Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentJohn 7:17
- If any man willeth to do (ean tiv telhi poiein).
- Condition of third class with ean and present active subjunctive telhi not used as a mere auxiliary verb for the future "will do," but with full force of telw, to will, to wish. See the same use of telw in 5:40 "and yet ye are not willing to come" (kai ou telete eltein).
- He shall know (gnwsetai).
- Future middle indicative of ginwskw. Experimental knowledge from willingness to do God's will. See this same point by Jesus in 5:46; 18:37. There must be moral harmony between man's purpose and God's will. "If there be no sympathy there can be no understanding" (Westcott). Atheists of all types have no point of contact for approach to the knowledge of Christ. This fact does not prove the non-existence of God, but simply their own isolation. They are out of tune with the Infinite. For those who love God it is also true that obedience to God's will brings richer knowledge of God. Agnostic and atheistic critics are disqualified by Jesus as witnesses to his claims.
- Of God (ek tou teou).
- Out of God as source.
- From myself (ap' emautou).
- Instead of from God.