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1: Let not your heart be troubled - At my departure. Believe
- This is the sum of all his discourse, which is urged till they
did believe, (Joh 16:30). And then our Lord prays and departs.
2: In my Father's house are many mansions - Enough to receive both
the holy angels, and your predecessors in the faith, and all that
now believe, and a great multitude, which no man can number.
4: The way - Of faith, holiness, sufferings.
5: Thomas saith - Taking him in a gross sense.
6: To the question concerning the way, he answers, I am the way.
To the question concerning knowledge, he answers, I am the truth.
To the question whither, I am the life. The first is treated of
in this verse; the second, (Joh 14:7-17,14:18)and the third.
7: Ye have known - Ye have begun to know him.
10: I am in the Father - The words that I speak, &c. - That is, I
am one with the Father, in essence, in speaking, and in acting.
11: Believe me - On my own word, because I am God. The works - This
respects not merely the miracles themselves, but his sovereign,
Godlike way of performing them.
12: Greater works than these shall he do - So one apostle
wrought miracles merely by his shadow, (Ac 5:15);
another by handkerchiefs carried from his body,(Ac 19:12); and all spake with various tongues. But the
converting one sinner is a greater work than all these.
Because I go to my Father - To send you the Holy Ghost.
15: If ye love me, keep my commandments - Immediately after faith
he exhorts to love and good works.
16: And I will ask the Father - The 21st verse,(Joh 14:21), shows the connection between this and the preceding
verses. And he will give you another Comforter - The Greek word
signifies also an advocate, instructer, or encourager. Another
- For Christ himself was one. To remain with you for ever - With
you, and your followers in faith, to the end of the world.
17: The Spirit of truth - Who has, reveals, testifies, and defends
the truth as it is in Jesus. Whom the world - All who do not love
or fear God, cannot receive, because it seeth him not - Having no
spiritual senses, no internal eye to discern him; nor consequently
knoweth him. He shall be in you - As a constant guest. Your bodies
and souls shall be temples of the Holy Ghost dwelling in you.
18: I will not leave you orphans - A word that is elegantly
applied to those who have lost any dear friend. I come to
you - What was certainly and speedily to be, our Lord speaks
of as if it were already.
19: But ye see me - That is, ye shall certainly see me. Because I
live, ye shall live also - Because I am the living One in my Divine
nature, and shall rise again in my human nature, and live for
ever in heaven: therefore ye shall live the life of faith and
love on earth, and hereafter the life of glory.
20: At that day - When ye see me after my resurrection; but more
eminently at the day of pentecost.
21: He that hath my commandments - Written in his heart. I will
manifest myself to him - More abundantly.
23: Jesus answered - Because ye love and obey me, and they do not,
therefore I will reveal myself to you, and not to them. My
Father will love him - The more any man loves and obeys, the more
God will love him. And we will come to him, and make our abode
with him - Which implies such a large manifestation of the Divine
presence and love, that the former in justification is as nothing
in comparison of it.
26: In my name - For my sake, in my room, and as my agent. He will
teach you all things - Necessary for you to know. Here is a clear
promise to the apostles, and their successors in the faith, that
the Holy Ghost will teach them all that truth which is needful
for their salvation.
27: Peace I leave with you - Peace in general; peace with God and
with your own consciences. My peace - In particular; that peace
which I enjoy, and which I create, I give - At this instant.
Not as the world giveth - Unsatisfying unsettled, transient;
but filling the soul with constant, even tranquillity. Lord,
evermore give us this peace! How serenely may we pass through
the most turbulent scenes of life, when all is quiet and
harmonious within! Thou hast made peace through the blood of
thy cross. May we give all diligence to preserve the inestimable
gift inviolate, till it issue in everlasting peace!
28: God the Father is greater than I - As he was man. As God,
neither is greater nor less than the other.
29: I have told you - Of my going and return.
30: The prince of this world is coming - To make his grand assault.
But he hath nothing in me - No right, no claim, or power. There is
no guilt in me, to give him power over me; no corruption to take
part with his temptation.
31: But I suffer him thus to assault me,
Arise, let us go hence - Into the city, to the passover. All that
has been related from (Joh 12:31), was done and said on Thursday,
without the city. But what follows in the fifteenth, sixteenth,
and seventeenth chapters, was said in the city, on the very
evening of the passover just before he went over the brook Kedron.
- Because it is the Father's commission to me,(Joh 10:18).
- To convince the world of my love to the Father,
in being obedient unto death,(Php 2:8).