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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 14:15-17

Christ not only proposes such things to them as were the matter of their comfort, but here promises to send the Spirit, whose office it should be to be their Comforter, to impress these things upon them. I. He premises to this a memento of duty (John 14:15): If you love me, keep my commandments. Keeping the commandments of Christ is here put for the practice of godliness in general, and for the faithful and diligent discharge of their office as apostles in particular. Now observe, 1. When... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 14:15-17

14:15-17 "If you love me, keep my commandments; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another helper to be with you for ever, I mean the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot receive him, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him because he remains among you and will be within you." To John there is only one test of love and that is obedience. It was by his obedience that Jesus showed his love of God; and it is by our obedience that we must show our love of Jesus. C.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 14:16

And I will pray the Father ,...., Here Christ speaks as Mediator, and promises his disciples, that he would intercede for them with the Father; which is designed as an encouragement to them to ask for what they want, in his name, and to comfort their hearts, which were troubled at the news of his departure from them; and he shall give you another Comforter . This is no inconsiderable proof of a trinity of persons in the Godhead; here is the Father prayed unto, the Son in human nature... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 14:16

I will pray the Father - After having made an atonement for the sin of the world, I will become the Mediator between God and man; and through my mediation and intercession shall all the blessings of grace and glory be acquired. Another Comforter - The word παρακλητος signifies not only a comforter, but also an advocate, a defender of a cause, a counsellor, patron, mediator. Christ is thus termed, 1 John 2:1 , where the common translation renders the word advocate. Christ is thus... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 14:16

Verse 16 16.And I will pray to the Father. This was given as a remedy for soothing the grief which they might feel on account of Christ’s absence; but at the same time, Christ promises that he will give them strength to keep his commandments; For otherwise the exhortation would have had little effect. He therefore loses no time in informing them that, though he be absent from them in body, yet he will never allow them to remain destitute of assistance; for he will be present with them by his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:8-21

(5) The question of Philip , with the reply . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:8-21

Philip's questioning. This disciple, one of the earliest, seizes upon the last word of our Lord and asks for a bodily sight of the Father. I. PHILIP 'S DEMAND TO SEE THE FATHER . "Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us." 1. It is hard to decide how much of ignorance is compatible with saving grace . 2. Evidently Philip thought of such a revelation of God as was vouchsafed to Moses in answer to the request , " Lord , show me thy glory ." 3. He... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:15-17

Love and obedience. Notice— I. OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST AS THE NATURAL CONSEQUENCE OF LOVE TO HIM . "If ye love me," etc. Where there is love to Christ, there is scarcely any need of a command to obey him; but it will follow as the stream from the fountain, or light and heat from the sun. Where there is love to Christ: 1. There is a recognition of his Divine authority . Where there is no authority, there is neither right nor power to command. There may be... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:16

"Another Comforter." This designation of the Holy Spirit brings forward into prominence his work on earth and his relation to men. And this is the aspect in which the Spirit of God has most interest for us. The theologian properly studies the Third Person of the Trinity in relation to the Father and the Son. But to the Christian desirous of appropriating the blessings revealed by religion, there is great encouragement in this designation, " another Comforter." I. THE PROMISE IS ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 14:16-17

Consequent on this obedient love, conditioned by it, is the Lord's assurance: And I will ask the Father — ἐρωτᾷν is used of an asking which is based on close and intimate fellowship; it is the word which implies the presentation of wish or a desire from an equal to an equal, while αἰτεῖν represents the prayer or seeking which rises from an inferior to a superior (see note, John 16:26 , and other usage of the same words, John 17:9 , John 17:15 , John 17:20 )— and he will... read more

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