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John 6:46

    John 6:46 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he that is from God, he hath seen the Father.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only he who is from God, he has seen the Father.

    Webster's Revision

    Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he that is from God, he hath seen the Father.

    World English Bible

    Not that anyone has seen the Father, except he who is from God. He has seen the Father.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is from God, he hath seen the Father.

    Definitions for John 6:46

    Save - Except; besides.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 6:46

    Not that any man hath seen the Father - He does not teach men by appearing personally before them, or by any other outward voice than that of his word and messengers; but he teaches by his Spirit. This teaching from God implies:

    1. That they shall have proper instruction.

    2. That they shall comprehend it; for, when God teaches, there is no delay in learning. And,

    3. That this teaching should be by the influence of the Holy Ghost upon their minds.

    He which is of God - That is, Christ alone: neither Moses nor any of the prophets had ever seen God: Jesus, who lay in the bosom of the Father, He saw and revealed him, John 1:18.

    Barnes' Notes on John 6:46

    Not that any man hath seen the Father - Jesus added this, evidently, to guard against mistake. He had said that all who came to him were taught of God. The teacher was commonly seen and heard by the pupil; but, lest it should be supposed that he meant to say that a man to come to him must see and hear God, visibly and audibly, he adds that he did not intend to affirm this. It was still true that no man had seen God at any time. They were not, therefore, to expect to see God, and his words were not to be perverted as if he meant to teach that.

    Save he which is of God - Jesus here evidently refers to himself as the Son of God. He had just said that no man had seen the Father. When he affirms that he has seen the Father, it implies that he is more than man. He is the only-begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, John 1:18; the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, Hebrews 1:3; God over all, blessed forever, Romans 9:5. By his being of God is meant that he is the only-begotten Son of God, and sent as the Messiah into the world.

    Hath seen - Hath intimately known or perceived him. He knows his nature, character, plans. This is a claim to knowledge superior to what man possesses, and it cannot be understood except by supposing that Jesus is equal with God.

    Wesley's Notes on John 6:46

    6:46 Not that any one - Must expect him to appear in a visible shape. He who is from or with God - In a more eminent manner than any creature.