business to dispense light and heat every where; and to neglect no opportunity that may offer to enlighten and save the bodies and souls of men. See John 8:12.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

As long as I am in the world … - As the sun is the natural light of the world, even while it sinks away to the west, so am I, although my days are drawing to a close, the light of the spiritual world. What a sublime description is this! Jesus occupied the same place, filled the same space, shed his beams as far, in the moral world, as the sun does on natural objects; and as all is dark when that sun sinks to the west, so when he withdraws from the souls of men all is midnight and gloom. When we look on the sun in the firmament or in the west, let us remember that such is the great Sun of Righteousness in regard to our souls; that his shining is as necessary, and his beams as mild and lovely on the soul, as is the shining of the natural sun to illumine the material creation. See the notes at John 1:4.

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The Biblical Illustrator

John 9:5

As long as I am in the world I am the Light of the world.
--The Word as Light visited men before the Incarnation (
John 1:9, etc.; John 5:38; Romans 2:15, etc.); at the Incarnation (John 8:12; Joh_12:46; Joh_3:19-21; comp. John 11:9, etc.); and He still comes (John 14:21); even as the Spirit who still interprets His “name” (John 14:25; Joh_16:13; comp. 1 John 2:20-27). St. John draws no distinction in essence between these three different forms of revelation, in nature, in conscience, and in history; all alike are natural or supernatural, parts of the same harmonious plan. But man has not independently light in himself. The understanding of the outward revelation depends upon the abiding of the Divine Word within (John 5:37, etc.). Love is the condition of illumination (John 14:22, etc.). And the end of Christ’s coming was that those who believe in Him may move in a new region of life (John 12:46), and themselves become sons of light (John 12:35, etc.), and so in the last issue of faith have the light of life (John 8:12).(Bp. Westcott.)

Christ, the Light

Among all created excellencies, none can be borrowed more fitly representing Christ, than that of light.

1. Light is primum visibile, the first object of sight: and Jesus Christ, whom the apostle styles “God over all, Blessed forever,” is primum intelligibile.

2. Light being the first thing visible, all things are seen by it, and it by itself. Thus is Christ among spiritual things, in the elect world of His Church Ephesians 5:13-14; 2 Corinthians 4:3). The rays of Christ’s light are displayed through both His Testaments, and in them we see Him Psalms 36:9).

3. No one is ignorant there is light; yet what light is few know (Job 38:19). The “generation” of Christ “who shall declare?” (Isaiah 53:8).

4. Light resembles Christ in purity: it visits many impure places, and lights upon the basest parts of the earth, and yet remains most pure and undefiled. Though Christ was conversant with sinners, to communicate to them His goodness, yet He was “separate from sinners,” in immunity from their evil (Hebrews 7:26).

5. The light of the sun is neither parted nor diminished, by being imparted to many several people and nations, that behold it at one time: nor is the righteousness of this Sun of Righteousness either lessened to Himself or to individual believers, by many partaking of it at once: it is wholly conferred upon each one of them, and remains whole in itself.

6. The sun hath a vivifying power, a special influence in the generation of man. The sun we speak of is the proper and principal instrument in man’s regeneration (John 1:4).

7. The sun drives away the sharp frosts and the heavy fogs of winter, it clears the heavens, decks the saith with variety of plants and flowers, and awakes the birds to the pleasant strains of their natural music. When Christ, after a kind of wintry absence, returns to visit a declining Church, or a deserted forsaken soul, admirable is the change that He produces, etc. Isaiah 55:12-13; Song of Solomon 2:10-17).

8. All darkness flies before light: so Christ arising in the world made the day break, and the shadows flee away, the types and shadows of the law, ignorance, idolatry, the night of sin, misery, etc. All the stars, and the moon with them, cannot make it day in the world: this is the sun’s peculiar: nor can nature’s highest light, the most refined science and morality, make it day in the soul; for this is Christ’s (John 8:12; Joh_12:35; Psalms 19:1-14; Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-27; Luke 1:78-79; Ephesians 5:8). (Abp. Leighton.)

