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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 16:23-27

An answer to their askings is here promised, for their further comfort. Now there are two ways of asking: asking by way of enquiry, which is the asking of the ignorant; and asking by way of request, which is the asking of the indigent. Christ here speaks of both. I. By way of enquiry, they should not need to ask (John 16:23): ?In that day you shall ask me nothing;? ouk erotesete ouden?you shall ask no questions; ?you shall have such a clear knowledge of gospel mysteries, by the opening of your... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 16:16-24

16:16-24 "In a little while you will not see me any more; and again in a little while you will see me." Some of his disciples said to each other: "What is the meaning of this that he is saying to us--'In a little while you will not see me, and again in a little while you will see me'? And what does he mean when he says: 'I am going to my Father'? What does he mean when he talks about 'A little'? We do not know what he means." Jesus knew that they wished to ask him their questions, and he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 16:24

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name ,.... Not that they had never prayed as yet; for they had desired him to teach them to pray, which he did: they had prayed to him particularly for an increase of faith, and for many other things; but either they had only asked him, he being present with them, and not the Father; or if they had asked the Father anything, yet not in the name of Christ: they had made no mention of his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, nor any use of his mediation;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 16:24

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name - Ye have not as yet considered me the great Mediator between God and man; but this is one of the truths which shall be more fully revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. Ask - In my name; and ye shall receive - all the salvation ye thus request; the consequence of which shall be that your joy shall be full - ye shall be thoroughly happy in being made completely holy. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 16:24

Verse 24 24.Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name. It is probable that the apostles kept the rule of prayer which had been laid down in the Law. Now we know that the fathers were not accustomed to pray without a Mediator; for God had trained them, by so many exercises, to such a form of prayer. They saw the high priest enter into the holy place in the name of the whole people, and they saw sacrifices offered every day, that the prayers of the Church might be acceptable before God. It was,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 16:16-24

(c) The sorrow turned into joy . In these verses he approaches the final farewell, in which the whole body of the disciples are introduced as inwardly or among themselves perturbed by the special difficulty of the words. Before the Spirit can do all this, a separation must be experienced. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 16:23-30

The consequences of Christ's ascension to the Father. I. Pulpiness OF KNOWLEDGE . "And in that day ye shall no more question me in anything." 1. Our Lord was always ready , in the days of his flesh , to answer the questions of his disciples . Yet their questions often showed 2. Hereafter there would be no need for further questioning ; for the Holy Spirit would solve all their difficulties. II. FULLNESS OF POWER . "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 16:24

Hitherto —up to the present period— ye asked ( £ ἠτήσατε , the common word for petition and request made by the inferior to the superior, the man to his Maker) nothing in my Name . The disciples had not comprehended the fullness of that Name of the well-beloved Son, filling their minds with the revelation of God made in it, and feeling it to be the great inducement anti guarantee of acceptable prayer. Ask (continuously, habitually, for this is no longer in aorist, but in the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 16:24

The ground of successful prayer. The presence of the Lord Jesus in the land of his sojourn during his incarnate life made a great difference to many dwellers in that land. It made a great deal of difference in point of resource and hope to all suffering from afflicted bodies. And thus also Jesus brought a great change in the region of religious need and duty. He did not come into the midst of a laud all unused to prayer. The quality of the prayer may have been very defective, but there is... read more

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