J O H N.
The scope and design of this chapter is to confirm
our faith in Christ as the eternal Son of God, and the true Messiah
and Saviour of the world, that we may be brought to receive him,
and rely upon him, as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and to give up
ourselves to be ruled, and taught, and saved by him. In order to
this, we have here, I. An account given of him by the inspired
penman himself, fairly laying down, in the beginning, what he
designed his whole book should be the proof of (ver. 1-5); and again (ver. 10-14); and again, ver. 16-18. II. The testimony of John
Baptist concerning him (ver.
6-9; and again, ver.
15); but most fully and particularly, ver. 19-37. III. His own manifestation of
himself to Andrew and Peter (ver.
38-42), to Philip and Nathanael, ver. 43-51.