In the Gospel of John, the voice of the Word is heard; the Paraclete is speaking. God makes himself known, proffers himself, and so becomes our God. Thus, the Gospel invites us to see and to hear what apart from the Gospel cannot be seen and cannot be heard: the Father of Jesus, who is the true and divine Son.
Concordia Commentary: John 1:1–7:1 contains Dr. William Weinrich’s original translation of John 1:1–7:1, a painstaking verse-by-verse analysis of the Greek text of these chapters, and theological exposition of the Gospel’s message, both for the apostolic church in its original context, and for the life of the Christian church today. His expertise in the early church fathers demonstrates how this Gospel was understood from the earliest times in the infant Christian church. The following excerpt from the commentary examines Jesus’ words in John 6:54.
Dr. William Weinrich, professor of Early Church History and Patristic Studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, is the author of the newly released Concordia Commentary on John 1:1–7:1. Shortly before his commentary was published, we interviewed Dr. Weinrich to find out a little more about himself, his ministry, and his work in writing the commentary. Recently, however, we learned the sad news of the unexpected death of his wife, Barbara. We mourn with him, but also rejoice that “whoever hears [Christ’s] word and believes Him who sent [Him] has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24 ESV).
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest volume in the Concordia Commentary series: John 1:1–7:1 by William Weinrich. In the meantime, we’ve provided an excerpt below to give you a preview of Dr. Weinrich’s discussion on John 3:3.
“Unless One Is Begotten from Above, He Is Not Able to See the Kingdom of God” (Jn 3:3)
In his reply to Nicodemus Jesus confronts the Pharisee with the necessity of partaking in the Baptism of Jesus if one is to “see” the kingdom of God (Jn 3:3). At his Baptism the Spirit of God came down, “descending” (καταβαῖνον), that is, from above, and rested upon him (Jn 1:32). This event was “seen” by John the Baptist (τεθέαμαι, Jn 1:32; see also ἴδῃς, Jn 1:33), and this seeing brought John to recognition and confession: “This one is the Son of God” (Jn 1:34). This is the background for the response of Jesus to Nicodemus (Jn 3:3). [Read more…] about Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?