- Healing the Blind Man: The Light Awakens a Remnant (9:1-12)
- Light Rejected: Investigation of the Pharisees (9:13-23)
- The Remnant Excommunicated by an Apostate Nation (9:24-34)
- A Remnant Brought to Know Christ, the Nation Blinded (9:35-41)
Healing the Blind Man: The Light Awakens a Remnant (9:1-12)
The Cause of the Man’s Blindness (vv.1-3)
The Lord’s Purpose in Working the Works of God (vv.4-5)
Healing of the Blind Man (vv.6-7)
Reaction of the Neighbors (vv.8-12)
- He knows the Lord only as “a man called Jesus” (v.11)
- He knows Jesus as “a prophet” (v.17)
- He recognizes that Jesus is one who “fears God” and does “His will” (v.31)
- He sees that Jesus is a “man of God” (v.33)
- He owns Jesus as “Lord” (v.36)
- He owns Jesus as “the Son of God” (v.38)
There is normal progression, ending with the soul becoming a worshiper:
- He becomes a quickened soul (v.7)
- He becomes a confessor of Christ (v.11)
- He becomes a disciple of Christ (vv.24-28)
- He becomes a defender of Christ (vv.30-33)
- He becomes a worshipper of Christ (v.35)
Light Rejected: Investigation of the Pharisees (9:13-23)
The Jews question the Formerly-Blind Man (vv.13-17)
The Jews Question the Formerly-Blind Man’s Parents (vv.18-23)
The Remnant Excommunicated by an Apostate Nation (9:24-34)
Spiritual High Ground to Take Glory from Christ (vv.24-25)
Repetitive Questioning to Probe for more Evidence (vv.26-27)
Religious Elitism to Disparage Christ’s Person (vv.28-33)
The Formerly Blind Man Condemned and Excommunicated (v.34)
A Remnant Brought to Know Christ, the Nation Blinded (9:35-41)
He Gains a Personal Belief and Relationship With Jesus (vv.35-38)
In scripture there is a difference between "believing", "believing in", and "believing on". If you "believe" someone, you accept what they say as truth. If you "believe in" someone, you have confidence in their character; i.e. it has to do with who they are, although it also includes that they are honest. If you "believe on" someone, they become an object for your faith, and this also includes both confidence in their character and in their words, but goes far higher.The earlier event is a picture of new birth; but this answers to salvation.
- “I Believe” – His faith rose up to receive the testimony of God.
- “Lord” – He confessed Jesus as Lord of his life.
- “He did Him homage” – He had the glory of the Person of Christ before his soul, and it made him a worshiper.
The Lord’s Purpose in Coming Into the World (v.39)
- Natural blindness. Those that were born blind (the poor, the Gentiles) would have their eyes opened in a spiritual sense. The man in John 9 is a type of this remnant.
- Governmental blindness. Those that were born seeing (the Jews) would be blinded for rejecting the Son (Rom. 11:7; Acts 28:25-27)
There are only two categories that a person can be in: those that see, and those that do not see.
The Proud Nation Blinded (vv.40-41)
- He must needs work, but He must needs work while it is day. The day is the time of the presence of the light. But while Christ was in the world He was its Light. The night is His absence. We are not of the night, but of the day; but as being dead to the estate of Christ’s absence, and believing in the light, having the light of life. The night is far spent, the day is at hand, says the apostle. This, however, had its direct application to the Jews, with whom He was concerned in Person, yet so as that therein, as the apostle ever carefully by the Spirit presents Him, as we have seen, He was the Light of the world. – Darby, J.N. The Gospel of John. Notes and Comments, Volume 6.
- Toplady, A. Though in a Foreign Land. Little Flock Hymnbook #177