The Gospel of John
John 1:46 – 51
I’m repeating verse 46 today from last Sunday because it is important to hear what Nathanael said to Philip in order to appreciate what Jesus says to Nathanael. Jesus calls Nathanael on his remark about Nazareth and while it is not obvious in what follows to our ears as readers, I believe that Nathanael was deeply touched within his heart because of what he declares afterward.
v. 46 And Nathanael said to him, Can anything good be from Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see.
v. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him and said concerning him, Behold, truly an Israelite, in whom there is no guile!
v. 48 Natanael said to Him, How do You know me? Jesus answered and said to him, Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.
v. 49 Nathanael answered Him, Rabbi, You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.
v. 50 Jesus answered and said to him, Is it because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree that you believe? You shall see greater things than these.
v. 51 And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
1:49 (King) The Messiah.
1: 51 (Truly, truly means). In Greek, Amen, amen. So throughout the book.
1:51 (heaven opened), This is the fulfillment of Jacob’s dream (Gen. 28:11 – 22). Christ as the Son of Man, with His humanity, is the ladder set up on the earth and leading to heaven, keeping heaven open to earth and joining earth to heaven for the house of God, Bethel. Jacob poured oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the ultimate expression of the Triune God reaching man) upon the stone (a symbol of the transformed man) that it might be the house of God. Here in this chapter are the Spirit (v. 32) and the stone (v. 42) for the house of God with Christ in His humanity. Where this is, there is an open heaven.
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