John Chapter 16
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13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?
19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
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Matthew Henry's John Chapter 16 Bible commentary...
Persecution foretold. (1-6) The promise of the Holy Spirit, and his office. (7-15) Christ's departure and return. (16-22) Encouragement to prayer. (23-27) Christ's discoveries of himself. (28-33)1-6 Our Lord Jesus, by giving his disciples notice of trouble, designed that the terror might not be a surprise to them. It is possible for those who are real enemies to God's service, to pretend zeal for it. This does not lessen the sin of the persecutors; villanies will never be changed by putting the name of God to them. As Jesus in his sufferings, so his followers in theirs, should look to the fulfilling of Scripture. He did not tell them sooner, because he was with them to teach, guide, and comfort them; they needed not then this promise of the Holy Spirit's presence. It will silence us to ask, Whence troubles come? It will satisfy us to ask, Whither go they? for we know they work for good. It is the common fault and folly of melancholy Christians to look only on the dark side of the cloud, and to turn a deaf ear to the voice of joy and gladness. That which filled the disciples' hearts with sorrow, was too great affection for this present life. Nothing more hinders our joy in God, than the love of the world, and the sorrow of the world which comes from it.
7-15 Christ's departure was necessary to the Comforter's coming. Sending the Spirit was to be the fruit of Christ's death, which was his going away. His bodily presence could be only in one place at one time, but his Spirit is every where, in all places, at all times, wherever two or three are gathered together in his name. See here the office of the Spirit, first to reprove, or to convince. Convincing work is the Spirit's work; he can do it effectually, and none but he. It is the method the Holy Spirit takes, first to convince, and then to comfort. The Spirit shall convince the world, of sin; not merely tell them of it. The Spirit convinces of the fact of sin; of the fault of sin; of the folly of sin; of the filth of sin, that by it we are become hateful to God; of the fountain of sin, the corrupt nature; and lastly, of the fruit of sin, that the end thereof is death. The Holy Spirit proves that all the world is guilty before God. He convinces the world of righteousness; that Jesus of Nazareth was Christ the righteous. Also, of Christ's righteousness, imparted to us for justification and salvation. He will show them where it is to be had, and how they may be accepted as righteous in God's sight. Christ's ascension proves the ransom was accepted, and the righteousness finished, through which believers were to be justified. Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. All will be well, when his power is broken, who made all the mischief. As Satan is subdued by Christ, this gives us confidence, for no other power can stand before him. And of the day of judgment. The coming of the Spirit would be of unspeakable advantage to the disciples. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, not only to show us the way, but to go with us by continued aids and influences. To be led into a truth is more than barely to know it; it is not only to have the notion of it in our heads, but the relish, and savour, and power of it in our hearts. He shall teach all truth, and keep back nothing profitable, for he will show things to come. All the gifts and graces of the Spirit, all the preaching, and all the writing of the apostles, under the influence of the Spirit, all the tongues, and miracles, were to glorify Christ. It behoves every one to ask, whether the Holy Spirit has begun a good work in his heart? Without clear discovery of our guilt and danger, we never shall understand the value of Christ's salvation; but when brought to know ourselves aright, we begin to see the value of the Redeemer. We should have fuller views of the Redeemer, and more lively affections to him, if we more prayed for, and depended on the Holy Spirit.
16-22 It is good to consider how near our seasons of grace are to an end, that we may be quickened to improve them. But the sorrows of the disciples would soon be turned into joy; as those of a mother, at the sight of her infant. The Holy Spirit would be their Comforter, and neither men nor devils, neither sufferings in life nor in death, would ever deprive them of their joy. Believers have joy or sorrow, according to their sight of Christ, and the tokens of his presence. Sorrow is coming on the ungodly, which nothing can lessen; the believer is an heir to joy which no one can take away. Where now is the joy of the murderers of our Lord, and the sorrow of his friends?
