Monday, May 4, 2015

John Chapter 16

Hi everyone,  I have not posted for months.  I'm sad to say that my mother passed away, my little dog, Misty passed away, and we moved house.  My mother was a born again Christian and so she is with the Lord.  I even found a little note from my mom saying that she had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  Even though I already knew this is was a lovely note and treasure to find and keep.  I would encourage every believer to leave a little note like this for their loved ones to find after they pass on.  It will give them comfort in their mourning. It has been a difficult number of months, but it is time to start posting again.  So here is chapter 16 in the Book of John.

"I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.  They will put you out of the synagogues.  Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.  And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.  But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.

I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.  But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.  Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you.  But if I go, I will send him to you.  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of the world is judged.

"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

"A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me."  So some of his disciples said to one another, "What is this that he says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'; and because I am going to the Father?"  So they were saying, "What does he mean by 'a little while'?  We do not know what he is talking about."  Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, "Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, 'A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me?  Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice.  You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.  When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.  So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.  In that day you will ask nothing of me.  Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

"I have said these things to you in figures of speech.  The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.  In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father."

His disciples said, "Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech!  Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God."  Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?  Behold the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone.  Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world."  John Chapter 16, ESV

Explanation for verses 16:7, 16:8, 16:9, 16:10, 16:11, 16:13, 16:14, 16:16-19, 16:20, 16:24, 16:33 from The MacArthur Study Bible, ESV,  pages 1574, 1575 and 1576

"16:7  the Helper will not come.  Again, the promise of the Holy Spirit being sent is given to comfort the disciples.  See not on 15:26-27.  The first emphasis was on his life-giving power (7:37-39).  The next featured his indwelling presence (14:16-17).  The next marked his teaching ministry (14:26).  His ministry of empowering for witness is marked in 15:26."

"16:8  when he comes.  The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was approximately 40 or more days away at this point (see Acts 2:1-13).  convict.  This word has two meanings: 1) the judicial act of conviction with a view toward sentencing (i.e., a courtroom term----conviction of sin) or 2) the act of convicting.  Here the second idea is best, since the purpose of the Holy Spirit is not condemnation but conviction of the need for the Savior.  The Son does the judgment, with the Father (John 5:22, 27, 30).  In 16:14, it is said that the Holy Spirit will reveal the glories of Christ to his people.  He will also inspire the writing of the NT, guiding the apostles to write it (v.13), and he will reveal "the things that are to come," through the NT prophecies (v. 13)."

"16:9 sin.  The singular indicates that a specific sin is in view; i.e., that of not believing in Jesus as Messiah and Son of God.  This is the only sin, ultimately, that damns people to hell (see note on 8:24).  Though all men are depraved, cursed by their violation of God's law and sinful nature, what ultimately damns them to hell is their unwillingness to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior (cf. 8:24)."

"16:10  righteousness.  The Holy Spirit's purpose here is to shatter the pretentions of self-righteousness (hypocrisy), exposing the darkness of the heart (3:19-21; 7:7; 15:22, 24).  While Jesus was on the earth, he performed this task especially toward the shallowness and emptiness of Judaism that had degenerated into legalistic modes without life-giving reality (e.g., 2:13-22; 5:10-16; 7:24; Isa. 64:5-6).  With Jesus gone to the Father, the Holy Spirit continues his convicting role."

"16:11  judgment.  The judgment here in context is that of the world under Satan's control.  Its judgments are blind, faulty, and evil as evidenced in their verdict on Christ.  The world can't make righteous judgments (7:24), but the Spirit of Christ does (8:16).  All Satan's adjudications are lies (8:44-47), so the Spirit convicts men of their false judgment of Christ.  Satan, the ruler of the world (14:30; Eph. 2:1-3) who, as the god of this world, has perverted the world's judgment and turned people from believing in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God (2 Cor. 4:4), was defeated at the cross.  While Christ's death looked like Satan's greatest victory, it actually was Satan's destruction (cf. Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14-15; Rev. 20:10).  The Spirit will lead sinners to true judgment."

"16:13 all the truth.  This verse, like 14:26, points to the supernatural revelation of all truth by which God has revealed himself in Christ (16:14-15), particularly.  This is the subject of the inspired NT writings. See note on v. 7."

"16:14 He will glorify me.  This is really the same as v. 13, in that all NT truth revealed by God centers in Christ (Heb. 1:1-2).  Christ was the theme of the OT, as the NT claims (John 1:45; 5:37; Luke 24:27, 44; Acts 10:43; 18:28; Rom. 1:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Pet. 1:10-11; Rev. 19:10)."

"16:16-19  Jesus was referring to his ascension ("you will see me no longer.") and the coming of the Holy Spirit ("you will see me"), emphatically claiming that the Spirit and he are one (Rom. 8:9; Phil. 1:19; 1 Pet. 1:11; Rev. 19:10).  Christ dwells in believers through the Holy Spirit--in that sense they see him.  See notes on John 14:16-18."

"16:20 sorrow will turn into joy.  The very event that made the hateful realm of mankind ("world") rejoice and cause grief to Jesus' disciples, will be the same event that will lead to the world's sorrow and the believer's joy.  The disciples would soon realize the marvelous nature of God's gift of salvation and the Spirit through what he accomplished, and the blessing of answered prayer (v. 24).  Acts records the coming of the Holy Spirit and the power and joy (Acts 2:4-47; 13:52) of the early church."

"16:24 joy may be full.  In this case, the believer's joy will be related to answered prayer and a full supply of heavenly blessing for everything consistent with the purpose of the Lord in one's life.  See note on 15:11."

"16:33 in me you may have peace.  See note on 14:27.  tribulation. This word often refers to eschatological woes (Mark 13:9; Rom. 2:9) and to persecution of believers because of their testimony for Christ (cf. John 15:18-16:4; Acts 11:19; Eph. 3:13).  overcome.  The fundamental ground for endurance in persecution is the victory of Jesus over the world (John 12:31; 1 Cor. 15:57).  Through his impending death, he rendered the world's opposition null and void.  While the world continues to attack his people, such attacks fall harmlessly, for Christ's victory has already accomplished a smashing defeat of the whole evil rebellious system. See notes on Rom. 8:35-39."

Let's pray:  Dear Lord Jesus,  We pray for the persecuted Christians.  We lift up the persecuted Christians to you (those in other countries and the USA).  We ask that you will provide for them and help them escape from the people who are persecuting them.   I pray Psalm 121 over them. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

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