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Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

J. C. Ryle

Notes on John Chapter 12

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Notes on 12:1-11

Notes on 12:12-19

Notes on 12:20-26

Notes on 12:27-33

Notes on 12:34-43

Notes on 12:44-50

John writes in chapter 12, "Although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him" (v. 37). In verse 38, he points out that this unbelief fulfilled a prophecy in Isa. 53:1. Now that all seems simple enough. However, John then goes on to say something quite surprising: "Therefore, they could not believe, because Isaiah said again, 'He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, and lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them'" (vv. 39-40; cf. Isa. 6:9-10). What is the explanation of this action of God? Did he harden the hearts of those who heard Jesus so that they would not believe in him? Ryle has a very helpful discussion of this text.

These are the technical notes by J. C. Ryle that accompany his expository comments on John chapter 12.

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