O blessed Teacher, holy Comforter, gracious Intercessor, and heavenly Witness, come and take up your abode in our heart; there reveal and form Jesus, the hope of glory; there shed abroad the love of God; there bear your divine testimony to our sonship; there cry, "Abba, Father;" there teach and sanctify and bless, that we and all in whom you have wrought your work of grace may be "filled with all joy and peace in believing, that we may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.". He never strikes it--it always strikes him. "Commentary on John 16:13". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-16.html. i., No. Therefore, for the attainment of this intellectual knowledge there is great need of the Spirit’s guidance to produce docility, and to prevent opposition to the truth blinding the mind. Things to come - Probably this means the meaning of things which were to take place after the time when he was speaking to them - to wit, the design of his death, and the nature of the changes which were to take place in the Jewish nation. God loves the world (3:16), and sinners with compassion and common grace, but loves His own with perfect, saving, eternal love. τὰ ἐρχόμενα—here we have the most distinguished species of the class. IV. The way in which the Spirit leads. BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. 13. Christ has just said something astonishing to his disciples. New York, USA. The truths of the Gospel are His deep things—too deep for human reason ever to fathom, but which nevertheless God has shown to us by His Spirit. When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. And this shows that, behind the reference to events immediately coming, there lay concealed a reference to the Gentile powers, which would one day in a more serious manner offend the little ones: comp. into all the truth. The latter clause, he shall receive of mine, seems taken from Isaiah 11:2. 3. 3. Elsewhere in Matthew 15:14. We've tried to adopt certain different offices in the church to take the offices of apostles, prophets, and so forth in the Church. 1840-57. And we have to learn this lesson day by day, "line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little." "The Fourfold Gospel". he will guide you into all truth; necessary to be known, useful to men, profitable to the churches, even the whole counsel of God; what relates to worship, the nature, form, and spirituality of it, as well as doctrine. 1. And he will show you things to came - He will fully explain every thing that may now appear dark or difficult to you; will give you such a knowledge of futurity as shall, in all necessary cases, enable you to foretell future events; and shall supply every requisite truth, in order to make the new covenant revelation complete and perfect. If we were to conceive of the Apocalypse dropping away, we should at once feel that the promise of Christ had found no adequate fulfilment. The Scriptures teach. This is the final test whether any doctrine be of the inspiration of the Spirit. He will guide you into all truth.—Better, . A comparison of these passages will show that its meaning is âto point out the way,â âto lead one on his way.â The fulness of truth is for the disciples an unknown territory. Proud member By his operations, his influences, his teachings, his consolations, his sealings, his softenings, meltings, humblings, waterings, enlargings, openings, liberatings, strengthenings, and enablings. (a) Let us summon Him to our aid in our private prayers. To know who Jesus Isaiah , and to know what he is; to know the efficacy of his atoning blood to purge the guilty conscience, the power of his justifying righteousness to acquit and absolve from all sin; the mystery of his dying love to break down the hardness of heart, and raise up a measure of love towards him; and to see, by the eye of faith, his holy walk and suffering image, so as to be in some measure conformed to him, and have his likeness in some measure stamped upon our souls. Accordingly, great discoverers never claim much credit. Certainly, but not any more pitiful than millions today who are following some goose who is allegedly endowed with the Holy Spirit. "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". We trust the Bible because the apostles, and those under the umbrella of their authority, wrote it by means of the Spirit’s revelation. The messenger-Spirit should not have a message of his own separate and apart from his divine Sender. This in a guide will make him a pleasant companion. II. III. A comparison of these passages will show that its meaning is “to point out the way,” “to lead one on his way.” The fulness of truth is for the disciples an unknown territory. His Divinity--if the possessor of truth He must be Divine. interpol. But what about your life to-day?—Is it what it should be here in our own country? The coming of the Holy Ghost was no mere isolated event in the history of the Kingdom of God. Aholiab was, doubtless, a skilled mechanic before the effusion of the Spirit; but after he became the best carpenter of the nation. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. “Well,” deliberately answered the sick professor, “if any book, after a careful perusal of it, leaves you in doubt what it thinks and what you ought to think about Christ, there is something radically wrong in it. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-16.html. IV. 1. They are spiritually as blind men, feeling after the truth, but not able to see it. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” Explanation and Commentary of John 16:13. John 16:13. Even the later additions made to them by the Councils of the Church contain nothing new in themselves, but only a fresh presentation of truth to meet the circumstances of particular times and to guard the sacred deposit from some prevalent error or from some practical defect. εἰς τ. ἀλ. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. "Commentary on John 16:13". 1675. We must again be on our guard against drawing limits which Christ has not drawn. John 16:23; πᾶσαν, according to its position after τ. ἀλ. The phrase occurs only here in the New Testament. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". "Commentary on John 16:13". 17 , 18 apply,—for whom He primarily prays in ch. . They are to be met with chiefly in Paul, who did not belong to the apostolic circle as it then existed. (Galatians 3:1.). BibliographyJohnson, Barton W. "Commentary on John 16:13". Augustin: "He will not speak of Himself, because He is not of Himself. As a master leads a pupil through a picture gallery, as a tutor leads a scholar through a science or a language, so does the Spirit lead us through the realm of spiritual truth. “Look yonder, do you see that pillar? The apostolical writings, the monuments of the fulfilment of this promise, form, notwithstanding their apparent independence, an organic whole, in the instruction of which the Spirit of truth has provided for all the needs of all ages of the Church. John 13:2 “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;" These words lend strong confirmation to what has been said on the previous verse. They are the ones who will be led into “all truth.”. These words, too, have their fulfilment in the Spirit’s illumination in all time; but we may still find their first and special meaning in the Revelation to the Apostolic Church, of which St. John’s Apocalypse is the most prominent example. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth - so called for the reason mentioned in the next clause, Is come, he will guide you into all truth , [ pasan (Greek #3956) teen (Greek #3588) aleetheian (Greek #225)] - rather, 'all the truth;' for the reference is not to 'truth in general,' but to 'that whole circle of truth whose burden is Christ and His redeeming work:'. And the Church has gone through all this, which would have crushed a human society a thousand times; gone through it all because the Holy Spirit has been with her and in her, and she lives to-day in the power of that same Spirit. Great discoverers are almost invariably devout: Pythagoras, Socrates, and Plato--Kepler, Newton, and Faraday. This is the first grand branch of divine teaching. See the notes at John 5:30. And yet these words take nothing away from the majesty of the Spirit, as if he were not God, or as if he were inferior to the Father, but are accommodated to the capacity of our understanding; for the reason why his Divinity is expressly mentioned is, because, on account of the veil that is between us, we do not sufficiently understand with what reverence we ought to receive what the Spirit reveals to us. What is the matter? Chap John 5:19; John 5:30-31; John 12:49-50. Many novel doctrines are promulgated to-day, labelled with the names of able and scholarly men. He will take the apparatus of salvation, the cross, the tomb, the glory, and unfold them all to the eye of the human spirit. ‘He shall lead you into all the truth.’. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. Or is it directed to the apostles, to whom the Holy Spirit would reveal all truth and who would then write this truth down to form the canon of scripture? (Archdeacon Hare.). But truth is set before us livingly, by examples, by principles, in the germ, not by the enunciation of a formal dogmatic system, according to which the thoughts of men were to be classed and rubricated for ever after; nor can any human scheme or system make out a title to the possession of such an absolute conclusive ultimatum.