The Light of the world

I. CHRIST THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

1. I am the Light of the world (John 9:5).

2. That was the true Light (John 1:9).

3. For a Light of the Gentiles (Isaiah 13:6).

4. A Light to lighten the Gentiles (Luke 2:32).

5. He that followeth Me … shall have the Light (John 8:12).

6. I am come a Light into the world (John 12:46).

7. The Sun of righteousness (Malachi 4:2).

8. The Dayspring from on high (Luke 1:78).

9. The Bright and Morning Star (Revelation 22:16).

10. The Daystar (2 Peter 1:19).

II. CHRISTIANS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

1. Walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8).

2. Ye are all the children of light (1 Thessalonians 5:5).

3. Ye are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).

4. That ye may be the children of light (John 12:36).

5. Let your light so shine (Matthew 5:16).

6. The path of the just is as the shining light (Proverbs 4:18).

7. He [John] was a burning and a shining light (John 5:35).

8. Among whom ye shine as lights in the world (Php

2:15).

9. Let us put on the armour of light (Romans 13:12).

10. They that be wise shall shine (Daniel 12:3). (S. S. Times.)

Light in death

For the last day or two he (Sir D. Brewster) was attended by his friend, Sir James Simpson, a man of kindred genius and of kindred Christian hopes. “The like of this I never saw,” he said, as we met him coming fresh from the dying chamber. “There is Sir David resting like a little child on Jesus, and speaking as if in a few hours he will get all his problems solved by Him.” For in that supreme hour of dawning immortality his past studies were all associated with the name and person of the Redeemer. “I shall see Jesus,” he said; “and that will be grand. I shall see Him who made the worlds,” with allusion to those wonderful verses in Hebrews which had formed the subject of the last sermon he ever heard, a few weeks before. Thus, tracing all to the Creator-Redeemer, he felt no incongruity even in these hours in describing to Sir James Simpson, in a “fluent stream of well chosen words,” some beautiful phenomena in his favourite science. Reference was made to the privilege he had enjoyed in throwing light upon the “great and marvellous works of God.” “Yes,” he said, “I found them to be great and marvellous, and I felt them to be His.” He had little pain but such as came from intense weakness. The light was with him all through the valley. “I have had the light for many years,” he whispered slowly, and with emphasis; “and oh, how bright it is! I feel so safe, so satisfied!” And so, in childlike reliance and adoring love, he gently fell asleep in Jesus on the evening of Monday, February 10th, 1868. On the Saturday following he was laid beside kindred dust. (Sunday at Home.)

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

When I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

This is the second of the great "I am's" of John. For the list of these, see under John 8:12.

When I am in the world ... has the meaning of "as long as I am in the world" (KJV), an admission that there would come a time when Jesus would be no longer on earth; but that has reference only to his physical life. Such was the glory of Christ that, through the preaching of his apostles, the light would continue to shine unto all generations.

I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

The world cannot do without Jesus. He is as vital and necessary as the sun itself is to the physical world. All energy and life derive from him. See further discussion of this under John 8:12.

I. This metaphor reveals Jesus as God. Only of one identified with deity could it be said of him that he is the light of the world. The Old Testament made it clear that only God is light: "Jehovah is my light and my salvation" (Psalms 27:1); and an apostle identified God as "the Father of lights" (James 1:17). Therefore, when Jesus said, "I am the light of the world," he forever lifted himself above the category of mere mortality. Only a lunatic, or the world's true Saviour, could sincerely have said such a thing as this; and the receding centuries have left no doubt that the Redeemer said it and that he is indeed the world's light. He was God come in the flesh.

II. This metaphor teaches the sinless and undefiled nature of Christ, light being the only thing that may fall upon rottenness and corruption and itself remain uncontaminated. The Light of the world shines upon the wretched ugliness of our shameless world, saves it, changes it, and lifts it up, but is not himself contaminated. No matter how squalid the room in which the light shines, the light remains pure. Peter wrote:

And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place (Greek: squalid room), until the day dawn and the Day-star arise in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19).

III. This light obligates all who see it. Men may be pardoned for stumbling in darkness; but those who close their eyes against the light commit a sin against nature as well as against God. The obligation imposed by the presence of light may not be assumed or rejected by men, for the very existence of light carries the inherent requirement that men shall walk in it. Jesus summed it up thus: "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in me may not abide in darkness" (John 12:46).

IV. Jesus is the light of the world eternally, for even in heaven, "the Lamb is the light" of the eternal city (Revelation 21:23). Bonar's hymn catches the mystery of this thought perfectly:

Light of the world, forever, ever shining, There is no change in thee. True light of life, all joy and health enshrining, Thou canst not fade nor flee.

