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John 14:16 Holy Spirit

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Jesus is telling the apostles He will send the Holy Spirit of Truth to them. The world will not be able to see Him but those who have accepted Jesus as Savior will be able to see Him.

John 14:16-31

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16. Jesus asked the Father to send another Comforter who will be with those who have accepted Him as Savior. We commonly call this Comforter the Holy Spirit.

“We do not earn the Holy Spirit anymore than we can earn our salvation. But in the process of responding to the Son of God we discover that Jesus has provided a divine agent to us for living in the world.” (Borchert, Gerald L., The New American Commentary Volume 25B, John 12-21. [Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002], 122)

“The Spirit of Christ is the third person of the Trinity, having the same essence of deity as Jesus and perfectly one with Him as He is with the Father.” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 1404)

Holy Spirit of Truth

17. “As ‘the Spirit of Truth,’ the Holy Spirit is related to Jesus, the Truth, and the Word of God, which of itself is the truth (John 14:6; 17:17).” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 352)

“The man of the world cannot see Him because He is seen and worshiped in spirit and truth. He is seen with the spiritual eye. It is only by the Spirit of God that these eyes and ears can be opened to understand the Word of God.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV: [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 463)

“The Holy Spirit teaches the truths of the Bible. The Holy spirit has been in the world, but Jesus says that now He ‘shall be in you.’” (McGee, 463)

18. “The word translated ‘comfortless’ in John 14:18 means ‘orphans’. We are not alone, abandoned, helpless, and hopeless! Wherever we go, the Spirit is with us, so why should be feel like orphans? There is no need to have a troubled heart when you have the very Spirit of God dwelling within you!” (Wiersbe, 353)

I will come to you.

“Jesus was referring to His Resurrection, after which they would see Him (20:19-29)…In another sense, this has reference to the mystery of the Trinity. Through the coming and indwelling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus would be back with his children (16:16; cf. Matthew 28:20; Romans 8:9; 1 John 4:13). (MacArthur, 1405)

Talk About Jesus

19. This “focuses on His resurrection and post-resurrection appearances to His disciples and other believers…The next time the world sees Him, He will come in power and great glory to judge lost sinners.” (Wiersbe, 353)

“Because of His Resurrection and by the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ, believers posses eternal life (see Romans 6:1-11; Colossians 3:1-4).” (MacArthur, 1405)

20. “God sees everyone as either in Christ or out of Christ. If you are in Christ, then God sees you in Christ, and His righteousness is your righteousness. You stand complete in Him. ‘I in you’—is sanctification. That is Christian living down here. Is Christ living in you?” (McGee, 463) Need trust Jesus meta

21. “The one who loves Jesus will also be loved by the Father…As the Son served and obeyed the Father (5:19; 8:28-29) the disciple’s life is expected to be one of service and obedience to the Son, who commands in turn are from the Father.” (Borchert, 128)

“This verse concludes with the magnificent promise that Jesus not only will love such a disciple but will also ‘show’ himself to that disciple.” (Borchert, 128)

22. Borchert suggests that “the question of Judas is clearly that of a confused person.” (129)

I would be confused too!

Judas is asking (I think) how can you manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

Why not the whole world. Because they do not all believe in Jesus!

But the answer is Jesus will use us—the believers to talk about Him to the world.

(Interesting note here: I originally had “tell about Him,” but my word processor suggested “talk” about Him.)

Isn’t that what we are supposed to do? Talk about Jesus.


23. If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him

We will make Our home with him

24. But from the Father: The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words.

“The issue is our love for Him evidenced by our obedience. How about your love for Him? Does it discipline you? Is He real to you? These are the things that are important.” (McGee, 463)

25. Today I am here, and I have told you these things.

26. God the Father sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles.

“The Holy Spirit energized the hearts and minds of the apostles in their ministry, helping them to produce the NT (New Testament) Scripture.” (MacArthur, 1405)

“Jesus assures them that the Holy Spirit will teach them all things and bring all things to their remembrance.” (McGee, 464)

27. “The work ‘peace’ reflects the Hebrew ‘Shalom,’ which became a greeting to His disciples after the Resurrection (20:19-26). At the individual level, this peace, unknown to the unsaved, secures composure in troubles (cd. V. 1), dissolves fear (Philippians 4:7), and rules in the hearts of God’s people to maintain harmony (Colossians 3:15).” (MacArthur, 1405)

“This is the glorious, wonderful peace that comes to the heart of those who are fully yielded to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the peace of heart and mind of those who are in the will of God.” (McGee, 464)

Going to the Father

28. “Why rejoice because He returned to the Father? Because His return made possible His wonderful intercessory ministry on our behalf, our great High Priest in heaven (Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:14-16) We have the Spirit within us, the Savior above us, and the Word before us! What tremendous resources for peace!” (Wiersbe, 354)

29. Guys, I have told you this before it happens so when it does happen you may believe!

30. “He tells them He cannot walk and talk very much more with them, and He didn’t—in a few hours He would be arrested and His disciples scattered.” (McGee, 464)

“Judas was only a tool of the ‘prince’ who rues the system of darkness—Satan (6:70; 13:21, 27).” (MacArthur, 1406)

Nothing in Me. “ The Hebrew idiom means that Satan had nothing on Jesus, could make no claim on Him, nor charge Him with any sin. Therefore, Satan could not hold Him in death. Christ would triumph over and destroy Satan (Hebrew 2:14). (MacArthur, 1406)

31. “His death was no sign that Satan won, but that God’s will was being done.” (MacArthur, 1406)

Arise, let us go hence.

We need to leave!


In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Borchert, Gerald L., The New American Commentary Volume 25B, John 12-21. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

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