J O H N.
This chapter is a continuation of Christ's
discourse with his disciples after supper. When he had convicted
and discarded Judas, he set himself to comfort the rest, who were
full of sorrow upon what he had said of leaving them, and a great
many good words and comfortable words he here speaks to them. The
discourse in interlocutory; as Peter in the foregoing chapter, so
Thomas, and Philip, and Jude, in this interposed their thoughts
upon what he said, according to the liberty he was pleased to allow
them. Free conferences are as instructive as solemn speeches, and
more so. The general scope of this chapter is in the first verse; it is designed to keep
trouble from their hearts; now in order to this they must believe:
and let them consider, I. Heaven as their everlasting rest,
ver. 2, 3. II. Christ
himself as their way, ver.
4-11. III. The great power they shall be clothed with by
the prevalency of their prayers, ver. 12-14. IV. The coming of another
comforter, ver. 15-17.
V. The fellowship and communion that should be between him and them
after his departure, ver.
18-24. VI. The instructions which the Holy Ghost should
give them, ver. 25, 26.
VII. The peace Christ bequeathed to them, ver. 27. VIII. Christ's own cheerfulness in
his departure, ver.
28-31. And this which he said to them is designed for
the comfort of all his faithful followers.