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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN - Chapter 3 - Verse 27

Verse 27. John answered, &c. John did not enter into their feelings or sympathize with their love of party. He came to honour Jesus, not to build up a sect. He rejoiced at the success of the Messiah, and began to teach them to rejoice in it also.

A man can receive nothing, &c. All success is from heaven. All my success was from God. All the success of Jesus is from God. As success comes from the same source, we ought not to be envious. It is designed to answer the same end, and, by whomsoever accomplished, the hand of God is in it, and we should rejoice. If Jesus and his disciples are successful, if all men flee to him, it is proof that God favours him, and you should rejoice.

{a} "A man" 1 Co 2:12-14; 4:7; Heb 5:4; Jas 1:17

{4} "receive nothing" or, "take unto himself"

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