8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?"

Matthew Henry's Commentary on John 9:8

Commentary on John 9:8-12

(Read John 9:8-12)

Those whose eyes are opened, and whose hearts are cleansed by grace, being known to be the same person, but widely different in character, live as monuments to the Redeemer's glory, and recommend his grace to all who desire the same precious salvation. It is good to observe the way and method of God's works, and they will appear the more wonderful. Apply this spiritually. In the work of grace wrought upon the soul we see the change, but we see not the hand that makes it: the way of the Spirit is like that of the wind, which thou hearest the sound of, but canst not tell whence it comes, nor whither it goes.