The day of Pentecost was the enlargement of His presence from a local and visible shape to an invisible and universal fulness. You know that the mother always loves best the child that is dead. III. What a display of the Spirit’s influence was given in the person and ministry of Christ! It is one thing to weep over Christ’s sufferings, and quite another thing to weep over our sins. As Paraclete, the Holy Ghost has but one office: to assure to the Apostles, and generally to all the faithful, help in their conflict with the world. It is for your advantage that I, as distinct from the Paraclete, who is to come, should go away” (John 14:16). There may be more purity, they think, in heavenly love than in earthly, but less heartiness, and heartiness is what they long for. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE DEPARTURE OF JESUS AND THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. The former word means, “I go away from you,” the latter, “I go away to the Father.” For the thought of this clause, comp. 1. 2. Do you desire to pray? In the third place, it is also plain that this change, so unspeakably important, in the manner of the presence of the Holy Ghost, was dependent on and consequent on the finished work of Christ. For Jesus Christ having suffered once, what can those around Him have to suffer? Church Pulpit Commentary. The mission of the Holy Spirit among believers. There are several lines of thought—I had almost said, there are some great studies—which, at least as they are sometimes handled, tend to create a degraded and false idea of man. Let us now see with what simplicity and decisiveness Christ defines and limits the functions of the Holy Ghost. It is the withdrawal of a beneficent influence. And yet those who are “gone away”--1. (H. W. We, John 14:16; Joh_14:26; Joh_15:26; Joh_16:7, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him to you, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you, but if I depart, I will send him unto you, For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you, For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you, I. Yes; for those who had left all to follow Him; for those who had none to go to but Himself (John 6:68); for those whose hopes were all centred in Him, it was—hard and incomprehensible as the saying must have seemed—an advantage that He should go away. Ascension was expansion. THIS GREAT DOCTRINE IS FULL OF PRACTICAL CONSEQUENCES. I. The particular instanced in, in the text, of the expediency of it, is the mission and coming of the Spirit: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. ), The superlative excellence of the Holy Spirit. CHRIST’S WORK SURER. Jesus Christ is the one true head of the true church in heaven "and upon earth" (Matthew 28:18-20). xxiii., p. 273; J. Graham, Ibid., p. 280; H. W. Beecher, Ibid., vol. Like some star, that, as long as it is low on the horizon and shrouded by mist, may be mistaken for some earthborn light, but is known for what it is as it climbs the sky, He was discerned when unseen far better than when here. Conversations are reported; little turns of dialogue, which seem to be merely artistic, are not omitted; records of occasions on which the disciples were actually not present, and of which they could only have heard from the lips of the Lord Himself, are presented with much particularity and vividness: how, then, was this done, and especially done by men who certainly were not conspicuous for the kind of learning which is needful for the making of literary statements? 1851. 1. We shall enjoy both together by and by: Why not now? I will send him unto you ... See under John 15:23,27. And here we must not put the question, “Could not Christ have drawn down the Holy Spirit while he dwelt on earth?” For Christ takes for granted all that had been decreed by the Father and, indeed, when the Lord has once pointed out what he wishes to be done, to dispute about what is possible would be foolish and pernicious. See the note at John 7:39, and Remark 3 at the end of that section; and at John 14:16. As the paraclete stood by his friend in the hour of trial, so does the Spirit by us. "The Bible Study New Testament". “Our light affliction,” &c. II. "E.W. 5. Yet, of this work the surest evidence would have been wanting had Christ continued on the earth. So long as the great leader lives the truth is caged; when the cage is destroyed has the bird liberty to fly out to carry its song everywhither? The sun does not create the landscape. It was an evident arrangement in the great plan of redemption that each of the persons of the Trinity should perform a part. More than this, and apparently still farther away from the theological line: “I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire,” &c. Then, intermediately at least, may stand the agriculturalist, of whose treatment of the earth is said: “This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in working.” The rulers and soldiers of Israel were qualified for their work by the Spirit of the Lord. Nevertheless, how should you raise yourselves above this λύπη! Physical force is left to our enemies, we ask it not. While on the earth the Lord Jesus could be bodily present but in one place at one time. So much higher, so much more blessed and glorious is the life of grace, that One who loved us men with the truest and purest affection, yet withdrew Himself, as on this day, from our sight in order to enable us, if we will, to live it. Do you desire to subdue sin? Compare App-175., and see p. 1511. expedient = profitable. Before Christ came the Spirit was little known. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. 1. The persuasion, that when He deems such and such a mode of action expedient, He sees the end from the beginning. II. The benefit of Christ's conversation was great; but the advantage of the Spirit's renovation and holy inspiration is much greater; the one encourages and incites us to be holy, but the other quickens and enables us to be holy. See also John 16:8. 4. (Lyman Abbott, D. D.), I. Why did Jesus do this only after His resurrection? Have we not some of us been looking for years for the personal advent of Christ. Now we often say and hear such words as these, when they express rather what is wished than what is felt and believed; when we could give no sufficient reason, save that one sheet-anchor of the weary and disappointed heart, the wise and kind decree of God. Can any two spheres be much more widely sundered than those of the preacher of the gospel and the artificer in iron and brass? Can anything be farther from theology, as popularly understood, than stone-cutting or wood-carving? “Have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip?” was the Saviour’s reply to Philip’s request that He would show to them the Father. Humanity was to ascend to heaven before the Spirit could be sent to humanity on earth. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-16.html. For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you.—Better, . 1. The life of piety is more than any man’s piety. The peculiarity of the Bible mysteries is this, that they are always associated with life, never with mere thought. 3. It is truth vitalized. I. I. From σόν together, and φέρω to bear or bring. Allegations like that of Windisch that these references to the Spirit do not "fit" are erroneous and contrived, much like saying that the hump on a camel does not fit! "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. The departure of the Lord Jesus was to the apostles a source of deep affliction, but had they seen the whole case they would not have been thus afflicted. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/john-16.html. Certainly most of us do not readily acquiesce in these theories of human life. The former word means, “I go away from you,” the latter, “I go away to the Father.” For the thought of this clause, comp. It came out in their dread of the Cross, II. That they may no longer wish to have him present before their eyes, he testifies that his absence will be advantageous, and makes use of a sort of oath; for we are carnal, and consequently nothing is more difficult than to tear from our minds this foolish inclination, by which we attempt to draw down Christ from heaven to us. Out of this assurance comes rest; the future is no longer a trouble; the clouds that lie upon the remote horizon will be scattered by the brightness of the image of God. In all ages it is true that while Christ is the only foundation, the Spirit is the only architect of religion. They had yet greater things to learn. And the strangeness is brought more home to us by that word of Paul’s in which we recognize the familiar tone of love that cannot face the thought of leaving a life’s work half done and dear ones unhelped. You who are unconverted--never despise Him. But Christ resolves this: if they were against the Ascension they were also against a feast which they might not miss out of their calendar, and persuades them to accept the Ascension in hope of Whitsun-tide: one to make amends for the other. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-16.html. But what are a few hundreds, or even thousands, as the fruit of such a ministry as that of Jesus Christ? It was to be different now. BibliographyJohnson, Barton W. "Commentary on John 16:7". John 16 - In-depth verse-by-verse Bible study and commentary of John chapter 16 in plain English. 1999. It is not to be supposed that any one man is to be guided into all truth. His work was not all done on Calvary. Our Lord solemnly assures them that there is no contingency or mistake in the idea that his departure, however sorrowful, was necessary in itself, and best even for them. Only when these are feeble do we seem to be forsaken and alone. 1. He had certainly wrought in Judaism, and had even been the Author of all the good that had ever appeared in heathenism: but He had not been given in power, had not been the essential characteristic of an era in which He had made only scattered and isolated manifestations of His influences. 3. 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