V. This metaphor is an apt figure of the universality of the gospel, there being no place on earth where light cannot reach. Similarly, the saving message of Christ shines throughout all the earth. The witness of the calendar, of Christendom, of history, of the progress of civilization, etc. - imperfect as the witness surely is, it is nevertheless undeniably universal. As John said of Jesus, he is "even the light which lighteth every man" (John 1:6-9).

VI. Men are commanded to respond to the light. They should believe on the light and become sons of light (John 12:36); they should walk in the light (1 John 1:6,7); they should put on the whole armor of light (Romans 13:12); and they should arise and shine in the reflected glory of the light (Isaiah 60:1). The import of all this is that all men should exhibit an obedient faith in Christ.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

As long as I am in the world,.... Which had been now two or three and thirty years; but was not to be much longer.

I am the light of the world; See Gill on John 8:12. Though doubtless he said this with some view to the cure he was about to perform, it being agreeable to his character and work, while he was in the world.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world — not as if He would cease, after that, to be so; but that He must make full proof of His fidelity while His earthly career lasted by displaying His glory. “As before the raising of Lazarus (John 11:25), He announces Himself as the Resurrection and the Life, so now He sets Himself forth as the source of the archetypal spiritual light, of which the natural, now about to be conferred, is only a derivation and symbol” [Alford].

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People's New Testament

I am the light of the world. He opens the blind eyes of both the body and the soul. We see morally, because he has given us light.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

When I am in the world (οταν εν τωι κοσμωι ωhotan en tōi kosmōi ō). Indefinite relative clause with οτανhotan and present active subjunctive ω “whenever I am in the world.” The Latin Vulgate renders here οτανhotan by quamdiu so long as or while as if it were εωςheōs But clearly Jesus here refers to the historic Incarnation (John 17:11) and to any previous visitations in the time of the patriarchs, prophets, etc. Jesus as God‘s Son is always the Light of the World (John 1:4, John 1:10; John 8:12), but here the reference is limited to his manifestation “in the world.”

I am the light of the world (πως ειμι του κοσμουphōs eimi tou kosmou). The absence of the definite article (το πωςto phōs in John 8:12) is to be noted (Westcott). Literally, “I am light to the world, whenever I am in the world.” “The display of the character varies with the occasion” (Westcott).

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Vincent's Word Studies

As long as ( ὅταν )

More correctly, whensoever. Rev., when. Whether in my incarnation, or before my incarnation, or after it. Compare John 1:4, John 1:10.

The light

See on John 8:12. The article is wanting. Westcott says, “Christ is 'light to the world,' as well as 'the one Light of the world.' The character is unchangeable, but the display of the character varies with the occasion.”

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

I am the light of the world — I teach men inwardly by my Spirit, and outwardly by my preaching, what is the will of God; and I show them, by my example, how they must do it.

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The Fourfold Gospel

When I am in the world, I am the light of the world1.

  1. When I am in the world, I am the light of the world. In the spiritual sense, Christ is ever the light of the world, but while he lived among men, even the privileges of physical light were imparted to him.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Доколе Я в мире. Думаю, что это добавлено в качестве упреждения. Могло показаться абсурдным, что Христос предписывает Себе время для работы. Словно и Его по примеру остальных могла неожиданно застать ночь. Итак, Он отделяет Себя от прочих, но при этом указывает, что и Его время имеет положенный предел. Он сравнивает Себя с солнцем, которое, озаряя землю, когда заканчивается день, уносит свой свет с собой. Посему Он говорит о Своей смерти как о заходе солнца. Эта смерть не угасила и не затемнила Его свет, но забрала его у мира. Кроме того, Христос учит: когда Он родился во плоти, тогда для мира воистину настал светлый день. Ибо Бог сияет нам во все века, но Христос Своим пришествием принес новый и необычный свет. Отсюда Он заключает: для явление славы Отчей это время самое подходящее, оно словно безоблачный день, когда Бог хочет яснее явить Себя в различных чудесах. Однако здесь возникает вопрос. Ведь после смерти Христовой сила Божия проявилась ярче, как в плоде Его учения, так и в разных чудесах. И Павел (2Кор.4:6) относит день ко времени своей проповеди, говоря, что Бог повелел от начала мира из тьмы воссиять свету. И это исполнилось через Евангелие в лице Иисуса Христа. И теперь Христос не меньше озаряет мир, чем тогда, когда жил между людьми. Отвечаю: Христос, завершив Свое служение, не менее мощно трудится через Своих служителей, чем тогда трудился Сам, живя в мире. Я признаю, что это так. Но во-первых: именно через Него должно было исполниться служение, заповеданное Ему Отцом, и для этой цели Он и был явлен во плоти в определенное время. Кроме того, Его телесное присутствие воистину было особым днем для мира сего, сияние которого озаряет и просвещает все столетия. Откуда некогда святым отцам, а теперь и нам воссиял лучезарный день, если не от явления Христова, всегда испускавшего видимое издалека сияние, составляющее как бы постоянный и вечный день? Отсюда следует: всякий не имеющий Христа в качестве вождя, словно слепой в потемках, беспорядочно и бесцельно блуждает по миру. Кроме того, обратим внимание на следующий смысл: как солнце открывает для взора красивейшее зрелище неба и земли, а также весь природный порядок, так и Бог явил в Сыне особую славу Собственных дел.

