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Nathanael Recognizes That the Lord Jesus Is God. A Commentary on John 1:49

Nathanael answered and said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.

– John 1:49

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Although a modest man will give rise to conceptions and reveal an arrogant disposition when something that isn’t in line with his notions happens, he doesn’t hold to himself; instead, he seeks the truth of his own accord. As soon as he understands it, knowing that it comes from God, he can drop his notions and accept it. For example, when Philip told Nathanael that he had encountered the One that the prophets foretold to come, the Lord Jesus, Nathanael got a notion and said with arrogance, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). However, when he didn’t know what the fact was, he didn’t hold on to his own notion, nor did he condemn or judge God’s work at will. Rather, he went to meet the Lord Jesus and listen to His preaching. After hearing the Lord Jesus’ words, he said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel” (John 1:49). Because of his seeking with modesty, Nathanael recognized that the Lord Jesus is the Christ, the God Himself. Then, he put himself aside and followed the Lord, and gained His salvation.


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