32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?" 35 So Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?" 39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, 40 "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them." 41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. Where did the authorities "faith" come from in verse 42? Where they regenerated? If not, how did they, being totally depraved, even muster up that? - Skandelon Verse 33 concludes the topic introduced with verse 21. Verse 34 introduces a new section with a new question. Verses 35-36 provides their duty and what they should do. Verse 37 provides their response to what they were called upon to do in verses 35-36. Verse 38-39 provides the human perspective according to prophecy of their reaction to the gospel. Verses 40-41 provides the divine perspective of their reaction to the gospel. Verses 42 provides "some" who responded by belief in him but this belief is further defined in verse 43 to originate from wrong motives. 1. Exposure to the light of the gospel -vv. 35-36 2. Exposure to light produced hardening to the gospel and or false gospel professions - vv. 37-42 3. This is just one area of hardening to a specific form of light by the depraved nature. The fallen man responds by hardening to various types of light in their life even before they are exposed to the light of the gospel. They already have violated their conscience or light of special revelation on many matters before ever being exposed to Christ or the gospel. In other words, they are not strangers to willful sin in their lives long before being exposed to this type of light.