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Matthew Henry's John Chapter 14 Bible commentary...
Christ comforts his disciples. (1-11) He further comforts his disciples. (12-17) He still further comforts his disciples. (18-31)1-11 Here are three words, upon any of which stress may be laid. Upon the word troubled. Be not cast down and disquieted. The word heart. Let your heart be kept with full trust in God. The word your. However others are overwhelmed with the sorrows of this present time, be not you so. Christ's disciples, more than others, should keep their minds quiet, when everything else is unquiet. Here is the remedy against this trouble of mind, "Believe." By believing in Christ as the Mediator between God and man, we gain comfort. The happiness of heaven is spoken of as in a father's house. There are many mansions, for there are many sons to be brought to glory. Mansions are lasting dwellings. Christ will be the Finisher of that of which he is the Author or Beginner; if he have prepared the place for us, he will prepare us for it. Christ is the sinner's Way to the Father and to heaven, in his person as God manifest in the flesh, in his atoning sacrifice, and as our Advocate. He is the Truth, as fulfilling all the prophecies of a Saviour; believing which, sinners come by him the Way. He is the Life, by whose life-giving Spirit the dead in sin are quickened. Nor can any man draw nigh God as a Father, who is not quickened by Him as the Life, and taught by Him as the Truth, to come by Him as the Way. By Christ, as the Way, our prayers go to God, and his blessings come to us; this is the Way that leads to rest, the good old Way. He is the Resurrection and the Life. All that saw Christ by faith, saw the Father in Him. In the light of Christ's doctrine, they saw God as the Father of lights; and in Christ's miracles, they saw God as the God of power. The holiness of God shone in the spotless purity of Christ's life. We are to believe the revelation of God to man in Christ; for the works of the Redeemer show forth his own glory, and God in him.
12-17 Whatever we ask in Christ's name, that shall be for our good, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. To ask in Christ's name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea. The gift of the Spirit is a fruit of Christ's mediation, bought by his merit, and received by his intercession. The word used here, signifies an advocate, counsellor, monitor, and comforter. He would abide with the disciples to the end of time; his gifts and graces would encourage their hearts. The expressions used here and elsewhere, plainly denote a person, and the office itself includes all the Divine perfections. The gift of the Holy Ghost is bestowed upon the disciples of Christ, and not on the world. This is the favour God bears to his chosen. As the source of holiness and happiness, the Holy Spirit will abide with every believer for ever.
18-24 Christ promises that he would continue his care of his disciples. I will not leave you orphans, or fatherless, for though I leave you, yet I leave you this comfort, I will come to you. I will come speedily to you at my resurrection. I will come daily to you in my Spirit; in the tokens of his love, and visits of his grace. I will come certainly at the end of time. Those only that see Christ with an eye of faith, shall see him for ever: the world sees him no more till his second coming; but his disciples have communion with him in his absence. These mysteries will be fully known in heaven. It is a further act of grace, that they should know it, and have the comfort of it. Having Christ's commands, we must keep them. And having them in our heads, we must keep them in our hearts and lives. The surest evidence of our love to Christ is, obedience to the laws of Christ. There are spiritual tokens of Christ and his love given to all believers. Where sincere love to Christ is in the heart, there will be obedience. Love will be a commanding, constraining principle; and where love is, duty follows from a principle of gratitude. God will not only love obedient believers, but he will take pleasure in loving them, will rest in love to them. He will be with them as his home. These privileges are confined to those whose faith worketh by love, and whose love to Jesus leads them to keep his commandments. Such are partakers of the Holy Spirit's new-creating grace.
25-27 Would we know these things for our good, we must pray for, and depend on the teaching of the Holy Ghost; thus the words of Jesus will be brought to our remembrance, and many difficulties be cleared up which are not plain to others. To all the saints, the Spirit of grace is given to be a remembrancer, and to him, by faith and prayer, we should commit the keeping of what we hear and know. Peace is put for all good, and Christ has left us all that is really and truly good, all the promised good; peace of mind from our justification before God. This Christ calls his peace, for he is himself our Peace. The peace of God widely differs from that of Pharisees or hypocrites, as is shown by its humbling and holy effects.
