Vincent Word Studies - John 1:20 - 1:20

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Vincent Word Studies - John 1:20 - 1:20

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He confessed and denied not

John's characteristic combination of a positive and negative clause. See on Joh 1:3. Both verbs are used absolutely.

I am not the Christ

According to the proper reading, ἐγὼ, I, stands first in the Baptist's statement, the ὅτι having the force merely of quotation marks. It is emphatic: “I am not the Christ, though the Christ is here.” Some were questioning whether John was the Christ (Luk 3:15; Act 13:25). Note the frequent occurrence of the emphatic I: Joh 1:23, Joh 1:26, Joh 1:27, Joh 1:30, Joh 1:31, Joh 1:33, Joh 1:34. On the Christ, see on Mat 1:1.