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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 10/27/2014, 11:01am...
I would like to add one more comment. If a thief today does not repent and change his wicked ways and does not follow Acts 2 38 and he dies still in the sin of thievery he is not going to heaven. Deuteronomy 25 16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the LORD thy God. In the scriptures you will further find more things that God hat. 1 Corinthians 6 9 10 Know ye not that unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. These are just a few of many sins and things that God does not like.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/27/2014, 7:25am...
Hello Ar I believe that those who died before the day of Pentecost that followed the Law were saved. When Jesus died on the cross the graves opened up and people saw the saints which had died arise from their sleep and walk into the holy city, Matthew 27 52 53. However, now that the dispensation of grace is into play the salvation plan is Acts 2 38. When you refer to John the Baptist and his baptism, this is why God had Luke write in Acts 19 1 thru 7 about the 12 men that Paul encountered that were baptized unto John s baptism and they had to be rebaptized under the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and then they were filled with the Holy Ghost and now those 12 men are saved. If I can say it like this, Jesus did not forget about them. He looked into their hearts and sent the true preacher to them to tell them about the salvation plan. They accepted it and God fulfilled his promise that Peter spoke about on the day of Pentecost. These men lived during the Law, were baptized unto John s baptism, and because they now lived under the new age of grace, God allowed Paul to teach them and bring them into a better way. This is what John stated himself while in the wilderness. He stated that we should not believe on him but on him that come after him. The answer is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ar's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/27/2014, 5:22am...
To Mrs Robinson 's remark of 10 24 2014 John the Baptist was baptizing in water those who repented their sins. Or don 't you even accept John the Baptist as "Jesus only " believer???? I am sure some people died between their water baptism.....before the Pentecost. Are they condemned to eternal death?
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/26/2014, 12:38am...
There is no death bed salvation. John 3 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God . Now that we are under the Dispensation of Grace, you have to have the correct water baptism and the spirit of the Holy Ghost or you will not enter into the kingdom of God. This is a hard pill to swallow, but if a person under this Grace Age do not get saved according to Acts 2 38 they will not go to heaven. There is no praying them out of purgatory. There is no purgatory. There is no praying them into heaven from the coffin. These are facts. I did not write the Bible I am merely stating what is in it.
Ar's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/24/2014, 3:52pm...
Hi Jane ! I was so blessed from your comment that I had to respond to it. God reveals His truth to genuine hearts who are searching for it.Many people have accepted the Lord on their death beds a few days before their death and couldn 't be baptized . These people are in Heaven now. Our Savior gives everybody the same chance until the last breath. He is full of love and righteousness. God bless you and every one who believes and accepts the Truth without complicating it. The Word was written by simple people with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We people make it complicated for no reason.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/24/2014, 1:20pm...
Hello Jane Doe I would like to chime in. We can deduce that he was not baptized. If I can say it like this, the reason why the thief did not have to be baptized is because before Jesus laid down his life on the cross or died, the law was still in place. It was not until the Holy Ghost fell on the day of Pentecost that the Grace Age and the church of began. Paul speaks about it to the Ephesian Church who is already saved, Ephesians 3 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you ward . I have not stated anything that was not fact. The scriptures speak for themselves. I hope and pray that God will remove the coverings off of your eyes so that you may see that there is only One God and his name is Jesus Christ. The thief showed faith in Jesus Christ. Now we must not only show faith, but belief that he is God manifested in the flesh, and that we must follow Acts 2 38. There is only one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.
Jane Doe's John Chapter 14 comment on 10/24/2014, 10:21am...
In response to Ar... thank you! You know I am very blessed ! I 'm blessed in the truth of God 's word...I 'm blessed that God reveals His truth to us and protects us from those who wish to distort and deceive the truth of who He really is. I don 't know about you Ar..but I 'm sure you can agree that thank you Jesus we are under grace and not under the law! For we are saved through FAITH,and this is not from yourselves, it is God 's gift not from works so that no one can boast.! We know that Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness..no amount of following a law can save..when Jesus was on the cross and was between the 2 crooks one of them repented the other did not...The one that repented said to Jesus,LORD remember me when you come into your kingdom...Jesus replied, today you will be with me in paradise... the crook was not baptized before he died ,and yet Jesus said he would be with Him in paradise! Romans 10 6 10the message is near you,in your mouth and in your heart. This is the message of FAITH that we proclaim if you confess with your mouth ,Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes,resulting in righteousness,and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation. Which is exactly what the thief on the cross did..
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