John 14

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1 "1Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for 2I go to prepare a place for you.
3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, 3I will come again and receive you to Myself, that 4where I am, there you may be also.
4 "And you know the way where I am going."
5 5Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?"
6 Jesus said to him, "I am 6the way, and 7the truth, and 8the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Oneness with the Father

7 "9If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you 10know Him, and have 11seen Him."
8 12Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us."
9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long * with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? 13He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father '?
10 "Do you not believe that 14I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? 15The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
11 "Believe Me that 16I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise 17believe because of the works themselves.
12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and 18greater works than these he will do; because 19I go to the Father.
13 "20Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that 21the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 "If you ask Me anything 22in My name, I will do it.
15 "23If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

Role of the Spirit

16 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another 24Helper, that He may be with you forever;
17 that is 25the Spirit of truth, 26whom the world cannot * receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
18 "I will not leave you as orphans; 27I will come to you.
19 "28After a little while 29the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; 30because I live, you will live also.
20 "31In that day you will know that 32I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
21 "33He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and 34he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will 35disclose Myself to him."
22 36Judas (not Iscariot ) said to Him, "Lord, what then has happened 37that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?"
23 Jesus answered and said to him, "38If anyone loves Me, he will 39keep My word; and 40My Father will love him, and We 41will come to him and make Our abode with him.
24 "He who does not love Me 42does not keep My words; and 43the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me.
25 "These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you.
26 "But the 44Helper, the Holy Spirit, 45whom the Father will send in My name, 46He will teach you all things, and 47bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
27 "48Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. 49Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
28 "50You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and 51I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because 52I go to the Father, for 53the Father is greater than I.
29 "Now 54I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe.
30 "I will not speak much more with you, for 55the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing * in Me;
31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as 56the Father commanded Me. Get up, 57let us go from here.

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John 14 Commentary

Chapter 14

Christ comforts his disciples. (1-11) He further comforts his disciples. (12-17) He still further comforts his disciples. (18-31)

Verses 1-11 Here are three words, upon any of which stress may be laid. Upon the word troubled. Be not cast down and disquieted. The word heart. Let your heart be kept with full trust in God. The word your. However others are overwhelmed with the sorrows of this present time, be not you so. Christ's disciples, more than others, should keep their minds quiet, when everything else is unquiet. Here is the remedy against this trouble of mind, "Believe." By believing in Christ as the Mediator between God and man, we gain comfort. The happiness of heaven is spoken of as in a father's house. There are many mansions, for there are many sons to be brought to glory. Mansions are lasting dwellings. Christ will be the Finisher of that of which he is the Author or Beginner; if he have prepared the place for us, he will prepare us for it. Christ is the sinner's Way to the Father and to heaven, in his person as God manifest in the flesh, in his atoning sacrifice, and as our Advocate. He is the Truth, as fulfilling all the prophecies of a Saviour; believing which, sinners come by him the Way. He is the Life, by whose life-giving Spirit the dead in sin are quickened. Nor can any man draw nigh God as a Father, who is not quickened by Him as the Life, and taught by Him as the Truth, to come by Him as the Way. By Christ, as the Way, our prayers go to God, and his blessings come to us; this is the Way that leads to rest, the good old Way. He is the Resurrection and the Life. All that saw Christ by faith, saw the Father in Him. In the light of Christ's doctrine, they saw God as the Father of lights; and in Christ's miracles, they saw God as the God of power. The holiness of God shone in the spotless purity of Christ's life. We are to believe the revelation of God to man in Christ; for the works of the Redeemer show forth his own glory, and God in him.

Verses 12-17 Whatever we ask in Christ's name, that shall be for our good, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. To ask in Christ's name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and to depend upon that plea. The gift of the Spirit is a fruit of Christ's mediation, bought by his merit, and received by his intercession. The word used here, signifies an advocate, counsellor, monitor, and comforter. He would abide with the disciples to the end of time; his gifts and graces would encourage their hearts. The expressions used here and elsewhere, plainly denote a person, and the office itself includes all the Divine perfections. The gift of the Holy Ghost is bestowed upon the disciples of Christ, and not on the world. This is the favour God bears to his chosen. As the source of holiness and happiness, the Holy Spirit will abide with every believer for ever.

