John Chapter 16

(Tap footnote to read it.  Old Testament quotations are underlined.  "Love" with a caret ("^love") is agapé.1"agapé" The Greek words ἀγάπη (agapé, noun), and ἀγαπάω (agapaó; verb) are typically translated "love".  However, unlike our English word "love" – which primarily speaks of affection and feelings – agapé centers on choice and behavior.  It’s the "love" based on will, choice, behavior, and action; not feelings.  (Feelings-based love is the Greek word φιλέω (phileó), which properly means "brotherly love/affection".)  Thus, you could hate someone passionately and still treat him with "agapé".  Agapé "love" is best understood as the pursuit of what is most beneficial to someone or something, regardless of the cost to yourself or the type of response received from the person or thing.  It can also indicate a preference for someone or something over other things. )

The Spirit will come
  1. “I have said these things to you so you might not stumble.
  2. “They will make you exiles from the synagogue, but an hour is coming that every man who killed you did so because he thought to offer a service to God.
  3. “And they will do these things because they didn’t know the Father nor Me.
  4. “But I have said these things so that when their hour came, you remember that I said them to you.  And I didn’t say these things to you from the beginning because I was with you.
  5. “And now I’m going to the One who sent Me, and none of you asks Me: Where are you going?
  6. “But grief has filled your hearts because of these things I have told you.
  7. “But I tell you the truth: It’s better for you that I go away.  For if I don’t go away, the Helper definitely won’t come to you.  Yet if I go, I will send Him to you.
  8. “And having come, He will convict the world about sin, and about righteousness, and about judgement.
  9. “About sin because they don’t believe in Me.
  10. “And about righteousness because I’m going away to the Father, and you’ll see Me no more.”
  11. “And about judgement because the ruler of this world has been judged.
  12. “Yet I have many things to tell you, but you aren’t able to bear them now.
  13. “But when He – the Spirit of Truth – comes, He will lead you into all truth.  For He won’t speak from Himself, but He will speak whatever He hears; and He will report to you the things which are coming.
  14. “He will glorify Me, because He will take what’s Mine and report it to you.
  15. “All things whatsoever that the Father has are Mine.  Because of this, I said that He will take what’s Mine and report it to you.
Coming and departing
  1. “A little longer and then you see Me no longer.  And a little longer again and then you will see Me [because I’m going away to the Father].”
  2. So some of His disciples said to one another: “What’s this that He’s telling us: ‘a little longer and then you don’t see Me’, and ‘a little longer again and then you will see Me’, and ‘because I’m going away to the Father’?”
  3. So they were saying: “What is this that He’s saying: ‘A little longer’?  We don’t *know what He’s saying.”
  4. Jesus knew that they were wanting to ask Him, and He tells them: “Are you inquiring with one another because I said: ‘A little longer and then you don’t see Me’, and ‘a little longer again and then you will see Me.’?
  5. “Amen, Amen I tell you that you will weep and you will mourn, but the world will rejoice.  You will be grieved, but your grief will become joy.
  6. “The woman has pain when she gives birth because her hour came.  But when she birthed the child, she remembers the tribulation no longer because of her joy that a man was born into the world.
  7. “So you also have grief now; but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
  8. “And in that day, you won’t ask Me anything.1” you won’t ask Me anything” could also be translated ” you won’t question Me about anything”  the difference is small, but potentially significant.  Amen, amen I tell you: anything you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.
  9. “Until now, you asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive so your joy might be full.
  10. “I have spoken these things to you in parables.  An hour is coming when I will speak to you in parables no more, but will report plainly about the Father to you.
  11. “In that day you will ask in My name, and I don’t tell you that I will ask the Father concerning you,
  12. “for the Father Himself loves you because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.
  13. “I came out from the Father and have come into the world.  I am leaving the world again and departing to the Father.”
  14. His disciples say: “Behold, you speak in plainness now and speak nothing in a parable.
  15. “We *know that you have known all things, and you have no need that you should ask anyone.  We believe in this: that you came out from God.”
  16. Jesus answered them: “Now you believe?
  17. “Behold, and hour is coming and has come that you will be scattered – each to his own – and leave Me alone.  And yet I’m not alone because the Father is with Me.
  18. “I have spoken these things to you so you might have peace in Me.  You have tribulation in the world, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”


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