The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
Who is the substance of the word spoken by the above mentioned
rulers, the author and object of their faith, and the end in which
their conversation terminated. These words may be expressive of the
duration of Christ: he was "yesterday", which does not design the
day immediately foregoing, nor some little time past, but ancient
times, formerly, of old; and though it does not extend to eternity,
which is true of Christ, yet may be carried further than to the days
of his flesh here on earth, even to the whole Old Testament
dispensation; yea, to the beginning of the world, when he existed
not only as the eternal Word, the everlasting "I am", but as the
Saviour and Redeemer of his people; during which dispensation he
frequently appeared in an human form, and was the sum of all
promises and prophecies, and the substance of all types and shadows,
and the spiritual food of his people: and he is "today" under the
Gospel dispensation; in his person as God-man, and in his offices as
prophet, priest, and King: and will be so "for ever": he will never
die more; his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his priesthood
an unchangeable one. Moreover, these words may regard the
immutability of Christ; who is unchangeable in his person,
perfections, and essence, as God; and in his love to his people; and
in the fulness of his grace, and in the efficacy of his blood, and
in the virtue of his sacrifice and righteousness: it may be
observed, that (o autov) , translated "the same", answers to (awh) ,
"he", a name of God, (Psalms 102:27) (Isaiah 48:12) and which is used in Jewish
writings F24 for a name of God; and so it is among the Turks F25:
and it is expressive of his eternity, immutability, and
independence; and well agrees with Christ, who is God over all,
blessed for ever.
F24 Seder Tephillot, fol. 2. 1. & 4. 1. Ed. Basil. fol. 6. 2. & 7. 1.
Ed. Amstelod. Zehar in Exod. fol. 35. 4. Maimonides in Misn. Succa,
c. 4. sect. 5.
F25 Smith de Moribus Turc. p. 40.
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