Verses 18-24 Christ promises that he would continue his care of his disciples. I will not leave you orphans, or fatherless, for though I leave you, yet I leave you this comfort, I will come to you. I will come speedily to you at my resurrection. I will come daily to you in my Spirit; in the tokens of his love, and visits of his grace. I will come certainly at the end of time. Those only that see Christ with an eye of faith, shall see him for ever: the world sees him no more till his second coming; but his disciples have communion with him in his absence. These mysteries will be fully known in heaven. It is a further act of grace, that they should know it, and have the comfort of it. Having Christ's commands, we must keep them. And having them in our heads, we must keep them in our hearts and lives. The surest evidence of our love to Christ is, obedience to the laws of Christ. There are spiritual tokens of Christ and his love given to all believers. Where sincere love to Christ is in the heart, there will be obedience. Love will be a commanding, constraining principle; and where love is, duty follows from a principle of gratitude. God will not only love obedient believers, but he will take pleasure in loving them, will rest in love to them. He will be with them as his home. These privileges are confined to those whose faith worketh by love, and whose love to Jesus leads them to keep his commandments. Such are partakers of the Holy Spirit's new-creating grace.

Verses 25-27 Would we know these things for our good, we must pray for, and depend on the teaching of the Holy Ghost; thus the words of Jesus will be brought to our remembrance, and many difficulties be cleared up which are not plain to others. To all the saints, the Spirit of grace is given to be a remembrancer, and to him, by faith and prayer, we should commit the keeping of what we hear and know. Peace is put for all good, and Christ has left us all that is really and truly good, all the promised good; peace of mind from our justification before God. This Christ calls his peace, for he is himself our Peace. The peace of God widely differs from that of Pharisees or hypocrites, as is shown by its humbling and holy effects.

Verses 28-31 Christ raises the expectations of his disciples to something beyond what they thought was their greatest happiness. His time was now short, he therefore spake largely to them. When we come to be sick, and to die, we may not be capable of talking much to those about us; such good counsel as we have to give, let us give while in health. Observe the prospect Christ had of an approaching conflict, not only with men, but with the powers of darkness. Satan has something in us to perplex us with, for we have all sinned; but when he would disturb Christ, he found nothing sinful to help him. The best evidence of our love to the Father is, our doing as he has commanded us. Let us rejoice in the Saviour's victories over Satan the prince of this world. Let us copy the example of his love and obedience.

Cross References 57

  • 1. John 14:27; John 16:22, 24
  • 2. John 13:33, 36
  • 3. John 14:18, 28
  • 4. John 12:26
  • 5. John 11:16
  • 6. John 10:9; Romans 5:2; Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 10:20
  • 7. John 1:14
  • 8. John 1:4; John 11:25; 1 John 5:20
  • 9. John 8:19
  • 10. 1 John 2:13
  • 11. John 6:46
  • 12. John 1:43
  • 13. John 1:14; John 12:45; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3
  • 14. John 10:38; John 14:11, 20
  • 15. John 5:19; John 14:24
  • 16. John 10:38; John 14:10, 20
  • 17. John 5:36
  • 18. John 4:37; John 5:20
  • 19. John 7:33; John 14:28
  • 20. Matthew 7:7
  • 21. John 13:31
  • 22. John 15:16; John 16:23
  • 23. John 14:21, 23; John 15:10; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6
  • 24. John 7:39; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7; Romans 8:26; 1 John 2:1
  • 25. John 15:26; John 16:13; 1 John 4:6; 1 John 5:7
  • 26. 1 Corinthians 2:14
  • 27. John 14:3, 28
  • 28. John 7:33
  • 29. John 16:16, 22
  • 30. John 6:57
  • 31. John 16:23, 26
  • 32. John 10:38; John 14:11
  • 33. John 14:15, 23; John 15:10; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6
  • 34. John 14:23; John 16:27
  • 35. Exodus 33:18; Proverbs 8:17
  • 36. Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13
  • 37. Acts 10:40, 41
  • 38. John 14:15, 21; John 15:10; 1 John 5:3; 2 John 6
  • 39. John 8:51; 1 John 2:5
  • 40. John 14:21
  • 41. 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 3:17; 1 John 2:24; Revelation 3:20; Revelation 21:3
  • 42. John 14:23
  • 43. John 7:16; John 14:10
  • 44. John 14:16
  • 45. Luke 24:49; John 1:33; John 15:26; John 16:7; Acts 2:33
  • 46. John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27
  • 47. John 2:22
  • 48. John 16:33; John 20:19; Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15
  • 49. John 14:1
  • 50. John 14:2-4
  • 51. John 14:3, 18
  • 52. John 14:12
  • 53. John 10:29; Philippians 2:6
  • 54. John 13:19
  • 55. John 12:31
  • 56. John 10:18; John 12:49
  • 57. John 13:1; John 18:1

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Or "you believe in God"
  • [b]. Gr "Paracletos", one called alongside to help; or "Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor"
  • [c]. Lit "Yet a little and the world"
  • [d]. Lit "and as the I do"

John 14 Commentaries

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