John Chapter 14
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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.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 11/21/2014, 4:15am...
Baptism is not only a work but a deed as well. The word work means activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. You make up your mind to follow Acts 2 38. You are putting for a physical effort to get the job done by being submerged in water according to the scriptures. The word deed means something that is done, an act or action. Colossians 3 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. The baptism means to submerge in water. The Greek word baptizo means to dip or to plunge. The symbolic meaning of the baptism is the burial. There are many examples of this throughout the Book of Acts. The baptism is so important that in Acts 19 1 7 these 12 men had to be rebaptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Jesus said it Peter clarified it on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2 38, the Apostles carried it out. Even Paul who is the Gentiles Apostle baptized Acts 19 1 thru 7. Baptism is very important and part of the salvation plan.
Gotquestions.org's John Chapter 14 comment on 11/20/2014, 8:50pm...
Water baptism is a Work, not needed for salvation. It is a heresy called "baptismal regeneration ". For more info on how to Really be saved, visit GotQuestions dot org
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 11/19/2014, 6:37am...
Hello I cannot stress enough that we are living in the last days. You must follow Acts 2 38 in order to be saved. You must have the correct baptism. Does baptism save you alone? The answer is no. You need to repent and God has to fill you with the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the spirit of God give utterance. However, baptism is part of the salvation plan. The preacher must call the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. The correct and true baptism will bring about the following Being baptized the correct way, you are baptized unto his death, have put on Christ, buried with him, and the answer of a good conscience toward God. Romans 6 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Galatians 3 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Colossians 2 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 1 Peter 3 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ Everyone needs to be baptized and in the correct way so saith the Word of God.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 11/17/2014, 4:51am...
Hello Mockingbird I do not think that you are saying the same thing as I am are you? Colossians 2 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. The only way that Jesus Christ dwells in us is through the power of the Holy Ghost which he gives to those who truly repents. The evidence after receiving the Holy Ghost is the speaking in other tongues as the spirit of God give you utterance. There is only one being in the Godhead bodily. There is not three beings in the Godhead bodily. Jesus Christ is God all by himself. It is a mystery, but it is the truth, 1 Timothy 3 16.
MockingBird's John Chapter 14 comment about verse 20 on 11/16/2014, 7:30am...
Father Son Holy Spirit Trinity Which equals to One Jesus Christ The Father in Jesus and Jesus in the Father and Jesus in me Which equals 3 in 1 and all in Jesus and me. I like Ileana Pierra 's comment I am so Happy for you !!!!!
Blessed's John Chapter 14 comment on 11/16/2014, 5:57am...
GOD sent JESUS because JESUS is the eternal life which lives in GOD I am in JESUS ANDJESUS IN ME JESUS IN GOD I AM IN GOD IS HAVE ETERNAL LIFE
Joni G's John Chapter 14 comment on 11/07/2014, 11:49am...
Salvation at the moment we are immersed into Christ. Water baptism is the final step in being saved. Before that we have heard the beautiful Gospel, have believed in Christ 's death, burial and resurrection, have confessed his name to be the Son of God, repented of our sins. By grace are we saved through faith. An active faith. If we were saved the moment we believed, there would be no example of people being baptized into Christ on the day of Pentecost. Peter who knew the Jews were cut to the heart for crucifying Jesus would have said, you believe. Welcome to the kingdom, church,new birth! He did not. When asked what they should do, Peter told the Jews to repent and be baptized. They received the gift of the Holy Spirit as we do today. Their hearts were ready to obey and grow. We are but jars of clay holding this beautiful message! Let us gently lead others to Christ, our Savior, Redeemer, King and friend. Let 's ask the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and point to Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
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