1:15 8 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh b after me is preferred c before me: for he was before me.

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    • ) John is a faithful witness of the excellency of Christ.

 

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b

    • ) That is, “He before whom I am sent to prepare him the way”: so that these words refer to the time of his calling, and not of his age, for John was six months older than Christ.

 

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c

    • ) This sentence has in it a turning of the reason as we call it, as one would say, a setting of that first which should be last, and that last which should be first: for in plain speech it is this, “He that comes after me, is better than I am, for he was before me.” We find a similar turning of the reason in (

Lu 7:47

    ): “Many sins are forgiven her, because she loved much”, which is this much to say, “She loved much, because many sins are forgiven her.”

1:16 9 And of his fulness have all we received, and d grace for grace.

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9

    • ) Christ is the most plentiful fountain of all goodness, but he gave out his gifts most bountifully at that time when he exhibited and showed himself to the world.

 

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d

    ) That is, grace upon grace; as one would say, graces piled one upon another.

Greek Lexicon

grace==

concession, thanks, gift, misc, thankfulness, grace, favor, gracious, blessing, thank, gracious work, favour, pleasure, credit, gratitude
cháris khar’-ece

Reflections

Today is going to short because everyone is traveling for the holidays. Say your prayers and let the Angels ride with you. I will post a thanksgiving message tomorrow.