John 14* Christ comforts his disciples. (1-11) He further comforts hisdisciples. (12-17) He still further comforts his disciples.(18-31)1-11 Here are three words, upon any of which stress may belaid. Upon the word troubled. Be not cast down and disquieted.The word heart. Let your heart be kept with full trust in God.The word your. However others are overwhelmed with the sorrowsof this present time, be not you so. Christ's disciples, morethan others, should keep their minds quiet, when everything elseis unquiet. Here is the remedy against this trouble of mind,"Believe." By believing in Christ as the Mediator between Godand man, we gain comfort. The happiness of heaven is spoken ofas in a father's house. There are many mansions, for there aremany sons to be brought to glory. Mansions are lastingdwellings. Christ will be the Finisher of that of which he isthe Author or Beginner; if he have prepared the place for us, hewill prepare us for it. Christ is the sinner's Way to the Fatherand to heaven, in his person as God manifest in the flesh, inhis atoning sacrifice, and as our Advocate. He is the Truth, asfulfilling all the prophecies of a Saviour; believing which,sinners come by him the Way. He is the Life, by whoselife-giving Spirit the dead in sin are quickened. Nor can anyman draw nigh God as a Father, who is not quickened by Him asthe Life, and taught by Him as the Truth, to come by Him as theWay. By Christ, as the Way, our prayers go to God, and hisblessings come to us; this is the Way that leads to rest, thegood old Way. He is the Resurrection and the Life. All that sawChrist by faith, saw the Father in Him. In the light of Christ'sdoctrine, they saw God as the Father of lights; and in Christ'smiracles, they saw God as the God of power. The holiness of Godshone in the spotless purity of Christ's life. We are to believethe revelation of God to man in Christ; for the works of theRedeemer show forth his own glory, and God in him. 12-17 Whatever we ask in Christ's name, that shall be for ourgood, and suitable to our state, he shall give it to us. To askin Christ's name, is to plead his merit and intercession, and todepend upon that plea. The gift of the Spirit is a fruit ofChrist's mediation, bought by his merit, and received by hisintercession. The word used here, signifies an advocate,counsellor, monitor, and comforter. He would abide with thedisciples to the end of time; his gifts and graces wouldencourage their hearts. The expressions used here and elsewhere,plainly denote a person, and the office itself includes all theDivine perfections. The gift of the Holy Ghost is bestowed uponthe disciples of Christ, and not on the world. This is thefavour God bears to his chosen. As the source of holiness andhappiness, the Holy Spirit will abide with every believer forever. 18-24 Christ promises that he would continue his care of hisdisciples. I will not leave you orphans, or fatherless, forthough I leave you, yet I leave you this comfort, I will come toyou. I will come speedily to you at my resurrection. I will comedaily to you in my Spirit; in the tokens of his love, and visitsof his grace. I will come certainly at the end of time. Thoseonly that see Christ with an eye of faith, shall see him forever: the world sees him no more till his second coming; but hisdisciples have communion with him in his absence. Thesemysteries will be fully known in heaven. It is a further act ofgrace, that they should know it, and have the comfort of it.Having Christ's commands, we must keep them. And having them inour heads, we must keep them in our hearts and lives. The surestevidence of our love to Christ is, obedience to the laws ofChrist. There are spiritual tokens of Christ and his love givento all believers. Where sincere love to Christ is in the heart,there will be obedience. Love will be a commanding, constrainingprinciple; and where love is, duty follows from a principle ofgratitude. God will not only love obedient believers, but hewill take pleasure in loving them, will rest in love to them. Hewill be with them as his home. These privileges are confined tothose whose faith worketh by love, and whose love to Jesus leadsthem to keep his commandments. Such are partakers of the HolySpirit's new-creating grace. 25-27 Would we know these things for our good, we must prayfor, and depend on the teaching of the Holy Ghost; thus thewords of Jesus will be brought to our remembrance, and manydifficulties be cleared up which are not plain to others. To allthe saints, the Spirit of grace is given to be a remembrancer,and to him, by faith and prayer, we should commit the keeping ofwhat we hear and know. Peace is put for all good, and Christ hasleft us all that is really and truly good, all the promisedgood; peace of mind from our justification before God. ThisChrist calls his peace, for he is himself our Peace. The peaceof God widely differs from that of Pharisees or hypocrites, asis shown by its humbling and holy effects. 28-31 Christ raises the expectations of his disciples tosomething beyond what they thought was their greatest happiness.His time was now short, he therefore spake largely to them. Whenwe come to be sick, and to die, we may not be capable of talkingmuch to those about us; such good counsel as we have to give,let us give while in health. Observe the prospect Christ had ofan approaching conflict, not only with men, but with the powersof darkness. Satan has something in us to perplex us with, forwe have all sinned; but when he would disturb Christ, he foundnothing sinful to help him. The best evidence of our love to theFather is, our doing as he has commanded us. Let us rejoice inthe Saviour's victories over Satan the prince of this world. Letus copy the example of his love and obedience.
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