(From: JOHN #36 - 16:1-15)
3. 16:1-15 THE COMFORTER: REASON FOR JESUS’ GOING
a. 16:1 These things have I spoken to you, that you be not stumbled.
TAUta leLAle-ka huMIN, HIna meskan-da-lisTHEte .
b. 16:2 THE INSANITY OF IGNORANCE
a-po-su-naGOgous poiEsou-sin huMAS: alLA, ERche-tai HOra,
They shall put you out of the synagogue: yes, the hour comes,
HIna pas ho a-pokTEInas huMAS DOxelaTREIan prosPHErein toTheO.
that whoever kills you shall think that he offers service to :God.
c. 16:3 And these things will they do, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
kai TAUta poiEsou-sin, HOti ouk EGnosan ton paTEra, ouDE eME.
d. 16:4a PURPOSE FOR THE PROPHECIES OF JESUS
alLA TAUta leLAleka huMIN, HIna HOtan ELtheheHOra auTON,
But these have I spoken to you, that when their :hour is come,
Mne-moNEUete auTON, HOti eGOEIpon huMIN.
you may remember them, that I told you.
e. 16:4b And these I said not to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
TAUta de huMIN ex archES ouk EIpon, HOti meth’ huMON Emen.
f.. 16:5 But now I go unto him that sent me; and none of you asks me, Where are you going?
nun de huPAgopros ton PEMpsanTA me; kai ouDEIS ex huMON e-roTA me, Pou huPAgeis?
g. 16:6 But because I have spoken these things to you, :sorrow has filled your :heart.
all’ HOti TAUta leLAle-ka huMIN, heLUpepePLEro-ken huMON ten karDIan.
h. 16:7 THE COMFORTER: THE RESULT OF JESUS’ GOING
all’ eGOten aLEthei-an LEgohuMIN: sumPHErei huMIN HIna eGOaPELtho;
But I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away;
eAN gar meaPELtho, ho paRAkle-tos  ou meELthepros huMAS;
for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you;
eAN de po-reuTHO, PEMpsoauTON pros huMAS.
but if I go, I will send him unto you.
i. 16:8-11 OFFICES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Kai elTHON eKEInos, eLEGxei ton KOSmon peRI ha-marTIas ,
And HE, coming, will convict the world of sin,
kai peRI di-kai-oSUnes ,kai peRI KRIse-os :
and of righteousness, and of judgment:
peRI ha-marTIas men, HOti ou pisTEUou-sin eis eME;
9of sin indeed, because they believe not unto me;
peRI di-kai-oSUnes de, HOti pros ton paTEra huPAgo,
10 and of righteousness, because I go unto the Father,
kai ouKEti the-oREI-TE me; peRI de KRIse-os,
and you behold me no more; 11 and of judgment,
HOti ho ARchon tou KOSmou TOUtou KEkri-tai.
because the prince of this :world has been judged.
j. 16:12 I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear it now.
Eti polLA EchohuMIN LEgein, all’ ou DUnas-the basTAzein  ARti.
k. 16:13 THE COMFORTER: WILL NOT REPRESENT HIMSELF
HOtan de ELtheeKEInos, to PNEUma tes a-leTHEIas,
But when that one comes, the Spirit of the Truth,
ho-deGEsei huMAS eis ten aLEthei-an PAsan: ou gar laLEsei aph’ he-auTOU;
he shall guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak from himself;
all’ HOsa aKOUei, laLEsei: kai ta erCHOme-na a-nag-geLEI huMIN.
but what things soever he hears, these shall he speak: and he shall declare to you the things to come.
l. 16:14 HE shall glorify me: for he shall take of :mine, and shall declare it to you.
eKEInos eME doXAsei: HOti ek tou eMOU LEMpse-tai, kai a-nag-geLEI  huMIN.
m. 16:15 THE REASON FOR THIS
PANta HOsa Echei ho paTER eMA es-tin: diA TOUto EIpon,
All things whatever the Father has are mine: therefore said I,
HOti ek tou eMOU lamBAnei, kai a-nag-geLEI huMIN.
that he takes of :mine, and shall declare it to you.
NOTE: This passage sets forth the truth that the coming of the Comforter– the Spirit of Truth – is directly dependant upon the “Finished Work” of Christ. He Himself says so!
“Expediency” nails down the absolute necessity for Calvary and the Ascension. It is far betterfor the Holy Spirit to be inus, that for Jesus to be withus.
Some have sentimentally expressed the wish that they could have lived on earth during the days of Jesus. He explicitly states that we today live in a better day than back then.
Rees Howells testifies to this truth through his experience in Intercession. By all means read his biography by Norman P. Grubb, “Rees Howells, Intercessor.” Many have found this reading a life-transforming experience. One brother has read it each month since 1975.
In verse 13 Jesus shows that the Holy Spirit in us guides us into allTruth, and that He does not speak fromHimself. He represents Jesus, just as Jesus represented the Father.
Many Christians seek to make “prophecy” clear in the present in every detail. But Jesus in 16:4 gives another insight on prophecy. “But these have I spoken to you, that when their :hour is come, you may remember them, that I told you!” Again and again in the days of Jesus' disciples, when something He had prophesied now came to pass; thenthey understood what the prophecy had truly meant. It wasn't till the fulfillmentthat they understood the prophecy, and also the fulfillmentgave them greater faith in Jesus!
I suppose that Prophetic Conferences of previous years to truly understand every prophetic detail priorto fulfillment, was really trying to “unscrew the inscrutable” and “split the infinite”. This is notthe true purpose of prophecy according to the words of Jesus Himself. Yet we still find Christians trying to use prophecy as a roadmap of understanding for the future!
These fifteen verses are so rich, that one can read and reread them – meditate on their truths – pray over them, and trust the Holy Spirit to do within us just what Jesus has proclaimed. And still their riches will be inexhaustible!
See the progression from John 13 to this point. The ultimate comes when we reach John 17. Dr. A.W. Tozer preached from this last chapter for many, many weeks in his Chicago church on Sunday mornings, back in the early ‘50’s. Marie and I traveled south in Chicago to hear him on a number of occasions.
To be inwardly aware and intimate with God in His Spirit – is to be rich even as Jesus was as Son of Man in the days of His earthly life. J.A.W.