John 17:1-5; Christ’s Intercessory Prayer: This Chapter is a prayer, it is the Lord’s prayer, the Lord Christ’s Prayer; It was a prayer after a sermon; when He had spoken from God to them, He turned to speak to God for them; It was a prayer after sacrament; It was a family-prayer; It was a parting prayer; It was a prayer that was a preface to His sacrifice; It was a prayer that was a specimen of His intercession, which He ever lives to make for us within the veil.

J O H N. CHAPTER 17 This chapter is a prayer, it is the Lord's prayer, the Lord Christ's prayer. There was one Lord's prayer which he taught us to pray, and did not pray himself, for he needed not to pray for the forgiveness of sin; but this was properly and peculiarly his, and suited him only as a Mediator, and is a sample of his intercession, and yet is of use to us both for instruction and encouragement in prayer. Observe, I. The Continue Reading

John 16:28-33; Christ’s Discoveries of Himself; With an assurance that, though He was leaving the world, He was returning to His Father, from whom He came forth; He overcame evil things of the world by submitting to them; He endured the cross, despising it and the shame of it; and He overcame the good things of it by being wholly dead to them; its honours had no beauty in his eye, its pleasures no charms; Never was there a conqueror of the world as Christ was, and we ought to be encouraged by it.

Christ's Discoveries of Himself. John 16:28-33 28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.   29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.   30 Now 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.   31 Jesus answered them, Do ye Continue Reading

John 16:23-27; Encouragement to Prayer; “Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full; Ye shall ask in My name;” Here is an express promise of a grant; The preface to this promise is such as makes it inviolably sure, and leaves no room to question it.

Encouragement to Prayer. John 16:23-27 23 And 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.   24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.   25 These 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 show Continue Reading

John 16:16-22; Christ’s Departure and Return; Sorrow and Joy Foretold; A malicious world would have taken it from them, they would have lost it; but, when they took everything else from them, they could not take this; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; They could not rob them of their joy, because they could not separate them from the love of Christ, could not rob them of their God, nor of their treasure in heaven.

Christ's Departure and Return; Sorrow and Joy Foretold. John 16:16-22 16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.   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, Because I go to the Father?   18 They said therefore, Continue Reading

John 16:7-15; The Expedience of Christ’s Departure; The Promise of the Spirit; As it was usual with the Old Testament prophets to comfort the Church in its calamities with the promise of the Messiah; so, the Messiah being come, the promise of the Spirit was the great cordial, and is still.

The Expediency of Christ's Departure; The Promise of the Spirit. John 16:7-15 7 Nevertheless 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.   8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:   9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;   10 Of righteousness, Continue Reading

John 16:1-6; Persecution Foretold; The Expediency of Christ’s Departure; Among other glorious things God hath spoken of Himself this is one, ‘I wound, and I heal’ Deut. 32:39; Here are wounding words in the notice He gives them of the troubles that were before them; He told them the worst of it, that they might sit down and count the cost.

J O H N. CHAPTER 16 Among other glorious things God hath spoken of himself this is one, I wound, and I heal, Deut. xxxii. 39. Christ's discourse in this chapter, which continues and concludes his farewell sermon to his disciples, does so. I. Here are wounding words in the notice he gives them of the troubles that were before them, ver. 1-6. II. Here are healing words in the comforts he administers to them for their support under those Continue Reading

John 15:26-27; The Comforter Announced; It is here promised that the blessed Spirit shall maintain the cause of Christ in the world, notwithstanding the opposition it should meet with; Christ, when He was reviled, committed His injured cause to His Father, and did not lose by His silence, for the Comforter came, pleaded it powerfully, and carried it triumphantly; Here is an account of Him in His essence, or subsistence rather.

The Comforter Announced. John 15:26-27 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:   27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. Christ having spoken of the great opposition which his gospel was likely to meet with in the world, and the hardships that would be put upon Continue Reading

John 15:18-25; Hatred and Persecution Foretold; Here Christ discourses concerning hatred, which is the character and genius of the devil’s kingdom, as love is of the Kingdom of Christ; The word of Christ strips sin of its cloak, that it may appear sin; Let an unbelieving malignant world know that their enmity to the Gospel of Christ will be looked upon in the great day as an enmity to the Blessed God Himself; and let all that suffer for righteousness’ sake, according to the will of God, take comfort from this; if God Himself be hated in them, and struck at through Him, they need not be either ashamed of their cause or afraid of the issue.

Hatred and Persecution Foretold. John 15:18-25 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.   19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.   20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute Continue Reading

John 15:9-17; Christ’s Love to His Disciples: Christ, Who is love itself; is here discoursing concerning love, a fourfold love; It is love in the highest degree, which is strong as death; It is fit that Christ should have the choosing of His own ministers; Still He does it by His providence and Spirit; Though ministers make that holy calling their own choice, Christ’s choice is prior to theirs and directs and determines it; Of all that are chosen to grace and glory it may be said, They have not chosen Christ, but He had chosen them.

Christ's Love to His Disciples. John 15:9-17 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.   10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.   11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.   12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved Continue Reading

John 15:1-8; Christ the True Vine: The doctrine of this similtude; what notion we ought to have of it; How our union with Christ is maintained–by the Word–and by Prayer; The promises abiding is us lie ready to be turned into prayers; and the prayers so regulated cannot but speed.

J O H N. CHAPTER 15 It is generally agreed that Christ's discourse in this and the next chapter was at the close of the last supper, the night in which he was betrayed, and it is a continued discourse, not interrupted as that in the foregoing chapter was; and what he chooses to discourse of is very pertinent to the present sad occasion of a farewell sermon. Now that he was about to leave them, I. They would be tempted to leave him, and Continue Reading