23-27 Asking of the Father shows a sense of spiritual wants, and a desire of spiritual blessings, with conviction that they are to be had from God only. Asking in Christ's name, is acknowledging our unworthiness to receive any favours from God, and shows full dependence upon Christ as the Lord our Righteousness. Our Lord had hitherto spoken in short and weighty sentences, or in parables, the import of which the disciples did not fully understand, but after his resurrection he intended plainly to teach them such things as related to the Father and the way to him, through his intercession. And the frequency with which our Lord enforces offering up petitions in his name, shows that the great end of the mediation of Christ is to impress us with a deep sense of our sinfulness, and of the merit and power of his death, whereby we have access to God. And let us ever remember, that to address the Father in the name of Christ, or to address the Son as God dwelling in human nature, and reconciling the world to himself, are the same, as the Father and Son are one.
28-33 Here is a plain declaration of Christ's coming from the Father, and his return to him. The Redeemer, in his entrance, was God manifest in the flesh, and in his departure was received up into glory. By this saying the disciples improved in knowledge. Also in faith; "Now are we sure." Alas! they knew not their own weakness. The Divine nature did not desert the human nature, but supported it, and put comfort and value into Christ's sufferings. And while we have God's favourable presence, we are happy, and ought to be easy, though all the world forsake us. Peace in Christ is the only true peace, in him alone believers have it. Through him we have peace with God, and so in him we have peace in our own minds. We ought to be encouraged, because Christ has overcome the world before us. But while we think we stand, let us take heed lest we fall. We know not how we should act if brought into temptation; let us watch and pray without ceasing, that we may not be left to ourselves.
Comments for John Chapter 16...
Frank Davis's John Chapter 16 comment about verse 14 on 2/11/2013, 1:51am...
The Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as the spirit of God; or the spirit of Christ. The Holy Spirit is not another member of the Godhead, but the spirit of the Godhead. It should not speak of himself, but what he shall hear that shall he speak.
Jennie burrow's John Chapter 16 comment about verse 8 on 2/02/2013, 12:57pm...
I have never truly got it before. This is an eye opener that describes the reality of my life here today. I am truly bewildered.
Amir's John Chapter 16 comment on 12/26/2012, 5:01pm...
Please let's read the 7th verse and the 13th with this clarity: Jesus is God, Father is God and the spirit is God, is that right? If yes, does that mean that it is expedient for you that God goes away: for if God goes not away, the God will not come unto you; but if God departs, God will send God unto you. And at the 13th says that God the spirit of truth will not speak of God self but God hears what God shall speak and God shall guide you in all truth!! Please explain this to me. Thanks in advance.
Anthony's John Chapter 16 comment on 5/14/2012, 4:23am...
Jesus is prepairing his diciples for his death and ressurection that why he said alittle while you will not see me and a little while you will see me. only Jesus was raised from the dead not mohummand
Richard Bilodeau's John Chapter 16 comment about verse 9 on 12/27/2011, 2:29pm...
Yes,this is what i believe according to new testament's new commandements.SIN :-> is not wanting to believe the words,and the personne of the Lord and Glorious Savior, Jesus-Christ.
Therefore this is why i love to say with the Holy Spirit. He who practices SIN:-> is not wanting to believe the words,and the personne of the Lord and Glorious Savior, Jesus-Christ.
And as these commendable commentators say, like
F.F Bruce , C.H Macintoch , J.N Darby , William Kelly , F.B Hole , Howard Marshall, Hamilton Smith , G.Vernon McGee , A. Plummer , Dr. S. Lewis Johnson Jr. , William MacDonald / Arhur Farstad ‚ A.M.S GOODING , L. M. Grant , Brian Bell , J. Ligon Duncan , Dr. Thomas Constable , D. Edmond Hiebert, W. Hall Harris III and John MacArthur.
1John 3:4.The author of 1 John is not referring to lawlessness as violation of the Mosaic law (as Paul does in Rom. 4:7)W.H Harris
It is not so much the transgression of the Law.
It's living as if there is no Law...and no law giver. J.MacArthur.
