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John 16


 1 These (1) things have I said unto you, that ye should not be (*) offended.


(1) The ministers of the Gospel must look for all manner of reproaches, not only of them which are open enemies, but even of them also which seem to be of the same household, and the very pillars of the Church.

(*) And so shrink from me.


 2 They shall (*) excommunicate you, yea, the time shall come, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth God service.


(*) Greek, put you out of the Synagogues.


 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.


 4  (*) But these things have I told you, that when the hour shall come, ye might remember, that I told you them. And these things (♣) said I not unto you from the beginning, because I was with you.


(*) John 15:21 .

(♣) He bare with them because they were but weaklings.


 5 But now I go my way to him that sent me, and none of you asketh me, (*) Whither goest thou?


(*) For if you did consider, ye would rejoice.


 6 But because I have said these things unto you, your hearts are full of sorrow.


 7  (2) Yet I tell you the truth, It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.


(2) The absence of Christ, according to the flesh, is profitable to the Church, that we may wholly depend upon his spiritual power.


 8  (3) And when he is come, he will (a) (*) reprove the (b) world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.


(3) The Spirit of God worketh so mightily by the preaching of the word, that he constraineth the world, will it, nil it, to confess its own unrighteousness, and Christ's righteousness and almightiness.
(a) He will so reprove the world, that the worldlings shall be able to pretend no excuse.

(*) Or, convince. This is to be understood of the coming of the holy Ghost when his virtue and strength shall shine in the Church.
(b) He respecteth the time that followed his ascension, when as all gainsayers were manifestly reproved through the pouring out of the holy Ghost upon the Church, so that the very enemies of Christ were reproved of sin, in that they were constrained to confess that they were deceived, in that they believed not, and therefore they said to Peter, Acts 2:37; Men and brethren, what shall we do?


 9 Of (*) sin, because they believed not in me;


(*) His enemies which contemned him, and put him to death, shall be convicted by their own conscience, for that they did not believe in him, Acts 2:37; and shall know that without Jesus Christ there is nothing but sin .


 10 Of (c) (*) righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye shall see me no more.


(c) Of Christ himself; For when the world shall see, that I have poured out the holy Ghost, they shall be constrained to confess that I was just, and was not condemned by my Father, when I went out of this world.

(*) Wherefore the wicked must needs confess that he was just, and beloved of his Father, and not condemned by him as a blasphemer or transgressor.


 11 Of (d) (*) judgment, (e) because the prince of this world is judged.


(d) Of that authority and power, which I have both in heaven and in earth.

(*) When they shall know that I (whom they call the carpenter’s son, and willed to come down from the cross) am the very Son of God which have overcome all the power of hell and reign over all, 2 Corinthians 10:12; Ephesians 1:19 .
(e) That is, because they shall then understand and know indeed, that I have overcome the devil, and do govern the world, when all men shall see, that they set themselves against you in vain, for I will arm you with that heavenly power, whereby you may destroy every high thing which is lifted up against the knowledge of God, 2 Corinthians 10:12 .


 12  (4) I have yet (*) many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.


(4) The doctrine of the Apostles proceeded from the holy Ghost, and is most perfect.

(*) These things are contained in the doctrine of the Apostles which only is sufficient.


 13 Howbeit, when he is come which is the Spirit of truth, he will lead you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, shall he speak, and he will shew you the things (*) to come.


(*) As touching the spiritual kingdom of God; for the Apostles knew not that till after the resurrection.


 14  (5) He shall glorify me, for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.


(5) The holy Ghost bringeth no new doctrine, but teacheth that which was uttered by Christ's own mouth, and imprinteth it in our minds.


 15 All things that the Father hath, are mine; therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shew it unto you.


 16  (6) (*) A (f) little while, and ye shall not see me; and again a little while, and ye shall see me; (g) for I (♣) go to the Father.


(6) The grace of the holy Ghost is a most lively glass, wherein Christ is truly beholden with the most sharp sighted eyes of faith, and not with the blurred eyes of the flesh; whereby we feel a continual joy even in the midst of sorrows.

(*) Mine absence shall not be long, for I will send you the holy Ghost, who shall remain with you forever.
(f) When a little time is once past.
(g) For I pass to eternal glory, so that I shall be much more present with you, than I was before, for then you shall feel indeed what I am, and what I am able to do.

(♣) From death I pass to glory and so will I endue you with mine heavenly virtue.


 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, For I go to the Father.


 18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? We know not what he saith.


 19 Now Jesus knew that they would 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?


 20 Verily, verily I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, and the world shall rejoice, and ye shall sorrow, but your sorrow shall be turned to joy.


 21 A woman when she travaileth hath sorrow because her hour is come; but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.


 22 And ye now therefore are in sorrow; but I will see you (*) again, and your hearts shall rejoice, and your joy shall (♣) no man take from you.


(*) By the power and virtue of the holy Ghost.

(♣) For it shall be grounded upon my resurrection and grace of the holy Ghost.


 23 And in that day shall ye ask me (♣) nothing. (*) Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my Name, he will give it you.


(♣) For ye shall have perfect knowledge, and shall no more doubt as you were wont.

(*) John 14:13; Matthew 7:7; Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24; Luke 11:9; James 1:5 .


 24 Hitherto have ye asked (*) nothing in my Name; ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.


(*) In respect of that which you shall obtain, if you ask in faith.


 25  (7) These things have I spoken unto you in parables; but the time will come, when I shall no more speak to you in parables, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.


(7) The holy Ghost, which was poured upon the Apostles after the Ascension of Christ, instructed both them in all the chiefest mysteries and secrets of our salvation, and also by them the Church, and will also instruct it to the end of the world.           


 26  (8) At that day shall ye ask in my Name, and I say not unto you, that I (*) will pray unto the Father for you;


(8) The sum of the worship of God, is the invocation of the Father in the Name of the Son the Mediator, who is already heard for us, for whom he both abased himself, and is now also glorified.

(*) Christ denieth not that he is the mediator, but sheweth that they shall obtain their requests without difficulty or any pain.


 27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, (*) and have believed that I came out from God.


(*) John 17:8 .


 28 I am come out from the Father, and came into the world; again I leave the world, and go to the Father.


 29  (9) His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and thou speakest no parable.


(9) Faith and foolish security differ very much.   


 30 Now know we that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee. By this we believe, that thou art come out from God.


 31 Jesus answered them, Do you believe now?


 32  (*) (10) Behold, the hour cometh, and is already come, that ye shall be scattered every man into his own, and shall leave me alone; but I am not (♣) alone, for the Father is with me.


(*) Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27 .

(10) Neither the wickedness of the world, neither the weakness of his own, can diminish anything of the virtue of Christ.

(♣) Although men forsake Christ, yet is he no whit diminished; for he and his Father are one.


 33  (11) These things have I spoken unto you, that (h) (*) in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have affliction, but be of good comfort; I have overcome the world.


(11) The surety and stay of the Church dependeth only upon the victory of Christ.
(h) That in me you might be thoroughly quieted. For by (peace) is meant in this place, that quiet state of mind, which is clean contrary to disquietness and heaviness.

(*) We have rest and comfort when we are truly grafted in Christ.



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