 

 

 

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Scofield's Reference Notes

world

kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield "Matthew 4:8").

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Ver. 5. I am the light of the world] See John 12:46. He is light essential, the Father of lights, the Sun of righteousness; who at his nativity was as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, in his life rejoiced as a strong man to run his race, Psalms 19:5; in his passion he was clouded, brake forth in his resurrection, darts out his beams of grace since his ascension, and shall finish all at his return to judgment.

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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

John 9:5. As long as I am in the world, &c.— Because our Lord was going to confer sight on a man who was born blind, he thence took occasion to speak of himself, as one appointed to give light likewise to the darkened minds of men. Hence we learn that our Lord's miracles were designed, not only as proofs of his mission, but to be specimens of the power which he possessed as Messiah. For example, by feeding the multitude with meat that perished, he signified that he was come to quicken and nourish mankind with the bread of life, that sovereign cordial and salutary nutriment of the soul. His giving sight to the blind was a lively emblem of the efficacy of his doctrines, to illuminate the blinded understandings of men. His healing their bodies, represented his power to heal their souls; and was a specimen of his authority to forgive sins, as it was a real, though but a partial removal of the punishment of sin. His casting out devils, was an earnest of his final victory over Satan and all his associates. His raising particular persons from the dead, was the beginning of his triumphs over death, and a demonstration of his ability to accomplish a general resurrection;and,togivenomoreexamples,hiscuringall promiscuously who applied to him, shewed that he was come not to condemn the world, but to save even the chief of sinners. Accordingly, at performing these miracles, or soon after, while the memory of them was fresh in the minds of his hearers, we often find him turning his discourse to the spiritual things which were signified by them, as in the case before us. See the Inferences on Matthew 9.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

5.] This partly explains the ἡμ. and νύξ of the former verse, partly alludes to the nature of the healing about to take place. As before the raising of Lazarus (ch. John 11:25), He states that He is the Resurrection and the Life; so now, He sets forth Himself as the source of the archetypal spiritual light, of which the natural, now about to be conferred, is only a derivation and symbol.

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

John 9:5. A more precise description of His earthly vocation, characteristically expressed in relation to the sight which was to be bestowed on the blind man. ὅταν, however, is neither quamdiu (as it usually is) nor quandoquidem (so Lücke and Fritzsche, ad Marc. p. 86),—which latter usage is foreign to the N. T., and is only apparently found in passages such as Thuc. 1. 141. 5, 142. 1,—but: When (quando, at the time in which) I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. It expresses the necessary contemporaneity of the two relations. He cannot be in the world, says Christ, without at the same time enlightening the world. Thus, also, did it behove Him to show Himself in the case of this blind man. φῶς is employed, it is true, in a spiritual sense, as in John 1:5 ff., John 8:12, but also with a significant reference to the sight which was to be restored to the blind man. In healing him, that enlightening activity of Jesus by which those who did not see were to be made to see (see John 9:39), is set forth in a transaction which, though primarily sensuous, was also suggestive of spiritual enlightenment (John 9:37 f.). In itself the first clause of the verse

ὅταν—might have been dispensed with (John 8:22); its utterance, however, in connection with John 9:4, was occasioned by the consciousness that He was soon to depart from the world, and that after His departure the present mode and action of the φῶς εἶναι, which were bound up with His corporeal earthly career, must come to an end. Then Christ would work through the Paraclete and through the vehicles of the Paraclete, as the Light of the world.