1Jn.3:4-“Everyone that practiseth sin practiseth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness” (Numerical Bible). The translation of the King James version is recognized by scholars to be wrong in this case...-L.M . Grant
C.H Mackintosh : The First Epistle of John. Submitted by William Lincoln on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 05:00
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law; for sin is the transgression of the law. There again is another very bad translation .
It should be—“for sin is lawlessness.”
William Kelly :1 Jean 3:4.
"Whosoever doeth sin doeth also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness?" This is a very different rendering from that of the A.V.; ...
Sin is not breach of law but lawlessness.
-This is the true sense. No other rendering is possible legitimately. What has ruled here is an utter mistake,founded on making the law instead of Christ the rule of life for the Christian, as people do who understand not the scriptures .
Pg.176,New International Commentary on the New testament- The Epistles of John,according to
1John 3:4.There are reasons to doubt that lawbreaking is to be understood here because the word «law» is completely absent.It is the same word as used in 2 Thess.3,7 speaking about the,
- man of lawlessness- which is referring to the one opposed to Christ and standing in opposition to Christ.
J.N Darby : 1st. Epistle of John,3:4
He who commits sin (not transgresses the law ), but acts lawlessly...
The writings of Hamilton Smith: The Epistles of John.-The apostles...states that, “Every one that practises sin practises also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness” (N.Tn.).
Sin is not simply transgressing a known law, as the defective translation of the Authorised Version suggests. The principle of sin is lawlessness, or doing one's own will apart altogether from any law.
Finally so many say so ,its why so many has denied the right to Jesus that has USED the phrases«the practice of sin,iniquity and evilness)Ex.as in John 8:34 Math,7:23 and John 3:20.
The right for the Lord Jesus that has given his difinition of sin(John 16:9 AS IN jn.8:34 THRU THE WHOLE CONTEXT- OPPOSITION TO CHIST) tHE REGRETTABLE ERROR OF 1JN.3:4 as so many, many, many commentators say,Tells me that it has denied the Master's teaching of his usage of the word to who John was faithful to.Therefore a regrettable error has ruled,and error means falsehood.
Earl Royal's John Chapter 16 comment about verse 7 on 10/24/2011, 9:24pm...
The Spirit of God in some sense had come, before the death of Christ; he had appeared in the creation of all things out of nothing, as a joint Creator with the Father and Son; he was come as a spirit of prophecy upon the inspired writers, and others; the Old Testament saints had received him as a spirit of faith; he had been given to Christ as man, without measure, and the disciples had been partakers of his gifts and graces; but he was not come in so peculiar a manner as he afterwards did; as the promise of the Father, the glorifier of Christ, the comforter of his people, the spirit of truth, and the reprover of the world: there are reasons to be given, why the Spirit of God should not come in such a manner before, as after the death of Christ. The order of the three divine persons in the Trinity, and in the economy of man's salvation, required such a method to be observed; that the Father should first, and for a while, be more especially manifested; next the Son, and then the Spirit: besides, our Lord has given a reason himself, why the Spirit "was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified", Joh_7:39; And the coming of the Spirit as a comforter, and the spirit of truth, was to be through the intercession, and by the mission of Christ; and therefore it was proper he should go away first, in order to send him; add to all this, that if Christ had not gone away or died, there would have been nothing for the Spirit to have done; no blood to sprinkle; no righteousness to reveal and bring near; no salvation to apply; or any of the things of Christ, and blessings of grace, to have taken and shown; all which are owing to the death of Christ, and which show the expediency of it: the expediency of Christ's death for the mission of the Spirit to his disciples, is very conspicuous; for hereby they were comforted and supported under a variety of troubles; were led into all truth, and so furnished for their ministerial work; and were made abundantly successful in it, that being attended with the demonstration of the Spirit and of power. ...Matthew Henry Commentary
Reaal Dix's John Chapter 16 comment on 10/18/2011, 7:46am...
john talks about the holly spirit being with us
God loved the world he gave his only son, so however be leaves in him shall not perish but will have the internal life.
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