John Chapter 16

May 23, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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John 16:1-33 (NIV)
1 “All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you. 5 “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. 7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; 10 in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. 12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. 16 “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” 17 Some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “You believe at last!” Jesus answered. 32 “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:1-15

Jesus told the disciples that they would face persecution. As His followers, we will experience persecution. Sometimes in small things. In our culture today, the persecution is primarily being the butt of jokes and being portrayed horribly by television and movies. In many cultures, however, believers are paying the ultimate price and being martyred for their beliefs. The Holy Spirit comes in to our lives to lead and guide us. To give us the wisdom that we need to apply to the Word of God so that we know how we are to live in the world. As we do that, as we love one another, the world will notice that there is something different about us. Some will respond and believe, others will respond with persecution.

Last week we talked about two extremes that Christians often move towards with regard to the world. One is to be conformed to the world and its values and lifestyle. The problem is that this results in a situation where God has no witness in the world of truth and life and grace. The other extreme is to withdraw and isolate so as not to be corrupted by the world, and yet this leaves the same result of God not having a witness in the world.

It is only as we are involved on a daily basis with people that the contrast between God’s ways and man’s way can really be demonstrated. The natural response to persecution is to withdraw or to conform. But we, are to live by the Spirit, We are to live under the pressure and even to expose ourselves to the pain of this world, because in this way God can reveal His glory in our lives.

John 16:16-33

If that seems to heavy to bear, even with Jesus giving us the Holy Spirit, He also gives us the resource of prayer. Because we are filled with the Spirit and connected to Jesus in prayer, life in the world, in spite of hostility and persecution, is a life of joy. How is joy possible? It is possible because we are able to bring every need to Him in prayer, and can be confident that He hears us. “My Father will give you whatever you ask in My name,” Jesus said. “Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

Jesus gives a great picture of joy in verses 20 and 21. When a woman is delivering a baby, there is not much joy to be found. But as soon as the baby arrives, everything changes.
I love the assurance that Jesus concludes the chapter with, “The Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God.”

Since God loves us, what do we really need to fear? Jesus goes on and says, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus is Lord. He has given us His Holy Spirit, and God loves us. That is why we can have peace and joy in the midst of living in a fallen world on a broken planet.

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