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Meyer, Heinrich. "Commentary on John 9:5". Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/john-9.html. 1832.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 9:5. φῶς, the light) An allegory from the object of sight, which He was about to bestow on the blind man. Comp. John 9:3, that they might be made manifest; and ἡμέρα, day, John 9:4 [containing the same metaphor].

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on John 9:5". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/john-9.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Those words, As long as I am in the world, let us know what our Saviour meant by the day, mentioned John 9:4, viz. the time he should be in the world. Saith he, So long as I am in the world, it is a part of my work to show light to the world. Christ indeed, though he hath left the world, is yet the light of the world; but he was the light of the world, that part of the world especially where he was, in a more eminent sense, so long as the world enjoyed his bodily presence in it.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on John 9:5". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/john-9.html. 1685.

Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Я свет миру См. пояснение к 8:12; ср. 1:5, 9; 3:19; 12:35, 46. Иисус является светом миру не только в духовном смысле, но Он также даст этому слепому способность воспринимать физический свет.

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

I am the light of the world; the spiritual light of the world. This he says with reference to the natural light which he is about to restore to the blind man, and which was a striking symbol of the inward illumination that he gives to the souls of them that believe on him.

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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on John 9:5". "Family Bible New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/john-9.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

5.As long as—The objects of labour are, like this blind man, perpetually turning up; there must be no tiring during the brief day of his earthly life.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on John 9:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/john-9.html. 1874-1909.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 9:5. Whensoever I am in the world, I am the light of the world. The work of Jesus in the world is to be the world’s light. This thought, expressed in words in the last chapter (chap. John 8:12), and in this by deeds, binds together the different portions in this section of the Gospel. ‘I am the light,’ Jesus says, but even in this figure the ‘we’ of the last verse may be remembered, for his disciples also ‘are the light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14). The first word of the verse is worthy of all attention, pointing as it does to all periods at which ‘the light’ hath shined amid the darkness of this world (chap. John 1:5).

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 9:5". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/john-9.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 9:5. . We should have expected and not , and the Vulgate renders “quamdiu”. But the “when” seems to be used to suggest a time when He should not be in the world: “when I am in the world, I am the Light of the World,” as He immediately illustrated by the cure of the blind man.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on John 9:5". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/john-9.html. 1897-1910.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

John 9:5. As long as I am in the world — These words show what our Lord meant by the day mentioned in the preceding verse, namely, the time he should be in the world. So long, says he, I am the light of the world — Teaching men inwardly by my Spirit, and outwardly by my preaching, what is the will of God; and showing them by my example how to perform it. “While he continued on earth he was the light of the world by his personal ministry and miracles; and he would be the same by his doctrine and his Spirit to the end of time.” — Scott. And to teach us how able and willing he is to communicate divine illumination to the souls of men, he often restored sight to such as were corporally blind; and he was about to do it now. For, as Dr. Macknight justly observes, “our Lord’s miracles were designed, not only as proofs of his mission, but to be specimens of the power which he possessed as Messiah. For example, by feeding the multitude with meat that perisheth, he signified that he was come to quicken and nourish mankind with the bread of life, that sovereign cordial and salutary nutriment of the soul. His giving sight to the blind was a lively emblem of the efficacy of his doctrine [when accompanied by his grace] to illuminate the blinded understandings of men. His healing their bodies represented his power to heal their souls, and was a specimen of his authority to forgive sins, as it was a real, though but a partial removal of its punishment. His casting out devils was an earnest of his final victory over Satan and all his associates. His raising particular persons from the dead was the beginning of his triumph over death, and a demonstration of his ability to accomplish a general resurrection. And, to give no more examples, his curing all promiscuously, who applied to him, showed that he was come, not to condemn the world, but to save even the chief of sinners. Accordingly, at performing these miracles, or soon after, when the memory of them was fresh in the minds of his hearers, we often find him turning his discourse to spiritual things that were signified by them, as in the case before us.”

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on John 9:5". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/john-9.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

the day of which I am to avail myself is the time of my mortal life; and the night which is to follow this, is that of my death. (Bible de Vence)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on John 9:5". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/john-9.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

world. App-129. See note on John 1:9.

