John 5:43

43 I have come in My Father's name, yet you don't accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.

John 5:43 Meaning and Commentary

John 5:43

I am come in my Father's name
Power and authority; by his consent, with his will, and according to a covenant with him: Christ came not of himself, of his own accord, by a separate power and will of his own, but was called, and sent, and came by mutual agree meat; and brought his credentials with him, doing the works and miracles which his Father gave him to finish:

and ye receive me not;
notwithstanding this they rejected him as the Messiah, and would not receive him as such; yea, traduced him as an impostor, and a deceiver:

if another shall come in his own name;
which some understand of Simon Magus, others of antichrist; rather the false Christs are intended, of whom our Lord speaks, in ( Matthew 24:24 ) , who would rise up of themselves, and not be able to give any proof of their mission; or do anything which might entitle them to the character of the Messiah, or Christ, a name they would take to themselves: and so the Ethiopic version reads, "if another shall come in my name"; saying he is Christ, or the Messiah:

him ye will receive;
as thousands of them did receive Barchocab, the false Christ, who rose up some years after in Adrian's time; and even some of their greatest Rabbins, as particularly the famous R. Akiba, who was his armour bearer: and it is easy to observe, that though they were so backward to receive, and so much prejudiced against the true Messiah, they were always forward enough to embrace a false one: and indeed to follow any, that set up himself for a temporal deliverer of them; as the instances of Theudas, and Judas of Galilee, with others, show; see ( Acts 5:36 Acts 5:37 ) . And the true reason why they rejected Christ was, because he did not appear in outward pomp and glory, nor set up a temporal kingdom, or give out that he would deliver them from the Roman yoke.

John 5:43 In-Context

41 "I do not accept glory from men,
42 but I know you-that you have no love for God within you.
43 I have come in My Father's name, yet you don't accept Me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
44 How can you believe? While accepting glory from one another, you don't seek the glory that comes from the only God.
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
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