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John 3:21

    John 3:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are worked in God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God.

    Webster's Revision

    But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.

    World English Bible

    But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.

    Definitions for John 3:21

    Made manifest - To be made visible; to make clear.
    Manifest - To make openly known; appear.
    Wrought - Worked; made.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 3:21

    Wrought in God - In his presence, and through his assistance. This is the end of our Lord's discourse to Nicodemus; and though we are not informed here of any good effects produced by it, yet we learn from other scriptures that it had produced the most blessed effects in his mind, and that from this time he became a disciple of Christ. He publicly defended our Lord in the Sanhedrin, of which he was probably a member, John 7:50, and, with Joseph of Arimathea, gave him an honorable funeral, John 19:39, when all his bosom friends had deserted him. See Dodd.

    Barnes' Notes on John 3:21

    Are that doeth truth - He who does right, or he that obeys the truth. Truth here is opposed to error and to evil. The sinner acts from falsehood and error. The good man acts according to truth. The sinner believes a lie - that God will not punish, or that there is no God, or that there is no eternity and no hell. The Christian believes all these, and acts as if they were true. This is the difference between a Christian and a sinner.

    Cometh to the light - Loves the truth, and seeks it more and more. By prayer and searching the Scriptures he endeavors to ascertain the truth, and yield his mind to it.

    May be made manifest - May be made clear or plain; or that it may be made plain that his deeds are performed in God. He searches for truth and light that he may have evidence that his actions are right.

    Wrought in God - That they are performed according to the will of God, or perhaps by the assistance of God, and are such as God will approve. The actions of good people are performed by the influence and aid of God, Philippians 2:12. Of course, if they are performed by his aid, they are such as he will approve. Here is presented the character of a good man and a sincere Christian. We learn respecting that character:

    1. He does truth. He loves it, seeks it, follows it.

    2. He comes to the light. He does not attempt to deceive himself or others.

    3. He is willing to know himself, and aims to do it. He desires to know the true state of his heart before God.

    4. A special object of his efforts is that his deeds may be "wrought in God." He desires to be a good man; to receive continual aid from God, and to perform such actions as he will approve.

    This is the close of our Lord's discourse with Nicodemus - a discourse condensing the gospel, giving the most striking exhibition and illustration of truth, and representing especially the fundamental doctrine of regeneration and the evidence of the change. It is clear that the Saviour regarded this as lying at the foundation of religion. Without it we cannot possibly be saved. And now it becomes every reader, as in the presence of God, and in view of the judgment-seat of Christ, solemnly to ask himself whether he has experienced this change? whether he knows by experience what it is to be born of that Spirit? If he does he will be saved. If not, he is in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity, and should give no sleep to his eyes until he has made his peace with God.

    Wesley's Notes on John 3:21

    3:21 He that practiseth the truth (that is, true religion) cometh to the light - So even Nicodemus, afterward did. Are wrought in God - That is, in the light, power, and love of God.