This is the disciple which testifies of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.…
I. ITS TRANSCENDENT THEME. — "The things which Jesus did."
1. Their number — "many."
2. Their variety — "other."
3. Their importance. So deep had been the impression made by them that they were even then remembered and could have been written down.
4. Their significance. "The world would not contain," &c.
II. ITS UNAMED AUTHOR — the disciple whom Jesus loved. That this was John —
1. The Gospel indirectly attests.
2. Ecclesiastical tradition confirms.
III. ITS VERACIOUS CHARACTER.
1. The testimony of the author's consciousness, if ver. 24 be authentic.
2. The testimony of his contemporaries, probably the Ephesian Elders, if ver. 24 be non-Johannine.Lesson: Gratitude —
1. To God for His Son, Jesus Christ.
2. To Jesus Christ for the things which He did.
3. To the Holy Spirit for this sublime Gospel
(T. Whitelaw, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.