John 1:7

7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.

Read John 1:7 Using Other Translations

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.

What does John 1:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 1:7

The same came for a witness
The end of his being sent, and the design of his coming were,

to bear witness of the light:
by which is meant, not the light of nature, or reason; nor the light of the Gospel: but Christ himself, the author of light, natural, spiritual, and eternal. This was one of the names of the Messiah with the Jews; of whom they say F21, (wmv aryhn) , "light is his name"; as it is said in ( Daniel 2:22 ) and the light dwelleth with him; on which they have F23 elsewhere this gloss, this is the King Messiah; and so they interpret ( Psalms 43:3 ) of him F24. Philo the Jew often speaks of the Logos, or word, as light, and calls him the intelligible light; the universal light, the most perfect light; represents him as full of divine light; and says, he is called the sun F25. Now John came to bear a testimony to him, as he did; of which an account is given in this chapter, very largely, and elsewhere; as that he testified of his existence before his incarnation; of his being with the Father, and in his bosom: of his deity and divine sonship; of his being the Messiah; of the fulness of grace that was in him; of his incarnation and satisfaction; of his descent from heaven; and of his relation to his church, as in ( John 1:15 John 1:16 John 1:18 John 1:23 John 1:27 John 1:29 John 1:30 John 1:34 John 1:36 ) ( John 3:29 John 3:31 ) the end of which witness was,

that all men through him might believe;
that is, that the Jews, to whom he preached, might, through his testimony, believe that Jesus was the light, and true Messiah; for these words are to be taken in a limited sense, and not to be extended, to every individual of mankind; since millions were dead before John began his testimony, and multitudes then in being, and since, whom it never reached: nor can it design more than the Jews, to whom alone he bore witness of Christ; and the faith which he taught, and required by his testimony, was an assent unto him as the Messiah; though the preaching of the Gospel is a means of true spiritual faith in Christ; and doubtless it was so to many, as preached by John: it points out the object of faith, and encourages souls to believe in Christ; and hence, Gospel ministers are instruments by whom ethers believe; and faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; and then is it, considerable end of the Gospel ministry answered.


FOOTNOTES:

F21 Echa Rabbati, fol. 50. 2.
F23 Bereshit Rabba, fol. 1. 3.
F24 Jarchi in ib.
F25 De Maudi Opificio, p. 6. De Allegor. l. 2. p. 80. & de Somniis, p. 576, 578.
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