Joh 16:1
16:1 These {1} things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not
     be offended.

 (1) The ministers of the gospel must expect all types of
     reproaches, not only by those who are open enemies, but
     even by those also who seem to be of the same household,
     and the very pillars of the Church.

Joh 16:7
16:7 {2} Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for
     you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter
     will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him
     unto you.

 (2) The absence of Christ according to the flesh is profitable
     to the Church in that it causes the Church to be wholly
     dependant upon his spiritual power.

Joh 16:8
16:8 {3} And when he is come, he will {a} reprove the {b} world
     of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

 (3) The Spirit of God works so mightily by the preaching of the
     word that he forces the world, whether or not it wants to,
     to confess its own unrighteousness and Christ's
     righteousness and almightiness.
     (a) He will so reprove the world, that those of the world
         will not be able to give any excuse.
     (b) He refers to the time that followed his ascension, when
         as all those opposed were manifestly reproved, through
         the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon the Church:
         so that the very enemies of Christ were reproved of
         sin, in that they were forced to confess that they were
         deceived, in that they believed not, and therefore they
         said to Peter in Ac 2:37, "Men and brethren, what
         shall we do?"

Joh 16:10
16:10 Of {c} righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye
      see me no more;

      (c) Of Christ himself: for when the world will see that I
          have poured out the Holy Spirit they will be forced to
          confess that I was just, and was not condemned by my
          Father when I went out of this world.

Joh 16:11
16:11 Of {d} judgment, {e} because the prince of this world is

      (d) Of that authority and power which I have both in
          heaven and in earth.
      (e) That is, because they will then understand and indeed
          know that I have overcome the devil, and govern the
          world, and then all men will see that they set
          themselves against you in vain, for I will arm you
          with heavenly power by which you may destroy every
          high thing which is lifted up against the knowledge of
          God; 2Co 10:5.

Joh 16:12
16:12 {4} I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot
      bear them now.

 (4) The doctrine of the apostles proceeded from the Holy
     Spirit, and is most perfect.

Joh 16:14
16:14 {5} He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and
      shall shew [it] unto you.

 (5) The Holy Spirit brings no new doctrine, but teaches that
     which was uttered by Christ's own mouth, and imprints it in
     our minds.

Joh 16:16
16:16 {6} A {f} little while, and ye shall not see me: and
      again, a little while, and ye shall see me, {g} because I
      go to the Father.

 (6) The grace of the Holy Spirit is a most distinct mirror in
     which Christ is truly beheld with the most sharp sighted
     eyes of faith, and not with the blurred eyes of the flesh:
     and by this we feel a continual joy even in the midst of
     (f) When a little time is past.
     (g) For I go on to eternal glory, so that I will be much
         more present with you than I was before: for then you
         will feel indeed what I am, and what I am able to do.

Joh 16:25
16:25 {7} These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but
      the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in
      proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

 (7) The Holy Spirit, who was poured upon the apostles after the
     ascension of Christ, instructed both them in all the
     central mysteries and secrets of our salvation, and also
     the Church by them, and he will also instruct the Church
     until the end of the world.

Joh 16:26
16:26 {8} At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not
      unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

 (8) The sum of the worship of God is the invocation of the
     Father in the name of the Son the mediator, who is already
     heard for us, for whom he both abased himself, and is now
     also glorified.

Joh 16:29
16:29 {9} His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou
      plainly, and speakest no proverb.

 (9) Faith and foolish security differ greatly.

Joh 16:32
16:32 {10} Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye
      shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave
      me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is
      with me.

 (10) Neither the wickedness of the world, neither the weakness
      of his own, can diminish anything of the virtue of Christ.

Joh 16:33
16:33 {11} These things I have spoken unto you, that {h} in me
      ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have
      tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the

 (11) The surety and foundation of the Church depends only upon
      the victory of Christ.
      (h) That in me you might be thoroughly quieted.  For by
          "peace" is meant here that quiet state of mind which
          is completely contrary to disquietness and great