The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJohn 6:40
And this is the will of him that sent me…
Latin adds, "of my Father"; and all the Oriental versions read only,
"and this is the will of my Father"; this is his declared, his
revealed will in the Gospel, which the sons of men are made
acquainted with, as the other was his secret will, which was only
known to the Son till he discovered it.
That everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him;
sees him as to believe in him; for this is not to be understood of a
corporeal sight of Christ, or of a mere speculative knowledge of
him, or historical faith in him; for it is not so to see him, as
merely to believe what he is, the Son of God, the Messiah and
Saviour of the world, or what he says, but to trust in him for
righteousness, life, and happiness. Men are by nature blind, their
eyes are shut to all that is spiritually good; it is the Spirit of
God that opens blind eyes, and illuminates the understanding: and in
his light men see not only themselves, their sin, and want of
righteousness, and their lost state and condition, but Christ, and a
beauty, glory, and excellency in him, ability and willingness to
save, a suitableness in him for them, and a fulness of all grace;
they see righteousness, peace, pardon, cleansing, wisdom, strength,
grace, life, and salvation, and go out of themselves to him for all:
and such a sight, though it may be but glimmering, is saving, and is
self-abasing, soul rejoicing, surprising, and transforming; is
attended with certainty, reality, and evidence, and is a foretaste
of glory; for it is the will of God, and not man, of a gracious
Father, of an unchangeable and eternal being, whose will cannot be
resisted, and made void, that such
may have everlasting life;
which will be a life of glory, and will
consist in possessing glory both in soul and body; in beholding
glory, the glory of one another, the glory of angels, the glory of
divine truths, and mysterious providences, the glory of the divine
perfections, and of the Lord Jesus Christ; and it will be a life of
perfection, of perfect knowledge, holiness, obedience, love, peace,
and joy; a life free from all the miseries and inconveniences of
this, both in a natural and spiritual sense; a life of pleasure, and
which will last for ever: to which Christ adds,
and I will raise him up at the last day;
Christ will be the
efficient cause, as well as he is the exemplar, the earnest, and
first fruits of the resurrection of the dead; he will indeed raise
all the dead by his power, but the saints particularly, by virtue of
union to him, as the members of his body, and in the first place;
and the very same shall rise, and with the same numerical body, that
were given to him, and believe in him: and this will be at the last
of the last days, at the end of all things; and is mentioned to
show, that length of time will not hinder the resurrection of the
dead, and in opposition to a Jewish notion, that the resurrection of
the dead would be at the Messiah's coming: it will be at his second
coming, but was not to be at his first; there was indeed then a
resurrection of some particular persons, but not a general one of
all the saints: that the Jews expect the resurrection of the dead
when the Messiah comes, appears from their Targums, Talmuds, and
other writers; so the Targumist on (Hosea 14:8) :
``They shall be gathered from their captivity, they shall
sit under the shadow of their Messiah, "and the dead shall
live", and good shall be multiplied in the land.''
And in the Talmud F16 it is said,
``the holy blessed God will quicken the righteous, and they
shall not return to their dust.''
The gloss upon it is,
``the holy blessed God will quicken them "in the days of"
And so the land of the living is said to be,
``the land, whose dead live first in the days of the Messiah
And hence R. Jeremiah desired to he buried with his clothes and
shoes on, and staff in his hand, that when the Messiah came, he
might be ready F18 with which agree others of the more modern
writers; so Kimchi on (Isaiah 66:5) .
``They shall live at the resurrection of the dead, in the
days of the Messiah.''
And the same writer on (Jeremiah 23:20) observes it is said,
``"ye" shall consider, and not "they" shall consider; which
intimates the "resurrection of the dead in the days of the
And says Aben Ezra on (Daniel 12:2) :
``The righteous which die in captivity shall live, when the
though some of their writers differ in this point, and will not
allow the days of the Messiah, and the resurrection of the dead, to
be one and the same F19.
F16 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 92. 1.
F17 T. Hieros. Kilaim, fol. 32. 3.
F18 T. Hieros. Kilaim, foi. 32. 3. col. 2.
F19 Zohar in Gen. fol. 82. 4.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 6:40". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=006&verse=040>. 1999.