28-31 Christ raises the expectations of his disciples to something beyond what they thought was their greatest happiness. His time was now short, he therefore spake largely to them. When we come to be sick, and to die, we may not be capable of talking much to those about us; such good counsel as we have to give, let us give while in health. Observe the prospect Christ had of an approaching conflict, not only with men, but with the powers of darkness. Satan has something in us to perplex us with, for we have all sinned; but when he would disturb Christ, he found nothing sinful to help him. The best evidence of our love to the Father is, our doing as he has commanded us. Let us rejoice in the Saviour's victories over Satan the prince of this world. Let us copy the example of his love and obedience.
Ar's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/22/2014, 7:32am...
to Jane Doe 's chapter 14 remark True Jane, three bear record in Heaven Father, Son and the Holy Ghost as 1 John chapter 3 verses 5 to 7 state. Bless you
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/17/2014, 5:57pm...
Hello Jane Doe Did you happen to pay attention to the very last part of that scripture? It states that "...and these three are one ". This means that people should not worship three Gods, but know that there is one God holding all three positions and that his name is Jesus Christ. Usually when people say the word trinity, they are referring to three different beings in the Godhead bodily. However, the scripture states that in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Jesus Christ does not dwell in the Godhead bodily as an individual being. But in him dwells the fullness of the Godhead Bodily, Colossians 2 9. Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh, 1 Timothy 3 16.
Jane Doe's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/17/2014, 1:42pm...
1st John 5 7 For there are 3 that bear record IN heaven, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and these 3 are one! Evident this is speaking of the TRINITY
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/17/2014, 9:22am...
Part 2 of 2 Tell me what do you think is wrong? The Bible is the true word of God. Jesus is both Lord and Christ. On the day of Pentecost the question was asked about what to do. Peter answered and told them what it would take to be saved. The promise is to them which were the Jews, to their children, and to all that are afar off even as many as the LORD our God shall call. This means the rest of us that are not Jews. This is not an interpretation. A question was asked and an answer was given. I hope that if you are not saved that you get saved and stay saved. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/17/2014, 9:20am...
Part 1 of 2 Hello Willie Jernagin I know that I am right according to the scriptures. I have experienced Acts 2 38. It is through the Grace of God that I am saved. I am glad that God chose me. After you get saved we are supposed to go and inform people of this good news. We are truly living in the last days. It is going to rain fire this time. There is first going to be a tribulation period. When Noah preached that it was going to rain, no one believed him. In the end, only 8 souls were saved. There are a lot more that believe today than back then, but then you have some who still do not believe. This is a very sad situation.
Willie Jernagin's John Chapter 14 comment about verse 2 on 10/17/2014, 8:11am...
I for one believe a lot of you are getting off wrong with the word of God, so you have to be careful in your interpreting the scripture. The word of God is so unique in that it explains what JESUS is talking about, also, God 's Holy Spirit can give the meaning of what John 14 2 means. I will not give you my opinion, about the word of God. I will say this was grace in the old testament or was just the law and the promise 's of God. You see God can just about do as He please, even when we do not understand how He does what He does. Shalom
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/16/2014, 1:06pm...
I want to correct Ar on the baptism. Jesus stated it, Peter clarified what Jesus meant on the day of Pentecost with Acts 2 38 and the Apostles carried the message. The Book of Acts is the beginning of the church age. You cannot find anywhere in the Book of Acts where when someone was baptized the preacher or Apostle called out over them Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. You will however find where the Apostle or preacher called out the name of the Lord Jesus for their remission of sins. The bible states out of the mouth of two or three a witness is established. Know that Jesus witness to what he was saying, not that he needed it, is from Peter on the day of Pentecost. Please do not be fooled Acts 2 38 is the correct salvation plan to get into heaven. If you do not have this you will not make it in when the rapture takes place.
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