I am. See note on John 6:35.

light. Greek. phos. See App-130and note on John 1:4.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on John 9:5". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/john-9.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Not as if he would cease, after that, to be so; but that He must make full proof of His fidelity, while His earthly career lasted, By displaying His glory. As before the resurrection of Lazarus, says Alford, He announces Himself as the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), so now He holds Himself forth as the Source of that archetypal spiritual light, of which the natural, now about to be conferred, is only a derivation and symbol.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 9:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-9.html. 1871-8.

The Bible Study New Testament

5. I am the light for the world. He opens the blind eyes of both body and spirit! We see Truth, because he gives us light!

 

 

 

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.—Better, when I am in the world. The thought is that the two things necessarily co-exist. He is the true Light, and this true Light cannot be in the world without shining in its darkness. (Comp. Note on John 1:5.) The thought is here closely connected with His teaching in the Temple but a short time before (John 8:12, “I am the Light of the world”), and also with the removal of physical and spiritual darkness which immediately followed.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
long
1:4-9; 3:19-21; 8:12; 12:35,36,46; Isaiah 42:6,7; 49:6; 60:1-3; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 4:16; Luke 2:32; Acts 13:47; 26:18,23; Ephesians 5:14; Revelation 21:23
I am
Our Lord here claims one of the titles given by the Jews to the Divine Being. So in Bammidbar Rabba,  15, fol. 229.1, "The Israelites said to God, O Lord of the universe, thou commandest us to light lamps to thee, yet thou art the light of the world." It was also a title of the Messiah (see Isa 49:6; 60:1;) and in a remarkable passage of Yalkut Rubeni, fol. 6, it is said on Ge 1:4, "From this we learn that the holy and blessed God saw the light of the Messiah, and his works, before the world was created; and reserved it for the Messiah, and his generation, under the throne of his glory. Satan said to the holy and blessed God, For whom dost thou reserve that light which is under the throne of thy glory? God answered, For him who shall subdue thee, and overwhelm thee with confusion. Satan rejoined, Lord of the universe, shew that person to me. God said, Come, and see him. When he saw him, he was greatly agitated, and fell upon his face, saying, Truly this is the Messiah, who shall cast me and idolaters into hell."
Reciprocal: Mark 2:28 - GeneralMark 10:52 - he received;  Luke 1:79 - give;  Luke 18:43 - he;  1 John 1:5 - that God

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

5.While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. I consider this to have been added, by way of anticipation; for it might have been thought strange that Christ should speak of his time of working as limited, as if there were danger that the night should come upon him by surprise, as it does on other men. Thus, while he makes a distinction between himself and others, still he says that his time of working is limited. For he compares himself to the sun which, though it illuminates the whole earth by its brightness, yet, when it sets, takes away the day along with it. In this manner he states that his death will resemble the setting of the sun; not that his death extinguishes or obscures his light, but that it withdraws the view of it from the world. At the same time, he shows that, when he was manifested in flesh, that was truly the time of the day-light of the world. For though God gave light in all ages, yet Christ, by his coming, diffused a new and unwonted splendor. Hence he infers that this was an exceedingly fit and proper time, and that it might be said to be a very bright day, for illustrating the glory of God, when God intended to make a more striking exhibition of himself in his wonderful works.

But here arises another question. After the death of Christ, the power of God shone more illustriously, both in the fruit of the doctrine and in miracles; and Paul applies this strictly to the time of his own preaching, that

God, who from the beginning of the world commanded the light to shine out of darkness, at that time shone in the face of Christ by the Gospel,
(
2 Corinthians 4:6.)

And does Christ now give less light to the world than when he was in the presence of men, and conversed with them? I reply, when Christ had finished the course of his office, he labored not less powerfully by his ministers than he had labored by himself, while he lived in the world. This I acknowledge to be true; but, first, it is not inconsistent with what he had said, that he was bound to perform, in his own person, what had been enjoined on him by the Father, and at the time when he was manifested in the flesh for that purpose. Secondly, it is not inconsistent with what he said, that his bodily presence was the true and remarkable day of the world, the lustre of which was diffused over all ages. For whence did the holy fathers in ancient times, or whence do we now, desire light and day, but because the manifestation of Christ always darted its rays to a great distance, so as to form one continued day? Whence it follows, that all who have not Christ for their guide grope in the dark like the blind, and wander about in confusion and disorder. Yet we must hold by this meaning of the words, that, as the sun discovers to our view the lovely spectacle of earth and heaven, and the whole arrangement of nature, so God has visibly displayed the chief glory of his works in his Son.

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