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John 14



 1 Let (1) not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, (*) believe also in me.


(1) He believeth in God that believeth in Christ, and there is no other way to confirm our minds in greatest distresses.

(*) For in so believing no troubles shall overcome them.


 2 In my Father’s house are (*) many dwelling places; if it were not so, (a) I would have told you; I go to (b) prepare a place for you.


(*) So that there is not only place for him, but for all his.

(a) That is, if it were not so as I tell you, to wit, unless there were place enough not only for me, but for you also, in my father's house, I would not thus deceive you with a vain hope, but I would have told you so plainly.
(b) All the speech is by way of an allegory, whereby the Lord comforteth his own, declaring unto them his departure into heaven, which is, not to reign there alone, but to go before, and prepare a place for them.


 3  (2) And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will (c) (*) come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there may ye be also.


(2) Christ went not away from us, to the end to forsake us, but rather that he might at length take us up with him into heaven.
(c) These words are to be referred to the whole Church, and therefore the Angels said to the disciples when they were astonished, What stand you gazing up into heaven? This Jesus shall so come as you saw him go up, Acts 1:11 . And in all places of the Scripture, the full comfort of the Church is referred to that day when God shall be all in all, and is therefore called the day of redemption.

(*) At the latter days, Acts 1:11 .


 4  (3) And whither I go, ye know, and the way ye know.


(3) Christ only is the way to true and everlasting life, for he it is in whom the Father hath revealed himself.


 5 Thomas said unto him, Lord, we (*) know not whither thou goest, how can we then know the way?


(*) He was not altogether ignorant, but his knowledge was weak and imperfect.


 6 Jesus said unto him, I am (d) the (*) Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


(d) This saying sheweth unto us both the nature, the will, and office of Christ.

(*) Therefore we must begin in him, continue in him, and end in him.


 7  (e) If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also; and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.


(e) It is plain by this place, that to know God, and to see God, is all one; Now whereas he said before, that no man saw God at any time, that is to be understood thus, without Christ; or were it not through Christ, no man could ever see, nor saw God at any time; for as Chrysostom saith, the Son is a very short and easy setting forth of the father's nature unto us.   


 8 Philip said unto him, Lord, shew us thy Father, and it sufficeth us.


 9 Jesus said unto him, I have been so long time with you, and hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me, hath seen my Father; how then sayest thou, Shew us thy Father?


 10  (4) Believest thou not, that I am in the Father, and (*) the Father is in me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of (♣) myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me, he (♠) doeth the works.


(4) The majesty of God sheweth itself most evidently, both in Christ's doctrine and deeds.

(*) For the very fullness of the divinity remaineth in Christ.

(♣) In that which he is man.

(♠) Who declareth his majesty and virtue by his doctrine and miracles.


 11 Believe me, that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me; at the least, believe me for the very works’ sake.


 12  (5) Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, (*) he shall do also, and (f) greater than these shall he do; for I go unto my Father.


(5) The approving of the virtue of Christ is not included within his own person, but it is spread through the body of his whole Church.

(*) This is referred to the whole body of the Church in whom this virtue of Christ doeth shine and remain forever.
(f) That is, not I only do them, but I can also give other men power to do greater.


 13  (*) And whatsoever ye ask in my Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.


(*) John 16:23; Matthew 7:7; Mark 11:24; James 1:5 .


 14 If ye shall ask anything in my Name, I will do it.


 15 (6) If ye love me, keep my commandments,


(6) He loveth Christ aright, which obeyeth his commandments; and because the same is accompanied with an infinite sort of miseries, although he be absent in body, yet doeth he comfort his with the present virtue of the holy Ghost, whom the world despiseth, because it knoweth him not.    


 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another (*) Comforter, that he may abide with you forever,


(*) I have comforted you whiles I was with you, but henceforth the holy Ghost shall comfort you, and preserve you.


 17 Even the (g) Spirit of (*) truth, whom the (h) world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him, but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.


(g) The holy Ghost is called the Spirit of truth, of the effect which he worketh, because he inspireth the truth into us, whereas otherwise he hath truth in himself.

(*) So called because he worketh in us the truth.
(h) Worldly men.


 18 I will not leave you fatherless; but I will (*) come to you.


(*) Which thing he doeth by the virtue of his Spirit.


 19 Yet a little while, and the world shall see me no more, but ye shall see me; because I live, ye shall live also.


 20 At that day shall ye know that I am (i) in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.


(i) The Son is in the Father after such sort, that he is of one selfsame substance with the Father, but he is in his disciples in a certain respect as an aider and helper of them.


 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, is he that loveth me, and he that loveth me, (*) shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will (k) shew my own self to him.


(*) He shall sensibly feel that the grace of God abideth in him.

(k) I will shew myself to him, and be known of him, as if he saw me with his eyes; but this shewing of himself is not bodily, but spiritually, yet so plain as none can be more.


 22  (7) Judas said unto him, (not (*) Iscariot) Lord, what is the cause that thou wilt shew thyself unto us, and not unto the world?


(7) We must not ask why the Gospel is revealed to some rather than to others, but we must rather take heed, that we embrace Christ who is offered unto us, and that we truly love him, that is to say, that we give ourselves wholly to his obedience.

(*) But the brother of James.


 23 Jesus answered, and said unto him, If any man love me, he will (*) keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and will dwell with him.


(*) Whereby he advertiseth them not to have respect to the world, lest they should be drawn back by evil example.


 24 He that loveth me not, keepeth not my words, and the word which ye hear, is not (*) mine, but the Father’s which sent me.


(*) That is, not his alone; for he had nothing separate from his Father.


 25  (8) These things have I spoken unto you, being present with you.


(8) It is the office of the holy Ghost to imprint in the midst of the elect in their times and seasons, that which Christ once spake.


 26  (*) But the Comforter, which is the holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my Name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, which I have told you.


(*) John 15:26 .


 27  (9) (*) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor fear.


(9) All true felicity cometh to us by Christ alone.

(*) All comfort and prosperity.


 28  (10) Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and will come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would verily rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father, for my Father (l) is (*) greater than I.


(10) So far is it, that we should be sorry for the departing of Christ, from us according to the flesh, that we should rather rejoice for it, seeing that all the blessing of the members dependeth upon the glorifying of the head.
(l) This is spoken in that, that he is Mediator, for so the Father is greater than he, in as much as the person to whom request is made, is greater than he that maketh the request.

(*) In that, that Christ is become man to be the Mediator between God and us.


 29 And now have I spoken unto you, before it come, that when it is come to pass, ye might believe.


 30  (11) Hereafter will I not speak many things unto you, for the (*) prince of this world cometh, and hath (m) (♣) nought in me.


(11) Christ goeth to death not unwillingly, but willingly, not as yielding to the devil, but obeying his Father's decree.

(*) Satan executeth his rage and tyranny by the permission of God.
(m) As who would say, Satan will by and by set upon me with all the might he can, but he hath no power over me, neither shall he find any such thing in me as he thinketh he shall.

(♣) Satan shall assail me with all his force, but he shall not find that in me which he looketh for; for I am that innocent lamb without spot.


 31 But it is that the world may know that I love my Father, and as the Father hath commanded me, so I do. Arise, let us go hence.



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