For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.…
I. THE TRUTHS OF GOD WHICH RESPECT THE SINNER ARE, AS FAR AS THE NATURE AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THEM ARE CONCERNED, AS EASILY FELT AND SEEN AS ANY OTHER.
II. THE MIND CANNOT TURN FROM DIVINE TRUTH WITHOUT CHOOSING TO DO IT.
III. MEN RESORT TO ARTIFICES TO HIDE THE TRUTH, TO TURN ITS FORCE AND RESIST ITS PRESSURE.
1. One is infidelity.
2. Another is found in the excuses offered for disobedience.
3. The indulgence of false hopes.
4. Reproaching religion and ministers.
1. The common complaint that sinners must wait for the Spirit of God before they can feel the importance of religion is unfounded and impious.
2. Ministers must not be afraid of alarming and distressing sinners.
(N. W. Taylor, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.