|INTERNET BIBLE STUDIES||JOHN LESSON 29|
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|John Chapter 16:18-33
Memory verses for this week: Psa 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Introduction: In our last weeks study, we saw Jesus promising the disciples that when He left them, that He would send the Holy Spirit to comfort them. The Holy Spirit would come to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We know that we do not have to wait to see if we are condemned if we dont have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We are condemned already if we have not accepted Gods Gift of Eternal Life.
I. While in Conflict and Sorrow
John 16:17 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?
John 16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
John 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye inquire 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?
We see the omniscience of Jesus Christ in these verses. The disciples are confused and are no longer being fed with the milk of the word, but now are being taught the true meat. And as we have read before, those who are weak in their knowledge of Gods Word cannot bear the meat but are in need of milk. Paul spoke to the church at Corinth in chapter 3 of 1 Corinthians.
1 Cor 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1 Cor 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
And speaking to the Hebrews, he warned how that we can stagnate as Christians and not grow up in Gods Word.
We see here in Hebrews that we are not to spend all of our time on studying the basic principles of Doctrine, but to grow and mature and to be about the Masters work. Should we know the doctrines of the bible? Absolutely. We should know them and live by them. But God wants us to get beyond these issues, and to spread the Gospel, help the poor, encourage the weak to develop a meaningful and full life in service to the Lord.
Jesus proves himself to be God in Verse 19 when he asks them if they were not questioning what he meant about being with them a little while and then going away. We see in these few verses the term "a little while" used 7 times. Jesus would soon die, and for a little while (3 days and 3 nights), he would lay in the tomb. Jesus is trying to make them comprehend this meat of the word that they would understand his death, the coming of the Holy Spirit shortly, and how He would rise from the tomb, be seen of the disciples again before his ascension, and then ultimately ascend to the Father. And after that, He would come again to take all of His children with Him to be with the Lord. Im looking forward to that day. And we are one day closer today to the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ in that eastern sky.
John 16:20 Verily, 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.
How true this verse is. The disciples and all those that knew Jesus as Savior were about to see the worst possible crucifixiation that had ever taken place. And the death of their Lord was going to make them very sorrowful. But as is the case many times in the Lords plan for our lives, the horrible sorrow would soon turn into great joy. I can relate that to my salvation experience. I saw myself hopeless and condemned. A heart beat away from spending eternity in the flames of Hell. But when God gave me the faith and strength to step out of that pew in 1963 and come forward in the church, it was just a few seconds later that all my fears were gone. And the greatest glory Id ever experienced flooded my soul. And over 35 years later, Im still basking in the joy of that salvation experience. Oh, Ive been down many times, and felt that I couldnt go on another day. But the Holy Spirit has been there to lift me up, and Jesus sets my feet on the Solid Rock and Ill never ultimately fall. These men had not yet received the Holy Spirit like we did at our salvation. Not until the day of Pentecost was the church baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ. But all of this was part of the joy that was soon to come.
John 16:21 A 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.
John 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
When a woman is near birth, she is in great agony physically. The Lord uses that experience that we can understand to explain how it would be when they lost Jesus for a time. As a woman experiences such great pain before giving birth, the disciples would soon face a similar harsh time when Christ died there on Calvary. But when the new birth of the child comes, the woman soon forgets the pain, and rejoices in the new son or daughter she has brought into the world. When Christ came forth from the tomb, all the sorrow was going to be turned into joy. What Jesus promises, we can believe and know it is true. God never lies, but Satan is the one who deceives and turns us from perfect service to the Lord. Jesus tells them, "But I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." Since the day I was saved, as I mentioned, Ive had some low spots. But the joy of my salvation has NEVER been taken away. It cant be, due to the sealing of my soul by the Holy Spirit. When Jesus came out of that tomb, and was saw of the multitudes, all the teachings began to come alive to these men. It was no longer speculation if it were true now they would see Jesus risen from the grave. He was God manifested in the flesh.
We have joy, and not joy like the world gives, but joy that is unspeakable and full of glory.
II. The Words of Christ bring Joy and Peace
John 16:23 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.
John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
This is the third time Jesus speaks of praying in His name. The disciples as of yet had never prayed to God in the name of Jesus Christ. When we are one of His sheep, abiding in the love of the Lord, and obeying Him, living by the commandments, we can have great power with God through prayer. He promises "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, HE will give it to you." Do you get everything you pray for? If you do, then you must be abiding in the Lord as He has instructed, and praying for all the right things. So many times, we tend to pray for things that are wants, not the specific needs of our life, and sometimes without concern that it be the Lords Will for our lives. We have a family member in my family who is very sick. And our earthly tendency is to pray that he will be healed. If that is Gods Will, we will rejoice. But if not, we must accept the Will of the Father. As long as our prayers are in Jesus name, and tempered with "And they will be done", we will be pleasing to the Father.
John 16:25 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 you plainly of the Father.
What time was about to come? The hour that was coming was his crucifixion, the our of redemption for which He had come into the world. After Christs death, they were to pray to the Father in Jesus name. All of our prayers are to come in Jesus name, not the Father nor the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness of the Son, and God the Father placed all things in the hands of the Son.
John 16:26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
John 16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
When Jesus died for our sins, He went before God and poured His own blood on the perfect Mercy Seat that God had pitched, not man. And after that, he sat down on the right hand of God signifying that the job of salvation was finished once and for all. Jesus now stands before God as our lawyer per se, he is our propitiation for our sins. He is our mediator. When Satan accuses us, Jesus stands in our defense and says "See this one through my blood Father. He (or she) is one of my own." And because of this, you and I can approach the throne of God with confidence. Not due to our goodness, but because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.
John 16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
John 16:30 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.
John 16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?
John 16:32 Behold, 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.
John 16:33 These 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.
The disciples seemed to totally understand at this time, but later they would understand even more so. They would have perfect peace due to Christ. Jesus warms them that they will be scattered, and he would appear to be alone, but God would be with Him in that hour. And verse 33, what a promise. Yes, in this life we do have tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world. Nothing Satan can throw at us is able to separate us from God.
I want to close with the words of John Phillips from his book "Exploring the Gospels".
"Their faith would be tested, would fail, but that would not be the end of it. Their faith was to be triumphant (16:33) at last. They would have peace through his word. "These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace." We must note the first and most important sphere in which the believer lives. "In me," Jesus said, "You will have peace." Every believer in Christ has taken up abode in Christ. The best illustration of the Lords words are found in the Old Testament. The storms of Gods wrath were about to sweep across the antediluvian hills and plains. The cities of that civilization were to be swept away. There was only one way of salvation, only one place of safety: the ark. What it meant for Noah to be in the ark is what it means for us to be in Christ. In that ark, Noah could rest in peace. In Christ, come what may, the believer has peace. The Lord has pledged His word to that."
Some Verses on the Peace of God.
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