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Dave Burnette's Commentary

John Chapter 16 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (85-90 AD)
Overview: Eternal Life is in Jesus-Christ Alone (c 1-21)
Theme: Death and Resurrection of Jesus, The Son of God (c 13-21)
Message: Jesus instructs on the Holy Spirit and Prayer  (v 1-33)

John 16 Commentary

(16:1-4) Jesus Warns About the World's Hatred - Jesus warned and safeguarded the disciples against the trials that awaited them. He did not want them to be caught off guard, to stumble, or to fall when trials came. Jesus wanted them to remember that he had predicted his own persecution and theirs in order to fortify them for the difficult times to come. He also wanted them to remember the rest of his teaching (these things). His accurate predictions would increase their trust in his instructions.

(16:5-15) Jesus Teaches About the Holy Spirit - Not all the news for the disciples was grim. There would be persecution, but Jesus comforted his followers with the promise that they would not be alone; he would send them the Counselor, the Spirit of truth. John highlighted five important tasks of the Holy Spirit: (1) to convict the world of its sin and call it to repentance, (2) to reveal the standard of God’s righteousness to anyone who believes because Christ would no longer be physically present on earth, (3) to demonstrate Christ’s judgment over Satan, (4) to direct believers into all truth, and (5) to reveal even more about Jesus Christ.

(16:16-33) Jesus Teaches About Using His Name in Prayer - Jesus explained to the disciples that his departure would only last “a little while” (actually only three days), for he would see them again on the day of his resurrection. Then a new relationship between the disciples and Jesus’ Father would begin. They would then be able to approach God the Father as his children and bring to him their requests through prayer. Jesus concluded this section with yet another prediction and teaching to prepare them. He informed the disciples that, while they thought they believed, within hours they all would abandon him. Jesus did not berate them for their weakness but prepared them to endure in spite of it.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Listening to the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of John with Chapter 16. In our text today we see Jesus teaching about the Holy Spirit and Praying in His Name. What catches my eye is verse 13 where Jesus explains how the Holy Spirit will guide us unto all truth. In making application we see that once we are saved the Holy Spirit comes to live within us. It is this Holy Spirit that will guide us into all truth though the pages of the Bible. How about you? Are you hearing the instruction of the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the Words of Jesus to See that as Christians we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us and He will Speak to us and Guide us unto all truth using the pages of the Bible. 


John 16

John 16

 1These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

 2They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

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

 4But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.

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

 6But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

 7Nevertheless 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.

 8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

 9Of sin, because they believe not on me;

 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

 11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

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

 13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

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

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

 16A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

 17Then 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, Because I go to the Father?

 18They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

 19Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to 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?

 20Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

 21A woman when she is in travail 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.

 22And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

 23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

 24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

 25These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

 26At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

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

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

 29His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

 30Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

 31Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

 32Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

 33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.